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Darden Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
109 Reviews
2.0
109 Reviews
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Darden Chairman and CEO Clarence Otis Jr.
Clarence Otis Jr.
109 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule and the ability to walk with cash in hand are the best perks of this job (in 52 reviews)

  • flexible hours and availability to trade shifts with other servers (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Very long hours that are not equivalent to the compensation package (in 29 reviews)

  • Current environment is hard on work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Only Talks the Talk.....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Position At HQ in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Position At HQ in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Darden full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Offers access to executive level management and networking; generally nice people work there; good benefits; potential to be a great company

    Cons

    Career growth can easily become stagnant and no career pathing is available; company culture does not live up to its campaign; departments can enforce overall company policy and values differently so some employees enjoy different work privileges that all could at some point enjoy, i.e. company training or events, gym, work/life balance flexibility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be a forward organization, hold mgt accountable to how they treat direct reports in order to actually foster an authentic, sustainable and coherent workplace environment; stop condoning practices where opportunity is governed traditionally and mostly by who you know rather than a combination of what you can learn and contribute; stop being so fearful of controversial topics that critical issues are not addressed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Depends greatly on your management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Busser in Dorchester, MA
    Former Employee - Busser in Dorchester, MA

    I worked at Darden part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Paid above state minimum for service employees plus tips.

    Cons

    Management isn't flexible with scheduling, working as a student here was a hassle and my extra efforts were rarely noticed - managers wouldn't notice if I pulled a no call/no show, even when I brought it up to them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Tough company good perks.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food and Beverage Manager in North Wales, PA
    Current Employee - Food and Beverage Manager in North Wales, PA

    I have been working at Darden full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Co workers vary upon locations.

    Cons

    Upper management feeds you in and grinds out management. No care for crew all about making numbers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice. They don't comply to their own core values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Poor management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Server in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Darden part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Food is somewhat good, but it's not like they gave any away.

    Cons

    Manager was sarcastic when I would ask a question. They did not give me enough hours to make it worth my while to hire a babysitter, so I quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nicer to the employees and try giving praise once in a while. You'd be pleasantly surprised how much better service and work you would get with happy employees. Please take a class in better communication. This would serve you well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Unstable work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hostess in Elmhurst, NY
    Current Employee - Hostess in Elmhurst, NY

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    flexible hours, fun atmosphere, perks

    Cons

    hours get cut every week, job is not guranteed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Stressful, but couldn't leave

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

    I worked at Darden part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Loved the atmosphere and money, which is why I was with the company for so long

    Cons

    Felt to a certain extent they didn't allow too much personality. It also seemed the less integrity and moral you consisted of the quicker you would get promoted. Darden seems to thrive off of crappy managers and general managers and quick, dependable servants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your FOH and BOH needs and desires. Most of the time they really aren't asking for too much.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Quickly moved through the ranks, but I soon learned the downside of management. I still love this company but I'm tired

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Darden full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Senior Longhorn managers and MPs are some of the best I have ever had the pleasure to work with, along with a few individuals above that level. The teams still care despite all the challenges.

    Cons

    Our restaurant managers and MPs are tired and overworked. Even success seems to not be enough. You can even feel that vibe from the long-term hourly and tipped managers.

    Bonuses?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making acquisition our priority and learn to refocus on the team that makes this machine successful. People were always our advantage and we seem to have abandoned that philosophy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Alright

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Great employees,money was decent,decent location

    Cons

    Difficult customers hard to keep working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management sucks

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Autonomous

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden

    Pros

    Fellow Team Members, the regular clientele you establish.

    Cons

    Hours and there tax codes do not represent the state you may reside in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Ok...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Host in Coralville, IA
    Current Employee - Host in Coralville, IA

    I have been working at Darden full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They gave me a job fast, when I needed it and I was able to raise up the the ranks of the company fast

    Cons

    The managers played heavy favorites and it interfered with promotions and good scheduling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favorites

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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