Darden Reviews

Updated August 1, 2015
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Pros
  • Flexible schedule and the ability to walk with cash in hand are the best perks of this job (in 52 reviews)

  • flexible hours, ability to make quick money (in 33 reviews)

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

  • Work life balance could improve (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Togo specialist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Togo Specialist in Kissimmee, FL
    Current Employee - Togo Specialist in Kissimmee, FL

    I have been working at Darden full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Hourly plus tips, get lots of hours if you close

    Cons

    Lots of work for no tip most of the time. Splitting tips. Gets super crazy with no help sometimes.


  2. Darden

    Former Employee - Waitress in Cumming, GA
    Former Employee - Waitress in Cumming, GA

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

    Pros

    Being able to purchase gift cards with discount.

    Cons

    Declining value of food.

    Advice to Management

    Food quality went down after Longhorn was acquired by Darden. Too expensive.


  3. Benefits only good for management. Hourly employees don't rate.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Waiting Staff in Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - Waiting Staff in Palmdale, CA

    I have been working at Darden (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Able to get time off (usually) unless it is Mothers Day or Valentines Day!

    Cons

    Hard work, physically and that takes a toll after a while. Too much favoritism. Standards that are sometimes followed, sometimes ignored by management. Team members expected to follow rules, then management breaks rules. Principles that are not practiced, communication stinks.

    Advice to Management

    Follow the Standards, treat team members equally.


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  5. Server

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

    I have been working at Darden

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule unless it's busy season

    Cons

    Favoritism will play a large part in scheduling

    Advice to Management

    Don't cut shifts just because your employees don't flirt with you.


  6. Service Professional; Certified Trainer; Server

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Teaching new staff; sharing wine and food knowledge with guests

    Cons

    Insubordination towards management; Cliques; Favoritism; Lack of discipline; Poor work ethic by team members; Standards not upheld;


  7. You have 2 work 4 It

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    you can be promoted very quickly in the company and it is a very large company with great values and principles

    Cons

    Not much money due to the soup and salad and the multitude of coupons. Training is not in depth so you learn as you go

    Advice to Management

    Do not forget the little people that help make your company, the company that it is. Many times there appear to be alot of favoritism at hand


  8. Helpful (3)

    Longhorn Steakhouse Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Culinary Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Culinary Manager in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Consistent paycheck, free meals, bonuses, 401k, insurance. Darden Dimes is nice, but if employees knew that their donations are placed into investments, they probably wouldn't participate.

    Cons

    Long, long hours. Small yearly increases. Co-managers are lazy and unaccountable. 'Area of operations' rotation (lack of consistency). Labor matrix very unreasonable. 'Utility Program' is a joke - restaurants are dirty and gross. The system is set up to suck the life right of of you and your employees.

    Advice to Management

    To the greedy people at the top trying to look good to the shareholders, you have no idea how much your managers and employees resent you for creating such a laborsome work environment. By far the most demanding, underpaid position of my life. If you would anonymously survey your people, you might be shocked to find how many managers and team members dislike working for Longhorn Steakhouse.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Short term company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Darden

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Up front like a used car salesman. Good perks but temporary. Nothing truly lasts forever. Great yacht compared to smaller cruise ships for businesses . Excellent training for a corporation doesn't trickle down into the masses well.

    Cons

    Long hours. Inconsistent pace compares well with market very old school practices not very current with today's trends stuck in there own world.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Focus on enrichment people skills that is what made you a larger entity. Listen to your partners they can provide great insight for your business and continued company success.


  10. I worked for this company for way too long, received no benefits, worst management I've ever come across in my career.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Server in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Darden full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    great training, great tips, always bust

    Cons

    management is horrible, they don't help their employees or treat them with respect. They treat you like slaves. All they care about are their own commissions

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with the respect they deserve


  11. Great place to start my career, but growth was stunted by the new board takeover

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staffing and Training Manager
    Former Employee - Staffing and Training Manager

    I worked at Darden full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefit and salary time off

    Cons

    ideas from the support center don't translate well to operations

    Advice to Management

    allow managers to also participate in the one voice survey



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