Olive Garden is a family of local restaurants that is the leader in the highly competitive Italian segment of casual dining. The company currently operates over 750 restaurants in the United States and Canada. We employ over 77,000 and our sales exceeded 3.1 Billion in fiscal year 2008. Olive Garden is one of four restaurant divisions of Darden Restaurants, Inc. headquartered in Orlando, Florida. Darden Restaurants, Inc. operates six distinct restaurant concepts, including Olive Garden, Red Lobster, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Capital Grille and Seasons 52. In fiscal year 2008, annual sales for Darden Restaurants, Inc. totaled more than 6.63 Billion. Darden Restaurants, Inc. is the largest publicly traded casual dining company in the world, and is a Fortune 500 company.
Olive Garden is a place you can call home.
Olive Garden is a family of local restaurants focused on delighting every guest with a genuine Italian dining experience. We are proud to serve fresh, simple, delicious Italian food, complemented by a great glass of wine, served in a comfortable, home-like Italian setting where everyone is welcomed as family and friends
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We have a fun, supportive work environment that makes you feel like part of a big family.
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When you work at Olive Garden, you're family.
When you work at Olive Garden, you're family. This is more than a phrase. It's an expression of the spirit at Olive Garden we call Hospitaliano! – our passion for 100% guest delight. We want our guests to feel at home, so we invest a great deal in nurturing our team members and fostering a welcoming, positive work environment.
To help every team member to succeed, we offer extensive training, flexible schedules, competitive benefits, and a place you can call home. Explore the opportunities below to find the one that's right for you.
We depend on our employees to create great dining experiences for our guests. That's why we value our employees so highly and invest so much in creating a supportive work environment that is focused on integrity, excellence and exceptional service.
We offer extensive training and self-development programs to help our employees grow and succeed. New employees 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 the job) 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.
Darden offers competitive compensation, flexible work schedules and industry-leading benefits. Scheduling flexibility is the number-one reason why many people choose to work in the restaurant business.
As a national chain, we can offer our employees jobs across the United States and parts of Canada, allowing employees to stay with us when personal circumstances require relocation. We offer many types of careers, both inside and between restaurant companies and at our Restaurant Support Center (e.g., corporate headquarters).
All employees are eligible for health insurance and disability coverage from the first day of employment, which is highly unusual in the restaurant business. Also unique in the industry is our anniversary/vacation pay benefit for hourly team members, whether or not they choose to take time off.
In addition, we pay our employees on a weekly basis, rather than bi-weekly – even though it costs us more to do so – because we recognize the economic needs of our workers. Employees enjoy a 25 percent discount for themselves and up to seven family members or friends when dining at our restaurants. Team members receive a 50 percent discount on meals during their work hours.
Darden's family of restaurant brands is built on decades of learning from our guests. Their culinary inspirations come from the fishing villages of Maine, the family tables of Italy and the American West – icons that reflect the rich diversity of those who visit our restaurants.
In fact, it's no exaggeration to say our biggest brands have become icons themselves. Since opening our first Red Lobster restaurant in Lakeland, Fla., in 1968, Darden has grown to become the world's largest full-service restaurant company. Through subsidiaries, we own and operate 1,800 restaurants, employ approximately 180,000 people and serve more than 400 million meals a year.
That last number reveals something telling about how we do business. In serving that many meals, we've come to know our guests extremely well. From them, we've realized what it takes to create an environment of natural hospitality and to build enduring brands. It's why we're able to make our guests feel so welcome, special and at ease.
We have a lengthy track record of creating and growing enduring brands. As Fast Company pointed out in its July/August 2009 issue, we've truly become the full-service dining company that feeds America. What ultimately sets Darden apart is our understanding of our guests. We work hard to deliver an exceptional guest experience that involves more than just fresh, delicious food at an affordable price.
At each of our restaurant brands, that special experience differs. At Red Lobster, it's the promise of a refreshing seaside dining experience; at Olive Garden, it's an idealized Italian family meal; and at LongHorn Steakhouse, it's savoring a great steakhouse meal served with Genuine Western Hospitality. At The Capital Grille, it's guests enjoying a personalized experience reminiscent of being in a private club that's open to the public; at Bahama Breeze, it's a Caribbean escape; and at Seasons 52 it's a fresh approach to dining that celebrates living well.
At each restaurant brand, all the details tie to the particular experience – the menu, the decor, the team training, and even the advertising. Whatever the dining experience we've crafted for a brand, it has a lasting impact on guests. This explains why at one Olive Garden, a young woman began to show up nearly every Thursday night by herself at the same table. That's where her husband, a soldier, had proposed to her on a Thursday night in 2003. When he went off to combat duty in Iraq, she began her weekly visits, "wanting to feel closer to my husband," she wrote the restaurant's general manager.
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