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Noodles & Company Overview

www.noodles.com
Broomfield, CO
10000+ employees
1995
Company - Public (NDLS)
Restaurants, Bars & Food Services
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
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. We are ... Read more

Mission: To Always NOURISH & INSPIRE Every Team Member, Guest and Community We Serve

Company Updates

  • THANK YOU to all of our amazing guests that contributed to our effort to Nourish & Inspire our communities! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIbMA

    Noodles & Company Raises Over 500K for No Kid Hungry

    Noodles & Company, serving classic noodle and pasta dishes from around the world, announced Tuesday that its September "20 for $2" program raised more than $420,000 for No Kid Hungry. The month-long campaign rounds out the company's inaugural year of partnership with the leading non-profit, which also included a $100,000 donation in August as part of the brand's Kids Meal launch program.

  • Did you know that at last week's Company Summit, our Noodles employees raised $20,000 for No Kid Hungry??? Come be a part of our community minded organization. Or help us with the fight to end childhood hunger. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vI3d7

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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, sandwiches, 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:

  • 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.

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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

General Managers and Assistant General Managers receive 10 paid time off (PTO) days per year for their first five years of service and Shift Managers receive two. We also recognize four paid holidays throughout the year. As an added bonus, employees receive five "Health Days" at the beginning of each year to be used as you wish. After 10 years of consecutive employment at Noodles & Company, employees are granted their 10th anniversary leave and receive 20 consecutive paid days off.

 
 
 
 

Our Balance Bucks program provides reimbursement toward expenses related to improving health and fitness.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Every year, we award ten $3,000 scholarships to deserving employees and/or employee's children.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

NOODLES PERKS - CENTRAL SUPPORT OFFICE & FIELD SUPPORT

Noodles & Company employees receive 10 paid time off (PTO) days per year for their first five years of service. We also recognize eight paid holidays throughout the year. As an added bonus, employees receive five "Health Days" at the beginning of each year to be used as they wish. And after 10 years of consecutive employment at Noodles & Company, employees are granted their 10th anniversary leave and receive 20 consecutive paid days off.

 

 

 

For employees dedicated to improving their health and fitness outside of work, Noodles & Company offers a Balance Bucks program that provides reimbursement toward related expenses. Employees can also enjoy yoga classes, try out a cruiser bike and schedule a massage – all right at the Central Support Office.

 

 

 

 

Enjoy generous discounts through our gift card program, our very own soda machine and complimentary food tastings when new items are added to the menu.

 

 

 

 

 

We encourage professional development and provide opportunities to attend conferences and skills seminars. In addition, we award ten $3,000 scholarships to deserving employees and/or employee's children every year.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Noodles & Company's Central Support Office is located at the foot of the Flatirons surrounded by beautiful mountain views. Ours is a pretty unique, casual office environment where we creativity is encouraged, laughter expected and collaboration promoted. And if you have a four-legged furry friend (the kind that barks), 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 complimentary yoga, an onsite masseuse, birthday celebrations, homemade breakfasts, special outings like mini golf, the Summer Picnic, Holiday Party, ice cream truck and more…we have a lot of fun too.

 

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    I have been working at Noodles & Company part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Great management and coworkers
    -Fun, casual environment
    -Lots of socializing with different customers
    -70% off on-duty meal discount!!!!

    Cons

    -Closing
    -Lunch/dinner rush
    -Hard work & on your feet a lot
    -Sometimes can be stressful

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Noodles & Company Interviews

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Noodles & Company.

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    very casual, they asked if I had any experience before then I was hired on spot. I told them that I volunteered and they asked if I was possibly too busy for the job

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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
  • Golden Chain Winner, Nations' Restaurant News, 2010
  • Rocky Mountain Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernst & Young, 2010
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