Olive Garden Italian Restaurants

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Olive Garden Italian Restaurants Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
498 Reviews
3.2
498 Reviews
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Olive Garden Italian Restaurants CEO 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.  

    Great part-time job!

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    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
  2.  

    Overall good environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants

    Pros

    Management is reasonable and training is very efficient

    Cons

    the 3 table sections--the work is a little intensive because of the constant free refills on soup/salad/breadsticks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you treat team members equally, they will respect you.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall a good job with people you can get along with well. Could also transfer to any Darden restaurant.

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    Current Employee - Busser in Buford, GA
    Current Employee - Busser in Buford, GA

    I have been working at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great pay. Down to earth feeling. Great discounts for family and yourself when you're working or even a casual visit!

    Cons

    Could be way too busy. Very quick paced(especially on weekends). You literally work for your money. As a busser, evening shifts are a pain in the butt.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great atmosphere of people, high energy

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    Current Employee - Server in South Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Server in South Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working every shift to better communication skills. Multitasking, improve memory, and becoming more time efficient. Helps learn to remain calm in stressful situations. Remaining flexible, staying positive, and try to charm people to "upsell". Mostly really friendly working environment, your coworkers pretty much become your family. Trust your managers, it's cool because I feel like I can talk to them if I think something is upsetting at work. Sometimes I feel like I live at Olive Garden, no joke. Lol.

    Cons

    It may just be the area I live in but the tips aren't always the best. Managers expect you almost "read the guest's mind" and when there is a mistake it's always your fault. (ELABORATE ALWAYS, AND ALWAYS SELL SUGGESTIVELY) For example: "I'll take a kid's fettuccine alfredo" me: "Would you like to add any meatballs, chicken, sausage, etc to your meal?" Because if you go back to the table after putting in their order and they ask YOU to add a protein on the meal, it's your fault. BREAKS! My Olive Garden hardly ever suggests a lunch break when working a double. Also, the possibility of advancing is slim. Turn-over rate is high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on being encouraging! My managers are very active with the servers and help out an abundance!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Enjoy

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    Former Employee - Retirement Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Retirement Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice staff and obviously well trained

    Cons

    None, it was very enjoyable

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Good company to work go

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    Current Employee - Server in San Antonio, FL
    Current Employee - Server in San Antonio, FL

    I have been working at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants

    Pros

    Flexible hrs, good managers, fun environment. And the good of course.

    Cons

    People tip poorly for lunch service during the week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  8.  

    Server

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    Former Employee - Server in North Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Server in North Little Rock, AR

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

    Pros

    Good Management staff. The managers were always very clear about what was require of employee's and work hard to make the work environment as stress free as possible. Employees are expected to help in that process of making it a stress free workplace.

    Cons

    Low hourly pay. Typical servers pay is less than 4 dollars an hour as you easily double, triple, and even quadruple your hourly earnings with tips.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Ok

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    Former Employee - Hostess in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Hostess in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good people and customers weren't really rude

    Cons

    There aren't any cons working for Olive Garden

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you hire hard workers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I enjoy working with this company because my hours are flexible and i love the enviroment

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    Current Employee - Licensed Massage Therapist in Manhattan Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Licensed Massage Therapist in Manhattan Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    My coworkers are nice and the enviroment is very clean and peaceful

    Cons

    I dont like taking groupons because I only recieve $12

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great place to start

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    Former Employee - Hostess in Vallejo, CA
    Former Employee - Hostess in Vallejo, CA

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants

    Pros

    Great experience to start with

    Cons

    Maybe some employee benefits please

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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