For many of our team members, Darden is a first employer and, for some, the start of a career path to management positions for those who want to grow with the company. In fact, Darden promotes nearly 1,000 team members a year into management.
Compensation and Benefits
On average, our hourly team members earn nearly $15/hour and enjoy benefits that include access to dental and vision coverage, life insurance, critical illness and accident insurance, short-term disability insurance, and a number of discounts including dining discounts in our restaurants, wireless phone service discounts and computer loans. Also, team members who are 21 and older can begin contributing to our 401(k) plan. After a year of employment, Darden matches 401(k) contributions and employees are eligible to participate in the company’s Employee Stock Purchase Plan.
Many of our team members join Darden because we offer flexible work schedules and we work to accommodate our team members’ other responsibilities. In addition, we pay our team members on a weekly basis, rather than bi-weekly. And, as the owner and operator of a number of national locations, we are in the position to offer our team members jobs across the United States, allowing them to stay with us when personal circumstances require relocation.
Darden offers extensive training and self-development programs to help our team members grow and succeed. New team members participate in a structured training program to help them learn more about the company, our brands and our expectations. On-the-job training is provided by Certified Trainers – team members who have completed certification to train others – who teach new employees the ins and outs of the job.
On average, new team members receive 40 to 80 hours of training (depending on their role) through video and hands-on instruction. Company values and expected behaviors are woven throughout the training to reinforce that how we treat our guests – and how we treat each other – is as important as the specifics of the job itself.