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Golden Corral Overview

Headquarters Raleigh, NC
Size 5001 to 10000 Employees
Founded 1973
Type Company - Private
Industry Restaurants, Bars & Food Services
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
There are no limits to your potential, when you choose a career with Golden Corral.

At Golden Corral, our aim is simple: to be the first choice - for our guests, our employees, our franchisees and our shareholders.

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Mission: Making Pleasurable Dining Affordable

Golden Corral – Why Work For Us?


At Golden Corral, our aim is simple: to be the first choice - for our guests, our employees, our franchisees and our shareholders. 

Our goals are ambitious for sure, but so are our people. In fact, it's our people, along with our shared commitment to excellence and our beliefs, which have made us so successful. 

We operate nearly 500 restaurants, in more than 40 states. So, no matter where, or at what level you're seeking a career with an industry leader that will surround you with exceptional people, and all the tools you need to be your best - it's all here at Golden Corral. Join one of America's truly great restaurant companies now and the Best Buffet in the USA. 


Operating Partner Program - Franchise your own restaurant in only three years. 

UNCAPPED EARNING POTENTIAL - Our exceptional incentive program rewards the hard work and dedication of our managers — average total compensation for Operating Partners is over $100,000. Since there are NO LIMITS TO BONUSES, as the performance of the restaurant increases, so does your total compensation.

ACHIEVE YOUR DREAM OF OWNERSHIP - The success of each and every Golden Corral restaurant is a direct result of individuals who excel at providing our guests with an experience that exceeds their expectations and delivers on our mission of Making Pleasurable Dining Affordable®.  Your success is rewarded with this incredible entrepreneurial opportunity.

Company Beliefs
We build our business on service to others.
We treat customers as we would guests in our homes.
We strive to always provide value that is unequaled.
We value the diversity of our employees, franchisees, guests, and suppliers by demonstrating respect for the individual and providing meaningful work opportunities.
We foster the betterment of our people by promoting education, strong work ethics and investment in personal growth.
We promote good health, high personal integrity, the free enterprise system, good citizenship, and personal ownership.
We are proud of the total product we offer our customers, strive to be the best in class and we are relentlessly committed to insure the standards are met.
We never stop striving to improve.
We are honest in all that we do.
We remember to give thanks to God for the opportunities given to us.

Company Vision 
"To be the leader in the family restaurant segment by making pleasurable dining affordable for every guest, at every restaurant, every day."


The best is what we're all about. 
Maybe that’s why Golden Corral is consistently voted #1 in grill-buffet segment by Nation’s Restaurant News. Of course, that’s a direct tribute to the men and women who work here, pooling their resources and talents to create an affordable dining experience for families across America. 

Whether you're directly serving a customer or helping those who do, you'll find this is not your ordinary restaurant opportunity. Yes, we work hard, but there's a lot of fun and energy throughout all of our restaurants. Individuals who take great pride in a job well done and ensuring our guests receive only the best. 

So, we look for people with talent, commitment and passion to do what they do best — serve our guests or support those who do. And in return, we provide the recipe for a successful future.

At Golden Corral, we value the diversity of our employees, franchises, guests and suppliers by respecting the individual through communicating and providing a meaningful, inclusive environment where everyone has an equal opportunity to be successful and productive.

Looking back over the past 40 years of our Company's history, we are proud to say that we have the best concept, with the best operators who have led us to be best in class in everything we do. Our future at Golden Corral depends upon continuing to build our team with innovative, creative individuals who are as passionate about our business as we are.

Making diversity work at Golden Corral is an evolving process, one that challenges us all to be the very best. We must encourage and be supportive of one another. We must hold each other responsible for challenging our thoughts and behavior where it does not encourage the best in others. Achieving our vision for diversity is not something one person can do alone.  We must work hard, and we must work hard together. There are truly no limits to your potential with Golden Corral.

Management Benefits - We believe in providing benefits that recognize the contributions of our managers, and that add value to your life both at work and at home. At our company-operated restaurants, we proudly offer the following standard benefits:

Health & Wellness Benefits: Medical/Hospital Insurance, Prescription Drug Program (retail & mail-order), Dental Plan, Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance (company-paid)

  • Life Insurance:Company-paid (supplemental, portable insurance also available to purchase for additional coverage for employees & dependents
  • Retirement Benefits: Tax-deferred Golden Retirement Income Plan
  • Employee Assistance, Employee Education & Adoption Assistance Program
  • Vacation: 1-5 years of service = 2 weeks; 5-15 years = 3 weeks; 15+ years = 4 weeks paid vacation time

Management Compensation – One simple concept drives our approach. WE HIRE WINNERS. So, we believe it makes perfect sense to have compensation linked directly to winning performance. Total compensation for Golden Corral managers includes a base salary and industry-leading incentive bonuses. And, because we have NO CAPS ON BONUS EARNINGS, the potential rewards for a Golden Corral manager who cares about people, understands how to increase sales, and knows how to control costs, are absolutely unlimited!

Benefits and compensation offerings may vary among franchisees.

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    The best reasons to work at Golden Corral is because they are more like a family to there employees, they really strive to make the best work enviorment for the staff and income guest.


    Some of the down sides of working at Golden Corral is, not many guest coming in know you only make tips and most of the time that leads you with only 2.40 an hour and working all day and not always makeing tips makes you feel awful . I also noticed a lot of the managers and cooks don't care about how the bars or the food on them looks, which makes you as a server look bad .

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    My advice to mangament would be to hire better cooks who care about how the food looks and increase the pay for servers a lot of them live off of that only income.

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