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Darden Reviews

Updated August 8, 2017
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  • Sometimes long hours but other than that it is a great environment (in 62 reviews)

  • Very inconstant scheduling makes work/life balance impossible (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "This is truly a family restaurant."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Food Runner in East Point, GA
    Current Employee - Food Runner in East Point, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment. Awesome seasoned management. Potential for growth.

    Cons

    Long hours. Mandatory holidays. Gossiping co-workers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. Thank you for all you do.


  2. "Restaurant Manager"

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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

    The company has good benefits and a good culture

    Cons

    Very inconstant scheduling makes work/life balance impossible

  3. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Darden part-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and hours. Clean restaurant. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Managers are unorganized and play favorites.


  4. "GOOD COMPANY"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant General Manager in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Assistant General Manager in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, hours are livable, time off

    Cons

    Super busy, lots of corporate hoops


  5. "Olive Garden"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden part-time

    Pros

    Schedule is very flexible; easy to switch with coworkers; training as server was very thorough.

    Cons

    Guests are extremely variable and so are ours; however this is to be expected. Managers' priority is business not staff most of the time.


  6. "Overall was decent. One manager would instigate arguments."

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    Former Employee - Busser in Danvers, MA
    Former Employee - Busser in Danvers, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good staff. Fun environment. Staff was very supportive. More of a family atmosphere. Everyone was willing to help and support.

    Cons

    Very fast pace. Need to stay on top of your work. One manager would always use there position for a power trip.

    Advice to Management

    Management overall did a good job except for one manager who was on a power trip.


  7. "Server/Waitress"

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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 part-time

    Pros

    Benefits, management is fair, potential for growth

    Cons

    small stations, inconsistencies with scheduling,

  8. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Darden full-time

    Pros

    Good working there I guess

    Cons

    No free soup or salad

    Advice to Management

    I love the managers at my job


  9. "Host"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Darden full-time

    Pros

    flexible hours and a great team environment

    Cons

    none to speak of really


  10. "Best in business"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Darden full-time

    Pros

    Culture and integrity with drive to win

    Cons

    Must be open to flexible schedule


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