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""Who you are matters"....Not."

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Darden is a growth-oriented, principle-based company with a strong vision of where they want to be. They offer many nice benefits and perks to their employees, with a state-of-the-art corporate office building. They are very quality oriented and genuinely want to deliver on their individual brand promises to their guests. Some of the more seasoned leaders are very passionate about the people that work for them and have a strong desire to see them succeed.

Cons

In the nearly 20 years of employment with Darden, I have watched many people come and go. While they like to say they offer great opportunity for career development, the truth is that they would rather recruit from the outside. The work life balance isn't...everyone must sacrifice for the sake of business strengthening initiatives. While they have a lot of great sounding mantras, like "Who you are matters" and "What you do is important" and "Darden is a special place to be", it's hard to believe all of this after awhile...it just sounds like a bunch of propaganda.

Advice to Management

Start valuing employees with experience in your company and give them an opportunity to learn a new skill and contribute in meaningful ways. Just because the business results aren't what you expect them to be, consider that the external pressures of the economy might be a contributing factor and don't spend too much time over analyzing things to the point of paralysis. There are many employees with a great deal of talent and desire to contribute and innovate, but we all spend too much time revising and planning for contingency.

Other Employee Reviews for Darden

  1. "great place to work...could make it even better with changes to benefits"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees are treated fairly. Compensation is good for Orlando area. Minor improvements to benefits could help. Well respected in the local community.

    Cons

    Not great benefits package. Health insurance could use some help.


  2. "It's a good place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server in Daytona Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Server in Daytona Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with, truly felt like a family. Managers are awesome, very helpful and supporting and always willing to work with the schedule if you need time off for school or anything else.

    Cons

    This company is very easy to let go of people. I witnessed a lot of people getting fired for nothing
    The pay fluctuates depending on the time of the year.


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