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I have been with Darden for a year now, and I am thrilled to say that i have enjoyed my time here.

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Current Employee - Line Cook/Prep in Aberdeen, NC
Current Employee - Line Cook/Prep in Aberdeen, NC

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great management team who cares about there employees, has great benefits, and great coworkers.

Cons

Its a very stressful job with not many weekends off.

Advice to Management

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  1. Bland company, great members

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    Former Employee - Waiter in Billings, MT
    Former Employee - Waiter in Billings, MT

    I worked at Darden full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent team to work with - fun, hard working, cooperative; nice meal benefits, great benefits for a restaurant company, respectable pay for the work in most areas. Really appreciated the flexibility of some of the managers in regards to scheduling, the plus of a larger company and team.

    Cons

    Rigid, top-down management style. The need for consistency limited creativity and flexibility at the front-line, where employees needed to tailor the experience most. Don't expect a lot of autonomy and trust to be given to you at first without following every detailed rule. Harder to genuinely recommend food that is middle-class at best.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistently unique and great, not just greatly consistent. Guests can't always communicate what they want, nor do they know. It's the staff's job to figure this out. Stop the insipid and wasteful guest and employee surveys and go for greater freedom and trust instead. Hard to expect Hospitaliano(!) when hospitality means tailoring to a guest's needs on a personal level.


  2. A Place with Little to NO Growth

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Server Assistant
    Current Employee - Server Assistant

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay can be great, good coworkers, free food

    Cons

    In my store was promised more growth opportunity. Host perform just as much service to guest for less pay

    Advice to Management

    raise the pay for host


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