Darden Reviews

Updated April 25, 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. Server

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    Current Employee - Server in Webster, TX
    Current Employee - Server in Webster, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    We have the decision to move up or stay where we are in the company. They are flexible with students and do their best to keep us workers happy.

    Cons

    The service side you deal with people and the bad parts about people.

    Advice to Management

    continue to be picky about who you hire.

  2. Coming from a Darden employee I think it is a good company

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    Current Employee - Server in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Server in Waterloo, IA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You can make a lot of money in a short amount of time through Darden restaurants.

    Cons

    Crappy hours, inconstant money

  3. Administrative Business Specialist

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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

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  5. 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.

  6. Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager in Burnsville, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Burnsville, MN

    I have been working at Darden full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Company. Great GMs and fantastic Director who truly cares about his managers.

    Cons

    Working nights and weekends. However, in moderation it isn't bad at all.

  7. Server

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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

  8. Each franchise is different.

    Current Employee - Hostess in Decatur, GA
    Current Employee - Hostess in Decatur, GA

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable managers, raises, flexible hours, overtime available.

    Cons

    fast turn around rate, long hours without sitting, disrespectful managers.

  9. Olive Garden server.

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    Former Employee - Food Server in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Food Server in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Darden

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work when the rules are followed. %50 off food during your shift. Most of the time I love the people who come in. It is very family oriented.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. It seem if they don't like you they will treat you like garbage. I've had at least 5-6 management transfers since ive been working here.

    Advice to Management

    Work on your training process. Be a little easier on employees for gods sake, unlimited soup and salad does become a bit stressful at times.

  10. Average restaurant job

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    Current Employee - Greeter in Tukwila, WA
    Current Employee - Greeter in Tukwila, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - great people to work with
    - fast paced environment
    - short shifts

    Cons

    - bad management
    - not enough pay for job responsibilities
    - mistreatment of employees

    Advice to Management

    Address rule changes in the restaurant, stop expecting us to know things you haven't explained. If you want to keep your employees, do a better job at treating us the way we should be treated.

  11. Pretty good to work for

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    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.

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