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Updated July 18, 2018
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  1. "Olive Garden, USA"

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    Current Employee - Server/Waitress in Willow Grove, PA
    Current Employee - Server/Waitress in Willow Grove, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, tips are above average, management easy to get along with. All employees are great to work with and it's a place I actually look forward to going everyday. (Everyone knows when you dread stepping foot through the front of a workplace it makes for long long day).

    Cons

    Training for inexperienced new hires needs to be a bit lengthier and more detailed. Trainees need more shadowing hours as well as being shadowed by certified FOH trainer.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more with employees when shifts need to be filled or they need servers to work significantly longer hours, more days or if they need a server to go without an official break. Most employees are more than willing to help out, but when employees are just scheduled, co-workers happen to call out, or not told their relief won't be coming to work it's only fair to give the staff a heads up to mentally prepare themselves for a unusually long day. Other than that the management is a great team to work with and for.


  2. "Server"

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    Current Employee - Food Server in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Food Server in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Tips, flexible hours or benefits

    Cons

    Low pay for the work

  3. "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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The BEST restaurant company I have worked for - sets realistic goals - regular bonuses - great pay - company works to promote from within

    Cons

    There are no cons to working for Darden


  4. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Server in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Server in Austin, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Working for Darden gave me enough flexibility in my day to day life to accomplish more with my time.

    Cons

    None that come to mind.

    Advice to Management

    Please treat employees equally.


  5. "Lots of learning opportunities, and ideal atmosphere for building relationships for better work environment."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Busy all the time. Your contribution will make a difference. Professional work environment. Everyone is treated with respect at every level.

    Cons

    Lots of work to be done. Must do more with less.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.


  6. "Server"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden part-time

    Pros

    They flexible when they want to be.

    Cons

    No consistent management and leadership within Cheddars.

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing so much.


  7. "Best Food Service Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden full-time

    Pros

    Competitive Benefits, Flexible Hours, Anniversary Pay

    Cons

    Highly Stressful, Many unmotivated employees.

  8. "This job goes fairly well if you are a quick thinker who pays attention and are actively thinking ahead."

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    Current Employee - Host/Hostess in Daytona Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Host/Hostess in Daytona Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can always get enough hours.

    Cons

    It always feels like your doing two peoples worth of work.

    Advice to Management

    Having a plan for when short staffed instead of everyone just having to work harder would make hard days much better.


  9. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Server in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Server in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Darden (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good programs good schedules to work with school

    Cons

    Management changes hands too much no stability


  10. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Managing Partner in Kannapolis, NC
    Current Employee - Managing Partner in Kannapolis, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays well opportunities to advance

    Cons

    Hours can be long and takes time away from your family

    Advice to Management

    No advice


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