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Olive Garden Italian Restaurants Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible Schedule, decent pay for work (in 161 reviews)

  • No side work, so when you're done working, you're done working (in 47 reviews)

Cons
  • Also the days when all people order is soup and salad leave your head spining cause its refill after refill and you get it all (in 110 reviews)

  • Rude customers, 3 table sections, almost everything is refillable (in 61 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "OG Life"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Company, Great People, Great Atmosphere.

    Cons

    Benefits could be better, especially dental.


  2. "More Emphasis on Family"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, relaxed work setting for employees

    Cons

    Low vertical progression form within, waste of resources

    Advice to Management

    Don't make people waste time on needless tasks.


  3. "Overall okay, needs some work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender/Host in West Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Server/Bartender/Host in West Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    working with your schedule, good tips most of the time, cross training is easy

    Cons

    they expect a lot out of you with no reward, my mangers were very rude and demeaning, give you grief for calling in sick, only room for advancement if your favored.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better


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  5. "New Server"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good training, decent management, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    The restaurants location matters, constant multitasking and busy work

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more with servers


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Tips, Lackluster management"

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    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    you make good money if you work hard.
    not a lot of side work.

    Cons

    Management is lackluster and bipolar,


  7. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants part-time

    Pros

    Good place to work at during college.

    Cons

    Schedule can get hectic sometimes.


  8. "meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants part-time

    Pros

    no sidework which is nice

    Cons

    the money isn't great which is bad


  9. "Server/Hostess"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Allows you to develop good personal skills, customer service skills, interpersonal skills.
    Good job to have while in school.

    Cons

    Sometimes the scheduling can be an issue.


  10. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Busser in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Busser in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managers listen to complaints and care.

    Cons

    Lack of teamwork, some people slack off.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure everyone is doing their part and not just a few people are doing all the work.


  11. "I absolutely loved working for Olive Garden. Wonderful experience."

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    Former Employee - Server in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Server in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training. Great experience working at this job. Lots of help from other employees. Wonderful environment to work in. Tips are a plus. I'd love to work for this company again someday if given the chance.

    Cons

    Relay of information wasn't that great, but everyone works well together for the most part. Not much bad can be said about this company.

    Advice to Management

    When there are too many managers working together in one shift, it's best to relay more information between each other so servers and other employees know what to do and are not thrown in different directions when it comes to giving help or advice to employees when they ask for it.



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