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Darden Reviews

Updated September 25, 2017
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  1. "wait staff parties banquets staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    money was good, just not consistant

    Cons

    select few have the power, money, perks

    Advice to Management

    watch how you treat your staff, next time could be a multi million $ lawsuit.


  2. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "grill cook"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden full-time

    Pros

    made some really cool friends

    Cons

    horrible management, no consistency, horrible turn over

    Advice to Management

    grow up and handle situations like an adult, stop playing favorites, mean what you say, BE CONSISTENT


  5. "Olive Garden"

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    Former Employee - Server in Hammond, LA
    Former Employee - Server in Hammond, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy to pick up shifts when needed.

    Cons

    Having lots of refillable items on the menu keeps you running constantly even when you only have a few tables.
    Low cost of refillable items (soup and salad mainly) means more work for a lower tip.
    Tip outs go to bussers when the servers are often cleaning their own tables, rolling silverware, fetching ice, etc.
    No security cameras and a theft problem. Management takes no responsibility for preventing theft.


  6. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Yardhouse used hotschedules so you could release and pick up shifts.

    Cons

    Money sucked. Yardhouse has crazy strict rules. Can't clock in a second late or you'll be written up. You can get fired for almost anything. No benefits.


  7. "Waitress"

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    Former Employee - Server/Waiter in Lawrenceville, GA
    Former Employee - Server/Waiter in Lawrenceville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    schedule flexibility wasn't so bad.

    Cons

    Management was disrespectful and needed more training. Staff was over worked without pay.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to treat and speak to your employees in a respectful manner.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Spent 2 years as a manager with one of the upscale concepts"

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    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work with in a cultural diverse work place and interact with a lot of guests. Developed some great relationships with other managers in the region most left after 1-2 years with Darden.

    Cons

    It's all about who you know not what you know. Managing Partners are gods, even really bad ones. No development from Managing Partner and no support from area director he came around once every two weeks and spent most of his time on the phone didn't really care about his team.

    Advice to Management

    If a managing partner isn't being managed by his director and they have had a long standing relationship then maybe the director no longer holds his managing partner to standards and accountability. Its pretty pathetic the store was year over year down in sales and the no changes at the top.


  9. "I would not recommend"

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    Former Employee - Server/Waiter
    Former Employee - Server/Waiter
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -The associates I worked with were always fun and I enjoyed their company.
    -Other associates would be team players and help out when you needed it.

    Cons

    -Scheduling was a nightmare. You could easily be scheduled to work from 10:30am to 4:30pm and be sent home at noon and never make a dime (as a server) because they would schedule more people than they needed.
    -Managers always played favorites when it came to time-off requests or getting the "better sections".
    -Constantly over pile the amount of work on one employee who was already stretched to the limit.
    -Working as a server (making roughly $2.13/hr) we would constantly end up having to bus our own tables, sweep the floors, and roll silverware all while being paid the $2.13/hr with no customers or tips coming in and would still have to tip out to the "bussers". The tip out to busser(s) was automatically deducted from the amount of tips you made that shift.
    -Sometimes when working doubles (where I worked it was usually 11am to 8pm with an hour break) they would not let you take your break until all of the first shift people leave and the second shift people come in (which could easily be around 5pm), or would not let you take a break until well into your second part of the shift.
    -Darden is in a lawsuit for unfair wages vs. the work being done while earning those wages.
    -The company is becoming too political.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring more and more new people when you already have enough staff and give more hours to those who want them and need them.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Move on. Nothing to see here."

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    Current Employee - Managing Partner
    Current Employee - Managing Partner
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The core job itself is enjoyable when you remove all of the politics and time wasting tasks that Darden piles on.

    Cons

    Make no mistake, with this company you are a number. They extract all they can and move on to the next candidate. Longhorn runs the lowest hourly labor % in the industry. You will always be battling the labor matrix. It's all you'll ever hear about.

    Advice to Management

    It's all about your people folks. How can grind management into dust and expect the guest to truly be taken care of? Longhorn has the lowest hourly labor $ as a % of sales in the industry. This makes truly taking care of the guest virtually impossible.


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