Darden
3.4 of 5 675 reviews
www.darden.com Orlando, FL 5000+ Employees

Darden Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.4 675 reviews

                             

77% Approve of the CEO

Darden Chairman and CEO Clarence Otis Jr.

Clarence Otis Jr.

(325 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    I like how we are a team and pleasant.

    To-Go Specialist (Current Employee)
    California, MD

    ProsFriendly atmosphere, very helpful team and you can advance to different position.

    ConsStarting off the not knowing of the food is a challenge.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust stay the way you are, you all have lots of challenges and you do a great job with all of it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Really great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood money, good people, and they will give you hours. They also have awesome rewards and benefits for employees.

    ConsNot really a con, but a bit of advice. When Darden says teamwork, they mean it. If you're not a team player, i.e. food running for others, helping others' tables, and doing whatever the restaurant needs, you're not going to fit in or be successful. It's a synergistic environment, and you get what you put in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up. No complaints here.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Darden is good place to work

    Line Cook (Current Employee)
    Keene, NH

    Prosgood pay, great hours, friendly staff

    Conscan be frustrating, lack of manager help

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more cooks so that you dont burn out the ones you have

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    olive garden

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat people to work with. plenty of growth opportunity if you choose that career path.

    Consnot a constant pay but no server job is.

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    It was alright

    Utility (Current Employee)
    Lima, OH

    Prosgood money slow days and feed you

    ConsNO BREAKS long days make you work a double on holidays

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The best restaurant Ive ever worked at

    Server (Current Employee)
    Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsManagement is supportive of the servers--- Management gives the servers the benefit of the doubt when dealing with customer complaints (a big plus)
    Management works along with the staff--- I have worked in two different Longhorn restaurants (in ND and UT), and in both, management has no problem in running food to tables, helping the cooks, etc.
    Staff is generally supportive of each other.
    No double standards--- Male and female servers are not treated differently; in many restaurants, male servers are often times treated differently by management, but NOT here.
    Sections are not assigned based on looks
    Food is superior---- and good food is easier to sell..
    The restaurants are clean, orderly, and professional--- Longhorn expects a higher standard for its staff, and rewards those who live up to it.

    ConsTip-out is based upon gross sales, not actual tipped sales... not necessarily something I agree with, There is a big difference between the two.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great

    Hostess (Former Employee)
    Gurnee, IL

    ProsPatient, they taught me everything that I needed to know. They were very friendly and the pay was good

    Consnone at all, I loved everything.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awesome

    Busser (Current Employee)
    Plymouth, MA

    ProsLoved the people management was very honest in all there dealings very easy to sit down and talk freely about your ideas on how to improve the guest experience

    ConsPay is horrible for bussers to much work very little pay and kitchen help bartenders suffer the same dilemma

    Advice to Senior ManagementRaise the pay scale give people a reason to love there job with free meals and also rubber mats for the line cooks less fatigue means more productivity and praise your workers don't just talk to them when they do wrong

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    General Manager (Current Employee)
    Austell, GA

    ProsVery stable company to work for

    ConsLong hours some days. Many many tasks

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Extremely satisfying, motivates you to be your best.

    Restaurant Manager (Current Employee)
    Lexington Park, MD

    ProsThey do 50% internal promotion to Restaurant Manager. Great opportunities. Really do treat you like you are family. Darden comstantly challenges you to be more. Constantly motivates you.

    ConsSometimes to much is expected of you, but what else can u expect from a corporate restuarant facility.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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