Darden Is Screwing Their Employees

Can any other Darden employees vouch for this? This is not cool…

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Anndrea: Hi everyone! Happy Holidays!
Just a few questions for the executives there… I resigned about a month ago after nearly two years of serving and bartending at a Florida location. I often wonder why I stayed so long but, I do love the food and my co-workers and even most of the management. As for my questions, why do you demand such stringent rules on the amount of servers per shift, tables per server and number of servers on large parties? On a weekend night it was nearly impossible to break $600 in sales. Often my 3table section would be a one or two table section for most of the shift because my tables were held for large parties that weren’t due in for an hour or more or didn’t show up at all. Even more annoying is the fact that if two of my tables were used to make an eight top, I had to have another server on that table with me even though only my tables were being used. Also I’m not sure if you are aware but, the coupons are out of control. Online, e-mail, and in the paper have all contributed to a permanent devaluation of the product and a loss-loss for both the bottem line and service staff. The one thing that really stood out as different this year was the lack of information to employees regarding Starbridge. Do you think we are not able to understand a corporate take-over? Don’t we have a right to understand how the history of our corporate structure is being rewritten?I do have to commend you on the forced change from dish(old portal) to Krowd(new portal) during open enrollment this year. Since more of us needed healthcare more than ever it was so thoughtful to shorten the time to enroll by almost two weeks, make it impossible to do so on the outdated POS at work, and generally add to an already confusing enrollment situation by forcing users to switch to the glitchy new portal. Hope I get some answers for those much deserving friends that are still employed there. “When you’re here,you’re family.” Right? Hope that the Darden family members can afford their holiday this year.

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