Alley Coordinator, Bartender, Server, Hostess (Current Employee), Dearborn, MI – May 20, 2013
Im so comfortable working there. I feel so great coming into work because I look forward to meeting up with coworkers and the guest. We all share a great homely, family friendly atmosphere. Its a great place to work and Ive been with the company now for 8 years. The hardest part of my job is trying to satisfy everyone all the time.
Waitress (Current Employee), Temple, TX – May 20, 2013
Pros: great health benefits, wonderful staff, flexibility
Cons: no breaks, long hours, inconsistent pay
The mangers at Olive Garden are very professional along with all the staff. A typical day would consist of my waiting on tables and providing them with knowledge about the food. I am also responsible for certain cleaning duties, multi-tasking, and cash handling. The hardest part of my job is to make an unhappy customer happy. The most enjoyable part – more... of my job is meeting many different people throughout the day. – less
Hostess ◆Server Aid ◆Customer Service (Former Employee), Inverness, FL – May 19, 2013
Pros: great people to work with
Cons: short hours
I learned to think outside the box while doing this type of work. I enjoyed working with other people and helping other people as well. I enjoyed feeling important because of being a part of a team to get tasks done. The hardest part of my job was keeping a smile on my face twenty four seven. Management was very helpful in teaching me how to do new – more... things. – less
Server/cashier (Former Employee), Las Vegas, NV – May 16, 2013
Pros: free lunch
Cons: no benefits
the servers were never bored. we were always running. i learned how to use a register. sharpen skills on cash handling. the G.M. was really good at what he did. the other management need to sharpen up on their social skills.
Culinary Assistant (Former Employee), Oklahoma City, OK – May 16, 2013
When working in food business my main concern is the sanitation of my work place. Olive garden was by far the best. Management cared about the employees, customers and quality its hard to find a place that cares about all three. The pay was good in comparison to the Job, but the work days were demanding. I recived mant calls on my days off requesting – more... that I come in. – less
Restaurant with raunchy guest with a few rich snobs here and there
Server (Current Employee), culver city – May 14, 2013
Pros: none worth mention
Cons: too many to list
Work is cool for me because i never expect anything crazy. I learned that i need more than 1 job working here. management is cool for the most part the GM is a sketch. the hardest part is dealing with the ungrateful and what we call "ratchet" guest when the GM wont have your back on anything. Instead she chews you out!
Hostess/Cashier (Former Employee), Burbank, IL – May 14, 2013
While working at Olive Garden it was a experience. It was my first job in i learned how to do different positions. My co-workers were great to work we worked as team. The management team was great so far dealing with the customer and making sure the food cook to order. The hardest part of my job was the guest because you have to keep the guest happy – more... at all times and making sure they enjoy themselves while eating there. But the most enjoyable part of working there was meeting new people, making sales promoting, and interacting with the guest. – less
Everything except host and manager (Current Employee), Oro Valley, AZ – May 14, 2013
I worked for Olive Garden for 2 years giving me 10 years of food industry experience. I was unable to progress as I had hoped and though my reviews were always above average the compensation was inadequate.
Preparation/ Production Clerk (Current Employee), Fairfield, OH – May 13, 2013
Pros: easy work
Cons: short breaks
very fast pace environment I have learned how to be more of a people person. I have nice coworkers the hardest part of my job is handling a party of 50 by myself but I still manage to get the job done by all means. My most enjoyable part of my job is making customers happy.
Server (Former Employee), Jackson, MI – May 13, 2013
Pros: half off food
Cons: short breaks
The Olive Garden was a great place to work. I enjoyed the interaction with the guest and co-workers. The food is truely great, so it's not hard to upsell products. The hardest part about the job was the 10,11,12 hour shifts.
Server (Current Employee), Mays Landing, NJ – May 13, 2013
A day at work is not just sitting at a desk and zoning out for eight hours. Working as a server, the majority of the time, you are pushed into highly chaotic situations. There is no time to think about a game plan, the game plan just needs to come naturally to the server. Getting through an entire day means handling money, creating a warm and welcoming – more... environment for the guests while making sure that everyone has what they need. There is plethora of needs and wants from the guests, while the manager needs people to run food and stock side stations. There is no room to breathe. However, it can be a very rewarding field and may create connections with people that can last a lifetime. The idea of teamwork is essential as well as working alone. – less
Server Trainer, Waitress, and other various tasks (Former Employee), Traverse City, MI – May 12, 2013
Pros: half off of our menu for our lunches or dinner
Cons: short breaks, not very good healthcare.
Get to work, check in with a manager to see what our goals were for the day and see if there was anything new we should know. I learned how to use our computer system to put in orders, and see how long our orders would take coming out of the kitchen. Our managment team for the most part was very good. We had four different managers and they for the – more... most part worked well together, which in turn kept the resturant pretty organized and it was able to run smoothly. We had some difficulties with some of the co workers, some peopl just wanted to play or be on their phones when we were working and that caused some stress to those of us who wanted to do our jobs. The hardest part of the job for me was the very very long hours about 12 sometimes 8 on our feet with only a 30 minute break. I loved working with our customers, they were why I went to work everyday. Just seeing the joy on their faces and interacting with them. It was fantastic! – less
Very good place to work with great co-workers and great food.
Server (Former Employee), Turner Hill Rd, Lithonia Ga 30058 – May 11, 2013
Pros: money was steady
Cons: short shifts
Olive Garden was a good place to work when I was there. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the team I worked with. I grew in the customer service industry drastically and it opened my eyes to another level of service.
Server (Former Employee), Visalia, CA – May 11, 2013
Pros: discount on food
Cons: uniform would get dirty after one day
All of my co-workers were really nice and helpful. Most of the managment was very fair and friendly. I learned a different side of customer service. The hardest part was when I would get backed up due to the rush. I most enjoyed the time spent with my co-workers.