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Easy going environment
Waiter/Server (Former Employee), Brea, CAOctober 6, 2014
• Greet guest in a friendly family environment
• Guest satisfaction with upselling wine to complement each food.
• Flexible hours that work around your schedule.
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Productive and busy work place
Server (Current Employee), Duncanville, TXOctober 5, 2014
Pros: free drinks, discount on food
Cons: late nights, to busy
A typical day for me at work would be busy. At our Olive Garden location , we have people dining In from many cities and states. I learn a lot from most of the guest I serve everyday. A lot of my coworkers are good genuine people and are very trustworthy. I would say the hardest part of my job would dealing with rude guest and getting overwhelmed by – more... to many tables. Other then that , I absolutely love the money I make at Olive Garden and the serving experience. – less
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good place to work except for lack of teamwork
Server (Former Employee), Baton Rouge, LAOctober 5, 2014
Pros: easy side work, good money, easy going
Cons: lack of team work and manager involvement
Once again if you do your job and go home it is OK. management is pretty fair and co-workers are easy to get along with. There is not much side work which is normally great except a lot of people cant handle that which makes others pick up there slack
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well managed paced environment
Dishwasher (Current Employee), Milwaukee, WIOctober 4, 2014
Pros: great hours
Cons: non flexible schedule
I love this job, great environment to work in excellent team work as well.
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great place to work for
Lead Server (Current Employee), Morgantown, WVOctober 3, 2014
great learning experience

easy atmosphere

friendly coworkers

simple tasks and duties
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Great Italin food with wonderfu italinl hospitality
Server (Current Employee), Wilkesboro, NCOctober 3, 2014
Great place to work when working with the general public, it offers great advancement opportunities.
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Very fast paced job, MUST stay organized!
Server (Former Employee), Enfield CTOctober 3, 2014
Pros: positive attitudes
Cons: not enough hours for everyone.
I typical day at Olive Garden starts with checking in with the manager, talking about new items and sales points. When your one the floor smiles and outstanding service are what is expected. I’ve learned so much about people though this job. Understanding and communicating with people is one of the strongest skills I have advanced in. The management – more... was a very strong team, they got the job done efficiently. The job wasn’t that hard, just challenging to keep up with the pace, but if you fell behind other coworkers were there in a second to help. The most enjoyable part of the job was talking to strangers and having fun and working as a team! – less
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Restaurant Manager (Current Employee), Houston, TXOctober 2, 2014
Love this job field, but the company might be taking a new direction that I don't see compatible with my future.
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Fast paced and enjoyable work place
To-go Specialist / Certified Trainer (Current Employee), Waco, TXOctober 2, 2014
Pros: same weekly schedule
Cons: pay and benefits
Overall Olive Garden is a descent place to work. I can't say I have had any problems with my employment there but honestly I can't picture myself working in a restaurant for the next 20 years of my life. A typical day at Olive Garden for me starts at 9:00am getting everything set up (preparing deserts, setting up salad fixings, ect) for business opening – more... at 11:00am. After opening, I spend my day answering the phones taking guests orders, preparing them correctly in a timely manner, taking and processing payments making sure every guest has a 100% delightful experience. The most enjoyable part of my job would be that there is always something to be done whether its helping guests of my own, other coworkers,or keeping a neat and orderly work area for myself and others. – less
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Fast paced and helpful.
LINE COOK/EXPEDITOR/PANTRY/PREP COOK (Current Employee), West Hartford, CTOctober 2, 2014
Pros: environment
Cons: lack of discipline or reprimanding
The day was a fast paced and friendly environment. I learned that I could push myself and stay focused on my daily task as well. Expediting tested my focus on a daily basis and is the hardest part of my job. The co-workers are varied but mostly hard workers. I enjoy making the food the most and take a personal stake in how every meal comes out.
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easy, fun workplace
Server (Current Employee), ManhattanOctober 1, 2014
A typical day at work consists of me giving guests an experience to remember and being a team member to other employees. I deal with a variety of people and I am able to work under pressure in a fast pace environment.
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Fun work environment with encouragement of worker ideas.
Host and Waiter (Former Employee), Shreveport, LAOctober 1, 2014
Pros: co-workers, employee party dates
Cons: short breaks
Best part of the job was being able to bring thoughts and ideas to the management of how we think we could better our duties. Whether to make it easier, or more convenient.
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Treats everyone like friends and family
Manager/ Operations/ Business Adminsitration (Former Employee), Memphis, TNOctober 1, 2014
had a home like environment, made everyone fill welcome and comfortable.
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Fun, family oriented
Waitress/Server (Current Employee), Dearborn, MIOctober 1, 2014
I love my job and interacting with different guests, you never know what to expect. Management is really nice and understanding. Everyone has there ups and downs and we all may "bump heads" sometimes when the restaurant is extremely busy, but at the end of the day we never hold any grudges.
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A warm and welcoming enviornment to work or dine
Server (Current Employee), Cranford, NJSeptember 30, 2014
Pros: you get to interact and help people
Cons: no breaks
This restaurant is a nice and friendly place to work. You are treated as family.
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Productive and a great place to work.
Customer Service (Former Employee), Charleston, WVSeptember 30, 2014
Pros: darden is a good company to work for.
The managers and co workers were probably some of the best people I have ever worked with. But the food service industry was just a place for me to work until I graduated college.
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want change
Dishwasher/Certified Trainer/Prep Cook (Current Employee), Vestal, NYSeptember 30, 2014
want change.the hardest part of the job is making more money or getting fair raises
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Fast paced work enviroment
Culinary assistant (Former Employee), Oswego, ILSeptember 29, 2014
Pros: free lunch/dinner
Cons: 6 day work weeks for 40 hrs
A lot of stress in your typical day running a kitchen, but im always the go to guy. I know where everything is at, & how to ring everythng in properly, so i was busy all day.
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A day at Olive Garden
Server (Former Employee), Clermont, FLSeptember 29, 2014
Pros: discount for me and family
Cons: management was horrible
A typical day at work for me was getting into complete chaos. People were always in the middle of switching over to the next shift and a new set of people. I usually had to make sure that my section was clean and set up and ready for the night. After everything was ready and I had some free time, then I would stock stuff up for the night. Then I would – more... do serving and running around until I clocked out. – less
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Pretty flexible job
Dishwasher/Busser (Current Employee), Boardman, OHSeptember 29, 2014
Pros: flexible hours
Cons: managers tend to play favorites
Its a good job to have if you are going through school.
Hours are real flexible, but a lot of immature people work there.
Management is all about favoritism, so don't make them mad.
Hardest part of working there is dealing with idiot coworkers but thats with any job.

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