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Darden is a public company and a part of the restaurant industry. The main headquarter of Darden is located in Orlando, Florida. Eugene I. Lee Jr. serves as the CEO of Darden. The primary services of Darden are casual dining, fine dining, and polished casual dining. Darden offers many job opportunities for all qualified & dedicated professionals who want to grow their careers in a competitive workplace regardless of race, color, national origin, gender identity, family background, religion, weight, height, and marital status. Darden also provides employee benefits & perks such as competitive wages programs, dental & vision coverage, life insurance, short-term disability insurance, and many other employee assistance programs.

Company - Public
$5B to $10B
Large
Multiple locations
Full-Service Restaurants, Lessors of Intangible Assets
1968
Gene Lee
What departments Darden employees work at?
DepartmentsRatio
Servers / Bartenders30.2%
other occupation22.1%
General and Operations Managers9.4%
Management - Other6.8%
Cooks / Food Preparation6.6%
Administrative5.8%
Food Service - Other5.7%

Team

Professional experience

How many years of experience do Darden employees have before joining?
Years of experience at Darden: Newcomers: 34%, Experiencers: 18%, Experts: 20%, Veterans: 28%. Darden employees have less than 3 years experience on average before joining.
Where did Darden employees work before joining?
Where they've worked before Darden: Brinker, Longhorn Steakhouse, McDonald's. Typical Darden employees have worked at Brinker.
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Longhorn Steakhouse
McDonald's
What industries did Darden employees work in previously?
Industry Background: The most typical industries of Darden: Full-Service Restaurants, Limited-Service Restaurants, Traveler Accommodation Companies, Niche Retailers, RV Parks / Recreational Camps / Dormitories. Darden employees most likely come from a Full-Service Restaurants industry background.
Where did Darden employees work before joining?
Past employers' size at Darden: Small: 27%, Medium: 10%, Large: 63%. Most Darden employees have previously worked at large companies.

Educational background

What did employees at Darden study?
Where did employees at Darden study?
Florida State University
Rollins College

Employee data

How long do people stay in a role at Darden?
Time employed at Darden: <1: 4%, 1-3: 13%, 4-8: 43%, 9-13: 22%, 14-20: 11%, 20+: 7%. Most Darden employees stay with the company for 4-8 years which is the same as the industry average.
How does Darden rank for age & gender diversity?
Gender ratio at Darden: 57.3% Male and 42.7% Female. Age ratio at Darden: 16-20: 1%, 21-30: 54%, 31-40: 27%, 41-50: 12%, 51-60: 5%, 60+: 1%. Darden rates - 0.3% less female than the industry average. Most Darden employees are 21-30, which is on par with the industry median age range.

Career advancement

How does Darden rank for career advancement?
Career advancement at Darden: low. Darden ranks low for career advancement which is above the industry average.
What companies do Darden employees go on to work at?
Future employers of Darden: Chilis, Cracker Barrel, Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Red Lobster. People who work at Darden most typically go on to work for the Chilis.
Chilis
Cracker Barrel
Longhorn Steakhouse
Olive Garden
Red Lobster

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Darden Reviews and Ratings

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Director of Operations
Baltimore, MD - November 7, 2023
Great company to work for!
3.6
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5
Professional growth
4
Salary & Benefits
1
Work-Life balance
3
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
I worked for Darden for 20 years starting as a manager and getting promoted from within. It is a great company with locations across the world that you can transfer to. It is the BEST company within the restaurant industry and there is a lot of support from the Support Center. The hours are long and require many hours at night and weekends. The pay and bonuses are great and benefits are competitive. The restaurant industry is hard on the body after so many years.

Pros and Cons
great pay/bonus and benefits, free food and company perks, amazing peers, great Support at RSC,
work/life balance, lack of support from some leaders
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Dish Machine Operator
Spokane, WA - July 7, 2023
Well Managed and Family like Co-operation
5.0
Ratings
5
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
I worked at Olive Garden/Darden Restaurants for a brief yet exceptional time. I was well trained and always left well fed! I switched due to location and commute, but would highly recommend associating with this company and their values!!

Pros and Cons
Easy to learn, well managed, and kind/yet confident enviroment.
N/A, I found No problems with this establishment.
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Kitchen Clerk
Elmhurst, NY - March 24, 2023
Good support and training
4.4
Ratings
5
Professional growth
4
Salary & Benefits
4
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
4
Culture and Values
I worked in the openig at Elmhurst location in Queens NY. Training was exelent people was friendly and profesional my trainer was amazing and he gave me the confidence to do and ask anything I was concerned about the job. Unfortunaly I left the job because it was to far for me.

Pros and Cons
Free salad bread ang beberage and 50% off for the plates at the time I worked there
At the location I worked it was parking available
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September 8, 2021
Fun and productive wirk with an awesome support staff and management!!
5.0
Ratings
5
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
Worked for Darden for 25yrs...they were an outstanding company to work for. I miss having such an awesome work experience!!

Pros and Cons
Free dinner
Work every weekend
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Hostess
Humble, TX - August 5, 2021
Fun and produtive place to work
4.8
Ratings
5
Professional growth
4
Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
Love working for Darden Awesome company, the way they care about their employees! ....................

Pros and Cons
Insurance, 401k Great food
I have none
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General Manager
July 21, 2021
Good pay/bonus plan. Quality of life is poor. Very little job security.
3.0
Ratings
4
Professional growth
4
Salary & Benefits
1
Work-Life balance
3
Recognition & Support
3
Culture and Values
I was employed by Olive Garden/Darden for nearly 20 years. 16 years as a GM. The pay is competitive; the bonus structure is solid. I enjoyed leading my team and managers. Regardless of your title/tenure there is very little job security. Any person above the Director of Operations position is out of touch with daily ops. There was a time where the company seemed to care about the employees but with the changing of the board of directors back in 2015 the entire direction of the company changed. The quality of the product lowered, the workload became unreasonable and any memory of "Hospitaliano" was deleted from vocab. Olive Garden may be a good fit for you but the passive aggressive communication style from the the SVP level and the constant redundant hypothetical questions from your Director will begin to slowly weigh you down until you reach the end of your rope. I would not recommend working at the OG to any of my friends or family.

Pros and Cons
Pay and bonus. Opportunity for advancement.
Poor quality of life. Very little job security. You are just a number, regardless of position.
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General manager
San Antonio, TX - June 19, 2021
Great company
4.8
Ratings
5
Professional growth
4
Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
Great company. Great culture they live by principles. # 4 was my favorite in the process of making a change we seek the opinions of those closest to the action listen and value their ideas

Pros and Cons
Great people and food
No cons that I am aware of

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What’s the stock symbol of Darden?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
DRI.
What industry does Darden fall under?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
Falls under Restaurant/Food Service
Where is the headquarters of Darden?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
It’s in Orlando, FL.
What’s the gender distribution at Darden?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
42.7% female, 57.3% male.
What year was Darden founded?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
1968.
How much revenue does Darden generate?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
$5b to $10b.
Who is the CEO of Darden?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Gene Lee.
How many years does an employee typically spend working for Darden?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
An employee typically spends 4-8
what kind of companies did Darden employees work for?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Large companies before Darden.
what are the chances of career advancement at Darden?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
low.
where do employees go to work after leaving Darden?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Most went to work for one of these companies: Chilis, Cracker Barrel, Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Ruby Tuesday, Self Employed, Starbucks
Who are the top previous employers of Darden employees?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Brinker, Longhorn Steakhouse, McDonald's, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Ruby Tuesday, Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World.
Does anyone know the average age of employees at Darden?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Here’s an estimate I found for Darden: 21-30.
What kind of degree do you need to work at Darden?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
typically one of the followings No higher education, Bachelor of Science
What’s Darden’s business mission statement?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
"To Nourish and Delight Everyone We Serve".
ppl & money are the best things to stick around in this place
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6 months ago
am not sure if money and people are the only things that make this place worth sticking around for. But they definitely help
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6 months ago
money comes & goes but the ppl r worth being with
What racial and ethnic groups are welcome at Darden?
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6 months ago
They support bringing together people from diverse backgrounds so they can cooperate and work toward shared objectives.
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6 months ago
Its company is genuinely international.
Hey - is there any idea of when one can expect a hiring call ? any experiences?!
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7 months ago
I remember i got call ri8 after the interview but it is not the same for everyone btw 🙂
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7 months ago
I can take weeks as well
This place is truly motivating for me bcz i know there’re checks welcoming u every week on Fridays
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6 months ago
LMAO yep, payday is the only thing that gets me through the week 🤣
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6 months ago
steady paychecks are great but it's also important 2 have other motivators like challenging work and a positive work environment imo 💪
I appreciate companies that offer discounts on transportation and food purchases but I didn't receive here any 😛
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8 months ago
When I worked here, incentives were given to me. 😊
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8 months ago
have not yet got any.:)
Has there ever been any form of discrimination against workers here?
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6 months ago
It is a company that embraces multiculturalism. 😇
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6 months ago
They make sure that no one faces discrimination because of their race, gender, or religion.
Will the interviewer still question about my prior employment even though I lack any work experience?
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7 months ago
I suppose not.
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7 months ago
Before applying here, attempt to have at least a year of experience. Otherwise, your efforts won't be fruitful.
Do workers here receive paid time off?
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8 months ago
They do really have paid vacation days.
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8 months ago
are not required to give each employee a specific amount of days off, but there is a general assumption that everyone will take at least one week off annually.
So do they really pay anniversary pay? how kind & hospitable they are 😍
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7 months ago
They measure it on your working duration & average hours worked
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7 months ago
I do not get bcz new here
While being here for a month, it feels like working in a fast-paced environment
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6 months ago
It's definitely fast-paced
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6 months ago
eh it’s not that fast !
I just knew about their investment of $40 million a year in training their ppl and that it begins immediately, regardless of the role 😯
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7 months ago
well, every employer should invest in their ppl as they do !
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7 months ago
am really coming to this place after knowing this 😁
im planning to join this company but a bit confused abt when to join 🧐
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7 months ago
Today is the finest day to start something.
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7 months ago
when you feel it is appropriate for you.
getting free meals from their restaurants is the best thing for foodie employees
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7 months ago
I'm convinced this is the best perk of working here 🍔
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7 months ago
Yay ! can confirm, the free meals are just another yummy treat..
The true culture here feels like family
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8 months ago
I disagree, it's more like a group of friends. But still a great place to work! 👍
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8 months ago
i appreciate the efforts to make it feel that way
my managers treat me really well..every1 is super supportive and helpful here 😍
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7 months ago
I feel valued and appreciated in my role as a Darden's employee. I've never felt treated unfairly at work because of how supportive the atmosphere is.
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7 months ago
We all have a lot of freedom to choose how we want to do things, and I like that we are all in this together to reach our goals.
i just joined Darden and received ton of benefits here...so happy to be a part of this org...id love to hear other's experiences too 🤩
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7 months ago
They do, indeed! We get excellent benefits.
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7 months ago
When I first started working here two years ago, I received a fantastic benefits package, which included health insurance, paid time off, and a retirement plan.
I just came to know that Darden has introduced a program for those team members who want to learn english
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7 months ago
& the good thing is it’s for freeeee
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7 months ago
Kudos! These R the ways to help their ppl learn and grow
I wish they have a wfh policy
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7 months ago
I wish too but the restaurant industry requires u to be @ the place..
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7 months ago
there may be but am not sure
I’m just excited to know how many hours you spend while at work
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6 months ago
8 - 9 maybe
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6 months ago
it can be anywhere btw 4-8 🙂
Darden always stays ahead of the ever-changing market to remain profitable 🤩
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7 months ago
do they benefit their ppl from their achievements?!
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7 months ago
well, it’s an ever-changing market cant say anything whats next?
I guess one could have a lot of advancement opportunities based on performance here
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8 months ago
am not sure about the advancement opportunities but I'll keep an open mind 😀
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8 months ago
Whew i’m all about advancements
Restaurant managers receive a competitive base salary & quarterly bonus eligibility. not only this they also get Immediate eligibility for medical, dental & vision insurance, company-paid short-term disability & life insurance, and discounts at over 100,000 merchants like cell phones, gym, travel, auto, daycare, clothes, etc
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7 months ago
Wow, that's 🔥! I need to start looking into becoming a restaurant manager ASAP
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7 months ago
I'm so jealous of those managers right now, they're living the dream 🤑
Am interested in the hourly team member opportunities they offer but what are the best jobs someone can do as a stepping stone
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7 months ago
just apply for the role which suits u the most :)
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7 months ago
they have eight iconic restaurant brands to choose from
dyk, 1,850+ restaurants make our company one of the 50 largest private employers in America
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6 months ago
It’s a kinda roller coaster ride
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6 months ago
It's an honor to be a part of their team! 💕
I would like to know how the raise-increase policy works in this company
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6 months ago
am too curious about it
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6 months ago
Once a year
Benefits are just amazing here especially paid sick leave, 401k savings, access 2 health benefits, stock purchase plan, dining & other discounts, etc
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7 months ago
one of the reasons i took the job 😎
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7 months ago
Benefits are real deals here tbh …
tbh i think the food industry requires you to be built a certain way if u want to succeed in that field, especially there’s a lot to be focused on in communication
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7 months ago
I think the food industry is tough but if you have the right mindset and skills, you can make it. Just gotta put in the work 💪
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6 months ago
LMAO true that…
Feels like it’s easy to take time off here whenever u need
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6 months ago
I'm not mad at it btw🤷
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6 months ago
Flexin' on all the other companies with these PTO policies 💪
It’s the industry where u can make good money when busy
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6 months ago
so true tbh
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6 months ago
but busy days could be stressful though
Please inform me about the qualifications needed to work for this organisation.
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6 months ago
The minimum need is a Bachelor's degree in any field. 😀
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6 months ago
Candidates should have a minimum of one year of experience.
Being a Darden employee means ur counted among 180,000 + team members they have 🤪
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7 months ago
Is it just me or does anyone else feel like we're in the Hunger Games with 180k+ team members? 🤔
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7 months ago
whew! being part of the darden team is like being part of a giant human centipede 🤔
They have performance-based bonus structures which seem very beneficial 4 employees
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6 months ago
bonuses give us that extra push to kill it at work 💪
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6 months ago
yass it keeps us all motivated 2 give our best effort..
I’ve just got an interview call from their staff & would love to know what questions to expect at the time of the interview
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8 months ago
they ask a series of questions that imo any1 can simply answer 🙂
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8 months ago
tell us about yourself, what would u do in x situation …..
I just learned about this restaurant industry & came to know that 1,000 team members are promoted into management every year & it’s so surprising to see a lot of promotions here
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6 months ago
eh it’s not a big deal tbh bcz its a massive brand with different areas
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6 months ago
1,000 promotions a year! Looks like this company is just handing out management positions like candy 🍬 just kidding
I used to work in a potentially toxic area but I'mm glad to be working here now as the environmentt here is really peaceful 🥳
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8 months ago
I've worked here, and this business truly is a family, and it always has been.
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8 months ago
We have a lot of fun as employees, and I think that's a major part of it, too.
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