Darden Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  2. My experience as a server.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden

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

    Pros

    The benefits of always finding a great group of people.

    Cons

    The amount of money you receive in tips aren't in any comparison with any other company.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Overall Okay Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Server in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are great!
    For those who are 'granfathered' in, you receive great benefits.

    Cons

    Corporate micromanages the management, creating a great deal of stress throughout the restaurant.
    The patrons at my location tend to be rather rude and get their meal paid for by being rude.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging the restaurants as much, many demands from corporate are ineffective and unreasonable at my location and only cause management to stress and create a low point in morale.

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  5. AMAZING

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Certified Trainer in Wayne, NJ
    Current Employee - Certified Trainer in Wayne, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    well developed, friendly and caring

    Cons

    price points are low so check averages aren't that high

    Advice to Management

    promo new menu items for a beta group of servers before adding them to the menu since they know what sells

  6. Short term company

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

    I worked at Darden

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

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Overall the experience is nice, but there are some people I don't like working with.

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    Current Employee - Host/Hostess in Round Rock, TX
    Current Employee - Host/Hostess in Round Rock, TX

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Servers are the bests ones to work with

    Cons

    Hostess there don't do their jobs

    Advice to Management

    there is nothing to discuss

  8. Well managed company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Managers are well trained, coaching style.

    Cons

    The staff hired is usually of poor quality.

    Advice to Management

    Better interviewing methods to get the types of waiters you want representing your company.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Santa Fe, NM
    Current Employee - Server in Santa Fe, NM

    I have been working at Darden

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Always willing to work with your schedule

    Cons

    Unsteady income and unpredictable hours

    Advice to Management

    You're doing great

  10. Amazing company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Culinary Manager in Vienna, WV
    Current Employee - Culinary Manager in Vienna, WV

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity for advancement, family oriented.

    Cons

    high turnover rate in employees

    Advice to Management

    food cost

  11. 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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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Server in Orlando, FL

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

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

    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 Management

    Treat your employees with the respect they deserve

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