Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Attention Cracker Barrel Servers Share This

Me with a hundred year old guest eating our chicken livers.

Attention Cracker Barrel servers, I guess most of you have noticed that if you make any tips at all and claim them that there is not enough money from your paycheck to pay for your benefits. For some reason, taxes are paid first, leaving no funds for benefits. For me it means that in order to have health insurance I have to pay out of pocket for this benefit, Additionally, there is no money left for my 401k plan except for vacation checks. For years I enjoyed having health insurance with Cracker Barrel and did not have to use my tip money to pay for it but this year it all changed, now I have no insurance but dental and life.

 I do not like this policy and I do not know for sure why it changed or who is behind it, however, a person from the benefit call center said that it was a Cracker Barrel policy change, whether that is true or not I do not know. I sent Cracker Barrel an email about it but if they ever responded I did not see it. I would like to see it go back to the old way so that my small check pays for insurance and maybe 401k contributions.

 If you are a Cracker Barrel server and feel the same way share this post and email Cracker Barrel, send them a link to this post, I would love to hear from them. You might want to call them, who knows, if we flood them with calls and emails and they perceive this as bad publicity that might change their minds up in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Personally, I am tired of people in high places making decisions that may not affect them but that hit me where I live, whether it be the government or the Home Office of Cracker Barrel. Maybe they done what they had to do, maybe it is in my best interest, I really don't know.

I do know this, no matter what the Government does or Cracker Barrel does, God is in control and He will take care of me. And it really does not matter if I like the situation or not, my preferences are irrelevant, my hope is to be in Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. By the way, even though I complain about this, all and all Cracker Barrel has been good to me and I thank God for my job.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Employee Shopping Days at Cracker Barrel in Canton Ga

Wednesday and Thursday, December 5 and 6 will finish out Employee Shopping days at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in Canton, Ga.

During the Employee Shopping days employees and up to 8 people with the employee can purchase items in the store and restaurant at a 10% discount. Employees can use their employee discount card to get an additional 35% off if they are a Par 4 worker. This is a good opportunity for employees and their friends and family to take advantage of the discounted prices offered by Cracker Barrel during these special shopping days.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Darden Restaurants looks to limit employee hours due to Obama Care - Atlanta Business Chronicle

Darden Restaurants looks to limit employee hours due to Obama Care - Atlanta Business Chronicle

One of the effects of Obama Care that perhaps should have been foreseen by those who implemented the plan. This move by Darden Restaurants could drive more skilled workers to Cracker Barrel. As of this writing, Cracker Barrel is still offering insurance to workers who work a minimum of 24 hours per week. So far I have not noticed full-time workers losing hours nor heard of any implementation of this practice.

Darden Restaurants may learn find that using a part-time labor pool may reduce the quality of their workers thereby reducing the quality of their food service. It is easy to fill a position in a restaurant, but not so easy to find someone who will fill that position well. Just about anybody can perform most of the jobs in a restaurant, but it is not everyone who can perform that job well.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Cracker Barrel furthers proxy fight - Businessweek

Cracker Barrel furthers proxy fight - Businessweek

As a long time employee of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store I am wondering why the board of directors are so afraid of allowing Sardar Biglari and Phil Cooley to be on the board. I am sure there is a lot I do not know about the situation but I cannot help wondering why Sandra Cochran thinks that Biglari could hurt the momentum of Cracker Barrel. What if Biglari has some fresh ideas that could carry the company higher? Maybe Biglari has some great ideas, but maybe those great ideas might shake things up for the board of directors and other "white collars" in Lebanon. I would love to talk with Sadar and hear his side and tell him about what goes on at the grass roots level.

Working in the restaurant, I have my own ideas about how Cracker Barrel could do things different to give the guests a better dining experience. and benefit workers as well. Not that Cracker Barrel is  poorly run or doing badly, I do not believe either; however, there is always ways that we can improve. Hey Sadar, or Sandra, if you read this and want to talk give a call at the Cracker Barrel in Canton, Ga Store 425 and ask for Paul. Love to hear from you.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Voted #1 in 2012 Consumer Picks Survey - Yahoo! Finance

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Voted #1 in 2012 Consumer Picks Survey - Yahoo! Finance

Cracker Barrel is in the 1st slot in 2012 Consumer Picks Survey. Being an employee of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store for over 17 years I have witnessed the evolution of Cracker Barrel. Over the years Cracker Barrel has implemented changes to try to keep in step with changing times, at times a little behind the curve yet still trying to move with the flow. As of lately Cracker Barrel leadership seems to be a little more on top of things in changing to meet the needs of their customers.

However, with all the changes over the year Cracker Barrel has still maintained their core menu that has captured the taste buds of their customer base. Additionally, the menu prices have remained reasonable in spite of rising prices.

While I believe that adapting to an ever changing consumer landscape, being true to core menu and keeping prices reasonable have been a key component of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store's ongoing success; I believe the main driver of Cracker Barrel's success is their focus on pleasing people, a practice that will never go out of style.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Gibson Guitar, Cracker Barrel advance in Social Madness - Vote for the best company in Memphis's business competition

Gibson Guitar, Cracker Barrel advance in Social Madness - Vote for the best company in Memphis's business competition

Things seem to be going well at Cracker Barrel store 425 in Canton, Georgia. I am glad to see that Cracker Barrel is still in the running in this competition.

Business has slowed a little as kids in Cherokee and the surrounding counties have resumed school; however, in my opinion the business at the Canton Cracker Barrel is holding its own.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Country cooking: Make a healthy Cracker Barrel salad

Country cooking: Make a healthy Cracker Barrel salad

Who says you can't eat healthy at Cracker Barrel? Cracker Barrel nutritionsist reveals recipe for one of Cracker Barrel's new offerings, the Grilled Chicken and Vegetable salad. Cracker Barrel has always offered awesome salads with an option for low-carb or fat-free dressings for the health conscious diner. This new salad adds some pizazz to the traditional Grilled Chicken salad, which was a tasty entree in its own rights.

The problem with eating healthy at Cracker Barrel is not the lack of healthy options but all the unhealthy temptations that leap off the menu to lead your palette astray. Some of these options include the buttermilk biscuits, country fried steak, sawmill gravy, blackberry cobbler, deep fried shrimp and a whole host of sumptuous treats that go to waist(pun intended).

If you want some Cracker Barrel, you can still eat healthy if you can abstain from the tasty fat, calorie laden delights. But if you are like me and you hate to pass up an opportunity to enjoy some of the best country cooking you will find in a restaurant; practice moderation.