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Noodles & Company Overview

Broomfield, CO
10000+ employees
1995
Company - Public (NDLS)
Casual Restaurants
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
We’re real people who treat each other like real family and are always open to making new friends. Together we create craveable flavors from around the globe, where every recipe is made to order and every ingredient is something to feel good ... Read more

Mission: To always nourish and inspire every team member, guest and community we serve.

We have four core values that guide every decision we make:
We care for our team members, guests and communities.
We are passionate about serving great ... Read more

Company Updates

  • At Noodles, we care - not only about our guests and communities, but for each other. Since its inception, the Noodles & Company Foundation - a foundation funded with donations by Noodles Team Members, for Noodles Team Members - has helped provide more than $160,000 in financial support to almost 100 team members facing hardship.

  • Salute to the Veterans of Noodles!

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    As Noodlers, we care for our team members, guests, and communities. Within our communities are veterans returning to civilian life. We love when these men and women pick our restaurants to dine, and feel extremely honored when they choose to join our work force.

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Noodles & Company – Why Work For Us?


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It began in 1995 with a simple concept—serve fresh food fast. Something that was virtually unheard of at the time. Fast forward to the present ... and we’re redefining the fast-casual dining industry once again.
Welcome to Your World Kitchen®
Noodles & Company offers the world’s favorite noodle dishes, salads and soups, all in one restaurant. Each dish is carefully hand-made to our guests’ specifications, using only the freshest ingredients. It’s individually sautéed or prepared, placed on our signature stoneware and served tableside with stainless steel flatware. All for around $8 a dish. There’s never any tipping at Noodles.
Our dishes are inspired by the individuality, creativity and cultural heritage of cuisines from around the globe. From Penne Rosa to Japanese Pan Noodles, The Med Salad, Thai Curry Soup, and of course our famous Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, only the most authentic ingredients make the cut.
 
 

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

  • Denver Business Journal, Most Admired CEO Award, 2018
  • IFMA, Chain Operators Exchange, Innovation Award, 2013
  • NRN Menu Masters Award, Best Menu/Line Extension: Slow-braised naturally raised pork, 2013
  • 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
  • Nation’s Restaurant News, Second 100, 2012
  • Kevin Reddy was named “All-Star CEO” by Restaurant Finance Monitor, 2012
  • Named Top Ten “Best Loved” Brands, 2012, NBCNews.com

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.

A Day in the Life of a Team Member from Noodles & Company on Vimeo.

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MY STORY

Lauren, 2008, General ManagerEver 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...
Emily, 2010, Marketing ManagerMy 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. 
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Steve, 2003, Market DirectorI had just graduated college with a History degree and a love for teaching when the opportunity to become an Assistant General Manager at Noodles & Company came up. Read more...

THE WAY UPGreat 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 NEIGHBORHOODWe're growing fast - over 400 locations and counting!
Chances are, if we're not already in your neighborhood, we'll be there soon. So if you're looking for a career with Noodles & Company, check our current locations and upcoming new restaurants below. 

NOODLES PERKS - RESTAURANT

One of our values is to Love Life and we encourage our team members to take advantage of all the various paid time off we offer. General Managers and Assistant General Managers receive 10 paid time off (PTO) days per year for their first five years of service and 15 days after 5 years. Shift Managers earn PTO for every hour they work. General Managers and Assistant General managers also receive 5 “Health Days” at the beginning of each year to be used as they wish. After 10 years of consecutive employment at Noodles & Company, General Managers and Assistant General Managers accrue 20 days of PTO and granted an additional 20 consecutive paid days off. We recognize four paid holidays and all Veterans receive Veteran’s day off paid!

 One of our values is to Love Life and we encourage our team members to take advantage of all the various paid time off we offer. General Managers and Assistant General Managers receive 10 paid time off (PTO) days per year for their first five years of service and 15 days after 5 years. Shift Managers earn PTO for every hour they work. General Managers and Assistant General managers also receive 5 “Health Days” at the beginning of each year to be used as they wish. After 10 years of consecutive employment at Noodles & Company, General Managers and Assistant General Managers accrue 20 days of PTO and granted an additional 20 consecutive paid days off.

 

We recognize four paid holidays and all Veterans receive Veteran’s day off paid!

 
 
 

For General Managers dedicated to improving their health and fitness outside of work, Noodles & Company offers a Balance Bucks program that provides reimbursement toward related expenses –new hiking shoes, a yoga class or gym membership are a few examples of how Noodles supports our team members’ balanced and healthy lifestyles.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Noodles is part of the solution in helping our General Managers pay down their student loan debt with a company contribution of $1,000 per year.

We also award ten $3,000 scholarships to deserving team members and/or team member’s children every year.

And we love to recognize our team members, including the “Noodler of the Month” award given to team members who embody the Noodles values. 

 

 

Noodles & Company offers a variety of benefits packages depending on your position that may include medical, dental, vision, 401(k) match, life insurance, discounted stock purchase plan, and more.

Some positions receive paid maternity and paternity/bonding leaves as well as a generous adoption benefit to assist team members who wish to grow their family. Additionally, our eligible expectant and postpartum moms work an 80% schedule the four weeks before and the four weeks after maternity leave while receiving 100% pay.

And our very own Noodles & Company Foundation is always available to support our team members when they face an unexpected financial hardship. 

We also provide cross-training, mentors and leadership development programs to support every level of your career. 

 

  

NOODLES PERKS - CENTRAL SUPPORT OFFICE & FIELD SUPPORT

Noodles & Company has a Flexible Time Off Policy at our Central Support Office. There is no set number of days team members are able to take off per year. This allows team members to better control their work/life balance and take off the time that they need rather than save it for illness or emergency.

And after 10 years of consecutive employment at Noodles & Company, team members are granted their 10th anniversary leave and receive 20 consecutive paid days off.

We also recognize 9 paid holidays and all Veterans receive Veteran’s day off paid! 

  

Team members can participate in a workout class, try out a cruiser bike and schedule a massage – all right at the Central Support Office.

For team members dedicated to improving their health and fitness outside of work, Noodles & Company offers a Balance Bucks program that provides reimbursement toward related expenses – new hiking shoes, a ski pass, race entry fee, yoga class or gym membership are a few examples of how Noodles supports our team members’ balanced and healthy lifestyles.


 

Enjoy generous discounts through our gift card program, our very own soda machine, several coffee & tea flavors to kick start the day, breakfast Fridays and complimentary food tastings when our culinary team perfects recipes in the test kitchen located at the Central Support Office.

 

 

 

We encourage professional development and provide opportunities to attend conferences and skills seminars.

In addition, we award ten $3,000 scholarships to deserving team members and/or team member’s children every year.

We love to recognize our team members, including the monthly “Super Noodler” award which is peer-nominated and given to team members who embody the Noodles values. 

 

 


Noodles offers a full benefits package to salaried team members including medical, dental, vision, 401(k) match, life insurance, discounted stock purchase plan and more.

Noodles also offers paid maternity and paternity/bonding leaves as well as a generous adoption benefit to assist team members who wish to grow their family. Additionally, eligible expectant and postpartum moms work an 80% schedule the four weeks after maternity leave while receiving 100% pay.

And our very own Noodles & Company Foundation is always available to support our team members when they face an unexpected financial hardship. 

 
 

Noodles & Company’s Central Support Office is located at the foot of the Flatirons surrounded by beautiful mountain views.

Ours is a unique, casual (jeans every day!) office environment where creativity is encouraged, laughter expected and collaboration promoted.

And if you have a four-legged furry friend (the kind that barks—meows are okay too), 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 birthday celebrations, breakfasts, special outings like mini golf, the Summer Picnic, Holiday Party, ice cream truck and more…we have a lot of fun too.

We also have a passion for the communities we live and work in and encourage our team members to give back to causes that are important to them, whether that’s partnering with an organization to do a toy drive or volunteering our team to help feed the homeless. 

 

 

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    -cares personally and professionally for each TM on up
    -develops from with in
    -strategically plans goals and ways to execute in our businesses
    -competitive pay and bonus structure
    -work/life balance
    -healthy fresh food
    -gives back to the communities we serve

    Cons

    -finding driven people that fit our fast pace environment

    Advice to Management

    Planning and time management are the keys to success

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    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Noodles & Company (Richmond, VA) in September 2017.

    Interview

    Super natural, basically a normal conversation. The most important thing is to let your personality shine since that is what the interviewer was looking for. Obviously you have to be able to put customers at ease. Be prepared to talk about why you want to work there and why you would be a good fit. I talked about how my previous experiences prepared me for this job. For example, I worked with kids before and Noodles is a very family restaurant. Got hired on the spot.

    Interview Questions

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Noodles & Company Awards & Accolades

  • Best Menu/Line Extension, NRN Menu Masters Award, 2013
  • Top 10 to Watch Executive, Nation's Restaurant News, 2011
  • Top Family Friendly Restaurants, Parents Magazine, 2011
  • 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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