Mission: To Nourish and Delight Everyone We Serve
Best Places to Work: 2018 (#85)
I have been working at Darden full-time (Less than a year)
Great work environment, tips are above average, management easy to get along with. All employees are great to work with and it's a place I actually look forward to going everyday. (Everyone knows when you dread stepping foot through the front of a workplace it makes for long long day).
Training for inexperienced new hires needs to be a bit lengthier and more detailed. Trainees need more shadowing hours as well as being shadowed by certified FOH trainer.
Advice to Management
Communicate more with employees when shifts need to be filled or they need servers to work significantly longer hours, more days or if they need a server to go without an official break. Most employees are more than willing to help out, but when employees are just scheduled, co-workers happen to call out, or not told their relief won't be coming to work it's only fair to give the staff a heads up to mentally prepare themselves for a unusually long day. Other than that the management is a great team to work with and for.
I applied online. I interviewed at Darden.
The first thing that gets done with Darden restaurants is an online assessment. It is geared to sift out personalities that their psychological experts have deemed won't do well in restaurant work. It is based on a California psychological evaluation that was developed in the late 60s/early 70s in which you would be asked the same question several different ways i.e. you can't BS your way around it.
You interview with the FOH manager and they basically review your experience and take a gut check on your personality. If you are not upbeat and positive, you will not get hired.