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Darden Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
851 Reviews
3.5
851 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Started as server, rapidly became trainer, bartender, and to-go.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden

    Pros

    If you work hard the earning potential is very nice for the hours you put in.

    Cons

    Must be able to work with people that will not work as hard as you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more ideas from the people working in the restaurant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Darden

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    Former Employee - Server Assistant in Fairlawn, OH
    Former Employee - Server Assistant in Fairlawn, OH

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

    Pros

    good company over all to work for, great money in the right position, hires competent employees, very high volume location

    Cons

    communication, management didn't take much responsibility for things, didn't promote from within the restaurant

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of paperwork

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Fast paced, easy in company transfers

    Cons

    hours, no where close to a set schedule

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  5.  

    Decent income. But, inconsistent expectations.

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    Current Employee - Server in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Server in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Darden part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The expectations of the staff are to the highest caliber.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility. The expectations of the staff are not evenly distributed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all staff equally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    loved hosting

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    Current Employee - Olive Garden Host in Cutler Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Olive Garden Host in Cutler Bay, FL

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    decent pay
    chill job for college student
    great managers

    Cons

    4-5 hour shift
    bossy employees
    guest can get annoying but thats expected at restaurants

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing, i had great managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Love-hate relationship with the food industry.

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    Current Employee - Server in Lubbock, TX
    Current Employee - Server in Lubbock, TX

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot about customer service, patience, and how to deal with people.

    Cons

    People not tipping well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure all managers are aware of scheduling info.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    the only thing this the other the the he she mat cat got him goat love hey hey hey

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    Current Employee - Service Professional in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Service Professional in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    money cash good flow cash flow make that money for the entire day you bank bank bank with hard cold cash money baby

    Cons

    boring long day hours late always dead tired at the end of the shift and the longhorn way is crazy crazy lady baby

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nine

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Lots of changes

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    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Great working environment, always a chance for advancement.

    Cons

    Change in direction is constant

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    14 years of experience as a Director of Operations over 10 restaurants and 800 team members.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent systems and brands, room for advancement

    Cons

    Work life balance, focus of profits over employees needs in some areas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Easy Serving Job, Room to advance somewhat

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    Former Employee - Server in Wayne, NJ
    Former Employee - Server in Wayne, NJ

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

    Pros

    Money was based on tips, great work-life balance as you can get a shift covered fairly easily, Darden does offer good benefits though I do not take advantage of them. Really is like one big family, teamwork makes the dream work.

    Cons

    Late nights if you are closing, Not making any sort of money when it is slow and there are too many people working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more fair when giving hours

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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