Hostess (Current Employee), Citrus Heights, CA – December 2, 2013
Working at the Olive Garden is great, everyone is nice and outgoing there and it is really like working with a family. Almost all the manager are fun and easy going but also serious when needed. The hardest part of the job for me is the hours, everyone seems to want to change shifts or get shifts covered. The most enjoyable part is that almost everyone – more... treats you like family and friends here, they make it very easy to fit right in. – less
Fast-paced restaurant with a great group of co-workers.
Server (Current Employee), Lynchburg, VA – November 21, 2013
Serve courses to multiple tables in a fast paced environment with time expectations. Balance expectations with team members to provide exceptional customer service and solve customer complaints. Managment is laid back but they are not consistant and do not work together. This group of co-workers have been such a great group to work with. We all work – more... together as a team. The hardest part of the job is when things go wrong and everyone is not able to work together to resolve the problem to satisfy the guests. I love working with people the most and making them happy. – less
Server (Current Employee), Vacaville, CA – November 20, 2013
I hear a lot of bad stories from servers who work at other restaurants. Stories such as how the management does not listen to their complaints or is rude to them, how after a hard day of dealing with difficult people you need to sit down and do an hour of side-work, or how there are pop clicks with the other servers and it seems like high-school politics. – more... NONE of these problems are present at the olive garden in vacaville. – less
Backup, Bus boy (Current Employee), Ankeny, IA – November 20, 2013
Pros: good people/work enviroment
Cons: 3 hours in between shifts on a double, hours are so random and all over the place.
Olive Garden is a good place to work. A typical day at work for me usually runs pretty smoothly. The biggest thing about this job is that I love all the people I work with, which is big thing for me. The managers are all good people, although some of them could definatly do their jobs better. The hardest part of the job is dealing with the bad hours. – more... For example from Friday to Saturday I'll work 30 hours so I have no weekend. The most enjoyable is the people I work with, and the job itself is enjoyable. – less
Hostess & Server (Former Employee), Fairfax, VA – November 17, 2013
A typical day at work included me providing excellent service to every guest that arrived. I learned how to be an excellent server and provide a great dining experience. The management was very encouraging and personable. The coworkers helped to create a very fun working environment. The job wasn't difficult but had its challenges when all tables were – more... sat at the same time. The most enjoyable part was seeing guests enjoy their dining experience and compliment me on my amazing service. – less
Hostess (Current Employee), Altoona, PA – November 15, 2013
A typical day at work for me would be getting through the busy lunch rush and how to handle different situations thrown at me. The management is very helpful and there all very wonderful people. My co-workers are all very wonderful as well. The hardest part about my job would probably be a usual Saturday night when were on an hour plus wait making sure – more... everyone is being taken care of and there are no issues. The most enjoyable part about my job would be the different crowds that come in, you meet a lot of people. – less
Fun workplace, however, management could be improved.
Host/Server (Current Employee), Bethel Park, PA – November 13, 2013
Pros: paid daily as a server.
Cons: no breaks, benefits aren't so great.
I have been at Olive Garden for a little over a year now, and there just seems to be almost no room for moving up in the company. The job is enjoyable and I love the people that I work with. Management plays favorites and it is very obvious, and a few of the managers don't really seem to care about employees or guests, but they still keep the place – more... running generally smoothly. There really is no "typical" day of work. No day is the same. It all depends on the people you are waiting on that day. I learned a lot of ways to make a guests experience better and I got much better at small conversation with people I have never met before. The hardest part of the job would be when it just gets busy and everyone seems to be running around and the kitchen gets a bit unruly, then having to explain to the guest that their food might be taking a little while. My coworkers are really one of the best things about my job. I have made a lot of friends and sometimes when things get you down, they are the people that bring you back up. – less
I loved working in Olive Garden although in the yr and a half i was there i had met and lost 8 managers each with a different technique to run a better business that countered the last managers technique and eventually being unproductive.I enjoyed the people the hours and the ability to make great money but my only issue was management stresses. Managers – more... forgetting,u took the day off,forgetting to post the schedule,not tending to employee needs when having been treated badly by guest,having employees that should be tending to tables in the back cooking untrained and not getting paid for it. silly things like that. – less
Server/Togo Specialist (Former Employee), San Antonio – November 12, 2013
Never have I ever had to work in such a disorganized work place. I would no recommend it to anyone. The management is so worried about labor it leaves the team short handed and having to do two jobs instead of one. We never had the tools we needed to provide excellent guest service let alone do our own jobs.
Go Specialist/Certified Trainer (Former Employee), Tulsa, OK – November 12, 2013
Pros: easy going
Cons: working nights
olive Garden isn't a very nice place, so tips are average and nothin great. The environment is pleasant. The company is great. Really cares about employees. The management team is very friendly usually, and there is room for advancement if you show interest.