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Good employer considering the industry

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Current Employee - Bartender
Current Employee - Bartender

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

Pros

Good atmosphere, rewards longevity, training opportunities

Cons

long hours, bad pay, hard schedules, too structured

Advice to ManagementAdvice

loosen up some of the restrictive rules

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1.  

    Downhill

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden full-time

    Pros

    Corporate Environment, Growth Potential, Some Benefits, Decent Pay and Relatively Decent Hours

    Cons

    The most recent changes in the management team have led to poor leadership, high turnover, serious levels of malcontent throughout the staff and the favoritism is mind numbing. However, it is a corporate environment and management still has some level of liability to keep them in check. The brand itself is expanding quite rapidly and in turn the quality of food is in decline. An alarming percentage of the food is prepared off-site, frozen, shipped, microwaved and delivered to your table. The low calorie count is truthful, the company pays for random sampling to ensure this. However, the food is extremely high in sodium content! Overall, this is an exalted Friday's with inept management at the helm. *If you NEED a job then apply here, if you're looking for a better job in the industry keep on moving. This is not what it once was. (*This applies to the Palm Beach Gardens location)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit living a lie, look in the mirror and improve this situation. The truth is that you are doing an awful job and it is beyond disappointing. The turnover rate, the guest comments and morale all point towards a change in management in this store. Quit playing favorites and do a better job because you're losing quality employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    21 years on amd off with the company ...used to be great. Corporate politics have taken over..

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    Former Employee - FOH Trainer Management Assistance  in  Fort Myers, FL
    Former Employee - FOH Trainer Management Assistance in Fort Myers, FL

    I worked at Darden full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    still works for anybody who wants to be part time no more than 20 to 25 hours a week

    Cons

    corporate politics. benefits cost skyrocket. drop ped ay down to bare minimum wage cut hours back to 20 to 25 hours a week got rid of all long time employees to bring an entire new staff of people who really have no passion and no care forwhat they do. they have robots at work for them not customer service or sales people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees and guests like people. Not numbers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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