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Longhorn Steakhouse

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Server
Current Employee - Server

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

Pros

If you're good, there's potential to make a lot of money in a quick period of time. You'll get the best sections and the best shifts.
Menu price points are high for some restaurants and some areas, so tips can be pretty good.
It's extremely hard to get fired. I don't know if I consider that a pro, but I guess some people would concerning job stability.

Cons

Only a few members of the team carry the weight of the entire restaurant
Management will not terminate anyone
Lack of communication between management, little consistency
Absolutely NO vacation days/paid time off, sick days, decent benefits
Hard to balance home life and work life when you're scheduled 6 days a week/double shifts
You don't find out your schedule for the following week until Friday at 5 pm
Long hours, lots of sidework, no breaks
Mandatory tip out based on sales and not tips to the service assistants and bartender
Managers tend to play favorites and have no problem watching others do the majority of the work
If you're an opener, you're working for free
It's hard to move up in the company unless you want to be a manager.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Recognize your superstars and get rid of the loose ends! It would be much easier to be loyal to this company if you appreciated the ones who are breaking their backs to generate the profits.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Busser at Olive Garden

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    Current Employee - Busser in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Busser in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    Discount on food was nice.

    Cons

    Management is horrible. Pay sucks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Not my cup of tea

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden full-time

    Pros

    great benefits and a new corporate office

    Cons

    Senior leadership is out of step with the industry. Ignores trends and does not seem to want to recognize the existence of 21st century technologies. They continue to rest on their past triumphs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times, mobile ordering, online ordering, curbside pickup. You are being left behind.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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