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Great for second job.
Olive Garden Waitress (Current Employee), Hoover, ALMarch 11, 2014
Pros: food
Cons: schedule, managers
This job on a typical day is okay. I have learned a lot about fast pace and customer service. Magaement is not good they won't schedule the hours you can work. All they worry about is making sure they have a full floor. People quit left and right, they are here for two weeks then never come back.
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Very by the book
Server (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PAMarch 10, 2014
Pros: enjoying co-workers
Cons: rules constantly changing
Taking orders from customers, making sure they were comfortable and had everything they needed to enjoy their meals. Also, learned how to accommodate other servers while taking care of my tables.
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Great coworkers and management contributed to a profoundly positive experience.
BARTENDER (Former Employee), Chico, CAMarch 10, 2014
Pros: discounted food, great coworkers and management
Cons: uncertain hours and varying work days
Coming to work was a pleasure. The management at the Chico Olive Garden is superb. I maintain a positive rapport with each of my former managers.

I learned how to work hard in a high pressure environment and perform to exceed the expectations of my guests.

My coworkers are still some of my best friends to this day.

The hardest part of any restaurant – more... job is the customers; some people can forget that people in the service industry are, in fact, people.

However, the customers are also the absolute best part of the job. There is almost nothing more rewarding than making someone smile, and I got to do it every day, multiple times a day.

I loved my job at Olive Garden. It was a great two and a half years. – less
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ok place to eat
Prep Cook (Former Employee), NYMarch 10, 2014
Pros: ok
Cons: ok
the food is ok and the restaurant is ok its no to bad if your hunger the food is eatabe.
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great environment
Hostess (Current Employee), Orlando, FLMarch 10, 2014
Busy day everyday. I learn a lot from the guest, co-workers, manangers. Sometimes it's a lot to handle but it's ok.I get to work with a lot of great people.
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Great place to learn a lot of customer service skills and how to work together as a team with other servers.
Server (Former Employee), Bolingbrook, ILMarch 8, 2014
Pros: half off meals. great team members.
Cons: no breaks until shift was over.
Everyday I worked I would balance the needs of three tables at the same time and making the guests feel like family. I learned a lot of communication skills and service skills. Also a lot of patience with the guests and how to be humble with orders.Co workers were great with helping out with eachothers tables if we needed help and we all worked together – more... as a team. Hardest part of the job was learning the extensive wine list which came with some studying. The most enjoyable part of the job was meeting and socializing with new people everyday. – less
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Good people, well educated but flexibility of hours needs to be fixed
General Manager Ian Mcconville (Former Employee), Scottsdale, AZMarch 8, 2014
Pros: free soup and salad
Cons: careless employees
Everyone there is very nice and management was better than average but when going to school full time while working for a company short staff, is very stressful. Time off requests are usually responded with request but they do not really care about the fact you are a student. some employees do their job well and help out others, while others couldnt – more... care less and are there for themselves and dont believe in helping others. Overall a good company to work for, makes decent money and area top 100 company to work for for a reason. – less
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High volume work enviorment
Line Cook (Former Employee), Duluth, GAMarch 7, 2014
Pros: management would treat the line to smoothies on most busy nights
Cons: short breaks if any.
I ran appetizer and grill station. This was my first job on the line so I learned how to navigate my way through a busy kitchen while getting the job done. Management was changing a lot while I was working there.
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olive garden
Host (Former Employee), Methuen, MAMarch 7, 2014
i believe i did learn alot from this job, i learn how to greet people in a form way each it was something really hard for me
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olive garden hostess
Hostess (Former Employee), las vegas,nvMarch 7, 2014
greeted customers at the door an seated them accordingly to the seating rotation I also helped run food to tables on a busy night
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Good money and fun enviornment
Server/Cashier (Current Employee), Superstition Mesa, AZMarch 6, 2014
Pros: free lunches, flexible schedules, down to earth managment
Cons: unorganized, understaffed
Things can get hectic, but overall it's a nice place to work.
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Great company to work. Not a lot of space for advancement.
General Manager (Current Employee), Norman, OKMarch 6, 2014
Pros: discounts on everything from insurance to hotels and travel
Cons: lots of red tape.
Great benefits and perks. Very large corporation under the Darden umbrella. Darden has been voted one of the best companies to work for in the US several years running.
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Creative culture within a corporation.
Culinary Manager (Current Employee), Springfield OhioMarch 6, 2014
Pros: bonus programs, growth potential, creativity opportunity
Cons: 100 miles driving daily
Forecasting guest counts in advance
Creating daily food preparation lists based on business projections.
Fulfill labor management opportunities.
Set up talent acquisition processes for all positions in the business.
Create individualized training schedules based on experience.
Develop ordering pars and organizing $15,000 of product weekly.
Monitor and – more... minimize waste through recipe focus.

I am currently still employed with Olive Garden and am exploring options to build my career in the Columbus Market. Things important to me are accountability measures, growth potential, and opportunities to build a brand I can be proud of. – less
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A very fast paced work place
Line Cook (Former Employee), Muncie, INMarch 6, 2014
Pros: friendly environment
Cons: non-affordable health care
I really loved working for Darden Corporation. It was a great learning experience for me. I felt as though I learned so much about time management and teamwork at this job. The management was very cooperative with all their employees needs. The hardest part of the job was keeping up with the onslaught of orders from the front. It was also the most enjoyable – more... part because I was able to make beautiful food and people happy. – less
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Excellent Company
Staffing and Training Manager (Current Employee), Buffalo, NYMarch 5, 2014
Great Company to work for. I enjoy my job. Great salary, benefits, work environment.
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Fun workplace with Great Coworkers
Server, Hostess, To Go Specialist (Former Employee), Greenville, NCMarch 5, 2014
Pros: flexible hours
Cons: short shifts, pay
Rewarding job filled with great opportunities to hone ones customer service skills.
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didn't care too much about this job
Togo SPecialist (Former Employee), Tifton, GAMarch 5, 2014
very fast pace and i enjoyed working with the so-workers but managements isn't all together
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Excellent team and a fun experience.
Server, Bartender (Current Employee), Goodyear, AZMarch 5, 2014
Pros: 50% off of food and co workers
Cons: n/a
Management is very flexible with hours and understanding. Co workers work as a team. Everything at my location ran very smoothly.
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fun place
Cook (Former Employee), Easton, PAMarch 4, 2014
I liked the food. I liked the guests
it was a easy job but I wasn't getting enough hours
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Productive work environment
Server & Bartender (Former Employee), North Haven, CTMarch 4, 2014
Structured work environment. Multiple opportunities to advance in the company.

About Olive Garden

Olive Garden is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment, with 469 restaurants, more than 56,000 employees and $1.6 – Read more