Worst Restaurant Chains To Work For

More than 4 million Americans spend their days serving burgers, cleaning tables and opening cans. Food and beverage preparation is one of the biggest sectors in the country's economy, and it's no secret that the pay isn't great.

But what are the absolute worst restaurant chains to work for? The newly updated 2012 Diner's Guide, from the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a New York-based nonprofit fighting on behalf of low-wage restaurant workers, offers up a Zagat-like review of America's most well-known chain eateries. Except, instead of commenting on the sumptuousness of the vichyssoise or the viscosity of the scallop gelee, ROC United claims to reveal just how crummy it is to work at most of America's nationwide food chains. But four of the restaurants -- all owned by the same parent company -- get an extra special medal of shame.

The four are all owned by Darden Restaurants, the largest full-service restaurant company on the planet, which employs 180,000 people in North America alone. These restaurants not only offer "poverty wages" and zero sick days for workers, alleges ROC United, but working conditions are so bad that some employees called the group for legal help.

Darden spokesman Rich Jeffers told The Huffington Post that the accusations are "baseless" and that the ROC United "doesn't seem to be interested in the facts."




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Jessica

By the way, I used to work at Olive Garden, and honestly, I enjoyed the job. I made great money, and paid my own way through the first two years of college because of it.

October 12 2012 at 9:28 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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wdcarterjr

Congratulations to you, Jessica. You are on the path to success.

You used the job to build skills and earn money to further your education.

People should learn from you and emulate your dedication to make a better life.

October 13 2012 at 11:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jessica

Olive Garden and Red Lobster are owned by the same company, so that would make sense that they are both on the list.

October 12 2012 at 9:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
JONELL/RICKER

IS ANYBODY BEING FORCED TO WORK THERE? NO, i DON'T THINK SO... AND DON'T GIVE THE EXCUSE THAT YOU CAN'T GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. WAGES ARE TIED TO WHAT THE MARKET WILL BEAR--IF YOU ARE GOOD AT WHAT YOU DO YOU WILL FIND SOMEONE WILLING TO PAY YOU WELL BECAUSE YOU MAKE MONEY FOR THEM!! IF EVERYBODY QUIT, YOU'D SEE HOW FAST THE WAGE SCALES WOULD GO UP, OR OTHERS WOULD COME KNOCOKING TO TAKE THE JOBS OF THOSE WHO QUIT!
OH YEAH- OBAMA & BIDEN SAY THINGS ARE IMPROVING--HMMN! I THINK NOT..

October 12 2012 at 2:42 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
TexasTR24

Im sure that being a waiter in one of these resturants would not be the best job in the world, however it seems to me AOL would be a lot more honest with us if they just said, " Darden is doing everything they can to remain profitable by dodging as much of Obamacare as possible, lets do a hit piece on them and see if we can ruin a part of their reputation",.....typical cheap shot.

October 12 2012 at 1:56 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
captweill

Cheeseburger in Paradise!

October 12 2012 at 12:20 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
crazyshama

Most waiters make under 3.00 hr and aren\'t allowed to work over 40 hrs because then the would have to be payed overtime which is still under 5\'00 an hr. Vaacations only for management sick days laughable but it has been that way for as long as I can remember. This will not change it is what it is

October 12 2012 at 9:30 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
wdcarterjr

If you are being forced to work there at gun piont, call the police.

If you hate your job, quit.

If it is the only job you can get, either get skills for another job or shut up and do your job.

October 12 2012 at 9:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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JONELL/RICKER

YOU ARE RIGHT ON THE MONEY!! THAT'S WHY AN EDUCATION IN A SKILL PAYED JOB IS SO IMPORTANT!!

October 12 2012 at 2:43 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Not Sure

Probably lazy union workers.

October 11 2012 at 5:22 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
HOT 1

Good for these workers who got fed up & took a stand! I think I'll be getting ahold of the ROC United myself...Thanks for the info.

June 27 2012 at 3:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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