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Great place to work. LOTS of options to take advantage of

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Former Employee - Certified Trainer and Server in Walker, MI
Former Employee - Certified Trainer and Server in Walker, MI

I worked at Darden full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Can buy stock cheap. Benefits in a restaurant available immediately. Marketing does its job. Great menu selections.

Cons

Management does not care if your a lifer or how well you do there for vacation time. You are given what you are given. They make it a short time solution as you are an "equal employee" to new recruits even if you've "paid your dues" and have excellent reviews as well as been there for 10+ years.

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Consider that people that are your backbone (ie been there for 5+ years) do not have to be retrained, do not cause additional money, and know their job well, should get preferential treatment for time off requests and not have to have "100% availability" every week.

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    enjoy the job

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    Current Employee - Management in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Management in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    good job, not to bad of pay

    Cons

    health benefits suck, slight disconnect between top management and the people on the front lines.

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    none

    Recommends
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    Great experience as a server. Side work was a little excessive.

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    Current Employee - Server in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Server in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Darden full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good money, flexible hours, benefits available the first day you're hired, and great management.

    Cons

    Long hours because of side work. I work at Seasons 52 and the side work was pretty extensive. The main reason there is so much side work is because they do not have bussers at our restaurant. That means that you have to polish wine glasses and/or silverware, do your main side work, and clean your tables. It usually takes you about an hour or two to leave once you've been cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit the idea of having bussers at Seasons 52. It will free up time for servers so that they can add to the experience of their guests and they would be working less overtime hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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