Leaders at Darden Restaurants have developed a culture where employees can achieve their personal and professional goals across the company's restaurant brands, which include The Capital Grille, Yard House, and Seasons 52, Red Lobster and Olive Garden. The company has translated its brand-specific employee development approach to an enterprisewide strategy that supports 185,000 employees.

"We have a very strong commitment to our people. We have an internal promotion rate that is unparalleled in our industry," said David Fischer, senior director of learning center of excellence at Darden Restaurants, during the 2013 Great Place to Work conference.

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