Olive Garden Italian Restaurants

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Olive Garden Italian Restaurants Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
525 Reviews
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Olive Garden Italian Restaurants CEO Clarence Otis, Jr
Clarence Otis, Jr
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Food discount, managers care for the employees, somewhat flexible schedule (in 36 reviews)

  • Flexible hours with incentives to cross-train/advance in position (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Too much work with unlimited soup and salad for under 10 (in 25 reviews)

  • Depends on restaurant, the work life balance could get skewed (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent job to make ends-meet when you need one.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Server in Lansing, IL
    Current Employee - Food Server in Lansing, IL

    I have been working at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants

    Pros

    The management was smart, by-the-book, and incredibly fair. There were some occasional issues amongst the staff (which is common when waiting tables), but for the most part, I have no complaints.

    Cons

    Poor scheduling requirements. While it was usually easy to switch shifts to get a night off if an emergency happened, the required and mandatory Sundays and holidays often proved to be incredibly difficult.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a good place to work

    Former Employee - Server in Blue Springs, MO
    Former Employee - Server in Blue Springs, MO

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working there because I made many friends and the regulars you get are great

    Cons

    You only get three tables and although that may be enough for some people, others can handle more than three tables at a time

  3.  

    This restaurant at my location was pretty laid back, but had no tolerance for lazy workers.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hostess/To-go Specialist in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Hostess/To-go Specialist in Toledo, OH

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The managers were great, got all of the hours I wanted, and the pay is the highest I have had at any restaurant.

    Cons

    The were sometimes poor communication between almost all of the employees. Especially between the host staff, which is unacceptable considering they use headsets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you know someone is letting the team down, it is best to bring them aside and talk about it rather than letting them continue to bring the team down.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Go Italian!

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants

    Pros

    Best reasons to work here are definitely because of the "we are a team" environment. All co workers help you out and managers are very friendly.

    Cons

    Pay is a bit low but good place to start moving up in the business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Easy job, not enough tables

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Food Server in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Food Server in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants

    Pros

    They give great training and when you're done you'll feel comfortable answering questions from the menu. You also get $10 while training. It's a great job if you've got minimal experience but would like to advance to fine dining after OG.

    Cons

    You get a 3 table section which isn't much. Although each table is a lot of running around it won't earn you as much as as a job with a larger section will.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is very friendly and easy to work with. Probably the best I've delt with in any restaurant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants

    Pros

    The pay. You can make around $100 a day on the weekends. You work little hours but get paid like a full 8 hrs shift. When the restaurant is busy, time goes by fast

    Cons

    The employees. A lot of the employees are miserable and disrespectful. Though there are nice ones.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Mostly Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Server in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants

    Pros

    Teamwork driven environment. Upper staff works to maximize your profits while keeping guests satisfied.
    Hours vary, Flexible schedule.
    Great for college students or parents that need only day time shifts

    Cons

    My store had an excellent management staff who worked with my schedule with school and another job.
    This will vary by store.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Great part-time job!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Middleburg Heights, OH
    Current Employee - Server in Middleburg Heights, OH

    I have been working at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good money, good hours, very flexible

    Cons

    Serving is stressful. You only get 3 table at a time because everything is unlimited at the Olive Garden.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Olive Garden is a good company to work for but has long dinner time hours

    Current Employee - Hostess in Springfield, OH
    Current Employee - Hostess in Springfield, OH

    I have been working at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants

    Pros

    the people are all nice and friendly. They're always busy so there's money to be made.

    Cons

    The management team says everything is your fault. They snap at you in front of customers. You work most holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be kind to your employees.

    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    I truly enjoyed working at Olive Garden, but some employees were very negative.

    Former Employee - Host in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Host in Houston, TX

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants

    Pros

    I was trained very well, and there is a solid structure that Darden implements.

    Cons

    At times it seemed as if employees looked down upon me since I was white and 16 at the time

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