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Red Lobster Overview

Orlando, FL
10000+ employees
Company - Private
Casual Restaurants
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
In 1968 we opened the doors of the first Red Lobster. Since then, Red Lobster has grown to be the largest seafood restaurant company in the world- and we are just getting started!

We have over 700 locations in North America, all corporate owned, including ... Read more

Mission: At Red Lobster, we deliver on our promise to provide the 'ultimate' seafood dining experience to our guests.

We are enabled by our values of Respect, Integrity, Genuine Caring, Hospitality, Teamwork, Excellence and Fun.

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  • For our team members, Red Lobster is more than just a job. We are a place where you can make lifelong connections with fellow team members and share all the benefits of working at Red Lobster with friends and family!

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Red Lobster – Why Work For Us?

Start Your Career Journey With Us

Whether you are eager to set sail for the first time or your career path is changing course, Red Lobster is a place where you can pursue your professional dreams. We offer Great People the opportunity to learn and grow all while having fun!

Why Join Our Team?

  • We are the best at what we do - After 49 years, we are the #1 Seafood Restaurant Company in the world with exceptional brand recognition and reputation.

  • We are an award-winning place to work - Red Lobster most recently won People Report's Heart of the Workplace award, which recognized our efforts on Great People metrics such as employee engagement and low turnover. Red Lobster was also named to the 2016 Forbes Magazine List of America's Best Employers, ranking 1st among all casual dining restaurant companies with more than 500 units!

  • We offer opportunities to grow and develop - Many of our Managers, General Managers and Directors of Operations started their careers as hourly team members. Team member roles include Host, Server Assistant, Server, Bartender, Line Cook, Prep Cook, and Dishwasher. As for management, we offer Assistant Restaurant Manager, Restaurant Manager, General Manager, and Director of Operations. At Red Lobster, we hire the best so that we can develop and promote the best. Last year, 55% of our internal team members moved into management and over 90% of General Managers stemmed from promotions too!

  • We believe diversity is the secret ingredient- Differences in backgrounds make Red Lobster a great place to work and dine. According to the People Report, Red Lobster has the highest percentage of female representation in restaurant management in casual dining.

  • We live our values - Doing the R.I.G.H.T. (Respect, Integrity, Genuine Caring, Hospitality, Teamwork) things while demonstrating Excellence and having Fun!

Explore our career site to learn more about what we have to offer!

Team Member Opportunities

Restaurant Management Opportunities

Restaurant Support Center (Corporate) Opportunities

Train with the Best in the Business.

Red Lobster has been succesful for 49 years in part due to the exceptional experience, from food to service, that our guests receive. In order to deliver on our guest promise, our teams have to be trained and commited to upholding our standards. On day-one, you will be warmly welcomed by your team, attend orientation, and begin learning about your role. From partnering with a Certified Trainer in your restaurant to engaging with e-learning modules, we will make sure that you are set up for success in your role!

For Restaurant and General Managers, we offer an industry-leading management training program. You will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to be a leader for the largest and most-recognized seafood chain.

Our 11-week program is a diverse learning experience filled with hands-on activities, online modules, and enlightening projects designed to educate and engage you. Your in-restaurant foundation will be complemented with a 3-day class – hosted at the Restaurant Support Center in Orlando, FL – focused on sharpening your leadership effectiveness. Upon completion of the program, your personal development continues with ongoing training and certification programs to keep you at the top of your game!


At Red Lobster, we take pride in rewarding our teams with benefits, a healthy work-life balance, robust training, and career advancement opportunities.

Get Benefits Worth Bragging About.                                                           

  • Competitive pay                                                                                                    
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Dining discounts
  • Insurance for full-time team members
  • Paid vacation for full-time team member                                                                                     
  • 401K retirement savings plan
  • Student loan support      

Enjoy Work-Life Balance.

Quality of life is very important to us. Balancing your schedule is key, so we offer the ease of monitoring your schedule from your mobile device or PC through HotSchedules. We also have operating hours between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., which is shorter than many other restaurants!

Be Part of a Team and Have Fun.

You find coworkers at any job, but at Red Lobster the people you work with are so much more than that—they’re your family and friends. From helping each other out and celebrating special occasions at work, to volunteering and exploring the great outdoors as a team, the fun never stops at Red Lobster!


The heart and soul of Red Lobster is our Great People. We take pride in demonstrating our Core Values in our restaurants and in our communities. Our people are dedicated and passionate about delivering our promise - the ultimate seafood dining experience – to guests on every visit. By bringing our Core Values to life for our guests and our team members, we achieve Great Results. We are a company that does the RIGHT things while demonstrating EXCELLENCE and having FUN!


RESPECT - Treat others with dignity; recognize everyone's contributions; embrace diversity.

INTEGRITY - Be open and honest with ourselves and others; always do the right thing.

GENUINE CARING - Listen and seek to understand; see to the well-being of others.

HOSPITALITY - Make every guest feel welcome and special; anticipate their needs.

TEAMWORK - Help each other learn, grow and accomplish more than we could on our own.

EXCELLENCE - Seek to be the best in all we do

FUN - Brighten the day for our guests and teammates and celebrate each other's accomplishments


There's no better time than now to join the team at Red Lobster. Start your ultimate career experience with us!


If you’re ready for the ultimate career experience, apply for a position at Red Lobster today! We are always looking for Great People who are smart, driven, and have a passion for hospitality.

Click on the following links to search for a job near you!

Team Member Opportunities

Restaurant Management Opportunities

Restaurant Support Center (Corporate) Opportunities

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On our Red Lobster Careers Facebook page, you can sign up for job alerts, learn about company news, and find out what it’s really like to work at Red Lobster!

Red Lobster Reviews

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Red Lobster CEO Kim Lopdrup
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    "Awesome work culture"

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    Former Employee - Server in Jefferson City, MO
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    I worked at Red Lobster full-time (More than a year)


    Great hours, management, and flexibility, learning


    None this was a great company to work for

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Red Lobster Photos

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Red Lobster Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
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    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Red Lobster (Flagstaff, AZ) in April 2016.


    First interview is with the Talent Specialist and then a final interview is with the Regional Director. I met with the Talent Specialist on campus who asked to fill out the assessment online with the application. Then a phone or in person interview with the Talent Specialist first then the final interview is with the Regional Director.

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    • Why do you want to work for Red Lobster?   4 Answers
    • What talents will you bring to the table to make Red Lobster better?   2 Answers
    • Where do you see yourself in 15-20 years?   2 Answers
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Red Lobster Awards & Accolades

  • America’s Best Employers, Forbes Magazine, 2015
  • Canada's Best Employers,, 2016
  • Coolest Office Spaces, Orlando Business Journal, 2016
  • America's Best Employers, Forbes List, 2016
  • Menu Masters, NRN Menu Masters Award, 2012
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