Darden

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Wonderful 10 year experience

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  • Senior Management
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Former Employee - General Manager in Virginia Beach, VA
Former Employee - General Manager in Virginia Beach, VA

I worked at Darden full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Ability to have input in your own restaurant as a General Manager

Cons

Long hours to succeed- GM a good 60+ a week

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be more open to less hours overall so you don't burn out.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Olive Garden server earnings and Management suck for the amount of work expected!

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

    I worked at Darden part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    50% off shift meals, co-workers are generally awesome, the ability to pick up and give up shifts is somewhat easy.

    Cons

    Darden is losing money so they are pandering to a much lower quality customer that don't know how to tip. It's become the McDonalds of italian food. Endless running of salad, breadsticks and wine samples, average per hour is $10, not acceptable for sore feet, aggravation and being nice to idiots. Corporate has no clue. Won't let you work more than 29 hours so you can't get full benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wait tables for a week or two before instituting your idiotic directives every week. You have no idea what goes on in your restaurants sitting in your cubicle. Focus on quality not quantity and pay attention to your employees, they have some good ideas. Watch your GMs more closely.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Sucked the life out of Longhorn

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    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Darden full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good advertising? Remodeled older Longhorns.

    Cons

    They treat employees like a number, after RARE Hospitality had treated employees like family. After working for Longhorn for over 11 years, I got fired for violating a policy I didn't even know existed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Inform employees of all policies... Especially longtime employees that were acquired from RARE. And if a policy states that an employee can be disciplined or terminated, choose disciplinary action when the employee has always shown loyalty and has a completely clean file.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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