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Orlando, FL
10000+ employees
1968
Company - Public (DRI)
Casual Restaurants
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Unknown
The Darden family of restaurants features some of the most recognizable and successful brands in full-service dining: Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V's and Yard House. Through subsidiaries, we own and ... Read more

Mission: To Nourish and Delight Everyone We Serve


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2018 (#85)

Darden Reviews

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  • "Olive Garden, USA"

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    Current Employee - Server/Waitress in Willow Grove, PA
    Current Employee - Server/Waitress in Willow Grove, PA
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    I have been working at Darden full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    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).

    Cons

    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.

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Darden Photos

Darden photo of: Darden Restaurant Support Center Wearing purple for Spirit Day to take a stand against bullying
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Darden photo of: Olive Garden Italian Kitchen
Darden photo of: Bahama Breeze
Darden photo of: Darden Restaurant Support Center showing support for National Wear Red Day for Heart Health
Darden photo of: Eddie V's
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Darden Interviews

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    Server/Bartender Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Darden.

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work here? (Darden restaurants owns Olive garden, Longhorn, Bahama breeze, Capital Grille, and Seasons 52)   1 Answer
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Darden Awards & Accolades

  • CEI Rating: Perfect 100, Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index, 2015
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune Magazine, 2014
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