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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Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Orlando, FL (US)
Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Orlando, FL (US)

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.

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  1.  

    Tips were only decent.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

    Pros

    Flexible shifts and willing to work with part-time servers. I liked working the lunch shifts which were busier than your average lunch restaurant.

    Cons

    Menu prices and alcohol sales were almost always low. This led to tips that are lower than many higher-end restaurants. Lunch take-home tips averaged around $40 for minimum and $80 for maximum. Dinner take-home tips averaged around $40 for minimum and $100 maximum. Take-home tips of $100 to $150 were very very few and far between. Full-time career servers should seek a restaurant with higher average take-home tips to avoid working many many hours and shifts. These figures are from my personal experience as a server at a busy Olive Garden for 2.5 years.

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  2.  

    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)

    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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