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Darden Reviews

Updated 14 December 2014
Updated 14 December 2014
789 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.  

    Built Diverse Career path

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Orlando, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Orlando, FL (US)

    I worked at Darden full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Financial analyst rotate to different areas every few years and are exposed to various aspects of business.

    Cons

    Career promotions within finance may be difficult to achieve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes Change needs to happen quickly rather than in the perfect circumstances.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    16 years and still going

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Darden is a strong company that has a bright future. I've been with longhorn since it was Rare Hispitality so I've seen a lot of change over the years.

    Cons

    Only downside to working for Darden is it's definitely a large company mindset. There isn't a personal connection to anyone above immediate supervisor, yiu are just a number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your looking for a strong safe company to work for the. Darden is the best out there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Helped me pay my way through college, in both Bahama Breeze & Longhorn Steakhouse.

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

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

    Pros

    Darden does a good job of asking employees if things are running well in the restaurants, and if they aren't changes can be made from the top. The insurance was awesome, the mobility was great. If I wanted to move across the country, a phone call from my GM to my destination would have been enough for a transfer. I took advantage of the opportunity to be a trainer, but did not stick around for management. I served and bartended my way through 3 college degrees, and don't regret the time I spent there. Discounts were offered on food, gift cards, and outside services through partners. Training was comprehensive. I got to try new food and drinks at every menu change.

    Cons

    Major con was working nights, weekends, holidays, etc. I got called in a lot when others didn't show up. Uniforms changed a couple of times during my employment. Working with guests can sometimes be a challenge, not everyone who goes out to eat is having a great day. The loss of gratuity on large parties has hurt some servers, but there is still a potential for great money if you provide great service.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Employee of Darden

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    The management team is excellent and well trained

    Cons

    There is very little promotion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    I used to work for Darden, I left because I moved and recently returned to the company. They're a great company, they offer a lot of room for growth within the company. Corporate has a lot of ways for employees to reach out and get assistance.

    Cons

    The work can be grueling, but that's any restaurant. There are so many employees that it can be hard to "stand out." But that's the game I guess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye out for smaller employees looking to grow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company going through a difficult leadership transition during a difficult time in its industry (casual dining).

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Orlando, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Orlando, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    They hire great people, benefits are good, work life balance is competitive.

    Cons

    Time of change for this company, which can lead to opportunities for some but not everyone likes going through significant changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make better people and strategic decisions, and communicate to employees more consistently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Good Salary, Good Benefits, time off

    Cons

    Hours, Weekends, professionalism of staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great management team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Panic style senior mgmt

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Culinary Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Culinary Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Stable company, free meals,

    Cons

    Senior mgmt constantly in panic mode, constant policy changes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Alright

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden

    Pros

    Great employees,money was decent,decent location

    Cons

    Difficult customers hard to keep working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management sucks

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Autonomous

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Darden

    Pros

    Fellow Team Members, the regular clientele you establish.

    Cons

    Hours and there tax codes do not represent the state you may reside in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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