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It's great to be a manager, if yo don't have a family or value your personal time.

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Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

Pros

Decent pay/benefits, pretty decent staff

Cons

Long hours; GM was very unprofessional;, reviews are unfair and very one-sided; very discouraging getting paid less for more work; bonus plan is absolutely ridiculous and almost impossible to achieve, especially in smaller markets; wore me down

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop making everyday fel like the world is coming to an end; hire more managers to work less hours because believe it or not, more an can down when the work is stretched out among more people; create a bonus structure that's fair and makes sense; give clearer paths in order to advance

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
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    It was....ok.

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    Former Employee - Hostess  in  Rochester Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Hostess in Rochester Hills, MI

    I worked at Darden part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent starting pay. Hours aren't awful.

    Cons

    I wasn't scheduled for a whole month because the service manager "forgot" to schedule me after being an employee for a year. When I finally called to complain, the GM was told by the service manager that I already quit.
    Terrible management. Childish employees. Rude Customers. Hard to advance. Cliques.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your staff and don't yell at employees in front of customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A long journey with lots of ups and downs

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    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Carolina, NC
    Current Employee - General Manager in Carolina, NC

    I have been working at Darden full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people you work with. Upper management seems to have some common sense and changes with the times. Promote from within consistently.

    Cons

    Compensation has become an issue recently. Bonus money has been cut to almost nothing. Benefits are not what they used to be. Constant pressure to meet unrealistic expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You talk about work/life balance, but don't allow for one. Live up to what you talk about!

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