Olive Garden Employee Reviews

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Co workeres were great
Server/Bartender (Former Employee) –  San Bernardino, CAAugust 20, 2017
Its a fun place to work the hours are not bad if your a server tips are good if your service is good most of the time but not all the time managment was pretty good the one thing that really sucked is that all servers had to work the holidays
Pros
Discounts
Cons
Tiresome
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Good job for those in need
Hostess (Former Employee) –  Lake City, FLAugust 20, 2017
It was a lot of work, however, it was a great place to work in, they allowed you to advance and grow, they allowed you the time off if you needed it, and management was fair to everyone.
Pros
Great Management
Cons
Short breaks
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Good but Not Great
Server (Current Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMAugust 20, 2017
Olive Garden is an over priced "Italian" restaurant. Working there has been a great experience, overall. They make you go through a good amount of server training, which was incredibly helpful. Because Olive Garden is a huge chain, it has some silly rules and regulations. I enjoy my coworkers, but that changes everywhere. Overall, it's a good place to work if you're in school or need a part time job, but I'd highly suggest working at a local restaurant.
Pros
Flexible hours, good management, short hours, coworkers
Cons
no breaks, silly rules and regulations, short hours, ziosks
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not a fun place and terrible coworkers
Server (Former Employee) –  Irvine, CAAugust 20, 2017
unorganized and very stressful place to work at. It is not worth the amount of money you make a night. Will only let you take three tables and stresses sales more than the customers.
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Fast paced industry
Hostess/Waitress (Former Employee) –  Abilene, TXAugust 20, 2017
As a server you have to be on your toes at all times. The environment at Olive Garden was also comforting. The goal as a server is to satisfy our guests needs at all times. The mannagement was for the most part understanding and professional.
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Cool people but rude customers.
Server (Current Employee) –  Orlando, FLAugust 20, 2017
Management was amazing; I love the managers WAY too much. The problem was everything that comes with the job. There is soup or salad included with the entree that are unlimited, and some guests make you run back and forth refilling the entree for a low tip. A lot of the customers are also really entitled there and can be rude.
Pros
Management, Work Environment, Flexible Scheduling
Cons
Rude Guests, Unlimited Items
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olive garden
Server (Former Employee) –  Sandusky, OHAugust 19, 2017
it was a great place to work. great crew to be apart of. the management staff was always there when you needed anything at all. scheduling was always flexible
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Server at Olive Garden
Server (Current Employee) –  Brea, CAAugust 18, 2017
With more work experience, I want something better for myself and where my education begins to pay off. Great beginning job though, especially as a student.
Pros
Half off meals when working, and 25% off at any Darden restaurants.
Cons
Poor management
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Serving is great
Server (Former Employee) –  Hampton, VAAugust 18, 2017
Definitely enjoyed being a server and would recommend that everyone becomes one at least once in there life. The better you are the more you make point blank.
Pros
none.
Cons
none
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Very good place to work
Host (Former Employee) –  McHenry, ILAugust 18, 2017
Great experience, very flexible, great atmosphere, good people, excellent pay, easy to learn routine, managers are very good, good hours, and all in all a great place to work
Pros
Great benefits and people
Cons
None
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Server/Certified Trainer (Former Employee) –  Las Cruces, NMAugust 18, 2017
I enjoyed the team atmosphere both in the kitchen and on the floor with the guests. The management team made sure we were prepared for each shift and really tried to make each guest experience special.
Pros
Training
Cons
Not very many hours
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Okay place to work but found it oppressive
Server Assistant/Busser (Former Employee) –  Morehead City, NCAugust 18, 2017
I was a busboy/server assistant and found that I was always bumping into everyone, someone always talking on my ear piece when not necessary. A lot of attitude from waiters and waitresses.
Pros
Good tips
Cons
Poor management, overcrowded seating
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Fun very social place to work
Busser/Dishwasher (Former Employee) –  American Fork, UTAugust 18, 2017
Its a restaurant, so there were constantly new people there. They had great benefits. They have lots of opportunity to move up. Its sometimes easy sometimes hard, but always enjoyable.
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good company
Waitress (Current Employee) –  Youngstown, OHAugust 17, 2017
enjoyable to work at, great meeting different people, but the rate of pay and money fluctuate so much that it is hard to live off of that you need two jobs or different jobs within the company so you can make enough to live on. The company does work with you to give you different jobs with different rates of pay so you can get more hours. Working with the public can be good and sometimes it can be hard.
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Not to shabby
Clark Butler Blvd (Former Employee) –  Gainesville, FL 32608August 17, 2017
It was a good inbetween job, not the best when it comes to service industry but it got the job done. Money was in between good in season bad off season
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Food Server (Former Employee) –  Birmingham, ALAugust 17, 2017
To maintain the establishment with Safety and Sanitation regulations according to the policy standards. Utilizing my skills and experience in customer service
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Work
Service Manager (Current Employee) –  MassachusettsAugust 17, 2017
Manage day to day operations of a restaurant. Make schedules and report inventory. Train and develop team members, push sales, and interact with guests.
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boring
Cook (Former Employee) –  Toledo, OHAugust 17, 2017
pretty much prep for business and make sure there was a very clean area management was cool co workers as well it was a calm place to work wasn't really fair on pay and wasn't much room for grown
Pros
working with cool people
Cons
Wasnt no room for growth
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fun fast paced enviornment
Line cook/dishwasher (Former Employee) –  Reno, NVAugust 16, 2017
great place to work and good people to work with. sometimes it was a little harsh but that happens wherever you go. The food is always great and the managers are fair and understand when having a family emergency.
Pros
standard work hours
Cons
short breaks.
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Flexible work environment
Server/Waiter (Current Employee) –  Clay, NYAugust 16, 2017
- can obtain as many or as few shifts as desired
- learned about providing services to the general public
- the most enjoyable part of the job was serving delightful guests
-the most difficult part of the job was realizing that you cannot please everyone
- the workplace was very enjoyable and friendly
Pros
50% off food
Cons
short breaks
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