Darden Reviews

Updated June 30, 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, ability to make quick money (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • Very long hours that are not equivalent to the compensation package (in 29 reviews)

  • Work life balance could improve (in 13 reviews)

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  1. The fun is back at Darden

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There have been a lot of changes over the past year and throughout it all the company always made decisions using its core values as a filter.

    Cons

    There have been a number of workforce reductions over the past year and its been tough to lose a lot of great employees and friends.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the positive momentum going, continue to communicate to the employees about what's happening at Darden and celebrate our successes.


  2. olive garden las vegas

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    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Darden

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great company paid great wages

    Cons

    slow to advance gm in position very long time slow turnover


  3. Good company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ToGo! Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - ToGo! Specialist in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Darden dimes is such a thoughtful way to care for others within the organization who need help financially.

    Cons

    Just like anywhere, its not the company, but the employees who make daily work life challenging.


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  5. To Go Specialist/Certified Trainer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES in Racine, WI
    Former Employee - RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES in Racine, WI

    I worked at Darden (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great work environment, great people

    Cons

    weekends, holidays, long hours, stressful


  6. Server/Bartender

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Great company to work for, room for growth if you're hard working enough to persevere. Would recommend for great part time opportunities.

    Cons

    Difficult to support a family on, or achieve a full time position. Typical in house favoritism and playing favorites, but such is human nature.


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    dishwasher

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Homeschool Teacher in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Homeschool Teacher in Lowell, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fun place to work,co-workers are helpful.food is good and filling.pay is ok.

    Cons

    If yournot a people person,you shouldn't work there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  8. Manager

    Current Employee - Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Great Place to work good pay

    Cons

    Nothing to say anything wrong

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Restaurant Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, paid vacation, lots of options to any situation that comes your way in life personally and professionally

    Cons

    Can't think of any. Doesn't matter what's going on there's always something that can be done to help your situation.

    Advice to Management

    Got none


  10. Pantry Cook

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Prep Cook/Cook in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Prep Cook/Cook in Birmingham, AL

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Learning Experience, Good Pay, Good Hours

    Cons

    No time for yourself. no set schedule, not enough kitchen staff


  11. DO

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company is stable, offers excellent benefits and pay and offers great growth opportunities. Like any company there are both good an bad, but there is more good.

    Cons

    Like most businesses we are very numbers driven, and that is an each and every day look to see how you are doing. We measure so many things there is always an opportunity so you have to be able to deal with that daily up and down



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