Darden

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Olive Garden is a great place to work if you're going to college

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Current Employee - Server
Current Employee - Server

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

Pros

I have great managers who are willing to work around my school schedule. I make better money than most of my friends who serve at other restaurants and they have to do a lot more sidework. They also train you to build a rapport with your guests instead of "turn & burn" like many restaurants.

They also actually listen to their employees and are willing to compromise/make changes.

Cons

I don't really have any cons.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep up the good work.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    The most positive work experience I have had so far

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    Current Employee - Server in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Server in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Fortune Top 100 Company to work for, they do treat their employees well as long as you work hard, decent money, flexible scheduling, praise for hard work, a great experience in learning to relate to authority, coworkers, and guests, a fun place to work, fastpaced work environment, ability to positively contribute into the lives of both strangers and coworkers, 50% working shift discount, 25% nonworking discount, as well as a discount at other Darden restaurants, health insurance available, anniversary pay after 2 years, discounts on phone service, time off allowed (management tries to cater as much as possible to your scheduling preferences), feeling of productivity, excellent management staff that balanced each other out,

    Cons

    Opening shifts with a lot of sidework for the poor amount of pay you receive, endless sidework on some nights, small sections during certain shifts, sometimes shifts will be very long (would not recommend this job unless you are high energy), WHITE uniforms, sometimes I feel the company overstaffs on the number of servers for slow shifts and you make no money, money is somewhat unpredictable (on Saturday morning shifts sometimes $12 could be made, or potentially $100+), owing money in taxes due to the low hourly rate ($2.13 an hour), wouldn't allow overtime despite our already low hourly pay and sometimes it would have been beneficial if an employee could cover for someone calling out)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop harassing us about the GSS Survey, most guests won't fill it out anyways, your standards for employees are very high as they should be, sometimes employees are allowed to get away with unacceptable behavior and are only lectured instead of being punished with a writeup to learn not to repeat their poor behavior

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    it is a good place to work

    Cons

    Working on the weekends yeah

    No opinion of CEO
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