Darden Reviews

Updated June 30, 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. olive garden las vegas

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Darden

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great company paid great wages

    Cons

    slow to advance gm in position very long time slow turnover


  2. Restaurant Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, paid vacation, lots of options to any situation that comes your way in life personally and professionally

    Cons

    Can't think of any. Doesn't matter what's going on there's always something that can be done to help your situation.

    Advice to Management

    Got none


  3. Manager

    Current Employee - Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Great Place to work good pay

    Cons

    Nothing to say anything wrong

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. They take care of the people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They really take care of their people, treat you like a family and be considerate for your personal development and provides amazing offers.

    Cons

    decisions could take relatively long time to see effects since it's a big corporate, which is understandable

    Advice to Management

    keep it up with the great way you treat people - it really cultivates loyalty.


  6. Great Environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Server in Charlotte, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Darden has some of the best restaurants and staff under it's company. When you work for Darden you become a part of a huge family. Management and current staff are extremely welcoming and helpful.

    Cons

    Some restaurants aren't always busy. The downtime is the hardest thing to deal with depending on the area in which your restaurant is located.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being personable and understanding. It really has a huge effect on your staff and clientele. Your efforts are what pushes your staff to be as great as they can be.


  7. Great company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bartender in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Bartender in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Darden

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The managers there were great!

    Cons

    I do not have anything bad to say about Darden. It is a great company.

    Advice to Management

    I had a great management team behind me!


  8. Line Cook

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Line Cook/Prep in Moosic, PA
    Former Employee - Line Cook/Prep in Moosic, PA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good management, good fun co-workers.

    Cons

    It is restaurant life, you know how it goes. Mandatory nights, weekends, and all holidays. Very little time to spend with the ones you love and are important to you.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Seasons 52 Server

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Server in Oak Brook, IL

    I have been working at Darden part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere
    Excellent guests
    Fresh attitude every shift
    Amazing/healthy food
    Wine knowledge provided
    Gallo training included ($300 value/resume builder)
    Opportunity to make ALOT of money

    Cons

    Typical restaurant hierarchy
    Ridiculously long hours and holidays
    $ based on section and in/out time
    New menu every 3 months


  10. Helpful (1)

    Very flexible and kind without ever demanding too much and also have a charity to assist employees in case of emergency

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server/Waiter in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Server/Waiter in Cherry Hill, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Can move up quickly, charity for employees, kind, caring

    Cons

    Work holidays, no extra pay (that's your job), clientele


  11. Wonderful

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Go Specialist and Cashier
    Former Employee - Go Specialist and Cashier

    I worked at Darden (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The managers show how much they appreciate their employees

    Cons

    Not being able to have holidays off.



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