Darden Reviews

Updated March 31, 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 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. Short term company

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    Former Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Darden

    Pros

    Up front like a used car salesman. Good perks but temporary. Nothing truly lasts forever. Great yacht compared to smaller cruise ships for businesses . Excellent training for a corporation doesn't trickle down into the masses well.

    Cons

    Long hours. Inconsistent pace compares well with market very old school practices not very current with today's trends stuck in there own world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. Focus on enrichment people skills that is what made you a larger entity. Listen to your partners they can provide great insight for your business and continued company success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Great place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    People company. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    too much diversity related promotions

  3. Server

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    Current Employee - Server in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Server in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, culture, work and life balance, popular chain, safe environment, friendly. Discounts on food. Insurance. Management gets discounts at different places like with child care and phone companies, etc

    Cons

    Computer software system is a little old, no wi-fi and some guests complain about that, sometimes the printers and computers break in my restaurant which is older.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the computer system needs to be updated so that a server is able to click on a seat number and see exactly what that guest has. (Right now we have to print to do that). I would also like to see a total for each guest on the check.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. have worked for this company for 11 years and have enjoyed my experiences there.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Benefits, working with others, money

    Cons

    Inconsistent management, work ethic of coworkers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have your servers back, always try and help the customer, but when a customer is obviously wrong and is treating your employees with disrespect please don't let that happen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. I worked for this company for way too long, received no benefits, worst management I've ever come across in my career.

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    Current Employee - Server in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Server in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Darden full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    great training, great tips, always bust

    Cons

    management is horrible, they don't help their employees or treat them with respect. They treat you like slaves. All they care about are their own commissions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with the respect they deserve

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Too controlling

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Great food and good tips

    Cons

    Long hours, must eat your employee meal on premises can't leave with it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your employee's breathe

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. It's a job.

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    Current Employee - Server/Waiter
    Current Employee - Server/Waiter

    I have been working at Darden full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fun friendly staff, fast paced environment and good money.

    Cons

    It's frustrating, exhausting and not very flexible on scheduling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentives! Adequate staff to make scheduling less stressful. Alleviate back to back shifts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9. I loved opening new stores with Darden and being a certified trainer.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden

    Pros

    The structure is a fool proof way to ensure guest satisfaction and return clients.

    Cons

    The long hours are not desirable if you have a family you enjoy seeing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great place to start my career, but growth was stunted by the new board takeover

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    Former Employee - Staffing and Training Manager
    Former Employee - Staffing and Training Manager

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

    Pros

    good benefit and salary time off

    Cons

    ideas from the support center don't translate well to operations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    allow managers to also participate in the one voice survey

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Too little, too late

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    Current Employee - To Go Specialist in Victorville, CA
    Current Employee - To Go Specialist in Victorville, CA

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

    Pros

    full time employees have a decent benefit package and all employees have access to Darden Dimes assistance program

    Cons

    Too few hours, dwindling benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spend more time in server development and hire fewer servers allowing those employed to have more hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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