Darden Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
759 Reviews
3.5
759 Reviews
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Darden Chairman and CEO Clarence Otis Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule and the ability to walk with cash in hand are the best perks of this job (in 51 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 28 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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  1.  

    Outstanding Company

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    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager

    I worked at Darden full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Committed to each person as an individual and getting results the right way. Extensive training and commitment to helping the operations managers fulfil their responsibilities.

    Cons

    Sareholder expectations are sometimes unrealistic and can impede the growth and development of the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Server in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Darden full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fair work environment
    Room to grow
    Great managent (for the most part)
    Diverse work environment

    Cons

    Not an easy job, yet the slackers somehow get by with no real repercussion. The customer base is the worst part, you have to deal with low end individuals on a daily basis who think you owe them something and are always looking for a way to score something free

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Darden is like a family away from home

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Darden full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, lots of work place activities available to contribute to your growth initiative. I have created wonderful friendships with co-workers who are always willing to go the extra mile.

    Cons

    The weight gain that comes from working for a company that has so many leading restaurant companies in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to identify and develop existing talent while striving to always make it a great place to work.People work hard when they feel appreciated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    easy going staff serving all kinds of quality meals

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    Current Employee - Food Server in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Food Server in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Darden part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Laidback management that is not too hard on the employees and lets them work without interference from the higher ups.

    Cons

    No real cons as my experience as a server. It was always straightforward and depending on the Darden restaurant, the management might want you to go the extra mile and present the food in a certain manner but thats not bad at all.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A great company to be employed by.

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

    I have been working at Darden (more than an year)

    Pros

    Development is key here. Work-life balance far exceeds any other restaurant corporation I have worked for.

    Cons

    In this line of work there will always be struggles with hours worked.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Overall, my experience with Darden has been fairly positive.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server, Host, ToGo, Olive Garden in Asheville, NC
    Former Employee - Server, Host, ToGo, Olive Garden in Asheville, NC

    I worked at Darden part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are amazing, and the systems already in place work very well, everything is always very organized, competitive pay for sure.

    Cons

    poor benefits, processes in place are often changed or modified which can get annoying. For example, one month somethings designated spot is in the side closet, and the next you are being told that it has to be in the back for no real reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel like while there are many system already in place as far as running the restaurant, I would like to see more collaboration among the manager and general mangers, it always seemed like the manager were always unhappy with one another, and communication was a bit poor between them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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 (more than an 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Server
    Current Employee - Food Server

    I have been working at Darden part-time (less than an 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
  10.  

    Like Family

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - Server in Secaucus, NJ

    I worked at Darden full-time (less than an 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
  11.  

    I great experience!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Olive Garden Host in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Olive Garden Host in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Darden part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great! Lots of fun, good benefits, a great experience I would recommend this to everyone. Flexible schedules

    Cons

    Everything was great, but I believe that the pay could be better for everyone in the company. Other than that everything is good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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