Darden Reviews

Updated July 28, 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. They walk the talk, great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Partner in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Managing Partner in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Darden

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Leadership of Executive Team, and advantages they have being such a large player in casual dining

    Cons

    Due to being so large, they are more chances for things to happen to influence things both good and bad

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing


  2. Employer of choice for restaurant industry.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Manager in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Darden

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great Product to represent- Great Culture- restaurant philosophy is to be the best of Class. You interact with high end guests. Growing Organization and they promote from within. Recently acquired by Darden restaurants. Voted employer of choice for industry. Voted best restaurant in the country by Consumer reports. It has 5 day work week and great beneifts. The leaders have been in place for a long time. High volume average sales.

    Cons

    Restaurant business- nights and weekends and Holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the pride in product. Recognize your star performers.


  3. Awesome restaurant to work for!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Winston-Salem, NC
    Former Employee - Server in Winston-Salem, NC

    I worked at Darden

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    It is an amazing restaurant with great management and a tight knit family of staff.

    Cons

    Getting time off when you are sick or when your kids are sick is sometimes difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Provide written development plans for employees that are wanting to be promoted.


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  5. Darden a great place to work

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

    I have been working at Darden

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fair company great promotion program focused on training puts the employee first

    Cons

    None that I can think of right now. I enjoy the company as well as management. The training programs are outstanding.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time in the restaurants.


  6. Good Restaurant besides the guests

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Brandon, FL
    Former Employee - Server in Brandon, FL

    I worked at Darden

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a good job besides the guests. There was alot of flexibility for scheduling and there were decent employees to work with so I would recommend it. The food is crap though I would not eat anything from there myself. Was what you would expect from a restaurant job. Some people were pulling 35-45 k on tips so it was a really good outlook if that is what you want to do all the time. I am glad to be out of the restaurants but It is great money and not to hard. I would look for a better guest quality because it will make a difference.

    Cons

    Alot of guests were extremely demanding compared to other places I have worked.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  7. I Love Smokey Bones

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Server in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Darden

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a great place to work. I was in a Smokey Bones resturnt. The mangement was very nice and bought us food very often. They rewrded employes for every single thing that they did. They don't expect too much and the best schedules re given based on merit not seniority. Because of this you can be a fairly recent hire and if you work hard enough you can end up making a lot of money.

    Cons

    If you are not one of the favorites management makes it too noticible. I was very liked, but there were other employees who were very hard workers and for whatever reason they weren't liked by the uppers. Close relationships between management and employees allowed this to become aparent.

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great people - great opportunity!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Darden

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great and very good at their jobs. The culture is one of respect for the individual, teamwork and colaboration. Darden is a data-based company so decisions are made based on data and facts, not based on the peroson who has the highest rank. Additonally, the casual dining category is growing ad a clip of 7-9%. Darden is the share leader with about a 10% share. net, there is much room for opportunity and growth both with the company and for the individual.

    Cons

    Need to like Florida and living in Orlando. And it is a big company.

    Advice to Management

    Doing a very nice job.


  9. Great Place!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Bowling Green, KY
    Current Employee - Server in Bowling Green, KY

    I have been working at Darden

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They spend time actually training you. They make sure you know your stuff! The other employees have been more than helpful at helping me learn my way around. Over all, I love this job!

    Cons

    You have to deal with the occasional rude guest and roll a minimum of 50 silverware after your shift.

    Advice to Management

    Love my managers, they are fair and don't judge. They keep conflicts to a minimum and treat everyone the same!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good Company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Darden

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment and opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Health Insurance is not great.

    Advice to Management

    Beef up health insurance for RSC


  11. Helpful (1)

    The best serving job I have ever had.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server, Season's 52 in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Server, Season's 52 in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Darden

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The management is amazing. The really to care about you as a person not just someone on staff. The Coworkers are like family, they work together to get amazing results. The pay is great as well, very low stress because everything is planned perfect.

    Cons

    None, really. And no Darden is not writing this, an happy ex-employee is.



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