Darden

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Darden Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
792 Reviews
3.4
792 Reviews
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Darden Chairman and CEO Clarence Otis Jr.
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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.  

    Great company to work for!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Lufkin, TX
    Current Employee - Server in Lufkin, TX

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Never have to worry about working on holidays.

    Cons

    Management is not consistent at my location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please get all of the managers on the same page, maybe better communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Server in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    I used to work for Darden, I left because I moved and recently returned to the company. They're a great company, they offer a lot of room for growth within the company. Corporate has a lot of ways for employees to reach out and get assistance.

    Cons

    The work can be grueling, but that's any restaurant. There are so many employees that it can be hard to "stand out." But that's the game I guess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye out for smaller employees looking to grow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Culture of teamwork and hospitality; compensation is equal to or better than the competition

    Cons

    Current environment is hard on work/life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very pleasurable and positive experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Legal Assistant in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Executive Legal Assistant in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Darden full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits package is amazing. Darden takes the time to employ positive and knowledgeable people.

    Cons

    Keeping up with the competition with the declining economy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Outstanding Company

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

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

    Pros

    Committed to each person as an individual and getting results the right way. Extensive training and commitment to helping the operations managers fulfil their responsibilities.

    Cons

    Sareholder expectations are sometimes unrealistic and can impede the growth and development of the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great environment

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

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

    Pros

    Fair work environment
    Room to grow
    Great managent (for the most part)
    Diverse work environment

    Cons

    Not an easy job, yet the slackers somehow get by with no real repercussion. The customer base is the worst part, you have to deal with low end individuals on a daily basis who think you owe them something and are always looking for a way to score something free

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    easy going staff serving all kinds of quality meals

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

    I have been working at Darden part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Laidback management that is not too hard on the employees and lets them work without interference from the higher ups.

    Cons

    No real cons as my experience as a server. It was always straightforward and depending on the Darden restaurant, the management might want you to go the extra mile and present the food in a certain manner but thats not bad at all.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Darden is like a family away from home

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, lots of work place activities available to contribute to your growth initiative. I have created wonderful friendships with co-workers who are always willing to go the extra mile.

    Cons

    The weight gain that comes from working for a company that has so many leading restaurant companies in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to identify and develop existing talent while striving to always make it a great place to work.People work hard when they feel appreciated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great company to be employed by.

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Development is key here. Work-life balance far exceeds any other restaurant corporation I have worked for.

    Cons

    In this line of work there will always be struggles with hours worked.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Overall, my experience with Darden has been fairly positive.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server, Host, ToGo, Olive Garden in Asheville, NC
    Former Employee - Server, Host, ToGo, Olive Garden in Asheville, NC

    I worked at Darden part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are amazing, and the systems already in place work very well, everything is always very organized, competitive pay for sure.

    Cons

    poor benefits, processes in place are often changed or modified which can get annoying. For example, one month somethings designated spot is in the side closet, and the next you are being told that it has to be in the back for no real reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel like while there are many system already in place as far as running the restaurant, I would like to see more collaboration among the manager and general mangers, it always seemed like the manager were always unhappy with one another, and communication was a bit poor between them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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