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Darden Reviews

Updated September 23, 2017
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  1. "Bartender/Server"

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    Current Employee - Server/Bartender in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Current Employee - Server/Bartender in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good general manager
    Good location

    Cons

    Soup and salad refills
    Tourists don't know how to tip
    Tips are unpredictable


  2. "Great culture and opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and opportunities. Management is respectful and considerate of quality of life.

    Cons

    Of course its the restaurant business.Hours are crazy! Lots of time on your feet.

  3. "Excellent company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, more than fair pay, excellent management

    Cons

    Prefers to avoid possible conflict by not firing ineffective employees


  4. "Server"

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    Current Employee - Food Server in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Food Server in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -team environment
    -fast paced work
    -5 words for pros

    Cons

    -rude customers
    -Forced to up sell alcohol


  5. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Food Server in Cuyahoga Falls, OH
    Former Employee - Food Server in Cuyahoga Falls, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Darden part-time

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling- management was easy to work for, shifts passed quickly.

    Cons

    It was a good service job- sometimes long shifts when short staffed...

    Advice to Management

    It was an overall positive experience


  6. "Strong culture, lots of talent, good benefits, talent not always recognized"

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    Former Employee - RSC Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - RSC Manager in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Darden full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Culture is strong and proud
    -A true industry leader in casual dining
    -Benefits are good and bonus truly rewards good performance, assuming the Company is doing well
    -Emerged from change in Board of Directors as a stronger company
    -Lot of talent despite series of layoffs in 2014-2015

    Cons

    -Upper management does not always recognize and promote the top talent
    -Politics and who you know plays at least a partial role in consideration for advancement
    -Casual dining is not particularly strong right now, albeit Darden's brands are strong relatively speaking
    -Portfolio of brands should be more diversified for true balance

    Advice to Management

    Reward your best talent and those with the highest integrity. Don't make someone earn a promotion ten times over if they have already proven themselves. Avoid overdoing 'corporate' speak and focus on having real conversations with employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Decent starter job"

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    Former Employee - Dishwasher/Salad Fry Cook/Prep/Qb/Grill
    Former Employee - Dishwasher/Salad Fry Cook/Prep/Qb/Grill
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co workers, plenty of hours if you're good at your job

    Cons

    Not flexible schedule, most managers don't care about employee input, you have to do 5 jobs while getting paid for 1

    Advice to Management

    Treat good employees better to keep them around so the rest can stick to their jobs.

  8. "Not available"

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    Former Employee - Kitchen Manager in Daytona Beach Shores, FL
    Former Employee - Kitchen Manager in Daytona Beach Shores, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good reliable company, largest restaurant chain in America.

    Cons

    Theres a large turnover with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Request to corp that more money is needed to pay for skilled employees


  9. "Server"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Management is very flexible with scheduling

    Cons

    This is a wonderful place to work


  10. "Trainer/Bartender/Server"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, friendly environment, provides many opportunities to move up in the company.

    Cons

    Low salary, long hours if considering management

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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