From hostess to servers to cooks and bartenders—any one of these 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 General Managers are promoted from within. The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) conducted a study that found employees are drawn to the restaurant industry for the diverse employment options and potential of upward mobility and long-term job security. We couldn’t agree more, and so do our people. We work hard to build an encouraging environment for our 150,000 team members making our restaurants a truly great place to work.
That’s why we are so excited that both Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse made the list of Forbes and Statista’s Best Employers in the U.S. Restaurant Industry.
We value our team members because we know they are the heart of everything we do! That’s why we invest so much in creating a supportive work environment that is focused on integrity, excellence and exceptional service.
One of our critical success factors is creating a people-focused culture that reflects the ideals 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 hard work. We encourage our people 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.
But don’t just take our word for it; visit any one of our restaurant brands and you can see the passion our employees share for their work for yourself.
For more information about hourly and managerial opportunities at any of our fine restaurants, click HERE.