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Fun workplace
Server (Former Employee), Bala-Cynwyd, PAAugust 19, 2014
Pros: everyday you work, you got paid
Cons: if your tips weren't great, you didn't leave with much money
Fast paced, upbeat, friendly place to work. Staff was team oriented and everyone always went out together after work. Extended family!
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Good work environment
Server (Former Employee), Mesquite, TXAugust 19, 2014
Pros: great employee discount
Cons: short breaks or no breaks
Work went by really fast. Overall was a fun job. The serving team there was excellent. Loved all my coworkers. Good length of shifts.
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Fast paced but easy job
Busser (Former Employee), Kissimmee, FLAugust 19, 2014
Every day was a typical day.
Good management and co workers.
Most enjoyable part of the job was of course the food.
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great management
Dishwasher (Former Employee), Arden, NCAugust 19, 2014
Pros: 50% off meals
Cons: tough to get hrs
working at olive garden was great. I was able to learn the importance of teamwork and the managers were awesome. I made some very good friends there.the hardest part was working monday open/close but I enjoyed the friends and co-workers so much that I really didn't mind those long hrs.
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Productive and fun place to work while servicing guest interaction
Server/Hotess (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PAAugust 19, 2014
I enjoyed working at the Olive Garden because of interaction with different customers. It was a joy to talk and service all that dined with us. Interacting with my co-workers made coming to work enjoyable. The hardest part was servicing a lot of guests at one time which cause the kitchen to become overwhelmed. I've learned to multi-task in a high fast – more... pace business. – less
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good money
Server (Former Employee), Tuscaloosa, ALAugust 19, 2014
Pros: 50% meals great money guest interactions
Cons: difficult guest that dont tip manager favoritism
it was my first serving job i was really grateful for that experience it was great money unfortunately my mom was ill and i had to leave alabama despite the managers favoring only certain male servers it was a great learning experience for me
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Would be better with different managers in place
Server (Current Employee), Carson City, NVAugust 18, 2014
Pros: good co-workers, great benefits for a part time job.
Cons: not many hours, poor management
Since there are so many people working there, hours are scarce. 12-15 hours are the average. Management does not listen to employees and reprimands them in front of other people. Huge amounts of favoritism. The best part of working here are the other employees and the guests.
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Productive and fun place to work
Certified Trainer (Former Employee), Temple, TXAugust 18, 2014
Pros: while working 50% off food. out side of work you get 25% off ticket at any of darden restaurants
You can have fun and do work at the same time. At the beginning of each shift there was a game to see who could up sale things and you would win prizes. This companies training is very good you learn a lot about the culture of the foods and what wines go with what.
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Its a good job.
Cook (Current Employee), Mount Pleasant, MIAugust 18, 2014
It's a very fast paced job, best restaurant I've worked for.
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Customer Service
Server (Former Employee), Williamsburg, VAAugust 18, 2014
Working as a server at Olive Garden sharpened my customer service abilities. My compensation was reflected in my selling abilities and the overall satisfaction of my guests.
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Fast pace work
Server/Trainer (Current Employee), Peoria, AZAugust 17, 2014
Learned how to connect with guest and work together with co-workers in a fast pace environment.
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Serving, providing guests with a perfect dining experience.
Server (Current Employee), Leominster, MAAugust 17, 2014
Pros: flexible hours
- typical day at work would include a three table section in which I provide quests with menu knowledge and provide the best service possible.

- what I learned is to upsell and promote specific items to increase check sales.

-management deals with a variety of individuals of all ages and do their best in making sure they provide the best possible – more... work environment.

-co-workers we for the most part always work as a "team" their are a few that do not adhere to this.

-the hardest part of the job is tray carrying and constant walking around.

-the most enjoyable part of the job is meeting new people every day as I am a people person. I have numerous guests who ask for me regularly. – less
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Fun!!
server (Former Employee), Antioch, TNAugust 16, 2014
Pros: fun
Best Job I've ever had. Management treats you with totally respect, compliments on jobs well done!! It's one big family and everyone has everyone else's back!! Love it!
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Olive Garden
Server (Current Employee), Maplewood, MNAugust 16, 2014
Pros: discounted meals, fun people, amazing managers
Cons: breaks don't exist, customers
The management is great and always understanding, however the guest might not always be. The fellow employees and I get along great and I have made lasting friendships there. The worst part is when the table you have been given doesn't understand the difference between server and servant. The best part is being able to make as much as you need as fast – more... as you need. – less
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Great Place to Work
Shift Leader (Former Employee), Goldsboro, NCAugust 14, 2014
Pros: unique enviorment
Cons: not for everyone
A typical day at work involved working at a high pace, very hectic. The job is essentially controlled chaos. I had to adhere to strict corporate and health guidelines, in a precise and controlled manner. Management team was great. Very helpful and productive work environment. Hardest part of the job was also what made it so unique; the chaos.
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Not a great place to work for
Server (Current Employee), Las Vegas, NVAugust 14, 2014
Managers belittle you. Too many servers. You make nothing,no benefits and only average about 12 hours a week at work for five days.
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Wonderful work environment
To Go Specialist/Hostess (Former Employee), Erie, PAAugust 13, 2014
A typical day at work at The Olive Garden usually started nice and smooth before a rush. Working there also helped me by gaining more customer service skills. The management staff were quite pleasant to work with as well as most of my co-workers. The hardest part of working at the Olive Garden was the struggle to receive more hours and picking up shifts. – more... The most enjoyable part of my job with the company would be the people there and the steady pace of things. – less
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Great work environment, with excellent pay
Hostess and Server (Current Employee), Killeen, TXAugust 11, 2014
Typical day consists of arriving for my shift and being talked into position for the day. I clock in and get a run down from the person who I am taking over for. I count the money draws to make sure I have the proper amount to start my shift off with, and then begin taking togo orders or begin my host shift. I have learned from this job independence – more... as well as team work. The most enjoyable part of my job is working along side my fellow co-workers and making sure the guest gets exactly what they ordered. – less
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fun job
Hostess (Former Employee), Clermont, FLAugust 10, 2014
great people to work with, always meeting people around the world, fun place to work. average pay.
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Fast paced, friendly work environment.
Server (Current Employee), Humble, TXAugust 8, 2014
Pros: free lunch on days i worked doubles, friendly coworkers.
Cons: never knowing how much you're going to bring home at the end of a shift.
A typical day at work 90% of the time consists me serving anywhere between 20-40 tables, making sure they get their drinks, their meals, their relaxing time out, and anything extra they asked of me, that i could do of course. I learned how to be more patient, how to multitask, and how to help others more efficiently.
Our management are, and most likely – more... will always be on top of everything we did throughout the restaurant. They are always understanding with certain situations that their employees bring to them. The hardest part of my job (which wasn't all that bad) is dealing with irate customers. The most enjoyable is my work family. Everyone is amazing and i'm gonna miss them. But it's time to move forward! – less

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