Darden Reviews

Updated 24 October 2014
Updated 24 October 2014
760 Reviews
3.5
760 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 51 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)

  • Work/Life balance can suffer for those who are truly committed to advancing their career with Darden (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very pleasurable and positive experience.

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    Former Employee - Executive Legal Assistant in Orlando, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Executive Legal Assistant in Orlando, FL (US)

    I worked at Darden full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits package is amazing. Darden takes the time to employ positive and knowledgeable people.

    Cons

    Keeping up with the competition with the declining economy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked with a great bunch of people from the dishwasher to the GM when your here you are like family.

    Cons

    the only con I can think of was my director was a jerk....he doesn't care about the people just making his numbers so he can bonus off all our hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See the bigger picture if it wasn't for the little people you big shots would have jobs!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    "Advertises a costumer service strategy, but internally runs like a cost-cutter strategy"

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    Former Employee - Server in East Brunswick, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Server in East Brunswick, NJ (US)

    I worked at Darden part-time

    Pros

    Opportunities for significant career development are offered

    Cons

    Senior management is not aware that the company's values are not being reflected day to day

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Helpful to understand good restaurant management

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    Current Employee - Food Server in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Food Server in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great facilitation to do your best. Flexible work schedule. Meet and integrate information with a diverse community that enhances your scope and frame of reference for low income jobs.

    Cons

    High paced and complicated work environment. Can be very stressful and include long hours. Stringent rules and job security is low. Industry has very high turnover rates and you cannot always depend on the team you are a part of to perform at peak or even to show up to perform 100% of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultural values are great but not implemented. Better hire and staffing procedures could solve a lot of problems. Work more on family life balance and allow better schedules without so many split shifts that result in a very inefficient day for most servers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Outstanding Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager

    I worked at Darden full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Committed to each person as an individual and getting results the right way. Extensive training and commitment to helping the operations managers fulfil their responsibilities.

    Cons

    Sareholder expectations are sometimes unrealistic and can impede the growth and development of the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Positive. Able to move store to store with spouses relocation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Rehire/transfer policies are good. Steady clientele. Stays busy.

    Cons

    Over staffed on server floor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce amount of servers on floor during weekends

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Server in Tampa, FL (US)

    I have been working at Darden full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fair work environment
    Room to grow
    Great managent (for the most part)
    Diverse work environment

    Cons

    Not an easy job, yet the slackers somehow get by with no real repercussion. The customer base is the worst part, you have to deal with low end individuals on a daily basis who think you owe them something and are always looking for a way to score something free

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Working at Darden

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    Former Employee - Server in San Luis Obispo, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Server in San Luis Obispo, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Its pretty good working for them just because you never have to stay there for a ridiculous amount of time. Most shifts are between 4 and 5 hours.

    Cons

    You don't make very good tips because you can only take 3 tables at a time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was great and was pretty good about working with my schedule

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Easy to serve frustrating as a cook

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    Former Employee - Server/Cook in Farmington, NM (US)
    Former Employee - Server/Cook in Farmington, NM (US)

    I worked at Darden full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation was fairly low but the job isn't difficult. Being a server is great because there's no side work.

    Cons

    Very hard to move up to management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Best restaurant job I have had.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager in Norman, OK (US)
    Current Employee - General Manager in Norman, OK (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and hours. Lots of training and personal improvement opportunities.

    Cons

    Constant change and very confusing instructions. Lots of emails and communication, mostly one sided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and only speak when spoken to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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