Darden Reviews

Updated July 3, 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. Helpful (1)

    Darden only cares about their bottom line

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Columbus, GA
    Former Employee - Server in Columbus, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have benefits such as health, dental, eye, life, disability insurances, they run a "darden dimes" program to help employees in times of emergencies, they have discounts from places such as Dell, Verizon, Jackson Hewitt, ect

    Cons

    You are nothing to them. They do not care if you make money working there or not as long as their bottom line is good then they dont care about you at all

    Advice to Management

    Quit being so afraid of breaking corporates rules


  2. They don

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Member
    Current Employee - Team Member

    I have been working at Darden

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    discount on food and other items within the company

    Cons

    a lot of managers in the Richmond market don't care

    Advice to Management

    Look at the good people, that work for you and not focus on the bad.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Dishwasher

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Dishwasher in Winter Garden, FL
    Former Employee - Dishwasher in Winter Garden, FL

    I worked at Darden (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice environment, lots of friendly, helpful staff

    Cons

    Restaurant work is not conducive to high self-esteem


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  5. Server

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The ability and opportunity to work with many different people and backgrounds including both your coworkers and guests.

    Cons

    Management is inconsistent all the way to the top. Management tends not to take responsibility to do what needs to be done to allow the restaurants to operate at their best.

    Advice to Management

    Try harder. Giving up and not doing what is right should never be an option. Have faith in what you do.


  6. Hostess

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

    I worked at Darden

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Discounts, Pay , Hours , food

    Cons

    Management , constantly on your feet, the lack of appreciation for the work you do . Managers get so comfortable with you doing one position hat that won't train you to do anything else.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees with respect and appreciate the hard work they do for the company


  7. Minimum wage job - treated as less than a minimum wage employee.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hostess - Seasons 52 in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Hostess - Seasons 52 in Orlando, FL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Scheduling flexibility and opportunity to make more money during the busy season.

    Cons

    In my opinion I noticed that the management picked favorites and did not take my long term goals into consideration.

    I felt as though my opinions never mattered or were simply ignored.

    I always received above average reviews from secret shoppers, but management never once acknowledged me for my good performance.

    I constantly showed interest in advancing as well as learning about other areas in the restaurant (group sales), but didn't receive any feedback.

    Management was well aware that I had full availability and I verbally expressed to them multiple times that I needed more than 10 hours a week, but they continued to schedule me the same, or even less than what I had asked for. When I asked them if this was because they weren't satisfied with my job performance they simply responded with "business is slow," however I noticed that other employees who were hired way after me were getting scheduled more often than me (favoritism).

    There are little to no opportunities for advancement/growth unless you want to become a career server or bartender.
    For example; there is a server who currently works at Seasons 52 and started out as a hostess, but had the position for 4 years before even being asked to be promoted to a serving position. In my opinion that is just unacceptable in the hospitality industry, considering it is a fast-paced growing industry with high turnover rates.

    Overall negative atmosphere, all servers/bartenders/hostesses complained about their job.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge employees for their efforts and good performance on the job. Avoid favoritism. Also consider practicing positive reinforcement.


  8. Worked me to death as a manager with no breaks allowed in 12 hour shifts.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Darden

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Manager Meals were the best.

    Cons

    Almost everything else was a horrible experience.

    Advice to Management

    Well, since you sold the company, I'd say get rid of managers that think you have to Manage by Fear. I was told by my manager that your employees must "Fear" you when you walk in the door.


  9. The managers do not care about the employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Food Server in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Food Server in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly guest's. The food is good. There is alot of teamwork. the server look out for one another. You gain alot of wine knowledge.

    Cons

    Too many servers. The managers don't listen. No breaks. The managers play favorites. The trainers could care less what you learn or when you.learn it.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employee's.


  10. Horrible staff moral

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Livonia, MI
    Former Employee - Server in Livonia, MI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great community with staff members and excellent perks for low income job.

    Cons

    Management does not train their employees properly but still expects that the staff does things according to corporate expectations. They also do not pay servers properly for time not serving. An example of this is on closing shifts, servers are expected to stay approximately 45 minutes to an hour after the restaurant closed to do side work but still pays them the minimum $2.45 for that hour which results in thousands of dollars per server working below minimum wage without the possibility of tips!

    Advice to Management

    Make sure training is complete and set up a scheduling system where servers are paid at least minimum wage during the hours they are expected to work without the possibility of tips!


  11. Not that great!

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A great place to learn how to workin a fast paced resturant.

    Cons

    Pay is low with no for advancment. Very overworked and under appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees!



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