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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

  • COVID-19

    Congratulations to Gabriella and Savanna and to all of the 2020grads! Thank you Myra Hoch, Noodles GM, for going above and beyond to exemplify our We Care core value! Here's what Zell Henderson, Noodles Area Manager, had to say about the special occasion: “I wanted to share a wonderful experience I shared today with Myra and Team El Camino that brought tears to my eyes. Myra has two amazing Team Members Savanna and Gabriella who both graduated high school this year. But, due to COVID their schools canceled graduation and neither of their parents could give them a grad party. Well, Myra turned her large unused patio into an outside auditorium and gave the girls a surprise "Noodles Graduation". Myra invited the Team and the girls immediate family. She placed chairs six feet apart for everyone to sit, had PompandCircumstance playing in the background, Savanna and Gabriella had to walk up to receive their novelty diplomas while Myra gave the commencement speech. The tears in everyone's eyes said it all. "

  • COVID-19

    Not only did we launch FamilyMeals for everyone to enjoy, but every meal purchased means a free bowl is sent to a healthcare worker & 20% of the proceeds goes to the Noodles Foundation, supporting team members in times of crisis.

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Noodles & Company – Why Work With 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, Best Place to Work Award, 2019
  • 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
  • Named Top Ten “Best Loved” Brands, 2012, NBCNews.com
  • Nation’s Restaurant News, Second 100, 2012
  • Nation’s Restaurant News, Golden Chain Winner, 2010
  • Inc. magazine, Inc. 5000, recognizing America’s fastest-growing private companies, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010
  • Restaurant Business magazine, Entrepreneur of the Year, Kevin Reddy, 2009
  • Parents magazine, Top Family Friendly Restaurants, 2009
  • Health magazine, America’s Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants, 2008 & 2009
  • Nation’s Restaurant News, Second 100: Top 5 Chains in Sales and Growth

WHAT'S IT LIKE TO WORK AT NOODLES?

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.

FIND YOUR PLACE AT THE TABLE

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

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 and commitment 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 on our website

OUR RESTAURANT PERKS

HOLIDAYS & TIME OFF

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 you 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!

HEALTH & FITNESS

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.

DISCOUNTS

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

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

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.

BENEFITS

Noodles & Company offers a variety of benefits packages depending on your position that may include medical, dental, vision, 401(k), life insurance 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.

INSTANT PAY AND FINANCIAL WELLNESS

Noodles offers all team members access to a financial wellness platform.  It is a mobile app that allows you to get to a more financially secure you by getting paid instantly when unexpected expenses arise, setting up a savings account for something special or unexpected in your future, viewing how much you’ve earned at any point during the pay cycle, and utilizing a budget that is automatically created without the need for any math or effort from you.  This tool provides our team members with the financial freedom to make choices that allow them to love life.  

DEVELOPMENT

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

OUR CORPORATE PERKS

HOLIDAYS & TIME OFF

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.

HEALTH & FITNESS

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 yoga class or gym membership are a few examples of how Noodles supports our team members’ balanced and healthy lifestyles. Team members can participate in a workout class, try out a cruiser bike and schedule a massage – all right at the Central Support Office.

DISCOUNTS

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

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

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.

BENEFITS

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

INSTANT PAY AND FINANCIAL WELLNESS

Noodles offers all team members access to a financial wellness platform.  It is a mobile app that allows you to get to a more financially secure you by getting paid instantly when unexpected expenses arise, setting up a savings account for something special or unexpected in your future, viewing how much you’ve earned at any point during the pay cycle, and utilizing a budget that is automatically created without the need for any math or effort from you.  This tool provides our team members with the financial freedom to make choices that allow them to love life.  

OFFICE ENVIRONMENTS

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.

EVENTS

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.

Noodles & Company Reviews

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    "It teaches you valuable lessons about the restaurant industry - both good and bad."

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    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Westminster, CO
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    I worked at Noodles & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed my time working at Noodles & Co. I was taught the ins-and-outs of the restaurant industry and was given the tools to be a great General Manager.

    Cons

    It depends on what you're looking for. If you want to move up with a company, this job is it. If you're looking for a job to just pass the time, don't bother. This place asks for a lot, but it gives a lot back.

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Noodles & Company Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Noodles & Company (Milwaukee, WI) in March 2017.

    Interview

    They take you in to the dining room and ask you a few questions about yourself to see if you are a good match for the current team. If you are going to be hired on, they ask about position and pay.

    Interview Questions

    • What is one thing that you like to do outside of work?   1 Answer
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Noodles & Company Awards & Accolades

  • Denver Business Journal Best Places to Work, Denver Business Journal, 2019
  • Most Admired CEO, Denver Business Journal, 2018
  • Best Menu/Line Extension, NRN Menu Masters Award, 2013
  • Top Family Friendly Restaurants, Parents Magazine, 2011
  • Top 10 to Watch Executive, Nation's Restaurant News, 2011
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