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Olive Garden Italian Restaurants Reviews

Updated January 23, 2018
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  1. "Great fun place to work and advance as a server"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants full-time

    Pros

    Fun environment, fantastic training. Decent money.

    Cons

    Only allowed 3 tables at once.

    Advice to Management

    Let servers have tables based on speed and proficiency instead of one rule


  2. "Great Place to Work for Spare Money"

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    Current Employee - Server in Williamsville, NY
    Current Employee - Server in Williamsville, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Quick and very easy money

    Cons

    Could make more money at another restaurant while doing half the amount of work.

  3. "Overall great establishment"

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    Former Employee - Server in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Server in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Management was good and truly tried to accommodate their servers and other staff.-
    -Pay was good as well, besides the great tips one could make on a weekend
    -Team was great to get along with...i loved hanging out with them after closing on weekends

    Cons

    -They could be more flexible with their schedule if they know you have other commitments (kids, schools,etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Please schedule accordingly when someone has given you advance notice at which times they are not available.


  4. "it was good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Olive Garden Italian Restaurants full-time

    Pros

    Great people i worked with

    Cons

    Hours were long and straineous


  5. "Bartender"

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    Former Employee - Bartender in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Bartender in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great management
    Worked with my schedule
    Great team development

    Cons

    Some people don't have great work ethic

    Advice to Management

    Continue to create incentives for people to have healthy competition in the workplace and to drive sales


  6. "Working at the OG"

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    Former Employee - Server in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Server in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managers seem to care as do the employees. Great company to work for. Usually they give you a schedule that "works" for you. Fast pace, fast cash.

    Cons

    I have worked for several Olive Gardens and have had an amazing time with the company since 2005. This last Olive Garden had little flexibility, managers cared but seemed to be on different pages. Very high turnover, but primarily due to it being a gambling town.

    Advice to Management

    People work restaurant to have a flexible schedule. Lots of complaints from employees about how scores are posted. Made people who worked restaurant for years give up.


  7. "Bus Boy"

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    Former Employee - Bus Boy in Wilson, NC
    Former Employee - Bus Boy in Wilson, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great environment, great management, good payh, good benefits

    Cons

    other employees slack and play around

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. "Great job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tips, schedule, staff, fun place to work

    Cons

    None. I loved working here

    Advice to Management

    Great team work.


  9. "Great First Job"

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    Current Employee - Food Server in Oswego, IL
    Current Employee - Food Server in Oswego, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Friendly work environment. Meal discounts.

    Cons

    Stressful. Benefits too expensive. Weird hours.


  10. "Great place to work at"

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    Former Employee - Server in Destin, FL
    Former Employee - Server in Destin, FL

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

    Pros

    I liked serving here, good organization

    Cons

    its a service industry job

    Advice to Management

    always have a salad maker


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