Sodexo – Why Work For Us?


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​​Why choose Sodexo?

Sodexo was founded by Pierre Bellon in 1966 in Marseilles, France and is today the world leader in Quality of Life Services. The company operates in 80 countries with 420,000 employees who share the same passion for service. Sodexo is the 20th largest employer worldwide, the 7th largest European employer.

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Sodexo is not only a growth company, it is also a people-oriented company that places quality of life of its 75 million consumers at the center of its mission. Join our teams and experience their passion and the unique Sodexo spirit!

Sodexo’s client value proposition is based on the conviction that quality of life contributes to the progress of individuals and the performance of organizations. Naturally, this conviction starts at home with our own employees: we strive in everything we do to improve the quality of life of our employees wherever they are, whatever they do.

Shared values

Our profession: serving others. Every day, 95% of our employees are in direct contact with our clients and consumers and we are proud of our 95% client retention rate. Achieving this success requires a strong value system: service spirit, team spirit and spirit of progress; and ethical principles: loyalty, respect for people, transparency and business integrity.

More than 95% of our 420,000 employees work on our sites, in daily contact with our clients and consumers. Our employees, who through their commitment and dedication personify Sodexo’s unique values of Service Spirit, Team Spirit and Spirit of Progress, are our greatest asset.

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​​​​​​​Service Spirit

Clients and consumers are at the center of everything we do.

To serve them well on a daily basis, we have to demonstrate our availability and responsiveness, to anticipate their expectations and to take pride in satisfying them.

Sodexo has become a global company but we remain locally-focused; our managers in the field are true entrepreneurs, close to their clients and empowered to make decisions.​​​​​

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​​​​​​Team Spirit

It is an absolute need in all of our operations, our business units and administrative offices, as well as in our management committees.

Each person’s skills combine with other team members’ knowledge to help ensure Sodexo’s success.

Teamwork depends on the following: listening, transparency, respect for others, diversity, solidarity in implementing major decisions, respect for rules and mutual support, particularly in difficult times. ​​​​

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Spirit of Progress

It is manifested through:

  • Our will, but also the firm belief that one can always improve on the present situation.
    Acceptance of evaluation and comparison of one’s performance, with one’s colleagues in the company or with one’s competitors.

​​Self-assessment, because understanding one’s successes as well as one’s failures is fundamental to continuous improvement.

A balance between ambition and humility.

Optimism, the belief that for every problem there is a solution, an innovation or some way to progress.​​

Diversity of jobs

With activities across 80 countries, with more than 150 families of jobs in very diverse environments, Sodexo offers a vast array of opportunities.

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Strong professional experience

Working with Sodexo is the opportunity to work in a fulfilling and stable environment. Our company is recognized throughout the world as a symbol of professionalism and dedication.

Our Employee Value Proposition

To ensure the quality and the consistency of employee experiences at Sodexo, we have developed the Sodexo Employee Value Proposition. This proposition details the 5 key moments every employee will experience during his or her professional life at Sodexo.

We draw our performance from the diverse mosaic of our talents. We consider the fostering of diversity and inclusion not only as a moral imperative but also as a business necessity. Through partnerships, awareness programs and actions such as mentoring, sponsorship and networks, we promote a culture that embraces differences and celebrates unique talents.

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Our areas of focus

Our commitment covers all dimensions of diversity, visible or non-visible:

  • gender

  • race, ethnicity

  • generations

  • people with disabilities

  • sexual orientation and gender identity

Present on all five continents

Although we remain a French company by origin, we generate 85% of our total revenue outside of France. This provides our employees with many international opportunities, cultural enrichment and the possibility to interact with colleagues from very diverse backgrounds. For instance Sodexo Group Headquarters in Paris alone bring together 35 different nationalities.

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Promoting international mobility

In the last 5 years, Sodexo has significantly reinforced international mobility for managers and senior executives in order to:

  • Grow and develop in global environment and better interact with global clients to address their specific needs;

  • Facilitate the transfer of expertise and best practices;

  • Develop synergies, foster creativity and innovative solutions for our clients and consumers

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    Several phone calls, really generic questions. The management sounds like a bunch of roots with no personality. They really don't care if you can cook or not. The salary was decent and they want you to work alot. Might as well just take a normal chef position.

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Sodexo Awards & Accolades

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"Best of the Best" List for Top Diversity Employers , Hispanic Network Magazine, 2013
Best Companies for Multicultural Women , Working Mother, 2013
DiversityInc Top 50 , DiversityInc, 2013
Best Companies for Hourly Workers , Working Mother Magazine, 2013
World’s Most Admired Companies , Fortune Magazine, 2013
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Additional Info

Headquarters Gaithersburg, A8
Size 10000+ Employees
Founded 1966
Type Company - Public (SDXAY)
Industry Restaurants, Bars & Food Services
Revenue $5 to $10 billion (USD) per year

Founded in 1966 by Pierre Bellon in Marseilles, France, Sodexo is now the worldwide leader in Quality of Life services. For over 40 years, we have developed unique expertise, backed by nearly 420,000 employees in 80 countries across the globe. In combining the diverse talents of our teams, Sodexo is the only company to integrate a complete offer of innovative services, based on over 100 professions. We develop, manage and deliver a unique array of On-site Services, Benefits & Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services for all our clients to improve the Quality ... More

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