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
Server and Cashier (Current Employee), 3105 Glenstone Avenue, Springfield, MO – November 4, 2013
Pros: 50% off meals while at work!
Cons: weekly misscomunication with schedules
A typical day at olive garden is fairly calm though the co-workers weren't always in the best mood for one reason or another. (I prefer to work in positive work environment if possible.) This work experience has taught me a lot about the importance of pace and consistency along with patience. Hardest part of the job was damage control, because there – more... was always something to be repaired between miscommunication between servers, managers, cooks and hosts. learning how to quickly recuperate from something 'gone wrong' can sometimes be a challenge. The most enjoable part of working for olive garden is the 'guests'. (customers) Knowing they are satisfied with their experience because of you is always rewarding! – less
Upbeat and full of opportunity. Flexible hours with decent compensation.
Server (Current Employee), Denton,Tx – November 4, 2013
Pros: flexibility, and i work with my husband
Cons: healthcare, inconsistent money flow, late nights
Any given day at work we are required to show up at lease 5 minutes before our shift starts, servers get talked in by managers and we discuss what to look forward to in the shift. Certain things to focus on and avoid and improve in. I've learned how to be personable yet professional. How to make a quick list in my head of priority and order of things – more... to get done in a timely manner. It's like a puzzle. I've learned how to consolidate and remain punctual to my tables. Meeting every need of each individual guest in the restaurant as far as I can help. ALWAYS communicating between, hosts, managers and cooks concerning cook times and status of tables. We maintain energy throughout the whole shift and work well together. I love that. Hardest part of the job is the inconsistency with scheduling and income. Most enjoyable part of the job is the interaction with guests, meeting people and making lasting friendships with my co-workers, we have fun, I strive for a good shift, every shift. – less
Host/ To-go (Former Employee), Tyngsboro, MA – October 31, 2013
Great company to work for. co-worker are very pleasant. I have learned great communication skills and how to work well with others. most enjoyable part of the job was working with people, and the hardest part in working during rush.
Fast paced high volume corporate casual dining resteraunt
Server (Former Employee), Fairview Heights, IL – October 31, 2013
Pros: relatively good pay for short hours
Cons: as the economy got worse business and earnings declined
Typically I would work between 2 and 5 hours, upon arriving at work i would help make the resteraunt ready for the day. Afterwards we would have a group meeting and told things to focus on for the day. We opened and customers began to came in I would then take table after table ensuring they were all happy and had what they needed. After business slowed – more... I was responsible for cleaning my section and certain areas and reconciling my reciepts with the house report. I enjoyed meeting interesting people ad the challenge of helping them have an enjoyable experience without intruding upon it. – less
My management staff does not show concern for employees nor guests
Server (Current Employee), Mobile, AL – October 30, 2013
I have been working at Olive Garden for 5 1/2 years. I have been through the good and the bad and about 20 managers. I have seen managers quit due to the failure of the general manager to do his job. There is now a whole new management team in place and even though I am considered one of the best employees, my schedule is constantly getting reduced – more... and I am making less money than I have in the 5 1/2 years I have been there. I feel that if I am one of the top servers, I should be at least making enough to pay bills, which is not happening. I am now trying to see if the server and ex-management skills I possess will allow me to branch out and do something different. – less
Hostess (Former Employee), Waldorf, MD – October 28, 2013
At Olive Garden I was a host. I was in charge of seating, cleaning the waiting area and bathrooms. The pay was great and I had plenty of hours. A lot of my co workers would cause drama and spread roomers about every one. My management would play favoritism, I had hard times to ever get a half hour break just to get a little something to eat when I would – more... work from a open to close job. – less
A very classy place with plenty of opportunities and an enjoyable work environment.
Server (Former Employee), Topeka, KS – October 26, 2013
Pros: also you would receive a 50% discount before durring and even after your shift, this job also had one of the best benefit programs that i have ever seen
Cons: i really did not like the way the restaurant was overall ran/ management.
Excellent training program with hands on training, usually get on the floor within a few days. Management was the only thing that may have brought this company a lower rating though. Co-workers were great people with fun and positive work ethics. The hardest part was just memorizing the menu. The most enjoyable part of the job was feeling like I was – more... at home when I was at work. – less