Darden Reviews

Updated August 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, 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. Server

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    Former Employee - Server in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - Server in Topeka, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Darden (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ability to transfer from one location to another without losing tenure.

    Cons

    Far too many doubles or split shifts each week, taking up most of your day.


  2. 7 years and no regrets

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bartender, Server and To-go Specialist in Tomball, TX
    Former Employee - Bartender, Server and To-go Specialist in Tomball, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at Darden (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Good benefits if full time. Eligible for savings on cell phone bill, vehicle purchases, rental cars, etc through employee site. New system where shift swapping is done online. Darden dimes is a great program that helps employees when they suffer traumatic events like death, fire or illness.

    Cons

    Over the years they went to a mandatory tip out system and flat lined all bussers and bartenders to $5/hr. They claimed this would "even" out and we would still make the same but it was a huge decrease in pay without a decrease in work load. Sometimes promotion is not necessarily based on talent. To make money it is definitely quantity over quality.


  3. Great Company with Long History, Change in Management for the Worse

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    Former Employee - Employee Relations Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Employee Relations Manager in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Darden full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Amazing Campus, Nice Work Environment, Lots of Room for Growth and Movement

    Cons

    Change in Leadership has led to the dismantling of many of the companies employee first policies.

    Advice to Management

    Remember what made you the world's largest full service restaurant company and focus on your people. That focus will result in a positive bottom line.


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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, management, career acknowledgement, understanding

    Cons

    Not flexible enough for me


  6. Longhorn server

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    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Collierville, TN
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Collierville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Established restaurant so most of the time busy. Good management system. Flexible schedule. Semi-upscale so usually good clientele!

    Cons

    Great for a serving job but like most serving jobs the pay is not always consistent and you don't know what you will make from week to week but on a plus side you can always pick up a shift of need be.

    Advice to Management

    Some managers at certain locations need to be more interactive with the guests. Just simply stopping by to say hey to a table increases the guests dining experience!


  7. Darden puts employees first

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    Former Employee - Server in Grand Forks, ND
    Former Employee - Server in Grand Forks, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Open door policy, thorough training, high earning potential, coworkers meld well together due to selective hiring practices, continuous feedback, encouragement, support. I worked as a server at a Darden Restaurant for three years and, as a result, pursued a career in Human Resources. My leadership team there was inspiring and my role was life changing.

    Cons

    None; I loved working there from the day I started until the day I left the area for a career in my field.


  8. line cook

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    Former Employee - Line Cook in Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Line Cook in Harrisburg, PA

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

    Pros

    This was a great job, with room to grow within the company.great pay.

    Cons

    Less drama,most of the staff was worried about everything esle, except their own business n responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to treat all staff equal.


  9. Bartender

    Current Employee - Server/Bartender
    Current Employee - Server/Bartender

    Pros

    Provide insurance from day one. Most concepts provide a high level of training for an entry level serving position. Management is usually promoted from within.

    Cons

    Coupons and specials on already low-cost entrees. No gratuity added to any size party. Parties of nine or more are split between two servers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what is working. Hire and train quality people. Ensure that the training new employees adheres to the company standard.


  10. Server

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours, easy work environment, plenty of staff, easy to get shifts covered, regular and repeat guests

    Cons

    Inconsistent management. Management staff was constantly changing which made it difficult to get all staff on the same page


  11. Server

    Current Employee - Server in Hoover, AL
    Current Employee - Server in Hoover, AL

    Pros

    Endless Possibilities of making money and moving up in the company.

    Cons

    Nothing negative to say about the company.



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