Darden Reviews

Updated April 18, 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. Administrative Business Specialist

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Senior Database Administrator
    Former Employee - Senior Database Administrator

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Love to assistant and educate as well as learn to grow.

    Cons

    Time away from my family while at the same time be a role model to be responsible.

    Advice to Management

    Ready for experience prestigious company

  2. server

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    Current Employee - Food Server in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Food Server in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Darden

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed my employment at Olive Garden. I made decent money and the management team was very supportive of my schooling and other job opportunities.

    Cons

    I felt like I was not fully utilized when the maximum number of tables a server is allowed to wait on is limited to three. I completely understand why the corporation does this based on the employee turn over ratio and doing this allows the management to have a larger pool of employees to hire from.

    Advice to Management

    I would allow the stronger servers to hold more tables and reserve certain stations for those stronger servers.

  3. Server

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

    I have been working at Darden full-time

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

    Pros

    Good environment to work in. Makes you feel like you are part of a family

    Cons

    Stressful at times. Sometimes guests aren't the best tippers

    Advice to Management

    Try to understand what it is like to be an entry level employee

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  5. Pretty good to work for

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

    I have been working at Darden part-time

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

    Pros

    You build great relationships with your team members. The management team works really hard to help the servers. They seem like they care about the team.

    Cons

    The pay isn't as good as it could be for how hard you work. The job is very demanding, and the list of incentives is short. Also, the customer is REALLY always right. Even when they are so wrong.

    Advice to Management

    I don't what a solution to this would be, but usually servers end up feeling really undervalued. We rarely receive credit for doing a good job, but often call a lot of notice whenever we make the smallest mistake.

  6. A strong restaurant company with great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance
    Great perks
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Executive leadership leads in the moment causing operations to chase one goal at a time.

  7. Great place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    People company. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    too much diversity related promotions

  8. Server

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Server in Raleigh, NC

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

  9. have worked for this company for 11 years and have enjoyed my experiences there.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

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

    Pros

    Benefits, working with others, money

    Cons

    Inconsistent management, work ethic of coworkers

    Advice to Management

    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.

  10. Too controlling

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great food and good tips

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Let your employee's breathe

  11. I loved opening new stores with Darden and being a certified trainer.

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

    I worked at Darden

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

    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.

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