Smashburger – Why Work For Us?




 In 2007 we opened the first Smashburger with one simple notion in mind: despite the overwhelming number of restaurants serving burgers, Americans were starving for something better. And we could deliver. Our vision is to connect with America’s passion for its favorite food on a local level and in a space where “Smashed Fresh, Served Delicious” means dedication to crafting the best-tasting burger around. Our smashed burgers are always made-to-order, never frozen, smashed and seared to perfection on our grill. Our menu is also kid-friendly, vegetarian-approved and topped off with frosty milkshakes.

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Smashing is Better

Our mission is to put burgers back into people‘s lives. We want to change the way people think about burgers and the way they feel when they have a burger. We want Smashburger to be an every occasion burger restaurant that people can call their own.

300 Restaurants - 32 States - 5 Countries

Founded in 2007 in Denver, CO with the vision and funding of Rick Schaden and innovative food philosophy of Tom Ryan

"We believe that choosing Smashburger means choosing happiness - you are one bite away from believing it too"



At Smashburger we believe burgers done right make people happy. We also believe you should have a bold, remarkable, memorable career in life. When you join Smashburger, you become part of a team that lives by honesty, integrity, and team work. Our team members have a passion for serving the best-tasting burger around. We also believe that with the right energy and enthusiasm all team members have the potential to grow their career at Smashburger. 


Once individuals choose to join us they have the option to grow through our internal development program, “TRiP”. TRiP reflects our core leadership competencies of Thought, Results, Influence, and Personal Leadership. TRiP guides Smashburger internal leaders in learning and practicing those key leadership competencies. It’s designed to help you explore and develop these leadership skills while also learning Smashburger procedures, standards and routines.

Do well do good: Serving people and communities is in our DNA


You love Smashburger and we love you back! Getting involved in the places we call home is just one way we’re able to show it. Last year our corporate office volunteered nearly 1,000 hours and raised more than $8,000 to give to six different local charities. Like striving to craft the best burger, we try to put the same amount of care into where we live and work.



Our team committed over 250 volunteer hours in 2014 to work with Food For Thought, whose mission is to end hunger for local children. Once a month during the past school year, groups from Smashburger gathered to pack 900 power snacks, which were delivered to 4 different Colorado elementary schools. Learn more about the amazing work being done by the great folks at Food For Thought.



We’re partial to burgers, but around the holidays everyone’s talking turkey. Each year the Denver Rescue Mission rounds up thousands of turkeys for nonprofit organizations, homes in need, and to help provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal for the homeless. Last year we raised more than $4,300 to donate 308 turkeys. With your help, we’ll Smash those numbers this year! Find out how to get involved at the Denver Rescue Mission.



The Boys & Girls Club focuses on giving youth a safe place where they can learn and develop into caring, responsible young adults. Last year we held our first annual all-company day of service in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club and created several field and art activities for the kids’ field day.

Smashburger also partnered with the charity for a holiday gift drive to help local youth celebrate the holiday season. With the aid of a wish list from the kids, our volunteers raised $2,500 and went on a shopping bonanza for gifts. Stay up to date with what’s happening at The Boys & Girls Club.


The Rocky Mountain Childhood Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization that assists families who are dealing with the unexpected, and at time overwhelming, emotional and financial stresses of childhood cancers. Smashburger competes in the RMCCF’s annual golf tournament to raise funds to ease the financial burdens felt by impacted families who are fighting their child’s illness. Learn more about the incredible work being done at RMCCF.


#6 "America's Most Promising Companies" - Forbes


"25 Innovative Consumer and Retail Brands for 2015"Forbes


"MenuMaster Award: Organic Arugula Truffle Mushroom & Swiss" - 2015 Nation's Restaurant News


#1 “Top Mover & Shakers” and "Top 50 Brands of the Year" - Fast Casual


“America’s Fastest Growing Companies” - Inc.500


#2 “2014 Fast & Serious” list of smartest-growing brands - Franchise Times

Livin' the Burger Dream


"The best part about Smashburger is wearing the logo in public and people coming up to tell you how great your burgers are and which location is their favorite. Our on going leadership development at all levels sets us up for success and helps us develop hourly team members into productive and effective leaders. Smashburger prepares for future leadership better than anyone in the industry."

Aaron Johnson started his career at Smashburger as a Restaurant Manager and is now a Regional Director of Operations  


"Smashburger is committed to serving high quality food, creating a fun work environment, and providing opportunities for growth. I enjoy working here because it’s a fresh and affordable concept, there's a great work-life balance, and my team is incredibly talented. I look forward to playing a role in the development of the brand as it continues to expand."

Darryle Jones, Restaurant Manager


"When I started with Smashburger I had no idea the sky was the limit. Smashburger is truly a company where your hard work pays off. They spend time and money in your development and put their guests first."

Holly Kammeyer, Area General Manager

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    The pros about working at Smashburger, is that the company is growing so fast and rapidly, the sky is the limit. I am a extremely hard and dedicated worker, and that has been recognized and rewarded here. I have literally made my way up the ladder, starting as a cashier, then cook, shift leader, assistant manager, and now I am a general manager with this company. There are also a lot of other employees in my market that have been internally promoted with success.


    One of the biggest cons, is the employee pool that this company attracts, although it is a "fast casual" concept, it is not the same as "fast food", therefore harder work is required, and a lot of employees do not grasp that. Another con is that this company is fairly new, so there are a lot of changes, and different tests for different markets, so there is always something we are trying to master, or sudden changes to previous things already learned.

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    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Smashburger (Camarillo, CA).


    Very easy. Just asked to get an application and to talk to the general manager. There really wasnt much to do im just writing more because glassdoor has a 50 word minimum

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    • Why i wanted to work there? And what my hrs would be like? And if i was going to school?   1 Answer

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Additional Info

Headquarters Denver, CO
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 2007
Type Company - Private
Industry Restaurants, Bars & Food Services

Smashburger is a leading fast casual “better burger” restaurant with more than 272 corporate and franchise restaurants operating in 30 states and in four international countries. The company began in 2007 with the vision of Rick Schaden and funding by Consumer Capital Partners—the private equity firm that he and his father Richard own. By offering fresh, premium “smashed to order” burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, signature side items and hand-spun Häagen-Dazs shakes, Smashburger has modernized the way people think about burgers. Known for localizing its menu with ... More

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