Any one of those jobs can lead to a career with Darden. In fact, more than half of our restaurant managers are promoted from our hourly ranks and 99 percent of our restaurant General Managers are promoted from within.
Creating a people-focused culture makes a noticeable difference in how we treat our guests. Their letters say it best. Many thank individual servers. Others thank thoughtful managers, such as those at The Capital Grille who phone guests the day after their visit to make sure their experience was enjoyable.
Stories like these reflect the culture that our founders instilled. We like to describe it as a culture of nice built on a bedrock of discipline. We reward acts of service, accountability and quiet hard work. We benefit from and contribute to our presence in the community. At the same time we encourage everyone to be outspoken on maintaining standards, on sustainability and on diversity. The key is an uncompromising focus on doing what is right, and being a values-based, highly principled group of people. At Darden, who you’re with matters.