Darden Reviews

Updated March 28, 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 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. have worked for this company for 11 years and have enjoyed my experiences there.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Benefits, working with others, money

    Cons

    Inconsistent management, work ethic of coworkers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have your servers back, always try and help the customer, but when a customer is obviously wrong and is treating your employees with disrespect please don't let that happen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Server

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    Current Employee - Server in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Server in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, culture, work and life balance, popular chain, safe environment, friendly. Discounts on food. Insurance. Management gets discounts at different places like with child care and phone companies, etc

    Cons

    Computer software system is a little old, no wi-fi and some guests complain about that, sometimes the printers and computers break in my restaurant which is older.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the computer system needs to be updated so that a server is able to click on a seat number and see exactly what that guest has. (Right now we have to print to do that). I would also like to see a total for each guest on the check.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Too controlling

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Great food and good tips

    Cons

    Long hours, must eat your employee meal on premises can't leave with it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your employee's breathe

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. I loved opening new stores with Darden and being a certified trainer.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden

    Pros

    The structure is a fool proof way to ensure guest satisfaction and return clients.

    Cons

    The long hours are not desirable if you have a family you enjoy seeing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. AMAZING

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    Current Employee - Certified Trainer in Wayne, NJ
    Current Employee - Certified Trainer in Wayne, NJ

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

    Pros

    well developed, friendly and caring

    Cons

    price points are low so check averages aren't that high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promo new menu items for a beta group of servers before adding them to the menu since they know what sells

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Well managed company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Managers are well trained, coaching style.

    Cons

    The staff hired is usually of poor quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better interviewing methods to get the types of waiters you want representing your company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. Overall the experience is nice, but there are some people I don't like working with.

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    Current Employee - Host/Hostess in Round Rock, TX
    Current Employee - Host/Hostess in Round Rock, TX

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Servers are the bests ones to work with

    Cons

    Hostess there don't do their jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there is nothing to discuss

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Great!

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    Current Employee - Server in Santa Fe, NM
    Current Employee - Server in Santa Fe, NM

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Always willing to work with your schedule

    Cons

    Unsteady income and unpredictable hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Amazing company

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    Current Employee - Culinary Manager in Vienna, WV
    Current Employee - Culinary Manager in Vienna, WV

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity for advancement, family oriented.

    Cons

    high turnover rate in employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    food cost

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 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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    Current Employee - Server in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Server in Orlando, FL

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with the respect they deserve

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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