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Very Productive orginazation
Dish Machine Operator (Former Employee), columbia sc11December 9, 2014
Pros: cowokers
Cons: pay
typical day at work includes..stocking,bussing,washing dishes,making salads,making bread and enjoying staff and management. coworkers are easy to get along with and very hard workers.
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Interesting at times
Server (Former Employee), Williamsport, PADecember 9, 2014
Pros: good prices for employees, clean
Cons: chaos at times
This was certainly an experience, it had some rough days where we seemed short staffed and just unorganized, the management is great, co-workers as always hit and miss
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Fun Workplace
Host (Current Employee), Spartanburg, SCDecember 9, 2014
This workplace fosters fun and creativity, while maintaining a high degree of professionalism from the management team. Overall it is an enjoyable place to work.
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Great place to work, growth opportunities are here.
Server (Former Employee), Overland Park, KSDecember 9, 2014
This place was a lot of fun. Everyone from management on down were great people, it truly felt like a family. If you are looking into becoming a restaurant manager or owner this is a great place to start if you aren't in school.
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Wonderful people
waitress (Former Employee), Mattoon, ILDecember 9, 2014
Pros: free soup and salad
Cons: na
I liked working here because getting tip money showed you how good you were dong without them actually telling you! The work wasn't so hard once you got used to it and the people you met made your work day even better. Plus, the managers and workers were amazing people to work with.
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Great work enviroment
Server (Current Employee), Salem, ORDecember 9, 2014
Managers are very accommodating to schedule. So many co-workers make it easy to trade shifts.
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Busy and productive
Dishwasher (DMO) (Former Employee), Watertown, NYDecember 8, 2014
Pros: got lunches half off
A typical day was going in and getting started right away and falling in line to work. What i learned was how to take the dishwasher apart to clean it and put it back together. Management was ok one of the managers was horrible but she is gone now. My coworkers were great enjoyed working with all of them. The hardest part of my day was when i was closing – more... and there was so many dishes that we didnt get to leave until 2 in the morning. The most enjoyable part of my day was being at work and busting my butt at work i love to work and im the type of person you can count on i come in on my days off or i come in early. – less
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Fun place to work
Host (Current Employee), Morehead City, NCDecember 8, 2014
Pros: discounts
Cons: can be very demanding
Olive garden is VERY flexible with schedules, ive never worked for a company that works with you as much as they do. All co workers have different personalities which is great!
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Great learning environment
Host (Former Employee), Winter Haven, FLDecember 7, 2014
A typical day at the Olive Garden is truly like what they promote in their organizational culture; truly a family environment. I learned how to work as a team to achieve the overall goals of the restaurant and the organization as a whole. The management truly cares about their employees and the co-workers always work together. The hardest part of the – more... job was probably dealing with unsatisfied customers and having to find a way to control the situation before it gets out of hand. The most enjoyable part this job was when your regulars came in and were happy to see you – less
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Olive Garden
Hostess / Asisstant server (Former Employee), Oklahoma City, OKDecember 6, 2014
Pros: make good money.
Overall It was a very positive up beat setting. My co- workers were very encouraging and I felt very comfortable.

I would manage the electronic table system they had at the host stand. I set up a grid to set people.

The hardest part of my job was smelling the wonderful food and having to ignore it until break.

The most enjoyable part of the job was – more... seeing people satisfied and to know im doing something right. – less
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a very nice place to work
Cook/Prep (Current Employee), Rosemead, CADecember 6, 2014
Pros: brake
Cons: free lunches to cook prep
the management are so nice whit the employees, the coworkers are friendly and they follow the rules and policy of the restaurant.
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THE BET
Line Cook (Former Employee), tampa 33612December 5, 2014
Pros: good people
Cons: not enough money
I LOVE WORKING WITH THEM
THE LINE WAS THE BEST..
I LOVE BEING THERE
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Fast paced, fun, enjoyable job
Server (Former Employee), Norfolk, VADecember 4, 2014
I worked as a server, taking accurate orders and partnering with team members to serve food and beverages that meet or exceed guests’ expectations. I provided friendly and attentive service that makes guests feel well taken care of and builds their intent to return. I also assisted other servers in properly serving food and beverages and acted as a – more... trainer to new employees. – less
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Pretty good job
Cook (Former Employee), Saint Joseph, MODecember 4, 2014
Pretty good job with fun people. Kind of hectic at times but a good experience.
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nerve wracking
{Server/Hostess} (Former Employee), Elkton, MDDecember 3, 2014
Pros: food, guests, pay
Cons: management, co workers, no breaks
constant arguing between employees, not a drug free environment i learned to never work for that company again my co workers were constantly fight occasionally in front of customers drugs were being found all the time hardest part of the job was have to tolerate the laziness and unmotivated employees the most enjoyable part was the food and the guests
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Friendly place to work with many opportunities
Culinary Assistant (Former Employee), Kingston, NYDecember 3, 2014
Pros: little perks, like buffets or special food for the employees on holidays
Cons: i got 40 hrs per wk. most employees didn't., the health care pkg for the first 2 yrs is not that good., after 2 yrs the pkgs are much better.
I learned probably one of the most cost efficient ways for production from a company that is customer and employee focused. Most of my co-workers were pleasant and fun to be with. We usually focused on team work and good communication. The hardest part of the job was having large parties with no reservations walk in during a busy time of day. We could – more... have a party of 20 or 30 come in; this would upset a rhythm in the kitchen and dining room, but we always would accommodate these surprise parties. The most enjoyable part of this job was the amount of positive feedback and constructive criticism if things weren't quite right; the managers were good. – less
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No team work
Culinary Professional (Former Employee), Columbia, SCDecember 2, 2014
No one had control skills they use there Culinary Professionals and Service Professionals as managers
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productive fun place to work but employes not happy and not to frendly always doing everytingwrong not fallowing the recepy
line cook and prep (Former Employee), Jacksonville, NCDecember 2, 2014
Pros: ok pay semay cleanno teamwork or proper training, long shift, no help on hollidays, no good comunication whit employes and managers, and viseversa, and much morr
Cons: no teamwork or proper training, long shift, no help on hollidays, no good comunication whit employes and managers, and viseversa, and much morre
excelent but por intervew not to much intresting on hairing new people and training short and not very well explain
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Waitress (Current Employee), irving.txDecember 1, 2014
Guest interaction, helping with any problems, learning that your co-workers are your family & team. Working together to get the job done right the first time. The hardest part would be having to deal with guests that aren't so nice but I enjoy fixing the problem.
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young, fun, understanding staff
Busser (Former Employee), Greenville, SCNovember 28, 2014
Pros: team oriented co-workers, hourly pay plus tips
Cons: n/a
typical day included of whipping tables, resetting tables.
learned customer service skills. Management was great, very understanding of me balancing school and work. Hardest part of the job was the lunch rush. most enjoyable part of it was the tips

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