Darden

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Overall, my experience was good. I met some great people who will remain life-long friends.

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Server in Champaign, IL
Former Employee - Server in Champaign, IL

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

Pros

Very flexible scheduling, plenty of shifts to choose, and going home with cash. Darden is willing to cross-train employees in serving, hosting, bartending, and to-go positions.

Cons

There seemed to be no room for career advancement, unless one is willing to drive a great distance for training and relocate to manage a new restaurant. The turnover rate is high. Weekend days can be challenging due to hung-over servers not being at the top of their game.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Started out great

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    Former Employee - Server/Host/to Go Specialist/Prep in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Server/Host/to Go Specialist/Prep in Aurora, CO

    I worked at Darden full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    In the beginning, it was awesome, but the new CEO killed any reason to enjoy working with Darden. The new policies cut my pay by up to 8 dollars per hour.

    Cons

    Everything since the new CEO took over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your tip share policy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    hosts can't get raises after reaching the highest max

    Current Employee - Server/Host/to Go Specialist/Prep in Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Server/Host/to Go Specialist/Prep in Wilmington, NC

    I have been working at Darden part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I like workiing with others my age. I have liked most of the managers.It only takes me five minutes to get to work!

    Cons

    The biggest con is that there are no benefits. To qualify for benefits you must work 40 hrs or more. I constantly work 39 hrs./week but as a server you are not allowed to work 40 hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let experience staff suffer due to new hires. When corporate gets complaints, don't take it out on me if I was not involved.

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