Darden

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Good for a Corporate Restaurant

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Server in Rohnert Park, CA
Current Employee - Server in Rohnert Park, CA

I have been working at Darden

Pros

Flexibility hours/ scheduling
Consistent Guest Counts
Good communication with managers
Company has established Brands
Ability to transfer to different locations
Generally the company follows good fairness practices

Cons

Since Darden is a large corporation a there are not a lot of the benefits that you would receive from a family own restaurant like free meals on a shift, or the ability to influence decisions making processes. Also the company heavy advertisement of all you can eat specials often draws glutinous guest who are seeking deals and leave small tips.
At the Olive Garden you are only allowed a three table section. This normally works fine at night but is very problematic during the day when check averages are significantly smaller.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Allow Olive Garden servers to be able to take larger sections during the days. A four or five table section would allow day server to make as much money as those who work nights. You would have a greater number of server willing to work day shifts and the labor costs would be reduced. Darden's strong emphasis on team work would absorb the added stress that a larger sections and still allow for the excellent service that the company strives for.

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    Bartender

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    Former Employee - Bartender in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Bartender in Miami, FL

    I worked at Darden

    Pros

    Great money! I would work 10 hours between 2 days and make about $350 making that about $700 every 2 weeks for 4 days of work. The company is very understandable when it comes to school and other commitments.

    Cons

    The constant dealing with people who may be in a bad mood and you still have to give them the best service. Management can be very difficult at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MY advice is to leave your personal problems and attitudes at home and be hospitable at the work place.

    Recommends
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    at best it is a foothold to a better position at another restraunt

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    Former Employee - Server in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Server in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Darden

    Pros

    This job can be a resume builder if you want to work at nicer restraunts some day. The job itself was stressful and demanding. The CPU interface for placing orders was easy to work with.

    Cons

    The hosts were often poorly trained. They would frequesntly double seat your section (sometimes even triple seat you).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire extra help to assist serving positions (like traying up salads, soups, and breadsticks).

    Doesn't Recommend
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