Darden

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Darden Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
822 Reviews
3.5
822 Reviews
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Darden Chairman and CEO Clarence Otis Jr.
Clarence Otis Jr.
388 Ratings

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.  

    Great company, bad specials

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Server in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Great managers and flexible schedules

    Cons

    Too many specials and changing menu made making tips impossible

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fun time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Jackson, TN
    Former Employee - Server in Jackson, TN

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

    Pros

    Great training, fun enviroment, possibilities for advancement

    Cons

    hours, share of workload with other servers, certain management showed favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keeo up with the high standards and enforcement even into management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Awsome group of people,

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    The company really cares about their internal guest(team member) as well as the guest!

    Cons

    Not any cons except my work life balance could have been better....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Working at olive garden

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Certified Trainer in Kenner, LA
    Current Employee - Certified Trainer in Kenner, LA

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay
    Flexibile schedule
    Great team work

    Cons

    Expectations are aet too low with serving staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train new employees more vigorously

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    As a server, I believe there is much separation between management and employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in North Wales, PA
    Current Employee - Server in North Wales, PA

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

    Pros

    -Great flexible schedules
    -Great for students as part time jobs
    -Easily able to receive days off

    Cons

    -Stress does come from time to time
    -No hourly base pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe management should focus on connecting with their employees and train their managers to make their employees feel proud of their work environment. I also believe restaurant managers should have higher privileges to advertise locally and Darden shall take drastic changes in modernizing their restaurants.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It's alright

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

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Good pay for a first job. Managers I've seen always willing to help.

    Cons

    Severs always blame you for some dumb things that happen and creates lots of unnecessary drama.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    The best choice I've made

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

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Reliable job. Great benefits. Excellent pay and always have the opportunity to advance

    Cons

    The star board, now main focus is only financial use to focus mainly on guest satisfaction now that seams secondary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consist

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    The culture in which the restaurant acts upon along with the flexibility of my schedule.

    Cons

    Working when it comes to certain holidays.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Oversee Operations of individual restaurant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Partner in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Managing Partner in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Fast paced environment that ensures you are always busy. Great structure and senior leadership. Awesome recognition of success and career advancement.

    Cons

    Industry downfalls, schedule, long hours and working holidays. No specific cons to this company, just with the industry as a whole.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    General Manager

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

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Benefits, values diversity, vacation, flex days

    Cons

    Hours, bonus, stopped opening new restaurants,

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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