Darden

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Darden Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
792 Reviews
3.4
792 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 52 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 29 reviews)

  • Current environment is hard on work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Horrible

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    Former Employee - Olive Garden Host in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Olive Garden Host in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Great days off
    Love people you work with

    Cons

    Horrible managment
    Horrible promotions
    No room for making tips
    Horrible clientele

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train managers better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Bahama Breeze

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    Current Employee - Hostess in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Hostess in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    It's a very relaxed job because nobody cares about how hard you work or how lazy you are.

    Cons

    This could go on forever. Poor management is what I'm going to focus on. At this location, guest satisfaction is 65% and it all reflects on the General Manager. Him and the Executive Chef are horrible people who bully their employees. The rest of the managers have no say/power. Management do not uphold the core values that you must memorize before getting the job. They do not know how to be caring, and they do not have respect for their employees or customers. They show favoritism to people who brown nose, and do not know what is good for business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do not give a person less hours because of personal reasons. Be fair and be honest. Stop showing favoritism and stop treating your employees very poorly and maybe.. just maybe.. guest satisfaction will increase. You have a very high turnover rate on employees and it's very easy to see it when one starts working here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Horridness

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Non, what so ever, Do NOT WORK HERE

    Cons

    The company needs to learn how to pay there employees better.

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  5.  

    Poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden

    Pros

    Great co-workers and the ability to build a relationship with the guests on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Terrible lack of communication between managers. One manager shows favoritism to an employee who lacks performance with her job and no matter how many times she's been written up from the mess up's she's made, she's still employed, gets what she wants, and always gets away with everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being rude and bullying the staff that actually do their job correctly and the way you expect them to and stop taking up for the girl who does what she wants, when she wants. Your favoritism shows and it's noticed by everyone. As strict as Darden is with company policy, they sure do have one manager that's constantly breaking the rules and hides it by throwing other managers under the bus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Olive Garden

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

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

    Pros

    First time learning to Serve

    Cons

    Everything. Bad management, bad company, corporate in the worst way possible, bad(terrible) customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit. Work for a corporation that treats you better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    too formal, a wast of time

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    Former Employee - Cook in Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Former Employee - Cook in Wilkes-Barre, PA

    I worked at Darden full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    there is no good reason to eat there or work there

    Cons

    there are a few con vics there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire yourselfs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Poor experience

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    Former Employee - Server in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Server in Newport Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Can be potentially good tips during peak seasons

    Cons

    Severely corporate, runs like a business and not a restaurant

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Darden cares about one thing, their upper management and bonuses regardless the cost the entire team.

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    Current Employee - Server in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Server in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, diversity of co-workers, talking to new and different customers every day.

    Cons

    No consistency what so ever, no accountability, rules and guidelines are put in place but followed at the whim of the management team on that particular day. Hourly employees are looked at as expendable. If you want a lifetime career where you feel valued, Darden is NOT the company for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Darden preaches team work and pride in ones' position and work. That said, Darden management looks at hourly employees as expendable and incapable of intelligent thought. Lower level management are worked like slaves. I was proud and excited when I started working at Longhorn Steakhouse and now I'm frustrated, disillusioned and embarrassed to say I work there. Longhorn needs a series of "under cover bosses" to see what the REAL Longhorn is all about. I know you would be disgusted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not worth working there.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden

    Pros

    Tips were almost worth it.

    Cons

    Management, coworkers, and bad leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    negative enviroment

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    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager

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

    Pros

    good name image, company has a good system

    Cons

    management does not work as a team, work against each other

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