Darden Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
732 Reviews
3.5
732 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    First Server Job

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    Former Employee - Server  in  Lithonia, GA
    Former Employee - Server in Lithonia, GA

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

    Pros

    I liked the training. They did a great job in making sure I would not be lost on my first day of serving. It was also a great foundation for future Serving Jobs

    Cons

    Minimum Server Wage so if the restaurant is slow you are out of luck

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I loved working at Seasons 52.

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    Former Employee - Hostess At Seasons 52  in  Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Hostess At Seasons 52 in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    Javier the GM is awesome! All of the managers work really hard to accommodate everyone's schedule the best they can.

    Cons

    the servers can be whiney and don't appreciate when you help them. The guests that dine here are usually snobby and critical but that's no one's fault I suppose, just the crowd that is attracted to this restaurant/area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more long term staff. We trained so many crappy servers that left so quickly; it would be nice to hire more long term people that will be more reliable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Overall, my experience with Darden has been fairly positive.

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    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
  6.  

    It was an experience.

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    Current Employee - Sever  in  Springfield, PA
    Current Employee - Sever in Springfield, PA

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

    Pros

    The different people you meet on several occasions.

    Cons

    There weren't any big cons. My only issue was with management it sucked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop having favorites.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager  in  Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at Darden full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Best in the restaurant industry

    Cons

    Knee jerk reactions and inconsistent goals and messages.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    I had a great experience working at Olive Garden as a server.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    The people who work at OG are really great and fun to work with. It's also a great experience to work with people so much and learn how to provide excellent customer satisfaction.

    Cons

    Some days are worse than others. Occasionally you get that one angry customer that just hates everything and takes it all out on you. These people need to take a chill pill. Often people don't realize your paycheck is basically all tips so leaving a dollar is really unfair. Definitely try to work nights which is when you'll make the most money!

  9.  

    Server

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Darden

    Pros

    Lots of freedom
    Ability to make decent money in college
    Interact with a plethora of different types of people
    Schedule

    Cons

    Interact with a plethora of different types of people
    Unlimited soup and salad
    Management can be terrible
    Favoritism on all levels

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Experience!!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden

    Pros

    I met a lot of new people and ran into a lot of people that I already knew. It's a nice place to work while you're going to school or just need a part time job.

    Cons

    Sometimes it was hard to get time off especially the holidays. The insurance was too expensive for somebody who worked part time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have favorites and if you do, don't let it be known.

  11.  

    They take care of you if you try your best for them.

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    Current Employee - Server  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Server in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great job if you're in school. Good money for a part-time job and the managers care about you.

    Cons

    Hard to get shifts covered and hard to please authority. Some customers treat you terribly. High standards. Money is very fluctual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give servers more time off if they request it. Free meals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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