Darden

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Darden Reviews

Updated 1 February 2015
Updated 1 February 2015
822 Reviews
3.5
822 Reviews
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Darden Chairman and CEO Clarence Otis Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule and the ability to walk with cash in hand are the best perks of this job (in 52 reviews)

  • flexible hours and availability to trade shifts with other servers (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Very long hours that are not equivalent to the compensation package (in 29 reviews)

  • Current environment is hard on work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Orlando, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Server in Orlando, FL (US)

    I have been working at Darden part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great tourist location, fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Long hours, difficulty switching schedule

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    My experience has given me many tools and skills that I can utilize as I grow my career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden

    Pros

    The company offers many opportunities for advancement and they fully support their employees. The training is rigorous and thorough which provided me the ability to enhance my professionalism. I felt like I was part of a big family.

    Cons

    The challenges unfortunately were dealing with some of the long-term employees. Some were very stuck in their ways and would try to take short cuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should really encourage employee round tables and give formal in depth trainings to managers and employees on TQ.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company, bad specials

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Server in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Great managers and flexible schedules

    Cons

    Too many specials and changing menu made making tips impossible

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awsome group of people,

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Raleigh, NC (US)

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    The company really cares about their internal guest(team member) as well as the guest!

    Cons

    Not any cons except my work life balance could have been better....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fun time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Jackson, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Server in Jackson, TN (US)

    I worked at Darden part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great training, fun enviroment, possibilities for advancement

    Cons

    hours, share of workload with other servers, certain management showed favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keeo up with the high standards and enforcement even into management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Working at olive garden

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Certified Trainer in Kenner, LA (US)
    Current Employee - Certified Trainer in Kenner, LA (US)

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay
    Flexibile schedule
    Great team work

    Cons

    Expectations are aet too low with serving staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train new employees more vigorously

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    As a server, I believe there is much separation between management and employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in North Wales, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Server in North Wales, PA (US)

    I have been working at Darden part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Great flexible schedules
    -Great for students as part time jobs
    -Easily able to receive days off

    Cons

    -Stress does come from time to time
    -No hourly base pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe management should focus on connecting with their employees and train their managers to make their employees feel proud of their work environment. I also believe restaurant managers should have higher privileges to advertise locally and Darden shall take drastic changes in modernizing their restaurants.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    It's alright

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Good pay for a first job. Managers I've seen always willing to help.

    Cons

    Severs always blame you for some dumb things that happen and creates lots of unnecessary drama.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    The best choice I've made

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Reliable job. Great benefits. Excellent pay and always have the opportunity to advance

    Cons

    The star board, now main focus is only financial use to focus mainly on guest satisfaction now that seams secondary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consist

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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