Darden

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Fun, engaging place to work with an openness to hear different points of view from all levels

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Orlando, FL (US)
Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Orlando, FL (US)

I have been working at Darden

Pros

Environment, culture and people are the strongest point for Darden.

Cons

Due to ensuring that the right people are hired and don't become overweight in staff, the company does have an intensive interview process and career growth can be slower. However, I feel that it's well worth the time when you enjoy your time at work.

Recommends
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    I wouldn't do it again

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

    I worked at Darden

    Pros

    The flexibility in hours is nice, as is the ability to request off and email the staff while on the internet.

    Cons

    Bad promos bring is overindulgent guests who sit for hours and don't tip, the manager turnover rate is ridiculously high (I worked there for a year and a half and went through three gms and seven regular managers). The managers frequently had "hate-employees," who would find themselves the target of blanket managerial scrutiny and pressure until they a) quit, or b) were fired. From what I hear from my friends who still work there, Darden's new tip-out policy has cut the wages of the bus and bar staff to save the company money, and is having the servers make it up out of their own tips.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees feel like they exist only as replaceable parts to the higher-ups, and that their income is being constantly assaulted by Darden practices. If you want to run a good restaurant, you need to start by treating your employees well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Professionally unsatisfying with little opportunity for advancement.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server in Cincinnati, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Server in Cincinnati, OH (US)

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    The job is fine if food service your career choice. The money is good and the job is relatively secure in these tough economic times.

    Cons

    There is little opportunity for advancement. Job satisfaction is low when you feel like you are in a dead end job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up on some of the rules regarding breaks, eating, and drinking. Few people really want to be in the food service industry. Taking away some of the perks is bad for moral and may eventually lead to defiance. Even though it is an employers market, turnover is likely to increase.

    Approves of CEO
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