Have you heard of Darden Restaurants? Chances are that many of you have not. Heard of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, or Capital Grille? Chances are that most ofe you have heard of at least one of these restaurant chains — ALL OF WHOM are owned by Darden!!
Here’s why you should be familiar with Darden Restaurants. Erika Fry, writing for Fortune, notes that: “Darden — now the nation’s largest casual-dining company — is a path for many. The parent of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Capital Grille, and others has 180,000 workers, making it the 27th-largest private employer in the U.S. and the second largest — behind FedEx — on Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For list. It’s the only restaurant chain that has ever made our list, a designation it earned in part by building a culture that dares its employees to dream big. ‘We want our employees to recognize that everyone who walks in our doors can go all the way to the top,’ says Clarence Otis, Darden’s CEO, who grew up in L.A.’s Watts neighborhood. After attending Stanford Law School, he was plucked from Wall Street to work at Darden in 1995.”
Click on the image of Lisa Hoggs, who oversees a LongHorn Steakhouse in Georgia, to access Darden’s career Web site.
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