Darden Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Server/bartender

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Greenwood, LA
    Current Employee - Server in Greenwood, LA

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

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

    Pros

    I love the people i work with

    Cons

    Management can not handle pressure


  2. Server

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    VERY flexible hours; fast paced work; work with a lot of fun people; sometimes managers have contests and provide incentives for us to work harder

    Cons

    you're basically getting paid by the customers and if you're not in a good area or aren't sucking up to customers you won't make a lot of money; a lot of time spent on your feet so be prepared for pain; it's definitely not something you want to do forever.

    Advice to Management

    be nicer and appreciate servers :)


  3. flexible schedule

    Former Employee - Server and Certified Trainer in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Server and Certified Trainer in Norfolk, VA

    I worked at Darden (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great for students and people needing flexible schedules

    Cons

    The location at military doesn't bring in the best people wanting to tip and management have up and down mood swings

    Advice to Management

    Keep your personal lives to yourself


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  5. DO

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company is stable, offers excellent benefits and pay and offers great growth opportunities. Like any company there are both good an bad, but there is more good.

    Cons

    Like most businesses we are very numbers driven, and that is an each and every day look to see how you are doing. We measure so many things there is always an opportunity so you have to be able to deal with that daily up and down


  6. Line cook

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fellow employees were nice, stock and 401k were good as well

    Cons

    Company changed a lot in my 6 years there. They took away a lot of things from there employees. Anniversary pay changed they lowered the hourly pay of the bussers and bartenders and to compensate for that they take money away from the servers "tip share" to pay the bussers and bartenders. They went from giving raises twice a year to only once a year.

    Advice to Management

    Stop passing the buck.


  7. Servers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden

    Pros

    Make a lot of money depending on customer Learn customer service

    Cons

    Make little money depending on customer


  8. Not a bad place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Rome, GA
    Current Employee - Server in Rome, GA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Darden is well established with standards above most restaurants.

    Cons

    However sometimes good ideas do not trickle down to the typical worker as effectively as they should.

    Advice to Management

    Pompous online training tutorials with overly worked up professionals reading from scripts is down right insulting. Get someone who is on planet earth to instruct your teaching videos.


  9. Not bad

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Busy, Decent tips, Flexible hours, Coworkers, Customers

    Cons

    Soup and salad, Customers, Management, Large parties, Food

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up on party standards


  10. Server

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Certified Server Trainer in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Employee - Certified Server Trainer in Piscataway, NJ

    I worked at Darden part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours worked well with schedule and good tips depending on the day

    Cons

    Nature and stress of job and you have to deal with a lot customer needs may be overwhelming to some

    Advice to Management

    Don't bring baggage to work, just come in with a positive attitude that will carry on into the workplace


  11. Service Professional; Certified Trainer; Server

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Teaching new staff; sharing wine and food knowledge with guests

    Cons

    Insubordination towards management; Cliques; Favoritism; Lack of discipline; Poor work ethic by team members; Standards not upheld;



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