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99. Darden Restaurants

Darden Restaurants
Rank: 99 (Previous rank: 97)
What makes it so great?
The operator of Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and other chains is a diversity champion: 30% of restaurant managers are minorities, and 41% are women.
Headquarters:
1000 Darden Center Drive
Orlando, FL 32837
2010 revenue ($ millions): 7,110
Website: www.darden.com
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Employees  
U.S. employees 169,516
Employees outside U.S. 3,304
Jobs  
New jobs (1 year) 5,137
% job growth (1 year) 12%
% voluntary turnover 3%
Applicants 62,696
Job openings (as of 1/2/12) 5,190
Pay Avg. annual pay*
Most common job (salaried):
Restaurant Manager
$56,991
Most common job (hourly):
Server
$24,499
Benefits  
Fully paid sabbaticals No
Onsite child care No
Health  
100% health-care coverage No
Onsite fitness center Yes
Subsidized gym membership Yes
Work-life  
Job sharing program Yes
Compressed workweek Yes
Telecommuting Yes
Diversity  
% minorities 42%
% women 52%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Yes
Offers domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couples?
Yes
Professional training  
Salaried employees (hrs./yr.): 96
Hourly employees (hrs./yr.): 63
From the Feb. 6, 2012 issue
Notes:
N.A.: Not available. U.S. employees includes part-timers as of time of survey. Job growth, new jobs, and voluntary turnover are full-time only. Revenues are for 2010 or latest fiscal year. All data are from July 2011 and based on U.S. employees.
* Average annual pay: yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of full-time salaried and hourly employees.
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