Olive Garden is a member of the Darden family of restaurants. The company is dedicated in serving their local communities as a way of giving back and to improve the quality of life in their communities. Olive Garden also participates in company-community relations which include Olive Garden’s Pasta for Pennies that benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, Darden Harvest and many more.
Some of the most successful brands in full-service dining with Darden family are Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, The Capital Grille, LongHorn Steakhouse, Seasons 52, Yard House and Eddie V’s. Darden operates more than 1,500 restaurants and serve more than 300 million meals every year.
Olive Garden started as a part of General Mills Inc., which is one of the world’s largest food companies. The Olive Garden first restaurant was opened in Orlando by 1982. There were more than 140 Olive Garden restaurants in 1989 which made the restaurant as the fastest growing units of General Mills Inc. Olive Garden became the largest chain of Italian themed full service restaurants in the U.S.
General Mills widen their restaurant holdings as Darden Restaurant in 1995 and Olive Garden became the most valued chain. In 2011, Darden announced their intention to add more Olive Garden restaurants in the following years. Darden also announced they will begin co-locating Olive Garden and Red Lobster locations. In 2011, Olive Garden decided to have a mandatory tip in which their ability to cut more employee’s hourly wage.
In 2012, Olive Garden sales had decreased and they started to offer a three course meal to be able to try to stop the decline.
As of 2013, Olive Garden operates more than 800 restaurants globally, particularly in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Peru and Kuwait.
In 2014, Darden announced their intention to sell Red Lobster which means closing two Olive Garden and Red Lobster located in Georgia and South Carolina.
Employment Opportunities at Olive Garden
Olive Garden became successful because they bring together people with unique talents and who respect each other while working together. The company offers an opportunity for you to build your career and reach your full potential as a person. Here are some of the job opportunities that you can find at Olive Garden.
As a host, you will engage in a friendly conversation with the customers in a timely manner. You will introduce your guests to their server and manage the restaurant waiting list especially during peak hours. You should always sincerely thank the customers as they leave the restaurant and invite them to return again.
As a server/busser, you will be responsible in ensuring that dining room, lobby area are clean and well stocked. You will assist in serving properly the foods and beverages to the guests. You will clear and reset tables for the next guest.
As a bartender, you will mix, garnish and serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, according to the standard of the company. You will help the guest to be aware of the menu items and make them feel well taken care of during their visit to the restaurant. You will keep the bar well stocked and clean always and provide a quality service to the guests.
As the restaurant manager, you will be responsible in leading restaurant operations as provided in the Darden Core Values.
Working at Olive Garden
Working at Olive Garden is a fun place to work for with nice people and working environment. The company allows you to work for flexible hours and the management will always be there for you if you want to level up with your career. Olive Garden offers a good benefit and get you paid once a week for hourly jobs. The company provides an excellent and thorough training for every employee.
• The average hourly salary for the server is $4.52/hr
• The average hourly salary for the host is $9.41
• The average hourly salary for the busser is $6.04
• The average salary of Restaurant Manager is $ 47, 953.