Darden
3.4 of 5 602 reviews
www.dardenrestaurants.com Orlando, FL 5000+ Employees

Darden Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.4 602 reviews

                             

77% Approve of the CEO

Darden Chairman and CEO Clarence Otis Jr.

Clarence Otis Jr.

(300 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
602 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "flexible schedule- easy to pick up or get rid of shifts"
    in 44 reviews
  • "Flexible Hours, Shifts, Develop friendships with staff"
    in 30 reviews
Cons:
  • "Biggest issues is long hours and under constant pressure from over-demanding regional managers"
    in 23 reviews
  • "Work/Life balance can suffer for those who are truly committed to advancing their career with Darden"
    in 9 reviews
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Wonderful

Line Cook/Busser (Former Employee)
Rock Hill, SC (US)

I worked at Darden full-time for less than a year

ProsIt is wonderful environment to work in in which you learn how to communicate to people and their desires are expressed like in a home setting.

ConsIt depends on the management staff, because you can encountered some that have no ability to understand their employee's therefore destroying the type of atomsphere where employee's are happy and they then make the customer enjoy their experiences as well, so it really depends, because my last experience with them the employees where always complaining about the general manager and about some of the other manager, in truth it was a horrible experience for me, and I have work in three other Olive Garden but this last one had me feeling like I was in the Jim Crow days.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure your your bottom line mangers are understanding and fair and ethical, because if they are not it will reflect in your overall business, employees will be grumpy to guest and this will discourage them from enjoying the Olive Garden I and other have grown to enjoy.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Depends on What you Make of It

Server (Former Employee)
Oak Brook, IL (US)

I worked at Darden part-time

ProsManagment works with you on your schedule. They offer Darden Dimes which is great when in an emergency. They teach you a lot.

ConsThe people you work with aren't always the most mature group. No matter how fast you go - you should go faster.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Decent

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Darden full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood money, very structured, organized.

ConsFew opportunities for growth, starting management pays poorly.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake your meds.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Darden

ProsThe money was good, the atmosphere is fast paced. Best part of the job is getting to know lots of awesome people.

ConsBiggest issues is long hours and under constant pressure from over-demanding regional managers.

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Great company with great people.

Server & Culinary (Current Employee)
Austin, TX (US)

I have been working at Darden full-time for less than a year

ProsI was fortunate to start with a brand new store that was just about to open and received 2 promotions within my first couple months of working there. They give you opportunity if you choose to take it.

ConsI did't not receive enough hours in the end to support myself.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Darden

ProsFlexible schedule, high ticket items for a family casual restaurant.

ConsOnly 3 table sections (olive garden). Limited earning potential.

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GREAT!

Server (Current Employee)
Wayne, NJ (US)

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

Prosgreat and easy money especially if you are a full time student.

Consat times it can be stressful and long working hours during the weekend because it gets very busy.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work. Love the Bahma Breeze in Beachwood.

Sever/Tour Guide (Current Employee)
Beachwood, OH (US)

I have been working at Darden part-time for more than 5 years

ProsIt is like working with friends and family. Welcoming atmosphere.

ConsGotta work weekends to make that cash.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Server

Server (Current Employee)
San Bernardino, CA (US)

I have been working at Darden part-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe company is well deserving of being listed as one of Fortune 500 best companies to work for. Darden takes good care of their employees as well as offering benefits and incentives. Managers are friendly and professional. To put it bluntly, as an Olive Garden server i earn more than some of my friends with degrees.

ConsLate hours, physically demanding.

Advice to Senior ManagementRemember to give praise as well as criticism.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Darden

ProsThey offer great healthcare options.

ConsManagement could invest more time in lower level employees

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