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Darden Orlando Reviews

Updated June 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Discounts at all Darden restaurants, flexible schedule, food (in 92 reviews)

  • 401K, Benefits, Customer Satisfaction, Flexible Hours (in 54 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes long hours but other than that it is a great environment (in 61 reviews)

  • And all you can eat soup and salad is horrible (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Darden full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment. Multi brand company with lots of growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Board takeover and the sale of Red Lobster

    Advice to Management

    None at this time


  2. "Going down hill"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Darden full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great building to work in

    Cons

    Lack of help
    only thinking of the bottom line
    Don't really care about there employees​

    Advice to Management

    Look out for your employees it's not all about making money. Treat your employees better

  3. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Server/Host in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Server/Host in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Darden (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits great team players, awesome service

    Cons

    Small tips, disruptive customers, lots of bad customers


  4. "Accouting Processor"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Accountant in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Darden full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits package, discount on personal dining card, friendly environment. Lots of celebrations take place when the company does exceptionally well

    Cons

    The way in which they use a goal oriented system is beyond absurd. Technology seems to be quite on the low end as far as processing information goes. Why are we scanning papers still? They will not advance you if you did not go above and beyond in the role you were currently in. That basically means even if you hit your mark it does not mean your end goal to move up will happen. Over priced dining items in the cafeteria. There is small gossip within certain areas. You are told to become a yes man to upper level people.

    Advice to Management

    Give people more chances. Do not wait for an employee to completely want to leave to help them. Be more reasonable with the actual positions. Change what the position does. Invest in electronic technology instead of going paper it will save time


  5. "Used to be a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Director in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Director in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Darden full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work culture - people make you feel welcome

    Cons

    New management taking over in 2014 did not have a good impact


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Darden full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot about the restaurant and hospitality industry.

    Cons

    It takes a long time to get promoted. Leadership tends to be "old school" in that everyone pays attention to when you arrive and what time you leave. They put a premium on people being there longer than others regardless of how much of that time is actually spent working. If you can finish your work in 8 hours, but another person accomplishes the same amount (or often less) but that person gets in earlier and stays later, the latter person will be viewed more favorably.

    Darden tends to pay more than other employers in Orlando. Which is a pro and a con. The con of that is if you take a job in their finance department, you will likely be stuck there even when you realize that you won't likely get promoted in a reasonable amount of time. This is because leaving will likely require you to take a pay cut unless you're willing to leave Florida for a lateral.


  7. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Server in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Server in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Made really good money nice customers

    Cons

    Micro management - over worked bad moral

    Advice to Management

    Care about your ee's

  8. "love everything"

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    Current Employee - Server in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Server in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    love everything about working here

    Cons

    no cons about working here


  9. "Great Family Company"

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    Current Contractor - Enterprise Digital Marketing Operations Programmer in Orlando, FL
    Current Contractor - Enterprise Digital Marketing Operations Programmer in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Darden as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed my contract with Darden. They have a very modern facility and excellent work environment. I was also lucky to have a great manager and excellent team.

    Cons

    The only issues I saw was a slight disconnect between departments and lack of publication of new business agendas. Also a lack of innovative ideas. There is a lot of room for you guys to grow, but I think their might be a few egos in the way.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome managers. I didn't have any issues with any of the managers. All of my direct managers were excellent.


  10. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Various Positions in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Various Positions in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Darden full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, room for development and leadership. People are all friendly. Salaries are in a decent range. Great benefits. Loyal

    Cons

    The distance for driving, work hours could be a little more flexible. Also working from a remote location should be considered


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