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Excellent training, if hard work scares you move on

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Restaurant Manager
Former Employee - Restaurant Manager

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

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

Pros

Great training, wonderful culture. Solid restaurant concept, industry leading procedures. Notoriety as one the 100 top companies to work, Fortune 400 company.

Cons

They are streamlining the Ops side of things with technology and overwritten procedure to the point that human talent and input has been removed from the equation. They are building themselves to a future of mediocre staff members in the name of reducing labor costs . From the DO's down to the Hosts at the front door, Longhorn Steakhouse specifically is heading down a path of encouraging a culture built on the bare minimum. Those with a desire for a personal best, seek elsewhere.

Advice to Management

There was a reason Longhorn Steakhouse was a successful unique brand when Darden chose to purchase it, for those at an Ops level, it is clear as glass that you are breaking down the fundamentals of what made it so great. Go back to the basics!

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    Downslide

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

    I have been working at Darden part-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    For a good number of years Darden had great values and was good to it's employees. It was fun, lighthearted and the tips were good.

    Cons

    They have been demoting servers who have been there for years and been loyal to the company. They no longer care about their employees. It has become a moneygrubbing, non-caring corporation. Shame on you Darden for letting yourself sink so low!

    Advice to Management

    Stop saying you don't know why and letting your crew hang. Find some answers instead of playing dumb!


  2. Great Place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    They have history, they know what they're doing. They really know what it takes to run a successful restaurant and keep customers coming in the doors.

    Cons

    Because they are a corporate restaurant chain, there is a method and specific way to do EVERYTHING. In my opinion though, that just makes everything run smoothly because there's no way you don't know what you're supposed to be doing once you're done with training.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the kitchen staff more. They work really hard back there!


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