Darden Reviews

Updated August 30, 2014
Updated August 30, 2014
736 Reviews
3.5
736 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 50 reviews)

  • flexible hours and availability to trade shifts with other servers (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Very long hours that are not equivalent to the compensation package (in 26 reviews)

  • Work/Life balance can suffer for those who are truly committed to advancing their career with Darden (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great company to be employed by.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden for more than a 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
  2.  

    Overall, my experience with Darden has been fairly positive.

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    • 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 for 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Server
    Current Employee - Food Server

    I have been working at Darden part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Management , money , great people to work with

    Cons

    Part time , no benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide health insurance , vacation to part time employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worked at Olive Garden a couple years. Good solid job.

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    Current Employee - Busser  in  Bloomington, IL
    Current Employee - Busser in Bloomington, IL

    I have been working at Darden part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working in a restaurant like Olive Garden was fun for me as a college kid. Tips aren't great there but not terrible either.

    Cons

    I cant say much bad about olive garden.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Like Family

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server  in  Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - Server in Secaucus, NJ

    I worked at Darden full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They hired me back in another state after being absent from serving for two years because they knew I really needed a job.

    Cons

    Never an opportunity for overtime.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I great experience!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Olive Garden Host  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Olive Garden Host in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Darden part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great! Lots of fun, good benefits, a great experience I would recommend this to everyone. Flexible schedules

    Cons

    Everything was great, but I believe that the pay could be better for everyone in the company. Other than that everything is good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Olive Garden Waitress

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    Current Employee - Waitress  in  Middletown, NY
    Current Employee - Waitress in Middletown, NY

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

    Pros

    The company truly treats you like family.

    Cons

    none that I could think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Great PT work, and wonderful offerings for FT employees.

    Cons

    Advancement is vague, like all restaurants, work can become a game of politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Staffing and training manager that loves working for Darden

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    Current Employee - Staffing and Training Manager  in  Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Staffing and Training Manager in Fort Myers, FL

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

    Pros

    I am a Darden nerd that lives and breathes the core values! I live in florida so all time off feels like vacation! I have great work/life balance and couldn't be happier. If you breed the culture in your restaurant and buy in to the principles of Darden you will be very successful and have a winning team!

    Cons

    I have no cons to add. I have been promoted twice, have received raises as deserved and have been mentored by great people within the company. The MIT program is top notch. My fiance is also a restaurant manager for a competing brand and the difference is unbelievable. His company allows GM's to hang out with employees, curse and belittle employees and health code is not followed. So glad I work for Darden!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Darden manager Salaries are comparable to other restaurants, however Darden managers are held to a higher standard and perform at a higher level than managers at other concepts. They should be paid accordingly. If one can make it through the Darden hiring process and MIT program then they deserve 50,000 per year base pay...period!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I like how we are a team and pleasant.

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    Current Employee - To-Go Specialist  in  California, MD
    Current Employee - To-Go Specialist in California, MD

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just stay the way you are, you all have lots of challenges and you do a great job with all of it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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