Darden Reviews

Updated 26 September, 2014
Updated 26 September, 2014
747 Reviews
3.5
747 Reviews
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Darden Chairman and CEO Clarence Otis Jr.
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351 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule and the ability to walk with cash in hand are the best perks of this job (in 51 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 28 reviews)

  • Work/Life balance can suffer for those who are truly committed to advancing their career with Darden (in 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Hosts under-appreciated; do tasks to help server but do not get rewarded

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    Former Employee - Hostess  in  Winnipeg, MB
    Former Employee - Hostess in Winnipeg, MB

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Seems to be a hierarchy amongst Service Team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager  in  Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Edmonton, AB

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

    Pros

    Great Concept , seems to be Racial Management

    Cons

    Great Concepts with huge opportunity to grow if management wants

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Looks great bright place to join ……but it is completely dark and insecure inside

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Easy to serve frustrating as a cook

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    Former Employee - Server/Cook  in  Farmington, NM (US)
    Former Employee - Server/Cook in Farmington, NM (US)

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

    Pros

    Compensation was fairly low but the job isn't difficult. Being a server is great because there's no side work.

    Cons

    Very hard to move up to management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Best restaurant job I have had.

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    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Norman, OK (US)
    Current Employee - General Manager in Norman, OK (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and hours. Lots of training and personal improvement opportunities.

    Cons

    Constant change and very confusing instructions. Lots of emails and communication, mostly one sided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and only speak when spoken to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Working at Darden

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    Former Employee - Server  in  San Luis Obispo, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Server in San Luis Obispo, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Its pretty good working for them just because you never have to stay there for a ridiculous amount of time. Most shifts are between 4 and 5 hours.

    Cons

    You don't make very good tips because you can only take 3 tables at a time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was great and was pretty good about working with my schedule

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Darden is like a family away from home

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Orlando, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Great people, lots of work place activities available to contribute to your growth initiative. I have created wonderful friendships with co-workers who are always willing to go the extra mile.

    Cons

    The weight gain that comes from working for a company that has so many leading restaurant companies in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to identify and develop existing talent while striving to always make it a great place to work.People work hard when they feel appreciated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Service Manager  in  Aventura, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Service Manager in Aventura, FL (US)

    I worked at Darden full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Management team is awesome. The benefits are very good, especially the insurance option, which is great. Starting pay for management and bonus potential is great. Flexible working hours, so if you're a student, a parent or have another job management will work within your availability. Have a lot of money to back up their vision.

    Cons

    Can be difficult working with guests, as with all other food service jobs. Managers can work long hours with no praise and little to no appreciation. All stores are corporate so you answer to people you may not even know, which means little room for mistakes---I think they forget, or never knew in the first place, what it's like to actually work at the store level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management in the restaurants should be listened to more often when decisions affecting the restaurant are made. Corporate needs to consider the advice, opinions and viewpoints of the store managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Decent place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Darden part-time

    Pros

    The pay is alright for part time

    Cons

    Direct supervisor was pretty terrible

  10.  

    easy going staff serving all kinds of quality meals

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    Current Employee - Food Server  in  Miami, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Food Server in Miami, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Laidback management that is not too hard on the employees and lets them work without interference from the higher ups.

    Cons

    No real cons as my experience as a server. It was always straightforward and depending on the Darden restaurant, the management might want you to go the extra mile and present the food in a certain manner but thats not bad at all.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Enjoyable

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    Current Employee - Server  in  Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Server in Denver, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    Nice work place no doubt

    Cons

    No cons really I like this place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up up up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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