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Olive Garden Italian Restaurants Reviews

Updated December 12, 2018
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  • "Unlimited Soup and Salad is the worst" (in 179 reviews)

  • "3 table sections make it more difficult to earn money, but it is a more demanding situation than most restaurants" (in 98 reviews)

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  1. "Food Server"

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    Current Employee - Food Server in Waldorf, MD
    Current Employee - Food Server in Waldorf, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Schedule, management, flexibility, fun environment & great physical workout!

    Cons

    Typical of any restaurant job


  2. "Service Professional"

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

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

    Pros

    corporate company, benefits, standard of business

    Cons

    hours, inconsistent pay, little pay increase

  3. "Good Company to be employed with"

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    Former Employee - Server/Waiter in Brandon, FL
    Former Employee - Server/Waiter in Brandon, FL
    Recommends

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good benefits and plenty of opportunities to make pick up extra hours when needed

    Cons

    Servers can get behind when they are also responsible for stocking needed items

    Advice to Management

    Although it may not always be possible, having an employee dedicated to keeping items stocked, especially when the restaurant is busy, is one way to improve service to customers


  4. "Good Pay and Flexible Schedule"

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    Former Employee - Server in Irmo, SC
    Former Employee - Server in Irmo, SC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Fast paced work environment
    -Employee friendly programs
    -Fun working environment

    Cons

    -Restaurant was understaffed at times

    Advice to Management

    -Keep good employees in the company


  5. "Love it they treat you like family"

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    Current Employee - Line Cook in Bellingham, WA
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Bellingham, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is awesome and make you feel welcome

    Cons

    That its extremely busy and not enough hours


  6. "Server"

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

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants full-time

    Pros

    If you are willing to work doubles Thursday thru Friday close to open you can make 700 plus per week. If you are going to work. Normal shifts you can expect to 500-700 in a full week. It all depend on you.

    Cons

    Every table gets unlimited soup salad and bread it’s a lot more work to prepare but defiantly worth it


  7. "Service Professional"

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

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants full-time

    Pros

    A lot of focus on developing and growing as individuals and as a company.

    Cons

    Long hours but still maintain a healthy quality of life balance.

  8. "Great compensation"

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

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

    Pros

    Tips were great , mobility

    Cons

    Management can be disorganized


  9. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Food Server in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Food Server in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Insurance, steady business, ample opportunity

    Cons

    Long days, excessive table turn, everything survey based

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your servers, not so much scores


  10. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants full-time

    Pros

    Discounts and cleaner then most restaurants and not as stressful

    Cons

    Pay is not enough it’s time for waiters/servers to make more then 2.50 a hour, the base should start at 4.25 at least not be the same it was 20 years ago

    Advice to Management

    Don’t require so much for each server to take care of when Olive Garden is normally 5-7 course Resturant