Olive Garden Italian Restaurants

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Olive Garden Italian Restaurants Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
408 Reviews
3.2
408 Reviews
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Olive Garden Italian Restaurants CEO Clarence Otis, Jr
Clarence Otis, Jr
125 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Food discount, managers care for the employees, somewhat flexible schedule (in 34 reviews)

  • Flexible hours with incentives to cross-train/advance in position (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Too much work with unlimited soup and salad for under 10 (in 22 reviews)

  • You can only have a 3-table section maximum (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Company To Work For

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    Former Employee - Server in Warner Robins, GA
    Former Employee - Server in Warner Robins, GA

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

    Pros

    Training is excellent and thorough. They offer good benefits and you get paid once a week. You also can have a very flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Like all restaurants when business slows, workers slowly get sent home daily.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Olive Garden is awesome

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    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server

    I have been working at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's high pace, good money. They have great managers. The work environment is professional. And surprisingly good benefits.

    Cons

    You have to work a lot of weekends. Turn over is a little high, but that's common in restaurants. You also will have to work late often, near 11 or 12 for my location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. I have no advice for the managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It has been a very good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule, Friendly team of people to work with.

    Cons

    management, no more benefits, the people that come in are not always the best

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Olive Garden is a great company to work for, they take really good care of you.

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    Current Employee - Server in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Server in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The managers are really helpful. If you come to them with a problem they take care of you and the guest, focusing on the issue and not who's to blame. The company has a lot of programs that helps its employees in times of need. My grandfather died and they paid for my plane ticket to go to his funeral. amazing! The co-workers are pretty awesome too. Your room partner, and other co-workers, are usually very helpful throughout the night: doing random tasks as necessary. They work with your schedule immensely. The only minimum is that you are available to work sundays, work at least three shifts and don't go over 40 hours. Switching around shifts is very easy too. Most of the servers hang out outside of work, so its also a great place to meet friends.

    Cons

    Serving people, especially those that go to the Olive Garden, is not easy. Darden is also not very helpful in getting our checks very high because they are also doing promotions- like the dreaded pasta bowl.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Server

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility in work schedule, days you can't work you can post them on an employee website and one of your coworkers have an opportunity to pick up you hours for you. Great pay plus tips.

    Cons

    Just having to deal with rude customers but you have to kill em with kindness :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Server

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants full-time

    Pros

    Allows for a flexible schedule.

    Cons

    In the down season it is very slow might need to pick up another job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    server

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    friendly work environment, good training process

    Cons

    extremely corporate, very frugal with on the job tasks

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fast paced, but easy.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good management. Fun work environment.

    Cons

    Split shifts. They're not ideal but for some they're a necessary evil.

  10.  

    The management was friendly and accommodated to needs pretty understandably.

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    Former Employee - Server in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Server in Aurora, IL

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The tips can be very high on weekends, the training prepares you for the position, you get free food often, and management is typically open to helping you when you have questions.

    Cons

    As is expected in the food business, sometimes serving can become overwhelming and a bit chaotic at times. They are fair and very upfront about pay, so that wasn't an issue however promotions are very rare as are pay increases. The schedule can be a bit sporadic, and they don't typically adhere to your preferred schedule. You need to give lot of advance notice if you need time off.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fast paced and paid well

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    Current Employee - Busser in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Busser in Toledo, OH

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

    Pros

    Great tips and great environment

    Cons

    Management can be kind of sketchy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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