Darden Reviews

Updated 23 May 2015
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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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  1. Darden Restaurants

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CCP in Pottstown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - CCP in Pottstown, PA (US)

    I have been working at Darden full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable but low pay. They have a good benefits and rewards program. If you were to move there would be opportunity to transfer to another restaurant..

    Cons

    I have been working there almost 7years aand I work every holiday and weekend except for Christmas and thanksgiving

    Advice to Management

    Start looking out for the employees who have been a positive influence in your restaurant. Need to give better raises for those who deserve it.

  2. Meh

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get a consistent paycheck and you get your schedule for a month at a time. Clear goals are set.

    Cons

    Hours are very long and nights are late. It's difficult to have much of a life outside of work. Lack of balance.

  3. server

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden part-time

    Pros

    Good discounts on food, horrible schedules. The table max is bad for staff and customers. Can make good money but is hit or miss

    Cons

    Good discounts on food, horrible schedules. The table max is bad for staff and customers. No where tip so I the company

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff well. They are your brand. Off your staff is unhappy your guest's experience well not be what it should

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  5. Very flexible and kind without ever demanding too much and also have a charity to assist employees in case of emergency

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server/Waiter in Cherry Hill, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Server/Waiter in Cherry Hill, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Darden part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Can move up quickly, charity for employees, kind, caring

    Cons

    Work holidays, no extra pay (that's your job), clientele

  6. Server

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden part-time

    Pros

    time off, easy to give away shifts

    Cons

    unlimited soup salad bread sticks!

    Advice to Management

    get a salad bar (people ask for way to many refills)

  7. FOH Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FOH Manager in Las Vegas, NV (US)
    Current Employee - FOH Manager in Las Vegas, NV (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, many opportunities to move up (quickly), different restaurant concepts to move to.

    Cons

    Lots of hours for not enough pay. They take care of team members better than they treat their managers.

    Advice to Management

    It's a tough job on your feet, mentally and physically. Know what you're getting into before you decide to take a management route. There are rewarding aspects but it comes at a cost. No work/life balance..... That goes right out the window!!

  8. Olive Garden: Not the best restaurant job out there...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Busser in Chambersburg, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Busser in Chambersburg, PA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Employee discount, hostess and managers and bussers use headsets for better communication. One of the more "professional" restaurants out there.

    Cons

    Alot of the customers dinners are cheap (soup salad breadsticks) so the tips tend to be on the low side. Typical restaurant drama with customers/fellow staff members.

    Advice to Management

    Check with all your employees; their concerns and questions/opinions. Make them feel like working there is like their second family.

  9. Wonderful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Go Specialist and Cashier
    Former Employee - Go Specialist and Cashier

    I worked at Darden (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The managers show how much they appreciate their employees

    Cons

    Not being able to have holidays off.

  10. Working as a Server

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    Current Employee - Server
    Current Employee - Server

    I have been working at Darden

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent money
    Flexible hours
    Time flies by fast

    Cons

    The customer is always right
    Endless soup and salad is a pain

  11. server

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Workers will pick up shifts or have extra shifts available if you are interested.

    Cons

    Menu changes were too frequently. Wasn't paid enough for cleaning and after closing work.


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