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Olive Garden Italian Restaurants Reviews

Updated September 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Always understanding my needs for a flexible schedule (in 199 reviews)

  • Servers and Bartenders have no side work at all you only have a three table section (in 64 reviews)

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  1. "When you're here, you're family"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants part-time

    Pros

    Great Management and flexible hours

    Cons

    Silly rules that get in the way of customer service


  2. "Fun College Job, Little Stress"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun College job with little stress, good management in my opinion

    Cons

    No cons come to mind

  3. "Olive Garden Review"

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    Current Employee - Server/Waiter in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Server/Waiter in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You meet lots of different people. I have made some great friends there, and a lot of the guests are awesome. The flexibility is great, especially for college student. Potential to make good money.

    Cons

    Some co-workers aren’t the best or reliable, but you fine that anywhere. Management can get a little crazy at times with transfers

    Advice to Management

    Management transfers are pretty common, which sucks, but I do like most managers I’ve worked for.


  4. "Server"

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    Current Employee - Server in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Server in Norman, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Olive Garden give you a family feel at work.

    Cons

    Sometimes it is not busy enough, but that isn't the restaurants fault


  5. "Awesome place to work"

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    Current Employee - Server in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Server in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's an easy job, that can be more if you want it to be, it's all about what you make it and the management at my particular restaurant cares. When the hurricane hit darden even helped out employees.

    Cons

    Scheduling can be all over the place sometimes but it ends up working out if you talk to management they have open door policy


  6. "More Pros than Cons"

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    Current Employee - Host/Hostess in Manhattan, KS
    Current Employee - Host/Hostess in Manhattan, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I love working in customer service.

    Cons

    You have to deal with a lot of rude people.


  7. "Server"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants full-time

    Pros

    - great culture
    - fantastic training
    - flexible hours
    - numerous coworkers (easy to swap shifts and make friends)

    Cons

    - unlimited everything
    - a plethora of deals hits your tip bottomline hard

  8. "good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good money and my friends worked there

    Cons

    hard work lots of hours

    Advice to Management

    be smarter


  9. "Fun College Job"

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    Former Employee - Hostess in Fort Myers, FL
    Former Employee - Hostess in Fort Myers, FL
    Recommends

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Fun Co-Workers
    Great Management
    Delicious Food

    Cons

    Pay not great, but ok for a college job!


  10. "Good money, flexible schedule, great friends."

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    Former Employee - Server/Bartender/Trainer in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender/Trainer in Akron, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Money is great if you're not afraid to work. Schedule is very flexible, almost never had a requested day off denied if I didn't wait until the last minute. Met most of my friends today thru Olive Garden.

    Cons

    Sometimes the clientele can be a pain, as with any customer service/serving position. Slow days are annoying as well. Every now and then, you'll get annoyed with certain employees as well.

    Advice to Management

    Stay positive and know it's just pasta and sauce!


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