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Current Employee - Hostess in Charlotte, NC
Current Employee - Hostess in Charlotte, NC

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

Pros

Good Hours-My Manager knew that I was trying to help my husband provide for our son. So she gave me decent hours and pay..

Cons

Bad shifts-I had to work split shifts often, and Poor working conditions. We were told if we worked less than 8 hours and needed to sit, then we shouldn't have come to work at all and must not need a job...so the only time I'd sit was when I had to use the restroom, but she surely made time for smoke breaks!!

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  1. Lots of room for advancement, but some lower level managers need to respect employees more

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    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in North Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender in North Brunswick, NJ

    I worked at Darden part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Working with great people
    - Serving the best food the industry has to offer at a great value
    - Flexible Hours
    - Great room for advancement

    My GM is one of the greatest guys/managers I have ever worked for. He has been a mentor and somewhat of a father to me throughout my time at Longhorn.

    Cons

    - Some of the lower level managers need to learn how to respect employees. I worked at Longhorn as a server/bartender for 5 years in total. Around my 3rd year there, a fairly new manager openly screamed at me in the middle of the dinning room in front of guests because I was 5 minutes late when in fact he looked at the wrong schedule and I was an hour early. Managers like this should be fired from the company immediately.

    - The district manager of our region had absolutely no respect for the GM of our store and would openly berate him in front of other employees which I found to be completely un-professional. Especially when our GM was one of the best performing in the company.

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    Respect your peers and co-workers.

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  2. it was a nice establishment to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden

    Pros

    everyone was very nice, respectful and helpful.

    Cons

    I was only a hostess and worked there for a short period of time.

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