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Being an Olive Garden Manager is a great opportunity to expand your management skill set and grow your leadership potential. We offer an extensive amount of training for our managers, with programs that are widely regarded as the best in the industry.


Manager-in-Training (MIT) Program

  • As a Manager-in-Training, you’ll participate in an extensive, 12-week training program. During the first phase of the program you’ll receive an 8-week concentrated overview of each employee and manager position. In the second phase you will travel to the Darden Restaurant Support Center in Orlando, Florida for four days of additional specialized training. When you return from Orlando, you will begin the final phase of focused training as a Culinary, Staffing & Training or Service Manager. You will be assigned a coaching manager that will act as a mentor for the remaining three weeks of your training. During this period you will experience, hands-on, day-to-day operations in managing the department that you will be responsible for leading upon graduating from the MIT program.

Ongoing Training

  • Based on Olive Garden principles, all Managers and General Managers will participate in on-going training opportunities to sharpen and advance their skills throughout the year.

Leadership Assessment and Development

  • At Olive Garden, Managers set their own pace for development to prepare for a promotion. Before promotion to General Manager, our Managers are invited to participate in a program that gives them an opportunity to showcase their talents. Our goal is to help you become successful as a Manager and as a General Manager.