Darden

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Just another corporation

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  • Culture & Values
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Current Employee - Server in Columbus, OH
Current Employee - Server in Columbus, OH

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

Pros

They do offer some benefits to non-salaried employees, which is hard to find for part time employment these days. They offer day 1 medical, dental, and vision coverage--though the coverage is expensive and it is not great; a 401k option (though it's not widely advertised) and short term disability coverage ( though if you get pregnant before you sign up for this, you will be denied maternity leave) . They also give all employees stock options, which is a great thing because they focus a lot in making sure their company is profitable. When I started with darden the stock price was somewhere around 35$ a share and now it hovers in the low 50's. This increase has been consistent throughout the stock market troubles in the later part of the last decade.

The hours for non-management employees are not bad for the pay. Serving, bussing, or bar tending are about the only occupations where you can work part time and still average around 13$ hourly.

Non management employees can leave work at work.

Cons

Darden has been cutting employee perks for a long time. Everyone used to get paid vacation upon completion of your first year. They first cut it so that only those who worked a certain number of hours on average would get vacation pay, then they eliminated it all together. This year there is no company picnic--company wide. For darden it's all about the stockholders. They have come to believe that their employees are expendable in the last few years of economic downturn. Most of their employees are underpaid and over educated. There are at least 5 servers with bachelor's degrees in my restaurant--none of which are being trained for further advancement.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Start valuing your hourly employees again before you lose them to better jobs as the market improves.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    A good place to start.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Woodbridge, NJ
    Current Employee - Server in Woodbridge, NJ

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

    Pros

    Management utilizes a lenient approach that allows hard workers to find their rhythm.
    The large corporate structure provides opportunities for advancement within the company.
    Darden heavily relies on internal promotions.

    Cons

    It's a chain restaurant, so the work becomes monotonous at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to recognize hard workers, and they must show these hard workers more leniency when it comes to over regulation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    ALmost 6 years of being treated like a number

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    Former Employee - Server in Mechanicsburg, PA
    Former Employee - Server in Mechanicsburg, PA

    I worked at Darden part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I met some wonderful people along the way, which had nothing to do with Darden

    Cons

    Poor management, corporate office was rude and does nothign to help their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ACT LIKE AN ADULT!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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