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Found 1490 reviews

3.8
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74%
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83%
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Darden CEO Gene Lee
Gene Lee
236 Ratings
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)

Cons
  • "Long Long Long hours if you are a manager(in 68 reviews)

  • "Very inconstant scheduling makes work/life balance impossible(in 18 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. Takes care of their Managers

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    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Darden full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Competitive Pay Benefits Quarterly Bonuses Open Door Policy

    Cons

    Some General & District Managers micromanage way too much!

  2. Good company

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    Former Employee - Server Assistant in Dunwoody, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Darden part-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great food, pay is decent

    Cons

    Unpredictable hours , snobbish Customer

  3. Great Company to work for

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      Current Employee - To Go Specialist in Olathe, KS
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Darden part-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Great company to work for. As a student going to college, they are very flexible with work hours in regards to my class load/schedule.

      Cons

      On days when I'm scheduled to close at the restaurant, I may not get home until midnight or later. That can make for a long day!

    • Always busy, never rest

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      Current Employee - Server in Fairborn, OH
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Darden part-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Tips and people were great.

      Cons

      No time to eat or take breaks.

    • SO-SO

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      Former Employee - Human Resources in Orlando, FL
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Darden full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      large strong company with stability

      Cons

      lots of corporate politics... depends on the department you work and who your supervisor is.... Operations is better to work in.. or have operations connections

      Advice to Management

      Don't let supervisors be too power hungry

    • good

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        Former Employee - Busser 

        I worked at Darden part-time for more than a year

        Pros

        flexible schedling from management staff

        Cons

        one of many employees you get lost

      • Helpful (1)

        Low pay as always

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        Current Employee - Cook in Boca Raton, FL
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Darden for more than 2 years

        Pros

        None. Unless you like being stressed out.

        Cons

        Favoritism dead end job you come in break your back and go home. Hardest job ever.

        Advice to Management

        Treat your star employees with appreciation

      • A decent gig

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        Current Employee - Bartender in Schaumburg, IL
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Darden full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        People you work with are great

        Cons

        Management is lacking in areas and seniority trumps merit.

        Advice to Management

        A merit based system would make employees strive for more

      • Manager

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        Current Employee - Operations Manager 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook

        I have been working at Darden full-time for more than 9 years

        Pros

        Focuses on great culture. Good benefits. Hires from within

        Cons

        Bonuses are based on company wide performance rather than focusing on each restaurants performance

      • Darden

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        Current Employee - Server 
        Recommends

        I have been working at Darden part-time for more than a year

        Pros

        The co workers and discount at multiple Darden restaurants

        Cons

        No health insurance benefits for servers

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