Lead the Industry
- 31% of our culinary team intend to make a career with us versus just an 11% industry benchmark for similar staff.
- 63% of Darden restaurant managers and 73% of General Managers/Managing Partners plan to make a lifelong career with Darden versus the industry benchmark of just 19%.
At Darden, we believe building and maintaining a strong, people-focused culture is the single most important reason we’ve become the world’s largest full-service restaurant operating company – a $8.5 billion enterprise. Our 40-plus years of success have come largely as a result of our employees, who create great dining experiences for our guests. That is why we work so hard to provide a nurturing and sustaining environment for our 200,000 employees.
We understand that in order to encourage superior performance from our employees, we must create and maintain a compelling place to work – a place where people can grow and learn enduring life skills. Our goal is to make working at Darden more than just a job, but a place where people can realize their personal and professional dreams.Developing our people is a cornerstone of our business model. We are constantly striving to foster a team of exceptional leaders at all levels of our company, so we can create a positive workplace for all of our employees. Our company’s vibrant culture impacts everything we do, from how we treat our employees and what we value, to how we recognize and reward a job well done.
- Integrity and Fairness – It all starts with integrity and fairness. We trust in the integrity and fairness of each other to always do the right thing, to be open, honest and forthright with ourselves and others, to demonstrate courage, to solve without blame and to follow through on all our commitments.
- Respect and Caring – We reach out with respect and caring. We have a genuine interest in the well-being of others. We know the importance of listening, the power of understanding and the immeasurable value of support.
- Diversity - Even though we have a common vision, we embrace and celebrate our individual differences. We are strengthened by a diversity of cultures, perspectives, attitudes, and ideas. We honor each other's heritage and uniqueness. Our power of diversity makes a world of difference.
- Always Learning, Always Teaching - We learn from others as they learn from us. We learn. We teach. We grow.
- Being of Service – Being of service is our pleasure. We treat people as special and appreciated by giving of ourselves, doing more than expected, anticipating needs, and making a difference.
- Teamwork – Teamwork works. By trusting one another, we bring together the best in all of us and go beyond the boundaries of ordinary success.
- Excellence - We have a passion to set and to pursue, with innovation, courage and humility, ever higher standards.