Darden Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great!

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    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

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  5. Amazing company

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    • 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

  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)

    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

  7. The money steady. The environment is happy.

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    Current Employee - Bartender in Lone Tree, CO
    Current Employee - Bartender in Lone Tree, CO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Room to grow within the company.

    Cons

    Very large company. Number oriented not people oriented.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to challenge staff. Do not let okay be the norm

  8. Helpful (1)

    Very organized, the way everything is set up makes it very easy to succeed, awesome management, great work environment.

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    Current Employee - Server in Longview, TX
    Current Employee - Server in Longview, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Early closing time, no cut work for servers, good clientele which means better tips, fun environment, training is very thorough, you will be prepared when you get to be by yourself, everyone happy to help each other.

    Cons

    Very short shifts, the time that you are there it is great money per hour but shifts usually only last 4-6 hours.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, I don't have any advice for management, this place runs pretty much as smooth as it can. Only thing I can see from a server standpoint is doing a better job of who you put in what sections. Stronger servers should be in the more challenging sections while weaker servers should be in the easier sections. Those weaker servers end up giving one of their tables away anyways at some point. But besides that everything seems to run great.

  9. It's a job.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Server/Waiter
    Current Employee - Server/Waiter

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fun friendly staff, fast paced environment and good money.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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

  10. Joyious

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

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

    Pros

    Family oriented, it had a great ambiance and you were treated as an important person.

    Cons

    Low pay, employees too close

    Advice to Management

    Toughen up

  11. Server

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    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.

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