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Excellent training, if hard work scares you move on

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Former Employee - Restaurant Manager
Former Employee - Restaurant Manager

I worked at Darden full-time for more than 3 years

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 ManagementAdvice

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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    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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    They treat front of house staff better than most restaurants.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Although much of it depends on each stores management, Darden restaurants are largely supportive, flexible, understanding, and efficient. Great second job or "fill-in" income.

    Cons

    Since customer satisfaction is number one, sometimes they over staff their shifts so no one can make any money and it's a big waste of time for half the staff who bothered to show up.

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