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Olive Garden Italian Restaurants Overview

Orlando, FL
10000+ employees
Darden
1982
Company - Public
Casual Restaurants
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Unknown
Today, the Olive Garden family of 850+ restaurants is evolving the brand with our customers' favorites in mind. With reinvigorated dishes, a refreshed website, a restructured logo, and remodeling of select restaurants, we aim to make every guest experience feel ... Read more

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Olive Garden Italian Restaurants CEO Gene Lee
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  • "Amazing, I've never worked for a company that has the capacity to go above and beyond for their people."

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    Former Employee - Food Server in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Food Server in Birmingham, AL
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    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Management is awesome( even with what the company allows you guys went above and beyond to help me and anyone else who needed you, hearts of gold)
    Coworkers were great to work with
    The franchise itself allows management to work with you in difficult times( which to me is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen! It really was like family helping family)
    Training was fun food and wine tasting
    Great atmosphere
    After a year and x amount of averaged per week. You get:
    Great 401 k program
    BCBS MEDICAL INSURANCE
    And a whole list of things I don't remember, I'm sure.

    Cons

    Training program could use some work
    Teamwork development could use work
    Reduction of obstacles(dishes, things being restocked, roles and side work being established)
    The food has changed and doesn't give the same wow as it did when I was younger, bland or replacement items for old recipes are strange.

    Advice to Management

    You're amazing and thank you for what you did for me while I was there. It really broke my heart to have to leave. Was great working with you guys. If I could advise anything from a server standpoint would be to be more adamant about between shift side work and the cleanliness of dishes. Also I understand about picking up bad habits but people are going to be go who they are no matter if you show them the way. But being effective and efficient on the floor and knowledgeable of things from a I know what to do in x situation is important and doesn't allow the guest to suffer from a new server having to wait to figure out what they're doing. Overall it was probably the best work experience of my life. And I am grateful for the compassion shown to me while I was there because you didn't have to.

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Olive Garden Italian Restaurants Interviews

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    Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants (Brooklyn, NY).

    Interview

    Interview was great. General manager was Very plight. Front of House service managers was good.
      Restaurant is really good. Server service overall it was good. Kitchen manager showed me kitchen back of the house.
    How Employee Apply on 5 Storage level and hazardous critical control point sheet as well. also told me about fish Cooked 150 temperature, Chicken 165 temperature. Flame must be medium-high Soup well 165 to 175 temperature. When traying up food must be at Pivot Point. Ex..

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Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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