Olive Garden Italian Restaurants

  www.olivegarden.com
  www.olivegarden.com

Olive Garden Italian Restaurants Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
430 Reviews
3.2
430 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Olive Garden Italian Restaurants CEO Clarence Otis, Jr
Clarence Otis, Jr
132 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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Server

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

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants part-time

    Pros

    Hours, easy to balance our work and life

    Cons

    Lunch hours, Rude managers, little pay during lunch

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    To-Go Specialist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - To Go Specialist in Lafayette, LA
    Former Employee - To Go Specialist in Lafayette, LA

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

    Pros

    Olive Garden allows for flexible hours

    Cons

    Olive Garden has constantly changing rules and expectations

  3.  

    Awesome Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hostess in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Hostess in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    great co workers, good pay, nice customers

    Cons

    rude customers,
    long hours
    have to clean bathrooms
    busy nights

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Great job, and easy money, fast past atmosphere.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Server in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    fast cash on hand and fun place to work. nice people, easy to get along with employees.

    Cons

    very fast paced, stressful work environment, and hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Manager: great job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Columbia, SC

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

    Pros

    Salary, free food, culture, generous benefits package and decent schedule

    Cons

    Different DOs' operation style hinders performance of the restaurants.

    Depends on restaurant, the work life balance could get skewed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Director of Operations(DM in any other name) needs to be held accountable and held to operations standard as well as restaurant level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Family-like environment, where management works hard and cares and where incentives are offered to hourly employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Altoona, PA
    Current Employee - Server in Altoona, PA

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

    Pros

    When wanting to take the next step in your career at Olive Garden, a manager is always there to guide you in the right direction, give pointers, and to give you the tools to try and achieve a higher position. While most hourly employees, such as servers are happy to remain in their current positions, others, after gaining experience in their current position, will use the flexibility in the restaurant to their advantage and become experts in other areas of the kitchen/dining room. There are fun competitions with incentives to win different prizes for servers.

    Cons

    Of course, waiting on tables can be very draining. In my 7 years of experience at 4 restaurants, Olive Garden is one of the nicest, but I still will have guests who complain simply to get free food (which happens quite often--which also leads me to believe why Olive Garden was not doing as well as a whole for a while) or who think they are dining at a gourmet 5 star restaurant, when that is simply not the case.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid giving away so much free food before even talking to the guest to see if they are upset about something.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good money for part time work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Server in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    It's not too stressful and it works around my schedule nicely.

    Cons

    You sometimes have to pull the slack for others on the team who are less diligent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the hardest workers more consistently and reprimand the ones who are often not participating as a team member.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    fun place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants

    Pros

    Fun environment if you like working with people.

    Cons

    Working late nights, a lot of lifting as a server

  10.  

    Olive Garden is awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Great Company To Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

Olive Garden Italian Restaurants Photos

Work at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants? Share Your Experiences

Olive Garden Italian Restaurants

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.