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Darden Restaurants
Darden Restaurants
65
Rank: 65
Previous rank: 99
2011 revenue ($ millions): $7,500

What makes it so great?
The parent of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and six other restaurant chains employs 135,000 part-timers, who are eligible for low-cost health insurance.

Headquarters:
Orlando, FL
Website: www.darden.com

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Employees
U.S. employees
177,655
Employees outside U.S.
3,348
Jobs
New jobs (1 year)
2,506
% job growth (1 year)
5%
% voluntary turnover
8%
Applicants
708,152
Job openings (as of 1/2/13)
3,320
Pay
Avg. annual pay*
Most common job (salaried):
Restaurant Manager
$55,792
Most common job (hourly):
Server
$25,037
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
43%
% 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. 4, 2013 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 2011 or latest fiscal year. All data are from July 2012 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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