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RESTAURANT ASSOCIATES: A CULTURE OF CARE Innovators in culinary, hospitality, and well-being for over 75 years. At R/A, food is inspiration. Since the 1940's, we've delivered culinary excellence and unparalleled hospitality to some of the most ...
Mission: Restaurant Associates: A Culture of Care Our Hospitality Vision CARE is RA's hospitality vision. When we CARE, we Connect, Anticipate, Respect and Exceed. We believe in consistently delivering an unparalleled culinary and hospitality experience for each other, our guests and ...
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Restaurant Associates CEO Ed Brown
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    Current Employee, more than 10 years
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    My Background At the age of 18, I stepped into my first role with R/A, envisioning it as a flexible part-time catering gig while I finished school. Little did I know then, this was the start of my career. For over a year, I juggled full-time school with shifts at a high-end restaurant as the garde manger and working events as a catering chef for R/A. Eventually, I reached a juncture where I had to make a choice. With little hesitation, I committed to R/A. As I put pen to paper (yes it was paper back then), the executive chef remarked, "you now bleed green” (R/A’s color). And being a Philadelphia Eagles fan, I responded, “yes, obviously” (...but I digress)! The chef had a point; once you join R/A, you rarely find a reason to leave (and if you do, you usually find your way back). Life is full of moments we might regret, but I often reflect on those pivotal decisions and cherish the times when I made the right choice. And now, here I stand, raising a toast to twenty years! My Review Commitment to Diversity. R/A started putting more effort into this a few years ago, but recently made the biggest change by promoting a VP of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging. They also created a People Matter program with a focus on improving employee experience & a Retention Committee focused on attracting and retaining new talent. While there is still room for improvement here, the conversations are happening, and the efforts are being made to make impactful change in the coming years. Commitment to Support & Empowerment. From my experience, I think this is where we shine. R/A & Compass Group have put a lot of focus into its support systems as the company continues to rapidly grow with support from all directions … HR, Culinary, Finance, Safety, Marketing & Creative or even Peer to Peer. (You’re not allowed to name names on Glassdoor, but you know who you are.) If you need a tool, there is probably someone that can point you in the right direction and then empower you to take ownership of whatever the situation may be. The biggest challenge is not that the tool doesn’t exist, you just need to know where to look. There is no shortage of growth opportunities right now, so hard-working creative people who think a little outside the box, please apply!


    R/A is a corporation. There are guidelines to follow and sometimes a little too much red tape to get things done, but overall if you’re going to work for a corporation in food service, it’s about as good as it gets in my opinion. There are still enough people in leadership that care about people & the human aspect of it all.

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    1. Cafe Barista Interview

      Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
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      I applied online. I interviewed at Restaurant Associates (Seattle, WA) in Nov 2023


      Phone interview was easygoing and just feeling out my skill and personality. Called back and offered me the job almost immediately following the interview. They told me I would be a great fit and asked when I could start.

      Several coffee recipes including affogato

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    Restaurant Associates Awards & Accolades

    • New York Times 100 best Restaurants in NYC : Number 1 Restaurant - Tatiana by Kwame OnwuachiNew York Times2023
    • OpenTable Best Romantic Restaurants 2023 - 1906 at Longwood GardensOpenTable2023
    • The 2021 Customized Employment AwardVictor Calise, Commissioner for MOPD, greeted and gave thanks to these employers for their positive impact on the lives of New Yorkers with disabilities2021
    • Glassdoor Employees Choice Award Best Places to Work 2021Glassdoor2021

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