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Darden Reviews

Updated September 19, 2018
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Pros
  • "flexible schedule; supportive team; intensive training; continued learning/education; opportunities for advacement" (in 104 reviews)

  • "flexible hours and a great team environment" (in 59 reviews)

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  1. "Part Time Server Who May Never Leave"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Server in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great management team and support structure.
    No real side work as a server - hosts roll silverware, bussers take care of most cleaning and restocking.
    Flexible schedule, and an easy system in place to trade, give up, and pick up shifts as needed through the company website.
    Employee discount is great - 50% off food during/after a shift and 25% off for you and up to seven guests at any restaurant under the Darden umbrella.
    Benefits such as dental, vision, etc available to part time employees (major medical available to full time employees, as well as vacation time after a certain tenure).
    Partnership discounts with other companies available through website.
    Atmosphere is helpful - everyone runs food, service partners, etc.
    Abuse and yelling between employees is generally stopped by management as soon as it starts.
    Product knowledge and education are emphasized - new dishes and drinks are regularly prepared for employees to see and try, and info cards designed to be kept in server books are handed out/available before promotions and major menu changes.

    Cons

    Still a service position - you'll still have difficult, entitled, and angry guests that management will try to appease (although I've never had any repercussions from generic guest complaints).
    Staffing always an issue in a restaurant - can vary from overstaffed and light hours to understaffed and heavy workloads, although my restaurant leans toward overstaffing.


  2. "Front of House Team Member"

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    Former Employee - Front of House Staff in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Front of House Staff in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, flexible work schedules, friendly staff

    Cons

    Late Nights, no guaranteed pay (Tip Based), work requirements

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  3. "The best place I have ever worked"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Server in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Darden full-time

    Pros

    Managers are all hands on they help us at all times very understanding when we call in to work and I have been a server for 20 years and I have never seen management like them my mother past away the gave me months off of work when I was ready to back to work I did they also have something called Darden dimes they also paid for my mothers creation and urn .I have much love for Olive garden and all management.

    Cons

    None nothing bad to say

    Advice to Management

    They are all amazing very helpful


  4. "Good College Job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Darden full-time

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, Great Management, Discounts

    Cons

    Corporate standards are expected and must be met.


  5. "BEST COMPANY IN ORLANDO!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Darden full-time

    Pros

    - Strong admin leadership
    - Professional but relaxed atmosphere
    - Flexible work schedule
    - Helpful co-workers; It is an extremely supportive environment
    - Environment friendly
    - Beautiful campus

    Cons

    - Lacking efficiency in the work process; too many steps to test projects
    - More tools for testing projects on multiple devices

    Advice to Management

    Re-document the web development process so that it is more time efficient and tactically sufficient


  6. "Review of the company named darden"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They have really Good benefits

    Cons

    can't work at two restaurants

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your team more


  7. "Darden"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, teamwork ,attainable bonus

    Cons

    Different management style from every GM

    Advice to Management

    Listen to restaurant managers! Great focus on Gms,but take a few managers from across the country from great performing stores and not great performing stores and have a pow wow!

  8. "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

    Benefits, upper management, future career opportunities

    Cons

    Hours, direct management, work / life


  9. "Supportive environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Darden full-time

    Pros

    flexible schedule; supportive team; intensive training; continued learning/education; opportunities for advacement

    Cons

    inconsistent wages; management focused too much on individual promotions; drama

    Advice to Management

    Maintain a close-knit and supportive environment characteristic of restaurant work without compromising professional decorum. GSS surveys are biased and unreliable.


  10. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Server in Stillwater, OK
    Former Employee - Server in Stillwater, OK

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

    Pros

    Awesome work environment. Good staff.

    Cons

    Management not well balanced.


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