Darden Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
730 Reviews

3.5
730 Reviews
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Darden Chairman and CEO Clarence Otis Jr.
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346 Ratings

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.  

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Food Server
    Current Employee - Food Server

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

    Pros

    Management , money , great people to work with

    Cons

    Part time , no benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide health insurance , vacation to part time employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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!

  6.  

    Worked at Olive Garden a couple years. Good solid job.

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    Current Employee - Busser  in  Bloomington, IL
    Current Employee - Busser in Bloomington, IL

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

    Pros

    Working in a restaurant like Olive Garden was fun for me as a college kid. Tips aren't great there but not terrible either.

    Cons

    I cant say much bad about olive garden.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    how it is to work at olive garden host/server to go specialist

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    Current Employee - Server, Hostess, To-go Specialist  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Server, Hostess, To-go Specialist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Darden part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    as a server : no need to wait 1 or 2 weeks for a pay check. you make your money you leave with your money the same day
    short shifts 11-4 or 4-10 good work life balance
    flexible hours
    GREAT chance for growth you can move up in the company to management with in a year if you prove your self and let them know if that what you want
    you can work many different positions one day be a host the next day bartend next day waitress
    day goes by fast because your busy all day no time to be bored or even look at the time
    you determine how much you make depending on how well you upsell and push alcohol or appetizers
    you can make 700 per week if you work hard. just be confident and organized
    you make a a lot of friends unlike other jobs here you work with 25 different people everyday. u meet someone new every week.
    fast paced environment

    Cons

    high amount of stress !!!!!
    fast pace can be overwhelming
    deal with impossible guest who come just to basically get a free meal and not tip.
    3 guest complaints and your out !
    multi tasking is a must. 3 tables at once mangers expect us to greet table within 30 seconds with a wine bottle.
    unlimited soup salad and breadsticks and drinks to 3 tables at the same time can be overwhelming plus take order and make sure it comes out hot and on time not too soon not to late.
    if one thing goes wrong it has a huge ripple effect and ruins your mood for the day. bad mood = bad tips
    managers treat you as a number not a person you are not allowed to know when you can leave
    unstable income
    slow days= slow pay vice versa

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    some managers are great some are control freaks. they treat workers like children

  8.  

    Like Family

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    Former Employee - Server  in  Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - Server in Secaucus, NJ

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

    Pros

    They hired me back in another state after being absent from serving for two years because they knew I really needed a job.

    Cons

    Never an opportunity for overtime.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Server  in  Cherry Hill, NJ
    Former Employee - Server in Cherry Hill, NJ

    I worked at Darden as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Extensive training, room for advancement, encouragement by staff and management, Darden Dimes is a wonderful benefit.

    Cons

    Disorganized shifts, no end times for shifts, and communication could be better at the beginning of shifts to advise the waitstaff of menu items that are not available. Also, if you need to change your availability for any other reason other than going to school, they will not allow it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make "86"ed items a point of priority during talk ins, allow employees to change their availability for reasons other than going to school. Working parents have children in school, and that should also be a consideration.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    very pleasant and flexible

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    Former Employee - Server  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Server in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Darden part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Scheduler always worked with me never a problem.

    Cons

    Some customers can very unreasonable and treat you as their personal servant unfortunately in this industry the customer is always right.

    Recommends
  11.  

    "Corporate" tall org structure loves rules and politics

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    Former Employee - Support Center - Manager Level  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Support Center - Manager Level in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Darden full-time

    Pros

    Their marketing budget

    Cons

    Their marketing budget still isn't driving sustainable traffic growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look objectively at the performance in your support center and don't just keep those that play politics well.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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