What Makes Us Special?
There’s a reason that we’ve been in business for over 65 years: team members who are passionate about delivering a fantastic experience for every guest, every day. We recognize that our team members make us who we are, so we strive to support them and their communities in any way we can.
Below are some of the ways that we stand out from the crowd. Click on any topic for more information.
Everyone is unique and every job demands different skills. That’s why you won’t find a one-size-fits-all training program at Eat’n Park. Our training programs are customized to meet our team members’ needs as they advance through our organization. Whether you are an hourly or a salaried team member, your training is individualized based on your education and work experience. We offer over 30 different classes, including but not limited to:
- First Aid/CPR/AED
- Valuing Diversity
- Interviewing Skills
- Time Management
We believe that we offer a quality of training that is above the crowd. Training Magazine thought so too! In 2008, they ranked us among the country’s Top 125 training companies.
At Eat’n Park, we pride ourselves on taking care of our team members. In fact, in 2010, the American Business Ethics Award Program (ABEA) recognized Eat’n Park as a national award winner for our commitment to our team members and our local communities.
Depending on your role at Eat'n Park, you may be eligible for benefits such as:
- Scholarships and Tuition Reimbursement
- Paid Vacation
- Flexible Scheduling
- 401K Plan
- Health/Life/Dental Insurance
- Vision Insurance
- Volunteer & Community Activity Programs
- Meal Discounts at Eat'n Park and Six Penn Kitchen
- Extensive Training Opportunities
- One weekend off per month for restaurant managers
We are a leader in the family dining industry when it comes to sustainability. Company-wide programs aim to reduce our environmental impact through lowered energy usage, decreased waste, and local sourcing.
In fact, the introduction of our FarmSource program in 2002 pioneered the creation of the infrastructure needed to get local products into the hands of our suppliers and onto the plates of our guests. Through FarmSource, we offer fresh fruits, produce, meats, and dairy products that are produced within a 150-mile radius of our restaurants.
Jamie Moore (left), our Director of Sourcing and Sustainability, visits Ben Wiers (right) of Wiers Farm in Willard, OH. Wiers supplies Eat’n Park Restaurants with radishes, zucchini, and other locally grown produce.
Inside our restaurants, small steps have a big impact. 100% of our trans-fat-free fryer oil is recycled into bio-diesel fuel. We’ve eliminated placemats in our restaurants to preserve trees and reduce landfill space. We use recycled raw materials during restaurant construction and remodeling. And in 2010, we made our biggest move yet: We opened the first LEED-built restaurant in the city of Pittsburgh. This Eat’n Park location is packed to the gills with features that improve our energy efficiency and reduce our environmental footprint. The restaurant even generates some of its own power through a 40-foot wind turbine on the roof. Interested? Read more about this innovative restaurant here.
Community involvement is woven into the fabric of the Eat’n Park culture. We're more than just a business; we're a neighbor. And as a neighbor, we're dedicated to doing our best to make the communities we serve as strong and vital as possible. Every year, we donate five percent of our pre-tax earnings to local charitable organizations. Working with community partners, we’re able to leverage our resources to raise funds for important causes. Perhaps our best-known program is our annual Caring for Kids campaign, which has raised nearly $10 million for local children’s hospitals over the past 30+ years.
In fact, in 2011, we received the national Restaurant Neighbor Award from the National Restaurant Association for our fundraising efforts through Caring for Kids. Our team members have poured their hearts into this campaign, and to be selected from all of the restaurants in the country was truly an honor.
For more information on how we get involved with our communities, click here.
We don’t just make financial donations; sometimes, the gift of time is even more powerful. Our team members annually donate more than 40,000 hours of their time to causes close their hearts. We support these team members in their efforts with a company-wide volunteer program that enables team members to make time for this important work, and recognizes them for their service. Thanks to the dedication of our team members, our volunteer program has been recognized by the national Points of Light Foundation, and we’ve been a recipient of the Corporate Partner of the Year award from Pittsburgh Cares.
Every year, we also like to recognize team members who have gone above and beyond in their community by presenting our Volunteer of the Year award. From over 1,000 dedicated volunteers, we pick one winner who receives a donation on behalf of the company towards the charity of their choice.
2015 Volunteer of the Year finalists: Laina Montagna, Linda Mayou, Mary Vallorani, Sarah Heisey, Kayla Frattini, Denny Schlott, Tim Howland (Winner), and Linda Stibora.
Throughout the last six decades, Eat’n Park’s core values have driven our growth: provide great dining experiences, great food, and great prices for every single guest while being a good neighbor in the communities we serve. We feel a great commitment to our guests and to upholding our core values. This led us to develop a community outreach program called LifeSmilesSM that benefits the health and wellness of our youngest guests: children. By 2015, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group will have invested $1 million and 20,000 volunteer hours focused on creating a healthier future for kids and their families.
This program is aligned with the four pillars of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to decrease childhood obesity. These pillars serve as a roadmap for LifeSmiles to ensure that Eat’n Park is supporting the neighborhoods, children and families we serve in order to make a difference:
I. Empowering Parents and Caregivers With Healthy Choices
II. Providing Healthy Food in Schools Through Impactful Partnerships
III. Improving Access to Healthy, Affordable Foods in our Local, Under-Served Communities
IV. Increasing Physical Activity by Supporting Neighborhood Walks, Runs and Events
We are constantly striving to exceed our guests' and team members' expectations. Click here to check out just some of our awards.