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Updated January 21, 2018
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Pros
  • Discounts at all Darden restaurants, flexible schedule, food (in 98 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, friendly environment, provides many opportunities to move up in the company (in 57 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Hinesville, GA
    Current Employee - Server in Hinesville, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Darden part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very professional. I love the company, because they actually care about you. I love my profession .

    Cons

    Late nights, but it’s worth it!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the hard work!!!


  2. "Good company for employment"

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

    I worked at Darden full-time

    Pros

    Good communication between departments. Positive work environment. Encourage work life balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes go through more red tape to have decisions made due to the size of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize employees more.

  3. "Server"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Cincinnatus, NY
    Current Employee - Server in Cincinnatus, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Darden part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great team atmosphere
    -Awesome coworkers
    -High check averages

    Cons

    -Corporate Culture. The managers are your friends until you commit a minor infraction and the true colors come out and they'll remind you that you are a disposable

    Advice to Management

    The strength of this business comes from the coworkers feeling like family. When you say things like, "We'll find somebody else." You just don't threaten the person, you create hostility in your work force.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "certified trainer/ Bartender/ Server"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Certified Trainer/Server/Bartender in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Certified Trainer/Server/Bartender in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Darden part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company runs very organized which helps everything run more smoothly in all areas. The food is great and the guests are great as well. Management is always around for support and help. I made money and had fun doing it.

    Cons

    Other employees having bad attitudes. I believe that being in the service industry is to provide the guest with whatever he/she wishes for. People pay to get served and we are there to serve and satisfy the guests. Too many employees complain about guests too often when really they should strive to satisfy every customer and make more money as well. Too many negative bad attitudes about serving.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the managers that dont follow regulations completely. Management needs to stay organized and on top of things in order to maintain a successful restaurant.


  5. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden full-time

    Pros

    Great people and great guest

    Cons

    Long hours and long days


  6. "It was okay."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Busser, Hostess, Server in Elyria, OH
    Current Employee - Busser, Hostess, Server in Elyria, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Darden part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people that have come through my specific Olive Garden has been amazing. The management has been flexible and understanding. The task that have been asked of me have been moistly reasonable and the pay has been comparable.

    Cons

    The management has at times passed over employees who deserve a raise or promotion due to a backwards review system or poor judgement calls but upper echelon. The company also has an issue with either hiring or promoting people to management positions who will soon be fired.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to listen to the base employees about issues and not be quick to sweep bad situations under the rug. They also need to have a better sytem for financial raises.


  7. "Hostess"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Long hours, crappy customers, slow days

  8. "Darden prep cook"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Darden full-time

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers
    Paid weekly
    Free soup, salad, bread n two sides per shift...50% off if u buy an entree

    Cons

    No vacation/ paid time off
    Understaffed from day 1
    No break time even when you have a 10 hour shift

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your staff. Let them know how they are doing and what needs improvement. Show you care.


  9. "Server"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Server in Columbia, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Darden full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule...benefits which beat any other restaurant group in the country

    Cons

    none at all...zero cons in my opinion


  10. "It really boils down to management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Host/Hostess in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Host/Hostess in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some opportunities for advancement. Benefit options

    Cons

    Poor management; high maintenance clientele

    Advice to Management

    Seniority should matter less than performance. Overbooking restaurants to compensate for poor volume doesn't bring about more profits if you have to comp for poor service. Regional managers should maybe have more interaction with the employees so that they feel more comfortable bringing their concerns about their managers forward.


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