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Darden Reviews

Updated December 11, 2018
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Pros
  • "flexible schedule; supportive team; intensive training; continued learning/education; opportunities for advacement" (in 106 reviews)

  • "flexible hours and a great team environment" (in 59 reviews)

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  1. "Bartender / Server"

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    Current Employee - Server Trainer/Bartender in Nampa, ID
    Current Employee - Server Trainer/Bartender in Nampa, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Works well with scheduling restrictions

    Cons

    Focuses on scores a lot


  2. "Awesome company"

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    Former Employee - Food Server in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Food Server in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Darden (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance , wonderful starter job

    Cons

    Bought out by hedge fund

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes the customer is wrong

  3. "server"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Darden part-time

    Pros

    work life balance benefits friends

    Cons

    our management was horrible, watch your backs in Nampa

    Advice to Management

    Quit promising your employees and turning your backs on them all in the same sentence.


  4. "One of the Best"

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    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Darden is one of the best company’s in the industry as they will set you up for a full retirement. The things they offer fro your future savings is like no other.

    Cons

    Brand leadership is consistent across the board. Do your home work.


  5. "darden review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    was a good company to work for

    Cons

    can be stressful at times like all companies

    Advice to Management

    dont get personal


  6. "Company had great structure"

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    Former Employee - Server in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Server in Orange, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    extensive training. i had no serving experience prior to working here and i feel that they fully prepared me to work tables. the company has a lot of structure, there is a procedure for everything, so you always know what to do.

    Cons

    unlimited soup salad and breadsticks on a busy shift can be very hard to maintain


  7. "Olive Garden"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden part-time

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, training that prepares you for the job

    Cons

    Shifts can be long, awkward time in between doubles

  8. "executive Chef"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. high expectations, low rewards, additional work added if you were good.

    Cons

    Inexperienced, managers running large operations.


  9. "Great job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Darden full-time

    Pros

    benefits, hours, coworkers, food, pay

    Cons

    nada, it says I have to put something

    Advice to Management

    nada


  10. "Great company that cares about how we do business and the people doing it."

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    Current Employee - Operations Human Resources Manager in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Operations Human Resources Manager in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Darden full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture that is results and people focused

    Cons

    Size and scale makes agility a challenge