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Olive Garden

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Former Employee - Certified Trainer
Former Employee - Certified Trainer

I worked at Darden full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Employee treatment is of highest priority, opportunities for advancement, lots of areas for involvement

Cons

It's a restaurant- drama and tempers run high

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Backstabbing Prevails

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The company name is highly recognized and still respected, in some circles. You'll learn a lot about a broken corporate culture; one that doesn't walk the talk or where upper management doesn't care one iota for the people that touch its customers every day.

    Cons

    Everyone is out for themselves; very cutthroat. No teamwork because everyone needs to look like the winner. No one has any authority to make a decision so simple projects take forever to implement. Performance reviews are conducted on a bell curve; someone must be identified as the weakest link and is then disposed of. Everyone knows that if you want to use the open door policy you better just be prepared to walk right through it. The culture is one of fear, mistrust and back-stabbing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking about yourself and focus on employees who interact with your guests. Just saying it, doesn't make it so. Your employees can see through your self-serving lies and they don't trust you anymore than you trust them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    20 years of Service

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    Current Employee - Server in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Server in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Darden part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, instant gratification, supportive leadership, clean and organized work environment

    Cons

    lack of advancement opportunities, low end benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistency amongst concepts of treatment of policies

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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