History of Red Lobster

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. When they first began the restaurant they dubbed it “Harbor for Seafood Lovers” and the first restaurant was located in Lakeland, Florida. They soon expanded throughout the Southeast becoming well known for their delicious seafood’s and steaks until General Mills acquired the restaurant dubbing it “Red Lobster.”  Soon they had acquired Olive Garden and other sister chains which all became a part of Darden Restaurants.

Red Lobster has locations throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan. The restaurant had a problem of offering promotions and going overboard in what they thought would be ordered. This cost money that would cost the replacement of some of the heads and some of the restaurants would end up having to close because of the financial loss.


Hours of Operation:  hours may vary per location

Minimum Age to Work Here:  18 years old

Positions Available:  Host, Hostess, Waiter, Waitress, Bus Person, Bartender, Dishwasher, Line Cook, Prep Cook, Alley Coordinator, Assembler, Backup Associate, Baker, Production Team Member, Utility Team Member, Beverage and Hospitality Manager, Culinary Manager, Service Manager, Kitchen Manager, Assistant Manager, Restaurant Manager, Business Analyst, Financial Analyst, Pricing Coordinator, Facilities Manager, Maintenance Technician, Human Resources Associate, Business Process Analyst, Sustainability Manager, Workforce Reporting and Analytics Manager, Internal Communications Manager, Project Leader, Commodity Analyst

Background Check Required?  Yes

Negotiation:  There is no room for negotiation since the hourly rate is set.


Job description/Average wage

Server: The server is the one who takes the customer’s order, places it with the cooking staff, and then returns with the orders to the customer. They also must take orders for drinks making sure if alcoholic beverages are being served that they check the Id of the person who is placing the order. The reason being that the bartender cannot see everyone who orders alcohol therefore they rely on the server to make sure no minor child is served. The server must serve the salads and appetizers before the meal is served. They must also present the customer with the bill and usually they take the customers money, credit card or debit card to the cashier who in turn process’s the account returning everything to the server to be returned to the customer.   The average wage of the server is $19,621 annually.

Hostess: The hostess greets the customers when they arrive, takes their name and then proceeds to seat the customers. They must make sure that they rotate customers so that one server is not over burden with customers while another server maybe standing around with empty tables. The hostess presents the customer with their menu’s and may make suggestions to any specials that are being offered for the evening. The average wage for the hostess is $8.58 an hour.

Line Cook: The line cook is responsible for preparing certain foods along the line of many foods for instance they may be the one who makes the baked potatoes, French fries, or perhaps they are doing the steaks. The line cook is responsible for whatever food assigned for them to prepare must make sure that it is prepared in accordance with customer requirements or requirements of the restaurant. The average wage for a line cook is $10.83 an hour.

Benefits

  • Health care
  • Life Insurance
  • Vacation pay
  • Holiday compensation

Atmosphere and Perks

Red Lobster is a great place to start your career. The workplace is assured to be filled with fun with a lot of room for career advancement and professional growth. This is an equal opportunity employer who offers competitive salary, paid quality training, and flexible work hours for those who are in the entry level positions. If you become a qualified employee, you will receive extensive perks like future financial planning, health and wellness benefits and many more.

Interview Questions

Why did you apply in this company?

Why should the company hire you?

Can you describe your favorite restaurant?

Do you get any perks such as free food or meals?

How do you handle difficult customers? What will you do if there are complaints from the customers?

Can you work late nights or weekends?

What will you do if you have conflict with your manager?

What are your skills that will serve as one of the assets for the company?

What do you think are your strengths and weaknesses?

What is quality customer service?

Interview Tips

The screening process of the company is indeed tough. However if you are really qualified for the job you have applied for, you will be called for interview aside from the personality tests and other screening prerequisites. When you are called for an interview, make sure you are well dressed which somehow show that indeed you can handle the task well. The interview questions usually revolve but your previous experiences, questions to gauge your personality and your ability to deal with people and your skills relevant to the position.

How to apply

You may apply for these positions and many others by visiting their website at:  http://www.redlobster.com/employment

Please feel free to go to your local Red Lobster restaurant and apply in person.

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