Noodles & Company – Why Work For Us?

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The story begins in 1993 when serving fresh food fast was virtually unheard of. In fact, the term "fast casual" didn't even exist. The only option for busy people and families on the go was the fast food drive thru window. Not exactly a healthy or wholesome option. Our founder Aaron Kennedy was living in New York City at the time and asked the question, "Why not?" Why couldn't a restaurant bridge the gap and offer convenience and fresh, flavorful food. Radical thinking, right?
 
Being in one of the restaurant capitals of the world, Aaron also saw a lot of niche restaurants-Italian, American, Chinese-but that required everyone to be in the mood for the same thing. So he asked himself another question, "Why not offer all of these great flavors under one roof?" But there was something missing. There had to be an anchor, something that would tie the concept together. Enter the noodle. Noodles and pasta are part of almost every cuisine-from Pad Thai in Thailand to Lo Mein in China to Mac & Cheese in Wisconsin. So why not put the world's best loved noodle and pasta dishes on one menu and serve them fast and fresh?
 
Fast forward to 1995 and that's what he did. What started as a single restaurant in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver, Colorado has now grown to hundreds of restaurants nationwide. And along the way we've expanded the "& Company" part of the menu by adding soups, salads and sandwiches.

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Noodles & Company is honored to have been the recipient of several business and industry awards including:

  • Parents magazine, Parents 10 Best Restaurant Chains, 2011
  • Nation's Restaurant News, Golden Chain Winner, 2010
  • Ernst & Young, Rocky Mountain Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner, Kevin Reddy, 2010
  • Nation's Restaurant News, Second 100: Top 5 Chains in Sales and Growth
  • Nation's Restaurant News, Top 10 Who to Watch Executive, Kevin Reddy, 2010
  • Inc. magazine, Inc. 5000, recognizing America's fastest-growing private companies, 2010/2009/2008/2007
  • Restaurant Business magazine, Entrepreneur of the Year, Kevin Reddy, 2009
  • Parents magazine, Top Family Friendly Restaurants, 2009
  • Denver Business Journal, CFO of the Year, Large Private Companies, Keith Kinsey, 2009
  • Health magazine, America's Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants, 2009/2008
  • ColoradoBiz magazine, Top Company of the Year Award, Travel/Hospitality, 2008
  • ColoradoBiz magazine, CEO of the Year Finalist, Kevin Reddy, 2008
  • Association for Corporate Growth, Emerging Company Award, 2007

WHAT'S IT LIKE TO WORK AT NOODLES?

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AN OBJECT IN MOTION STAYS IN MOTION

Every career should have a way forward. An opportunity to hone the skills you have, while at the same time learning new ones. We've built a company on that premise - and redefined restaurant dining in the process. At Noodles & Company we look for people who have a passion for restaurants and a mind for business. And we've created a supportive environment that challenges and rewards those who share our vision.

If you are motivated, we're behind you all the way. We always look to mentor, train and prepare Noodles team members for their next opportunity. So if you're into forward momentum, check out our opportunities. We look forward to meeting you.

WHY I LOVE WORKING HERE.

We take our Noodles very seriously...but not always ourselves.

 In Our Own Words...  

 

MY STORY

Emily, 2010, Marketing Manager

My love of Noodles & Company started about six years ago when I was an eClub member. I entered a contest they were running...and won a gift card! As a marketing person, I thought that was pretty cool. Not only did it get me into the restaurant to try new dishes, it turned me into a loyal Noodles fan.

Dave, 2004, Chief Financial Officer

I started at Noodles & Company during a time when we were a small and nimble company. We were all working really hard to build a brand and a business. We had about 75 restaurants then (compared to over 300 today) and everyone pitched in to do whatever it took to get things done.

Lauren, 2008, General Manager

Ever hear the story about someone who started their career as a dishwasher and worked their way to the top? Well I'm one of those people. 

In 2008 I started at Noodles & Company as a dishwasher. Nine months later, after having been trained on everything from how to work the sauté station to being a Noodles Ambassador, Read more...

THE WAY UP

Great leaders are made, not born.
Every individual brings a unique set of skills, talent and experience to their role at Noodles & Company. Our job is to respect, nurture, coach and support them —developing them to take their careers as far as they want. 

From the moment you walk through our doors, we'll guide you through on-the-job training and self-paced programs focused on helping you reach your goals. We'll also work with you in creating your own career growth plan, kind of like a road map. It's something we call "The Journey". 

There are no promises. It's your responsibility to bring energy, dedication andcommitment to your current role…while striving to learn all you can for your next. 

Noodles & Company team members take many paths… what will yours be? 


WE'RE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

We're growing fast - over 300 locations and counting!
Chances are, if we're not already in your neighborhood, we'll be there soon.

NOODLES PERKS - RESTAURANT

General Managers and Assistant General Managers receive 10 paid time off (PTO) days per year for their first five years of service and Shift Managers receive two. We also recognize four paid holidays throughout the year. As an added bonus, employees receive five "Health Days" at the beginning of each year to be used as you wish. After 10 years of consecutive employment at Noodles & Company, employees are granted their 10th anniversary leave and receive 20 consecutive paid days off.

 
 
 
 

Our Balance Bucks program provides reimbursement toward expenses related to improving health and fitness.

 

 

 

 

 

Noodles & Company employees are offered a discount on food items while both on and off-duty.

 

 

 

 

 

Every year, we award ten $3,000 scholarships to deserving employees and/or employee's children.

 

 

 

 

 

Noodles & Company offers a full benefits package to salaried employees including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), life insurance and more.

 

 

 

 

 

NOODLES PERKS - CENTRAL SUPPORT OFFICE & FIELD SUPPORT

Noodles & Company employees receive 10 paid time off (PTO) days per year for their first five years of service. We also recognize eight paid holidays throughout the year. As an added bonus, employees receive five "Health Days" at the beginning of each year to be used as they wish. And after 10 years of consecutive employment at Noodles & Company, employees are granted their 10th anniversary leave and receive 20 consecutive paid days off.

 

 

 

For employees dedicated to improving their health and fitness outside of work, Noodles & Company offers a Balance Bucks program that provides reimbursement toward related expenses. Employees can also enjoy yoga classes, try out a cruiser bike and schedule a massage – all right at the Central Support Office.

 

 

 

 

Enjoy generous discounts through our gift card program, our very own soda machine and complimentary food tastings when new items are added to the menu.

 

 

 

 

 

We encourage professional development and provide opportunities to attend conferences and skills seminars. In addition, we award ten $3,000 scholarships to deserving employees and/or employee's children every year.

 

 

 

 

Noodles & Company offers a full benefits package to salaried employees including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), life insurance and more.

 

 

 

 

 

Noodles & Company's Central Support Office is located at the foot of the Flatirons surrounded by beautiful mountain views. Ours is a pretty unique, casual office environment where we creativity is encouraged, laughter expected and collaboration promoted. And if you have a four-legged furry friend (the kind that barks), feel free to bring 'em on in. We even offer the opportunity to get pet insurance should you choose.

 

 

 

We keep busy here. And we're not just talking work. From Lunch & Learns, to complimentary yoga, an onsite masseuse, birthday celebrations, homemade breakfasts, special outings like mini golf, the Summer Picnic, Holiday Party, ice cream truck and more…we have a lot of fun too.

 

Noodles & Company Reviews

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    The best place to work for a first or part time job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ambassador/Cook
    Current Employee - Ambassador/Cook

    I have been working at Noodles & Company part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - As a company noodles is all about getting inexperienced people a chance to start building their skills. You will learn, money handling, customer service, organizational skills, computer skills, cooling skills, which is all perfect for a future resume.

    -yearly raises for employees who have been there at least 8 months and have shown they are hard workers.

    -%70 discount and free drinks and if you
    Close free Rice Krispies

    -friendly co workers and guests haven't been too
    Intolerable.

    Cons

    - short staffed a lot of the time especially on weekends(Friday-Sunday)

    -shift managers seem to get mad at me when I have criticism for my co workers who aren't pulling their weight around the store. I work hard and when someone doesn't do the same and I say something I am the bad guy. It's just poor management.

    - closing shifts can feel rushed and uncomfortable at times since time is SO IMPORTANT! To management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -if employees who have shown they are hard workers don't give them .10-.20 raises give them .30-.50 cent raises to make them work even better and harder.

    - stop worrying about labor when it's closing time if you expect everything to be done right I shouldn't have to be rushed every night to get my closing duties done.

    -be more open to hiring more staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Noodles & Company Interviews

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Updated Oct 10, 2014

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    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Noodles & Company.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and received a call from the general manager within the week to come in for an interview. For the interview, the GM said I would first be interviewed by the Assistant Manager and if he thought I was a good candidate I would then sit with her. Both interviews involved pretty much the same questions just worded differently. After they spoke for a few minutes, the GM came back and offered me a position as a Team Member with the potential to move up to Shift Manager if I showed the drive to learn and run all of the stations.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do to make a guest happy if they were unsatisfied?
      Would you give free food to keep a customer happy?
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Noodles & Company Awards & Accolades

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Top 10 to Watch Executive, Nation's Restaurant News, 2011
Top Family Friendly Restaurants, Parents Magazine, 2011
Golden Chain Winner, Nations' Restaurant News, 2010
Rocky Mountain Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernst & Young, 2010
Second 100: Top 5 Chains in Sales and Growth, Nation's Restaurant News, 2010
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Additional Info

Website www.noodles.com
Headquarters Broomfield, CO
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1995
Type Company - Public (NDLS)
Industry Restaurants, Bars & Food Services
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Competitors Chipotle, Panera Bread

We were born out of the love for the world's favorite noodles dishes and a desire to share our favorites, right in your neighborhood. It's where a bowl of Pesto Cavatappi or Japanese Pan Noodles rests comfortably next to Wisconsin Mac & Cheese. Where soups, salads and sandwiches feel at home too. A place where each dish is cooked to order using the freshest ingredients customized to meet any taste. Welcome.

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