Darden
3.4 of 5 599 reviews
www.dardenrestaurants.com Orlando, FL 5000+ Employees

Darden Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.4 599 reviews

                             

77% Approve of the CEO

Darden Chairman and CEO Clarence Otis Jr.

Clarence Otis Jr.

(298 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend
599 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Flexible schedule , training opportunities available , and fun environment"
    in 39 reviews
  • "Flexible hours, above minimum wage, benefits, easy opportunity for advancement"
    in 27 reviews
Cons:
  • "Long hours with no acknowledgement or compensation"
    in 20 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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Hosts under-appreciated; do tasks to help server but do not get rewarded

Hostess (Former Employee)
Winnipeg, MB

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

ProsWeekly pay. Fast-paced so keep you on your toes.

ConsSeems to be a hierarchy amongst Service Team.

Advice to Senior ManagementFollow through with what you say you will do and provide training to those who deserve it and have been loyal to you.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Very Mean company with high ATTRITION Rate …always looking for manpower and abusing local available skill in the city.

Restaurant Manager (Current Employee)
Edmonton, AB

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

ProsGreat Concept , seems to be Racial Management

ConsGreat Concepts with huge opportunity to grow if management wants

Advice to Senior ManagementLooks great bright place to join ……but it is completely dark and insecure inside

No, I would not 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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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 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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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 (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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If you are trying to break into the hospitality industry they will train you like no other

Certified Trainer (Current Employee)
Dunwoody, GA (US)

I have been working at Darden part-time for more than 8 years

ProsFlexibility, full benefits to tipped employees

ConsManagement, favoritism for coveted promotions.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt is in your best interest to train the people who are loyal and spend some time with them talking with them about their career goals

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

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