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"Solid company, long hours, good people"

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  • Culture & Values
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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Service Manager in Orlando, FL
Former Employee - Service Manager in Orlando, FL
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Good people for the most part. Excellent programs to help employees. Generous benefits after the first year to every full time employee, even hourly. Very high standards of food safety and quality.

Cons

Hourly employees are generally unhappy but they have it really good. Some GMs know their stuff, most are not good at their job. Darden goes to great lengths to make the manager jobs idiot-proof but some still can't cut it. Directors are the highest level anyone in operations will meet (after initial training). Training after the MIT program is roughly zero and don't ever think you can get to corporate from operations; won't happen. Good servers make more money than managers and get basically the same benefits.

Advice to Management

Look to your own people for quality candidates before outside applicants.

Other Employee Reviews for Darden

  1. "It is hard work for good money."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Server in Kennesaw, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Darden offers a professional workplace. The management takes care of their employees.

    Cons

    It is a pain to get off days that you need off a lot of the times.

    Advice to Management

    When you say you keep your promises, keep them.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company amid Growth Chaos"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Darden full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, caring culture, ambitious strategy, beautiful new green facility with onsite wellness center for immediate medical needs and gym.

    Cons

    Political nightmare with nervous people. Management is based on instinct and tradition with little empowerment and lack of understanding of well-thought out strategy. Difficulty managing the parallel yet differing needs of corporate work with operations. Inaccurate bell curve based performance ratings.

    Advice to Management

    Teach management skills and let employees do the work.
    Find ways to value intelligence and creativity.


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