Current CEO: Kim Lopdrop
In 1968, in the city of Lakeland, Florida, Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby had the idea of opening a seafood restaurant. The original name of this soon to be well-known dining establishment was Harbor for Seafood Lovers. Deciding to change the name, the moniker of Red Lobster was bestowed upon this popular dining establishment. After being acquired by General Mills, franchises were established in many cities during the 1980s. In 1995, General Mills decided to spin off their restaurants and created Darden Restaurants. Thanks to fresh seafood offerings and special all-you-can-eat menu items, Red Lobster has become a favorite of people throughout North America.
For people that enjoy preparing food for others, Red Lobster careers offer a prime opportunity to hone their culinary skills. Utilizing the craft of well prepared foods and a distinctive palate, working at Red Lobster is an enjoyable and creative outlet. For people that aren’t maestros in the kitchen, the management and customer service aspects of the seafood industry offer plenty of challenging work prospects that will put these skills to good use. A diverse workforce joining together to provide customers a delicious dining experience only adds to the satisfaction of a job well done.
Red Lobster culture is based on a value system that includes all people. Accepting all people regardless of their background, Bill Darden had the foresight to serve anyone that entered his first restaurant back in 1938. During this troubling time in the history of the southern states within America, this spoke volumes regarding the philosophy that this company maintained. This sense of helping everyone live to their full potential continues today and is one of the key reasons for the success of the organization. Employees are valued for the talents they bring to their jobs and are encouraged to nourish and delight everyone served by the establishment.
Not only is Red Lobster one of the 100 best companies to work for according to Fortune magazine, but Red Lobster benefits are geared toward recognizing the abilities of their workforce. People are given the opportunity to expand upon their current job and 99 percent of management is developed from within the company. Employees are able to work flexible schedules that meet their life commitments and are offered wellness packages that keep them safe and sound. With a number of career options, Red Lobster employees are considered to be some of the most professional in the field.
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