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fun environment with a well-defined corporate structure

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Current Employee - Server
Current Employee - Server

I have been working at Darden part-time

Pros

well defined expectations
fun staff
opportunity for benefits
flexible with school and other obligations

Cons

lengthy training and a strict requirement on how to interact with tables. Management may get caught up in the rules rather than what is best for employee relations.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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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 for 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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Working for "the man"

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    Former Employee - Host
    Former Employee - Host

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

    Pros

    -decent hourly rate as a host
    -thorough training program
    -looks good on resume for other food service jobs
    -i liked the food, not gonna lie
    -decent opportunities for promotion if you do well, which isn't terribly difficult

    Cons

    -corporate expectations and rules are ridiculous. IE: your not allowed to have your cell phone on the property and are subject to punishment if it is seen, even if it is turned off. this to me seems like a major safety risk in the case of certain types of emergencies.
    -3 table max limit for servers = no money.
    -you get fired by accumulating warnings for simple rule violations like forgetting to bring a tie or being 5 minutes late, yet you cannot be fired for being stupid or being horrible at your job. thusly, stupid under-performing employees accumulate while the good ones come and go on to better jobs quickly.
    -same applies to the managers. a sexist, condescending, and generally insulting GM with a bad attitude towards his employees worked there for years despite numerous complaints to corporate darden from the hourly employees while a good natured GM who inspired his employees to perform well on their job was let go because he didn't always stick to rigid corporate standards within the restaurant.
    -practicality and common sense is constantly tossed aside for the sake of doing things by the book
    -these characteristics are probably typical for many corporate owned restaurant chains but I challenge you to find them worse elsewhere than darden.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find a way to improve the connection and feedback between corporate level darden and their frontline employees

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    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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