Darden Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. Short term company

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    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.

  2. 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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    • Career Opportunities
    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

  3. It's a job.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server/Waiter
    Current Employee - Server/Waiter

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fun friendly staff, fast paced environment and good money.

    Cons

    It's frustrating, exhausting and not very flexible on scheduling.

    Advice to Management

    Incentives! Adequate staff to make scheduling less stressful. Alleviate back to back shifts.

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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

  6. Too little, too late

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - To Go Specialist in Victorville, CA
    Current Employee - To Go Specialist in Victorville, CA

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

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

    Pros

    full time employees have a decent benefit package and all employees have access to Darden Dimes assistance program

    Cons

    Too few hours, dwindling benefits

    Advice to Management

    spend more time in server development and hire fewer servers allowing those employed to have more hours

  7. Over worked and underpaid

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

    I worked at Darden

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

    Pros

    None Nine None None None

    Cons

    It is like working on Survivor. The best back stabber wins.

    Advice to Management

    The current leaders of this organization will continue to help sink the ship. They descriminate against older males.

  8. Only Talks the Talk.....

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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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

  9. Depends greatly on your management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Busser in Dorchester, MA
    Former Employee - Busser in Dorchester, MA

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

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

    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!

  10. Tough company good perks.

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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

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

  11. Poor management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Server in Jacksonville, FL

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

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