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Darden Reviews

Updated January 31, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible schedule, potential to earn (in 89 reviews)

  • 401K, Benefits, Customer Satisfaction, Flexible Hours (in 53 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes long hours but other than that it is a great environment (in 58 reviews)

  • Not any cons except my work life balance could have been better (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Used to be a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Director in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Director in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work culture - people make you feel welcome

    Cons

    New management taking over in 2014 did not have a good impact


  2. "Server"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Team members and schedule are great

    Cons

    Auto grat gone and clientele down

    Advice to Management

    Stay consistent all the time


  3. "Decent pay, not very exciting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Darden part-time

    Pros

    The managers care about what they do and a lot about customers.

    Cons

    The same can't be said about the care for their workers.

    Advice to Management

    Care for your workers and allow more opportunities for pay wages.


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  5. "Server"

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    Current Employee - Food Server in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Food Server in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Darden full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The money is super easy. I love the corporate entity Darden has. I love the availability of tools as opposed to smaller concepts.

    Cons

    Everyone has to jump hoops to meet the numbers corporate is pushing managers to hit. So many employees means employees are a bit more expendable.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should listen to employees and their needs. Over staffing doesn't help anyone's pocket. The most important part is the quality of the staff not the quantity.


  6. "OK for part time"

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    Former Employee - Server in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Server in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, short shifts, good hourly for server

    Cons

    Loosy clientele, horrible tippers, management literally laughed off my serious medical condition

    Advice to Management

    When someone tells the management something extremely serious, please take it serious and don't laugh it off


  7. "Bartender"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden full-time

    Pros

    Great work staff, fun atmosphere, and money is great.

    Cons

    Managers only have their self interest in mind.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Financial Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    You will learn a lot about the restaurant and hospitality industry.

    Cons

    It takes a long time to get promoted. Leadership tends to be "old school" in that everyone pays attention to when you arrive and what time you leave. They put a premium on people being there longer than others regardless of how much of that time is actually spent working. If you can finish your work in 8 hours, but another person accomplishes the same amount (or often less) but that person gets in earlier and stays later, the latter person will be viewed more favorably.

    Darden tends to pay more than other employers in Orlando. Which is a pro and a con. The con of that is if you take a job in their finance department, you will likely be stuck there even when you realize that you won't likely get promoted in a reasonable amount of time. This is because leaving will likely require you to take a pay cut unless you're willing to leave Florida for a lateral.


  9. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Server in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Server in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Made really good money nice customers

    Cons

    Micro management - over worked bad moral

    Advice to Management

    Care about your ee's


  10. "Server"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with, laid back atmosphere. Training was fairly easy as well. Decent tips depends on demographic.

    Cons

    High turn over rate with management, unexperienced managers being put in positions they can’t handle. Unable to communicate with their employees in a timely or professional manner.

    Advice to Management

    Long hours decrease customer and employee satisfaction, stop putting unexperienced managers who can’t handle the position in charge.


  11. "Darden restaurants"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hostess in Redmond, OR
    Former Employee - Hostess in Redmond, OR

    Pros

    Flexible schedules and opportunities to cross train to host, bussers, server and Togo specialist.

    Cons

    Inconsistencies with the managment and not much room for growth . Wished they offered some better employee benefits.



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