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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
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Easy and fun work place
Server (Current Employee), Lewisville, TxAugust 8, 2014
Always an opportunity to achieve and make money hear. The managers and all the co-workers are nice and helpful. The hardest part of the job is wanting to stay when the store is empty. The most enjoyable is at the end of your shift when you walk out with cash everyday.
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fun place to work
Server/Bartender (Former Employee), Gastonia, NCAugust 8, 2014
Pros: discount on food
ok place to work, lots of drama, does have decent benefits for full time employees
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Olive Garden
Serving Job (Former Employee), Mankato, MNAugust 8, 2014
Really enjoyed getting to meet so many new faces and work with a lot of interesting unique people.
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Great team feel
Dishwasher (Former Employee), Bethel Park, PAAugust 8, 2014
Loved the employees made it feel like we were all one team. loved the pay and employees didnt like the few hours that were givin and how we had to stay after everyone else
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Great people to work with
Server/Certified Trainer (Former Employee), Farmington, NMAugust 7, 2014
This job was never boring. The customers that came in were always different and it was character building dealing with each and every one of them. You learn how to talk to people and how to put a spin on something in order to make a sale.
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Hospitaliano!
Server (Former Employee), Cherry Hill, NJAugust 7, 2014
Pros: enthusiastic encouragement, open management team, co-workers that act as a team.
Cons: no end times to shifts, lack of daily communication to waitstaff that informs them of products out of stock.
Working at Olive Garden was a pretty good experience for me. Previous to working there, I really didn't appreciate the cuisine. Once I became an employee, I learned that there are several enjoyable foods to be had there! The training was very extensive and thorough. I felt confident serving my guests with perfect knowledge of the menu. I had previously – more... worked in other restaurants, and I can say with most certainty that the teamwork of the staff is very good, and the side work is very light. The most challenging part of the job is not having an end time to a shift. When your shift ends depends on what particular room you are serving in that shift, and when business declines. – less
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Energetic, Challenging, Intense
Floor Assistant (Former Employee), Newton Aycliffe, ENGAugust 7, 2014
Pros: friendly colleagues
Cons: no discount
A typical day at work involved, keeping the workplace clean, preparing food, serving customers, washing up, answering the phone and checking stock. I learned that despite who your colleagues are it's best to get along with them, it makes things a lot easier. I also learned tolerance for difficult customers and calmness under pressure. I wasn't always – more... in agreement with the management, the owners on the other hand were lovely but the management was difficult, although the place was ran brilliantly, the treatment of some of the staff wasn't always fair. I got along with all of my co-workers as that was the best was to go about having to spend 5-6 hours with them several nights a week. The hardest part of this job was dealing with difficult customers, there's a pub nearby and at closing time the drunks would flock in and cause a bit of trouble, but learning how best to deal with them is now something I consider a skill. The most enjoyable part of the job was the busier periods, time flew by and having lots to do is something I enjoy. – less
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Overall good company
Server (Current Employee), Austin, TXAugust 6, 2014
Pros: simple place to work
Cons: severely underpay top performers.
Typical hours.
Easy place to work.
Not much room for upward mobility.

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