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Olive Garden, Orlando, FL is owned by Darden Restaurants, Inc., the world's largest company-owned and operated full-service restaurant company. Having more than 800 restaurants and 92,000+ employees, Olive Garden is a well-known restaurant in the Italian casual dining segment, with a typically family-friendly atmosphere. Italy serves as the inspiration for the brand, from its high variety of menus through its award-winning wine list to the corporate culture. When you work at Olive Garden, you are family, and connections are especially strong among team members. All this is inspired by the warmth, hospitality and family spirit of the Italian people. Olive Garden is proud to partner with Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Every Olive Garden restaurant participates in the Harvest program, donating high-quality surplus food items to local community food banks. The company, which was founded in 1982, offers hourly jobs besides management careers, with flexible schedule, career advancement and job training possibilities.

Subsidiary
$2B to $5B
Large
Multiple locations
Full-Service Restaurants, Limited-Service Restaurants
1982
What departments Olive Garden employees work at?
DepartmentsRatio
Servers / Bartenders55.5%
Food Service - Other13%
other occupation13%
Cooks / Food Preparation7.9%
General and Operations Managers7.5%
Management - Other3%
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Professional experience

How many years of experience do Olive Garden employees have before joining?
Years of experience at Olive Garden: Newcomers: 52%, Experiencers: 21%, Experts: 14%, Veterans: 13%. Olive Garden employees have less than 3 years experience on average before joining.
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Where did Olive Garden employees work before joining?
Where they've worked before Olive Garden: Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chilis. Typical Olive Garden employees have worked at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar.
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Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar
Buffalo Wild Wings
Chilis
What industries did Olive Garden employees work in previously?
Industry Background: The most typical industries of Olive Garden: Full-Service Restaurants, Limited-Service Restaurants, Traveler Accommodation Companies, Niche Retailers, RV Parks / Recreational Camps / Dormitories. Olive Garden employees most likely come from a Full-Service Restaurants industry background.
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Where did Olive Garden employees work before joining?
Past employers' size at Olive Garden: Small: 32%, Medium: 11%, Large: 57%. Most Olive Garden employees have previously worked at large companies.
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Educational background

What did employees at Olive Garden study?
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Where did employees at Olive Garden study?
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Brigham Young University-Idaho
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Employee data

How long do people stay in a role at Olive Garden?
Time employed at Olive Garden: <1: 5%, 1-3: 28%, 4-8: 49%, 9-13: 12%, 14-20: 4%, 20+: 2%. Most Olive Garden employees stay with the company for 4-8 years which is the same as the industry average.
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How does Olive Garden rank for age & gender diversity?
Gender ratio at Olive Garden: 50.0% Male and 50.0% Female. Age ratio at Olive Garden: 16-20: 2%, 21-30: 81%, 31-40: 12%, 41-50: 4%, 51-60: 1%, 60+: 0%. Olive Garden rates - 7.0% more female than the industry average. Most Olive Garden employees are 21-30, which is on par with the industry median age range.
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What are the top roles at Olive Garden?
Top roles of Olive Garden: Server, Bartender, Hostess, Manager, Host. The top role at Olive Garden is Server.
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9 months ago
Cook
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Server
Bartender
Hostess
Manager
Host

Career advancement

How does Olive Garden rank for career advancement?
Career advancement at Olive Garden: very low. Olive Garden ranks very low for career advancement which is same as the industry average.
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What companies do Olive Garden employees go on to work at?
Future employers of Olive Garden: Buffalo Wild Wings, Chilis, Darden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster. People who work at Olive Garden most typically go on to work for the Buffalo Wild Wings.
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Buffalo Wild Wings
Chilis
Darden
Longhorn Steakhouse
Red Lobster

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Mason, OH - January 20, 2022
Not as good
3.6
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5
Professional growth
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Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
2
Recognition & Support
2
Culture and Values
The job itself was fun, but management always treated you like you were not worth their time. They did not treat you like you were an important role in the restaurant, they treated people as if you quit who would care if that makes since. The people that I worked with dreaded coming to work because of how the management was.

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Personal Growth
Bad Management
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Line Cook
Jackson, TN - June 21, 2021
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Salary & Benefits
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Work-Life balance
3
Recognition & Support
3
Culture and Values
It's a very busy work place not a bad job It's hard to keep people because I don't think they expect the amount of business this place does though out the week

Pros and Cons
Weekly pay understanding management
People call in everyday so you will be working short handed 80% of the time you're there
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Restaurant Busser / Dish Machine Operator
Texarkana, TX - June 9, 2021
No Drama!!
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3
Professional growth
3
Salary & Benefits
4
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
Management is seemingly eager to work with you. But if there's any drama/negative personal situation, it won't be had. They'll find a way to make you gone. Even if they have to schedule you til 2am, then back in the morning at 10am. Which isn't a problem for most. But, if you walk 2 hours there and back or vice versa, in this case, that leaves you only 4 hours to shower, shave, and ship off to work, AGAIN.

Pros and Cons
Flexible scheduling. They schedule by your chosen availability.
VERY flexible scheduling, grrr!!
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gender breakdown at Olive Garden?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
gender ratio is 50.0% female, 50.0% male.
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What year was Olive Garden founded?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
1982.
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What industry does Olive Garden operate in?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Restaurant/Food Service.
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What’s Olive Garden’s yearly revenue?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
$2b to $5b
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What companies are similar to Olive Garden?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar, Darden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Outback Steakhouse, Panera Bread, Red Lobster, Red Robin, The Cheesecake Factory.
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What’s the average length of tenure at Olive Garden?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Typically 4-8 year(s).
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what kind of companies did Olive Garden employees work for?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
Large companies before Olive Garden.
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How often do employees get promoted at Olive Garden ?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
advancement opportunities are very low
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who are employees usually hired by after leaving Olive Garden?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Buffalo Wild Wings, Chilis, Darden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Self Employed, Starbucks, The Cheesecake Factory.
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Who are the top previous employers of Olive Garden employees?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chilis, Cracker Barrel, Darden, McDonald's, Red Lobster, Ruby Tuesday.
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How old are Olive Garden’s employees in general?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
Around 21-30
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What were Olive Garden’s employees' top fields of study?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
No higher education.
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The employee stock purchase plan is a great idea, I don't know what you are doing if you haven't done that and you work here
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8 months ago
My friend said the rates really good
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8 months ago
Was having doubts but seemslike I am gonna do it 🦘
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Drug test????
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9 months ago
No drug test
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9 months ago
I heard the drug test is for managers only🤭
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i do not think one can find it easy to get promoted or something
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8 months ago
The room for career advancement is high
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8 months ago
You wanna get promoted from a server to a manager 🤣
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Health care on-site, very reasonable 👍
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8 months ago
That is among the health benefits, right🙂
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8 months ago
What is that?
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401K is not that matching or whatever grammar 😌
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9 months ago
Not like I care
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9 months ago
It is good cos I use it 😊
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You make up to 100 dollars a day in tip???
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9 months ago
On an average, I would say 65 dollars 🤔
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9 months ago
not me 👨
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Is the experience required to join Olive Garden?😅
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9 months ago
I guess, no😌
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9 months ago
No- its not necessary
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I was not schocked a bit when I saw the charts of age diversity 🥱
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9 months ago
This is a good place to start one's career so ....🩸
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9 months ago
All the workers in my branch are between 16 to 40 and I tell you 👩
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Why we gotta do orientation like high school kids 😒
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9 months ago
Then you should have declined the offer if you are not interested
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9 months ago
To educate you of some important aspects 🎪
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Management is good and they try their best
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8 months ago
I don't think mine tries thier best 🚶
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8 months ago
Kind of, I give them a 73 percent 🤔
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How do founders choose names for their companies, cos I love this
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9 months ago
Whats the big deal 🙄
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9 months ago
I love it too but you can just hire someone 😑
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Lets talk about the interview questions you were asked 🗣
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8 months ago
Very basic questions that a7 year old can answer
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8 months ago
Hobbies and ...
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i got tired of the discount lol 🙄
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8 months ago
There is discount 😲
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8 months ago
You got choices, lol 😆
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What degree you people had when you joined them?
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8 months ago
I didn't have any graduation degree when I joined
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8 months ago
I guess the degree isn't the requirement😁
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Where did you see job vacancies from, I need help
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8 months ago
Go to the website 🙄
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8 months ago
Check all these job website, get a recruiter or an agency
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Y'all got FSA and HSA 😩????
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8 months ago
We got but for full time employees only 🥱
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8 months ago
Why you asking 🙄
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How long did it take you to get called for an interview after you applied?? Tell me the truth, mine's been three dayyyysss🐵
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9 months ago
I got mine immediately, lol 😐
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9 months ago
I remember it was not up to a week 🎧
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The raises make little or no difference and it takes time 😪
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9 months ago
You just greedy, go start a business then
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9 months ago
Its once a year, you want it every month 👀
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What's the best thing that you like about them?😏
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9 months ago
I must say the Friday lunch. LOL🤣
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8 months ago
I like their salary apackage and benefits
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Examples of financial benefits?
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8 months ago
Perfomance bonus, not much of a deal 🤔
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8 months ago
Charitable gift matching, still don't understand how this works, lol, 😫
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What is the health benefits ? 😬
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9 months ago
The amazing thing is that not eeryone gets it
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9 months ago
Health, dental and vision insurance 💯
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On average, how many hours do you work a day?
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8 months ago
4 to 6 at the most
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8 months ago
6-8 hours a day, sometimes more depending on whether my coworkers actually come in on time or not.
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The hiring process is very unneccessary long, don't attack me 🏃
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8 months ago
2 weeks isn't long
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8 months ago
You know you are lying and that is why you are being defensive
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Those of you that worked in a restaurant before, it looks like you don't wanna leave because why are most of my colleagues telling me how they have been working in restaurants throughout their lives 😯
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9 months ago
Why you like exaggerating on simple things 🙄
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9 months ago
Niche relating industries for me 😯
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Free lunch and snacks 💃
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7 months ago
That is the only food I eat throughout th day 🤫
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7 months ago
How come I have never gotten free lunch or snack 🤔
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You mean to tell me Olive Garden with so many branches alll over the country is a branch too ? 😲
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8 months ago
DEFINITELY YES!
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8 months ago
ARE YOU FORGETTING THAT THIS MAINLY FOCUSES ON ITALIAN CUISINE 🥴
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Very positive, positive, average, negative or very negative interview experience ????
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8 months ago
It was a positive experience
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8 months ago
Just neutral 👩
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Why isn't the pay weekly👽
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8 months ago
The pay is bi weekly andits better that way
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8 months ago
Because they are sensible...
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i NEVER APPLIED FOR VTOO🤐
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9 months ago
I thought it was cumpolsory
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9 months ago
And what is VTO 👂
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I am aware the trainings are long but I hope I will get paid for them 🧎
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8 months ago
You will be paid around 10 dollars per hour
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8 months ago
Yes of course
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Applebee Neighbour was my last workplace 😫
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8 months ago
Crackers and Darden, I tell you 👊
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8 months ago
My best colleague told me he worked there too 👈
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NO REMOTE JOBS! NO REMOTE JOBS! NO REMOTE JOBS 🤡
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8 months ago
You funny so much 🙂
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8 months ago
I am not happy at all 🥱
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I heard there are no trainings 🥽
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9 months ago
Nah, they lying to you
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9 months ago
we do a lot of trainings
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It is a diffeent feeling working for large companies, I dn't feel it
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9 months ago
I have being working at large companies all my life ⏰
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9 months ago
Because you seen a job, you complaining lol 😑
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If ypou want to apply for a job, don't be a server😭, close to half the workes are servers
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8 months ago
Its a very good job with average pay and no experience is needed, don't listen to this person please
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8 months ago
That is none of your business, its a very easy job to get 📦
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Great we have paternity leave and maternity leave 👍
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9 months ago
Never used that but I know someone that did
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9 months ago
Its okay but i believe it can be better 😐
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Easy to combine college and work here🤝
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9 months ago
I wish I could say that
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9 months ago
Its been eally tough concenterating in school and I can't imagine combining it with work and its also tough financially 😆
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it is good to have good friends, my friend referred me for an open position before anyone was aware 🤭
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8 months ago
All my friends be trust fund kids 😅
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8 months ago
I got referred by a family member and I still did not get the job 🧐
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Would you get promotion on the basis of your performance?😏
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8 months ago
Your performance play no role in your promotion😔
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8 months ago
As the advancement opportunities are very low, so it'd be very rare
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Need to know if I am normal, why can't I work at a place for more than four years??? This is my fourth year and I am thinking of leaving
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8 months ago
You are not normal, that means you can't commit in a relationship 🤔
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8 months ago
Except you have issues or you are moving to somewhere better, I don't see the need🎠
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They love black so much🖤
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9 months ago
Black pants, black buttons, black everything
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9 months ago
That is the color code for almost everyone 🤷
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Is there a probability that I will get hired even though I have a felony record? 📔
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8 months ago
There is a chance
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8 months ago
yes, a big one
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Please tell me the trainings are not long🥺
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8 months ago
DEPENDS ON YOUR DEFINITION OF LONG🤷
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8 months ago
i WON'T TELL YOU THEN
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Ever used the adoption assistance?
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8 months ago
It helped but not as much as I thought it would
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8 months ago
I am not ready to deal with kids 😪
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I heard that the job is tiring, I am concerned about the salary package they offer🤔
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9 months ago
Yes! The package is good as you've to be available all the time😌
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9 months ago
I am happy with my pay, I hope you'd too:)
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I know most of you did not attend colleges but let me tell you something, get a degree not because of a better job but because knowledge is power 💪
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9 months ago
I have a BSc. degree and I am working somewhere very unrelated so I don't see the need
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9 months ago
The only power I will gain from this is student loans and stress and depression 😎
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Do they offer extra pay for more working hours?😏
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9 months ago
I get too tired that I never thought abt this🤧
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9 months ago
I think, No:(
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If you got tattoos, you better cover them up 😏
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9 months ago
Why they say that 😂
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9 months ago
Isn't that obvious 🙄
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What type of jobs do they offer?
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9 months ago
You may apply for various different positions, you'd be selected for the one you're a best fit
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9 months ago
You can work as a food preparer or a server
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I just found out that the discount when you working and when you are not is not the same💩
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8 months ago
50 percent during work times and 25 percent in other times
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8 months ago
That's because you don't pay attention 🤬
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This got to be my 5th year working and 2nd year in Olive Garden 💯
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8 months ago
Wish I could say same, this is my first year working and my 1st year at Olive Garden 😭