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Darden Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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Gene Lee
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Pros
  • Flexible schedule, potential to earn (in 89 reviews)

  • 401K, Benefits, Customer Satisfaction, Flexible Hours (in 53 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, increasing hourly turniver if waitstaff (in 57 reviews)

  • Not any cons except my work life balance could have been better (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Pleasantly Surprised"

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

    I worked at Darden part-time

    Pros

    Benefits available and the store I worked at we had a very good crew and managing partner

    Cons

    As with any large organization the rules can be a bit of a hassle

    Advice to Management

    More frequent reviews


  2. "manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    They take care of their people
    Fun environment

    Cons

    Working weekends, but that comes with the restaurant business


  3. "Unlimited Potential"

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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

    You can literally do anything related to customer service with this company and their benefits rock. People are always happy.

    Cons

    As corporations go, this is one of the best out there. There is always room for improvement, and they seek it.


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  5. "Great company"

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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

    The company cares about its employees and we receive many perks like a great darden restaurant discount

    Cons

    Normal corporate America cons. Nothing major


  6. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Darden part-time

    Pros

    easy schedule changes. great environment

    Cons

    I don't have any cons for Darden/ Olivegarden


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    "Sales 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

    Darden offers great benefits for management- insurance, 401k, retirement, and great vacation time for tenured Managers. And the company is continuing to grow.

    Cons

    The hours are very long for mid management and the work load is very heavy. You also work all holidays except for Christmas- for now.

    Advice to Management

    A position in restaurant management at Darden offers great experience and there is opportunity for growth within the company. However, you should be prepared to fully dedicate yourself to the job. Your social life and family life will definitely take a toll.


  8. "Darden review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    None to mention at this time

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Service Assistant/ Host"

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    Current Employee - Host in Mishawaka, IN
    Current Employee - Host in Mishawaka, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits package, free food! Flexible Scheduling,

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons thus far.


  10. "Good hours and steady work"

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    Former Employee - Server in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Server in Fresno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can easily work 6+ hours in a shift and they are not afraid to pay you overtime. The restaurant is like a well-greased engine that is capable of handling high-volume amount of guests/customers. Long hours should be expected on the shift but all positions that receive tips are well compensated by them. Training is very good and co-workers are willing to assist. Looks good on resumes because of the reputation Yardhouse has with guest/customers.

    Cons

    Most shifts require a lot of hours working and there is really not set clock out time. Promotions sometimes occur to workers who don't deserve it just to get them out of that position which can be frustrating; especially, for those who do work hard and deserve the promotion more. Very corporate oriented where many rules (if broken) may lead to termination.

    Advice to Management

    All the managers work too much. Must be hard doing so many hours. Don't take it out on your employees. Some managers also show blatant favoritism.


  11. "Server"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Convenient schedule, flexible work hours while in college, easy to get time off as long as it's not a holiday. Benefits available if needed. Ability to transfer locations

    Cons

    Lack of advancement, recognition for being 5+ years



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