Darden Reviews

Updated May 6, 2021

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4.0
81%
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Darden CEO Gene Lee
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366 Ratings
Pros
  • "Flexible schedule, easy to take time off(in 120 reviews)

  • "Flexible hours and good benefits(in 73 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Very stressful and long hours on your feet are required(in 74 reviews)

  • "Work/life balance did not always happen(in 23 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Server

      Dec 28, 2020 - Server in Lakeland, FL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Money was really good during dinner service

      Cons

      Work nights every weekend gets boring

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Overall good place to work; many of challenges are typical of Fortune 500 companies

      May 5, 2021 - Director in Orlando, FL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great brands; competitive industry; opportunity to learn a lot

      Cons

      Marketing is needed but not valued; company is run by operations and finance. If you are in one of those functions, will be better experience.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good pay

      May 6, 2021 - Line Cook 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Love pay Good food Loving people Weekly pay

      Cons

      Bad management Poor hours No support Bad timing

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great company

      May 1, 2021 - Server/Waiter in Independence, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Darden dimes, flexible schedules and amazing work environment

      Cons

      When COVID hit, things changed a lot that made working less enjoyable

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Fpexable

      May 5, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible and reliable good managers

      Cons

      Very long shifts and understaffed

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      The company to work for

      Apr 27, 2021 - Server in Las Vegas, NV
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Treat you as if you’re family, unending support from heart of the house, front of the house, and our management team

      Cons

      No cons to post at this time.

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Waited

      Apr 29, 2021 - Server/Waiter in Morgantown, WV
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Tips, discount, co-workers, hours, nice people

      Cons

      You will experience no one tipping you

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great company

      Apr 26, 2021 - Restaurant Manager in Detroit, MI
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefits,pro, work life balance, and a cement

      Cons

      Staffing issues at times, difficult guests, dealing with the public during a pandemic.

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Best restaurant management so far

      Mar 25, 2021 - Server in Houston, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Management is very accommodating and understanding when life happens. I've worked at two locations and all the managers have been this way but one but she did not stay with Darden long so I assume this is a quality they try to keep in management for the well being of their employees.

      Cons

      Only downfall is there isn't much room for advancement from what I could tell. I've been with them 3 years now and I'm ready to move onto something different, but theres nothing else here for me.

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      It’s ok

      May 5, 2021 - Server 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Decent training, flexible schedule, good benefits for a serving job

      Cons

      Low pay, tendency to either be wildly over or understaffed

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