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Darden Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Discounts at all Darden restaurants, flexible schedule, food (in 92 reviews)

  • 401K, Benefits, Customer Satisfaction, Flexible Hours (in 54 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes long hours but other than that it is a great environment (in 61 reviews)

  • And all you can eat soup and salad is horrible (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Great way to start a young career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bartender in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Bartender in Tampa, FL
    Recommends

    I worked at Darden full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A perfect job right out of school for quick funds while you are pursuing your career objectives. Darden was always supportive of my efforts moving forward

    Cons

    Depends on the restaurant you work for. My experiences working under the Darden umbrella have been wonderful

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  2. "Server there was great"

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    Former Employee - Server in Bismarck, ND
    Former Employee - Server in Bismarck, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    made almost 1000 every week. very busy new location however

    Cons

    lots of scheduling conflicts with management

    Advice to Management

    management is great. too much moving around.


  3. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Bonuses are a definite plus

    Cons

    Company is not much on integrity.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that management team is just as important. It is often said in this company, you can't run the store with out employees. Management is also your employees. Employees often run the location because of the dominate preference to cuddle team members. This leaves management without a leg to stand on.


  4. "Server Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Server Assistant in Buford, GA
    Former Employee - Server Assistant in Buford, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Darden (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Food discounts, the job isn't hard

    Cons

    Pay, no ladder of growth

    Advice to Management

    Do not work the same people closing every weekend night. That is how they get burnt out on the job ultimately causing a high turn-over.


  5. "Food Service Industry"

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    Current Employee - Host/Service Assistant in O'Fallon, MO
    Current Employee - Host/Service Assistant in O'Fallon, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with the public on daily basis and sometimes, you make a friend or business connection.

    Cons

    Very intensive when it doesn't have to be; i.e. co-worker makes you feel inferior because of your position.

    Advice to Management

    Have regular meetings with staff and do follow-ups


  6. "MP"

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    Current Employee - Managing Partner in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Managing Partner in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity for advancement and outstanding perks!

    Cons

    There are long work hours

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "Going down hill"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great building to work in

    Cons

    Lack of help
    only thinking of the bottom line
    Don't really care about there employees​

    Advice to Management

    Look out for your employees it's not all about making money. Treat your employees better


  8. "Longhorn Steakhouse"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server/Service Professional in Avon, IN
    Current Employee - Server/Service Professional in Avon, IN

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

    Pros

    Great Money, Great People, Great Locaton

    Cons

    Managers come and go to quickly


  9. "Hostess"

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    Former Employee - Hostess in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Hostess in Boca Raton, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun working environment and atmosphere. Management was constantly present and involved in working experience, which made it more enjoyable.

    Cons

    Did not enjoy working late hours.


  10. "Awesome"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Server in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay, Professional Environment, and Amazing Team work

    Cons

    Difficult to have time off


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