Darden

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Not a career job, but a great place to work while in school.

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Current Employee - Server in Lewisville, TX
Current Employee - Server in Lewisville, TX

I have been working at Darden

Pros

The people that work there are great, most managers care about you as a person. There are high standards, but if you do a good job for them everyone gets along well and it is a really fun place to work.

Cons

The people that come in and eat treat you terrible a lot of the time. Management doesn't understand that people come in wanting a free meal a lot of the time. There is nothing we can do to please them.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be more patient with the servers. We want the guests happy because it results in better tips. Do not get upset or look down on the people that work for you. Most all of us are working to pay for school.

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    Eh

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    Current Employee - Server in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Server in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Depending on who the managers are, they actually care about the employees in a personal manner, but professionally it's a chain restaurant, run by people far, far away, and it shows. However, they do offer a decent insurance plan, which is kind of nice and at one point had paid vacations, which they have since done away with. They also used to pay their bussers and bartenders a decent salary, which has now been bumped down to $5 with a mandatory tip out based on sales in place of a voluntary tip out

    Cons

    Managers are spread very thin--each works something like 50-60 hours a week, and are extremely stressed out. District managers are unapproachable and out of touch. Sometimes trying to get anything done around there can be like pulling teeth because everyone is constantly busy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the managers a break, hire more per restaurant. Allow your servers to split checks without manager approval. Give your bartenders and bussers back their higher hourly and there will be guaranteed quality improvement in their work.

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  2.  

    Decent money for my age and fun to work at.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Assistant in Independence, OH
    Current Employee - Service Assistant in Independence, OH

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Can be fun to work at sometimes. Good chance of a flexible schedule for school. Able to move around the company if you change living locations. Many different jobs and environments.

    Cons

    Management isn't the best. No chance for a career or moving up unless you are a favorite and/or know someone. Not the best pay or hours. Management doesn't do enough to make employees feel they are wanted or needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    upper management needs to work with lower management more to smooth en out the inter company experience and communication.

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