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Decent Company...Terrible Experience

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Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Mentor, OH
Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Mentor, OH

I worked at Darden full-time (less than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great benefits. Great company. Wonderful training. Core values are very important to Darden.

Cons

95 employees quit in 8 months...that should say something. 5 managers out in 4 years. They do not follow through on agreements made in the beginning. They push work/life balance but do the opposite. Told will be working around 50 hours per week...more like 65. Managers really have no say so and the team members know it. The great people are not told positive things. Illegal mexicans in the kitchen. Guests are always right...even if you watch them put a hair in their plate!!! General Manager does NOTHING! Just a true mess. In my experience, the vice president met with me and agreed that I was done unfairly and offered me a position in a different restaurant. Only thing was, it's an hour away!

Advice to Management

Work just as hard as you expect everyone else to. Quit leaving early every day. Acknowledge your hard working people. Don't pass the blame to your District Manager. Accept responsibility. If a GM isn't handling the business correctly, do something about it.

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  1. Middle ground

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    Current Employee - Server in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Server in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Darden full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great at keeping the various brands uniform.
    Offers great benefits
    Has many MIT programs

    Cons

    Most restaurants have a dull menu

    Advice to Management

    Fix Olive garden and Red Lobster's brand as a whole.

  2. 10 percent is the norm not matter your skills!!

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    Current Employee - Server in Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Server in Asheville, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Quick money, easy flexible hours, great co-workers

    Cons

    Horrible tips, to many coupons, to many promotions, rarely see managers

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