Hostess (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 22 June 2016
Always scheduled me to work weekend nights when they hired me to work morning shifts. Working was okay. People were decently nice but servers nagged the hosts for tables. On the other hand, I did really enjoy that I was always busy so time went by quicker.
Discounted meals, and next to free lunches during shift.
Not flexible and management changed a lot in the few months I was there, so it felt like I was always adjusting to new rules.
There is Job security but very hard to receive advancement in work .
Server (Former Employee) – Langley, BC – 16 April 2016
Manager did their best to provide job security, constantly giving us feedback and things to work on but it became very repetitive. That to me meant that the way they tried to keep us motivated and improve wasn't working. Something kept some of the employees from being happy and productive. There are some positives though: there is a reward system where if an employees does well they get a chocolate bar or candy from a little treasure box in the office. The other is that you can ask for help and there will always be someone there to help.
Restaurant Manager/Kitchen Manager (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB and California US – 19 March 2016
Company operating principle: Treat people with respect and dignity Listen to the opinions of the people who are closest to the action. Take pride in what you are doing. Within two years of joining the company I became the Kitchen Manager and then within six month my Kitchen was certified store kitchen for training in my region. I worked with them in Edmonton and then in California
You can make an impact on stores profitability and your bonus
Server/Waitress (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 6 December 2015
.Great place to work, great food, great managers, down to earth and friendly people, employees and management. Half price meals when working a fulltime shift, discounted food the rest of the time.Weekly cheques are a refreshing change frome bi-weekley in the service industry, tips are consistantley good.
half price meal for a ft shift, discounted food the rest of the time.
split shifts, work 3 hours than break 3 hours, then come back for the rest of the day till close.
Host (Former Employee) – Edmonton west – 1 December 2015
I worked at olive garden for a year and half. I love the people that worked there and they loved me. The reason why i had to leave because i had to go to school in Calgary. It was bitter sweet but school was important. Now in coming home for 3 weeks and i am looking for a job to help pay for my schooling. I as will to work full time even 6 to 7 days a week
Production Cook (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 28 November 2015
The production area of the Olive Garden is a mad house. There were usually 3 of us and there was way too much work for the people there. Some days you had to stay 10 or more hours to get your lists done.
Management didn't give you the help you needed on the weekends so my last shift there was 14 hours, that was when I decided that this job was way too much for me.
It's a decent job overall, if you dont mind working variations of times
host and togo (Current Employee) – Winnipeg, MB Canada – 14 September 2015
It's a decent job overall, if you dont mind working variations of times. I've stayed in this job for over 5 years, and you have your slackers and people who work harder, so come prepared not to expect much and you dont get to disappointed when they promise you something and don't get it. good job for school for the most part they try to accommdate to your school schedule. But that's also the down side when there are to many students some will have to work even harder and don't get a break.
discounted meals on and off work, benefits after working for 6 months 20hrs and up
Management changes alot so you have to get use to different rules all the time, not alot of room for mistakes in certain positions
Server (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 28 May 2015
Servers have small three table sections, however with all of the refills this was enough. Very high volume restaurant, usually a wait so your section was always full. I learned a lot about multitasking as my tables would always need refills at the same time. I also learned a lot about wine and how to present and sample it.
To-go (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 9 March 2015
Come in to smile's and sleepy eyes. opening the store and making sure everything clean and ready and fully stocked. Gets busy and help as much people as I could so they wouldn't break down and keep smiles on. Customers are sometimes hard but every job is like that. The management always knew what to say and what to do when things went wrong or sideways. They looked like it was a mess but once you were use to everything you saw the system and how it works very smoothly
Amazing work entourage with great management and co-workers
Busser (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 2 December 2014
Olive Garden taught me manners and how to work fast and get the job done properly. The management made sure everyone was always on task. I'd say I had the best co-workers because they are always willing to help and teach the ones with lower knowledge. Olive Garden was never a hard job, it only gets tough when it comes to weekends or special events but I honestly loved working there because they make you feel like you are a part of a family and that makes the job more fun and enjoyable.
Hostess (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 22 April 2014
Once i enter the restaurant i make sure we have enough cutlery for the day, our menus are clean and ready, and that we have enough servers to start taking tables for the morning. I learned that being in this type of work or anywhere, you have to know how to handle a rude customer and have great problem solving skills. Management at the Olive Garden is terrible, you have that one manager that is on top of everything and others that slack on their job and treat selected few employees poorly. Co-workers are amazing, great energy, great attitude and overall do their job as told with great communication skills. Its fun working with people there, you feel open to talk to them. They are mostly a younger crowd but they're awesome people. The hardest part of the job is the fact we had so many amazing mangers quit the job and a lot of rules changed. Its so hard to keep up with the constant change, its unstable,confusing, and unorganized. The most enjoyable part about the job is dealing with customers, you have good and bad customers sometimes but a friendly smile and nice families can brighten up anyone's day.