I started working at Olive Garden in 2001 and it was a great place to work and Darden was a great company to work for. Now this could be no farther from the truth. One of their principles is to "treat everyone as family and friends" - including their employees. Corporate does no such thing. They treat their employees like we are a dime a dozen. All they are concerned about is the money going into their pockets and usually get more by taking money out of our pockets. I used to be able to make good money while working there, now I can't afford to live. One of the biggest disappointments with this company is their "benefits". Their insurance used to be great, affordable and worthwhile. Now, I wish I never enrolled because it costs me more than it's worth. I have a bad back (from carrying trays at work) and can't even afford to go to the chiropractor because the insurance covers almost nothing (even though when I called I was told all of it would be covered). We used to get vacation pay no matter how many hours we worked - basically a bonus check once a year. Now, you have to average at least 30 hours a week. Which would be fine if they didn't cut back our hours. Now with Obamacare lurking, corporate is enacting a rule (in the next month or so) that most all their employees will not be scheduled more than 28 hours per week. Corporate has also enacted an automatic tip share. As a server we have always been expected to tip the bussers and bartenders at the end of each shift. However it was always our decision as to how much. Now, it is automatically taken out based on sales. If a table does not tip me it now costs me money to serve them because of this tip share. Cutting our hours, giving away more and more free stuff (through coupons and different promotions which equates to lower checks = smaller tips) and enacting a mandatory tip share: all of these are just taking more and more money out of our pockets, making it almost impossible to live off this job alone.