Server (Former Employee) – Vienna, VA – August 11, 2015
Cookie cutter restaurant serving mediocre food. Management and benefits are good since it is a chain, but the amount of work put in for the money you get is disproportional. Guests find ways to save money and don't tip (through seasonal deals). Don't work here if you don't want to be serving only soup and salad at $6.95 a person.
Hostess (Former Employee) – Santa Maria, CA – April 10, 2017
i worked at Olive Garden for a month. the time i was there i enjoyed the managers, and the co-workers the process was great the speed of work was great as well although i didnt get that much hours due to having so many hostess it was a great experience.
Server (Former Employee) – Layton, UT – April 10, 2017
Working as a server was an easy job during my time in college. Flexible scheduling, easy money, and great coworkers. I enjoyed my managers, especially since they rotate shifts so much that you'll never spend too much time with someone you dislike
Bartender, Trainer and Manager (Former Employee) – Maryland, LA – April 10, 2017
Darden is an amazing company. The values and culture are top notch. There is plenty of room for advancement and is part of their culture to do so. They always prefer to promote from within, rather than rather than hire externally. Great benefits from day one. The opportunities are endless. You have the opportunity to travel to different countries and help open new restaurants, win trips to Italy, etc. Definitely a place to feel at home.
Hostess, to go specialist , running wndow (Current Employee) – Walker, MI – April 10, 2017
i earn 9.50 an hour and learned great customer service. Management is great. the work culture is so friendly. the hardest part of the job is you have to get the food out to the guests under 12 min tickets or the manager gets mad at you.
Host (Current Employee) – Carson, CA – April 9, 2017
I love working at Olive Garden, I love hosting I love helping people and I'm glad friends and family can come by and enjoy their meal. I've learned many things while working here and i think i can bring what i learn to a new company.
Decent money, emotionally stressful and physically tiring
Certified Trainer/Bartender/Server (Current Employee) – Utah – April 7, 2017
Serving is emotionally exhausting. But the money is ok and the job is mentally easy. Company policy is to throw free food/gift cards at the customers any time they decide to be unsatisfied, encourages bad customers to return. I've worked in other locations and the customer base is less trashy and that wasn't bad, but my current location is in a garbage city with trashy people, so it's not fun. It's really busy though, so the money is better. All in all, an unfulfilling job that does ok at paying the bills.
It's a good place to work, good atmosphere and staff. The place is well ran but there are a few issues. The management is good it just seems at times they don't know what's going on and they don't go by their employees availability.