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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.

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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 food. We Show Pride in who ... Read more

Company Updates

  • We train all Noodle Ambassadors to notify the manager on duty right away if anyone comes to the front counter inquiring about a job. Come speak with a manager today about joining our team!

  • WE CARE about our team members, guests and communities. This week marked the 13th anniversary of one of our dedicated team members. Starting off as a dishwasher and now the sauté queen! Check out our current availabilities at http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ9mP

    Careers - Landing - Noodles & Company

    At Noodles & Company we look for people with a passion for food and the desire to have a positive impact on the community. We've created a supportive environment that challenges and rewards those who share our vision.

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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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    "Great Long Term Career"

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    I have been working at Noodles & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Room for lots of growth in company
    -Great leadership at Area Manager level
    -Good pay, they will increase it if you are proving yourself and exceeding expectations
    -Family atmosphere in restaurants
    -flexible schedules
    -Assistant General Managers make overtime
    -Great Benefits Program
    -Health and Fitness reimbursement for GMS
    -Biannual GM summit in Arizona=free vacation and awesome training sessions
    -2 year bonus of $2k for staying at restaurant for GMs, 3 years is 3k
    10 year sabbatical for 1 month

    Cons

    -If you take over a struggling restaurant there isn't always a lot of support for you to lean on
    -Long hours if your not staffed- but if u plan ahead and keep on top of staffing and training, you'll be fine.
    -Other less successful are sometimes looking for help in their struggling reataurants
    -slower restaurants: GM is paid slightly less until u build up the sales

    Advice to Management

    Support your teams more. Need more Market training managers and field training consultants.
    Fire the people that need to be ousted and get those passionate people to be running your reataurants!
    Reward those successful people that are supporting you.

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Noodles & Company Interviews

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Noodles & Company.

    Interview

    Extensive interview process, beginning with a telephone interview, then 2 face-to-face interviews with restaurant management, and finally an interview with a regional director. The 2nd interview with local management was a shadow session.

    Interview Questions

    • Would (I) be willing to attend a "shadow session" with a current restaurant manager?   1 Answer
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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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