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Chipotle Overview

Denver, CO
10000+ employees
1993
Company - Public (CMG)
Casual Restaurants
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
When Chipotle first opened, the idea was simple: demonstrate that food served fast didn't have to be a "fast-food" experience. We only use high-quality raw ingredients, classic cooking methods and a distinctive interior design ... Read more

Mission: To cultivate nourished communities where wholesome food is enjoyed every day.


Glassdoor Awards

Highest Rated CEOs: 2014 (#40)

Company Updates

  • We're giving thanks for friends, family, and a day off. Most of our restaurants will be closed on Thanksgiving, so we'll see you on Friday. Check out more perks of working at Chipotle here: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQDAR

    —1 day ago
    Benefits

    Whether you're a full- or part-time team member, all Chipotle employees are eligible for coverage upon hire. Even more great news - domestic partners and same sex spouses are covered, too! HEALTH: No two employees are the same, so we offer different medical plans that cover preventive care, office visits, hospitalization, and surgery-to work for you and your individual lifestyle.

  • Burritos taste even better when they're free. Did you know Chipotle team members get a free meal during each shift and 50% off in their home restaurant when they're off the clock? Your wallet and your stomach will thank you. Check out more perks of working at Chipotle here: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQuVk

    —8 days ago
    Benefits

    Whether you're a full- or part-time team member, all Chipotle employees are eligible for coverage upon hire. Even more great news - domestic partners and same sex spouses are covered, too! HEALTH: No two employees are the same, so we offer different medical plans that cover preventive care, office visits, hospitalization, and surgery-to work for you and your individual lifestyle.

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Chipotle – Why Work For Us?


MAKING CAREERS FROM SCRATCH

Working at Chipotle is unlike other quick-serve restaurants. For starters, we cook real food in our restaurants. We also provide a clear path to success - by rewarding hard work and promoting from within. No experience required. See how we're different. 

REAL GROWTH

At Chipotle, advancement comes from doing great work and making those around us better. It’s a philosophy that results in quick growth—we’re opening a new restaurant every three days. Meaning you can grow too.

REAL TRAINING

We're committed to helping you earn the skills you need to succeed. With thoughtful mentoring and a supportive team environment, we set you up to make the most of your opportunity here.

REAL COOKING

Unlike some other places, we actually cook in our restaurants—by hand. We start with raw ingredients and make delicious food of exceptional quality every day.

REAL CULTURE

We’re committed to creating a work environment that’s both fun and collaborative. “Work” and “Play” needn’t be opposites—each can make the other better.

REAL PEOPLE

We hold ourselves to higher standards. And to do that, we need the best people. Authentic, motivated, and hard working. In a word, real.

  


THE INGREDIENT FOR SUCCESS?

Cultivating a place where our employees love to work.    

REAL GROWTH

At Chipotle, we’re committed to creating an environment that’s challenging and fun, but mostly, fulfilling. It starts with creating a culture where opportunities for growth are everywhere, and hard work is acknowledged and rewarded with competitive compensation, bonus opportunities and great benefits. We promote from within and create a supportive environment where our employees are given the tools to succeed. It’s a well-rounded job, for folks looking for more than a place to work, but a rewarding career.

REAL CULTURE

Ours is a culture that supports success—by focusing on what matters. Our dress code is casual—jeans are totally acceptable. This relaxed yet presentable style makes for a comfortable work environment for everyone. Of course we work hard, but we also make having fun and enjoying our work a top priority—because when our employees are happy, everyone is better off.

REAL PEOPLE 

At Chipotle, we know that our people are our greatest asset. That’s why we do our best to foster a strong people culture made up of hard working and passionate team members working together toward a common goal - cultivating nourished communities where wholesome food is enjoyed every day.

  

 

CAREERS GROWN HERE

We're a company that's making great things happen - by changing the way people eat, and how they work. See where a job with Chipotle can take you on the restaurant or "corporate" side. 

CREW

You're learning to cook and serve great food, fast. 

Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Vacation, Meals, 401(k), Clothing, Bonus, Tuition Assistance

KITCHEN MANAGER

Cook your way down the line and up the ladder as you make delicious food and teach fellow crew members. 

Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Vacation, Meals, 401(k), Clothing, Bonus, Tuition Assistance

SERVICE MANAGER

Now that you've mastered the kitchen, you're serving up the full customer experience. 

Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Vacation, Meals, 401(k), Clothing, Bonus, Tuition Assistance

APPRENTICE

You're the team captain, running the restaurant like a boss, almost.

Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Vacation, Meals, 401(k), Clothing, Bonus, Tuition Assistance

GENERAL MANAGER

Now you're in business - of running the entire restuarant, that is.

Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Vacation, Meals, 401(k), Clothing, Bonus, Tuition Assistance

RESTAURATEUR

You're the best of the best. The crème de la sour cream, running your own restaurant. 

Benefits: Stock Privileges, Car Allowance, Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Vacation, Meals, 401(k), Clothing, Bonus, Tuition Assistance


RESTAURATEUR (2-4)

You're leading multiple restaurant teams - a positive impact on many lives.

Benefits: Stock Privileges, Car Allowance, Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Vacation, Meals, 401(k), Clothing, Bonus, Tuition Assistance

"CORPORATE" CAREER PATH

Our corporate career path is what you make it—in fact, some jobs that exist today didn’t a few years ago. It’s the mission of every corporate employee to support our restaurants the best we can. And when they succeed, we all do.

PILE ON THE PERKS

We provide a full range of benefits to all of our eligible employees - hourly and salaried - because we believe hard work deserves to be rewarded, in more ways than one. 

HOURLY RESTAURANT BENEFITS

Healthcare

Whether you're a full- or part-time team member, all Chipotle employees are eligible for coverage upon hire. Even more great news — domestic partners and same sex spouses are covered, too!

HEALTH: No two employees are the same, so we offer different medical plans that cover preventive care, office visits, hospitalization, and surgery—to work for you and your individual lifestyle.

DENTAL: We like to keep our employees smiling, so we offer dental insurance to all our employees. That way you can keep your pearly whites... white.

VISION: Our healthcare package offers benefits you can clearly see—like vision insurance for both part- and full- time employees.

WELLNESS: Part of a healthy company is healthy employees. So we’ve created a wellness plan that gives you tools to take charge of your health and improve your life—at work and beyond.

*Coverage may vary by position and location.


Savings

401K: Our 401K includes a company match after 1 year of employment and all funds are fully vested from day one.

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PROGRAM: Employees can contribute a percentage of their base pay through payroll deductions. Those contributions are used at the end of the month to purchase whole and fractional shares of Chipotle stock at a discounted price.

DISCOUNTS: Get discounts and savings from national and local merchants and service providers through our employee discount program.


Paid Time Off

PAID TIME OFF: At Chipotle, we work hard, but also make play a high priority. So unlike some other restaurant companies, we offer our hourly employees sick time and the chance to accrue paid vacation time.

*Benefit may vary by position and location.


Performance Based Pay

MERIT REVIEW (PAY INCREASES): We think hard work should be rewarded, so we hold performance reviews each year to discuss what you’re doing well, areas of opportunity, and how you can reach your goals.

Crew and Hourly Managers are eligible to receive a merit increase after each performance review, based on performance and overall contribution to the restaurant.

CREW BONUS: Plus, all full-time Crew and Hourly Managers (working more than 32 hours per week on average) who’ve been with the company for a year or more are eligible for a bonus each December.



Perks

FREE MEALS: Order up! Every employee gets a free shift meal.

50% DISCOUNT: Every employee gets a 50% off on food and soft drinks purchased at your home store when not working.

WELLNESS DISCOUNT: We offer discounts on insurance premiums for participation in some of our wellness programs.

FREE (STYLISH) UNIFORMS: We don’t make you buy your uniform and it’s one you won’t mind wearing. We provide super comfortable organic cotton tees custom made for Chipotle.


Educational Assistance

Now that’s a smart career move – full- and part-time employees are eligible for our new educational assistance program offered through Guild Education, which gives you the chance to take your career even further by earning a college degree.

TUITION SAVINGS: Save up to 99% on college costs. You can receive up to $5,250 from Chipotle in tuition assistance and up to $5,185 in federal grants each year. Combine that with discounted tuition, and paying for college could cost you as little as $250 per year.

CREDIT HOURS: Earn up to 44 credit hours - that's a third of your degree - without stepping foot in the classroom. With each promotion you get at Chipotle, you earn more credit hours towards your degree. It’s a win-win for you and your future.


SALARIED AND STAFF BENEFITS

Healthcare

All Chipotle employees are eligible for coverage upon hire. Even more great news — domestic partners and same sex spouses are covered, too!

HEALTH: No two employees are the same, so we offer three different medical plans that cover preventive care, office visits, hospitalization, and surgery — to work for you and your individual lifestyle.

DENTAL: We like to keep our employees smiling, so we offer two levels of dental insurance. You choose whichever works best for your pearly whites.

VISION: Our healthcare package offers benefits you can clearly see—like vision insurance for all our employees.

WELLNESS: Part of a healthy company is healthy employees. So we’ve created a wellness plan that gives you tools to take charge of your health and improve your life—at work and beyond.


Savings

401K: Our 401K includes a company match after 1 year of employment and all funds are fully vested from day one.

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PROGRAM: Employees can contribute a percentage of their base pay through payroll deductions. Those contributions are used at the end of the month to purchase whole and fractional shares of Chipotle stock at a discounted price.

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS: We offer health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts as well as commuter transit and parking programs that help you save money throughout the year.

ADOPTION ASSISTANCE: Chipotle can help cover the cost of adoption for eligible employees.

DISCOUNTS: Get discounts and savings from national and local merchants and service providers through our employee discount program.


Paid Time Off

PAID TIME OFF: We work hard at Chipotle, but also make play a high priority. As an employee here, you’ll get paid holidays, vacation, sick time, and leave so you can take the time you need to do your best work while you’re here.

SABBATICAL: Time out! After 10 years of service, employees get 2 months of paid sabbatical in addition to your regular vacation.


Performance Based Pay

MERIT REVIEW (PAY INCREASES): We think hard work should be rewarded, so we hold performance reviews each year to discuss what you’re doing well, areas of opportunity, and how you can reach your goals.

Salaried Restaurant Managers and Corporate Staff are eligible to receive a merit increase once per year following annual performance reviews, based on their ability to make the people around them better and impact Chipotle’s success.

SEMI-ANNUAL BONUS (SALARIED RESTAURANT MANAGERS): At the heart of our restaurants are our fearless leaders - our managers. Twice a year, we award bonuses to our salaried managers on their ability to train and develop their people, deliver an excellent guest experience, and serve up some awesome food. 

ANNUAL BONUS (CORPORATE AND FIELD STAFF): The purpose of our corporate and field support teams is to create encouraging circumstances that allow our restaurant managers and crew to focus on running great restaurants and achieving our vision of cultivating nourished communities where wholesome food is enjoyed every day. Following performance reviews, support staff are eligible to receive annual bonuses. Your bonus amount is determined each year based on how well Chipotle does, how well your team does, and how well you individually perform.


Perks

FREE MEALS: Order up! In-restaurant employees get a free shift meal. And all corporate employees get $100 a month to spend in restaurant.

WELLNESS DISCOUNT: We offer discounts on insurance premiums for participation in some of our wellness programs.

LIFE & DISABILITY INSURANCE: We don’t just care about you, we care about the people you care about. So we offer basic life insurance as well as disability benefits to cover you in case of a work-related illness or injury. So you and your love ones are always protected.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: When a good burrito isn’t therapy enough, we offer confidential, prepaid access to professional counseling for salaried employees and their eligible dependents.


Educational Assistance

Now that’s a smart career move – full- and part-time employees are eligible for our new educational assistance program offered through Guild Education, which gives you the chance to take your career even further by earning a college degree.

TUITION SAVINGS: Save up to 99% on college costs. You can receive up to $5,250 from Chipotle in tuition assistance and up to $5,185 in federal grants each year. Combine that with discounted tuition, and paying for college could cost you as little as $250 per year.

CREDIT HOURS: Earn up to 44 credit hours - that's a third of your degree - without stepping foot in the classroom. With each promotion you get at Chipotle, you earn more credit hours towards your degree. It’s a win-win for you and your future.

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    I worked at Chipotle full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Fun staff
    - Hone your work ethic
    - Good values, mission, vision etc
    - Gave templates for using processes and how to run a business efficiently
    - Free lunches

    Cons

    - Grunt labor postion
    - Promotions don't necessarily result in equitable compensation

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and your turn over won't be as high

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Chipotle Photos

Chipotle photo of: First Chipotle restaurant location in Denver, CO.
Chipotle photo of: Carlos is going back to school and earning his college degree thirty years later. Will you be next?
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Chipotle photo of: Real ingredients, real cooking
Chipotle photo of: Committed to training and mentoring our teams
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Chipotle Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Chipotle (Toledo, OH) in November 2016.

    Interview

    They take a good look at how you see yourself as a person and how you would contribute positively to the team. It is best to do a little research on the company before your interview to be prepared for questions such as "What do you know about Chipotle?"

    Interview Questions

    • How would your friends describe you in one word?   6 Answers
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Chipotle Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
  • 120 Most Trusted Brands, Entrepreneur Magazine, 2014
  • Real Food Innovators Award, Food Marketing, United States Healthful Food Council, 2014
  • Top 100 Movers & Shakers, Fast Casual.com, 2014
  • Libby Awards: Best Vegan-Friendly Restaurant Chain, PETA, 2013
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