For the first time ever, Chipotle Mexican Grill will host a National Career Day to hire 4,000 new employees. Stores across the country will open early for interviews of up to 60 applicants.
The massive hiring event will take place on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.
The assembly line concept QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) employs more than 60,000 Americans.
If the targeted goal is reached, Chipotle’s workforce will increase by 6.7 percent.
New employees will begin at entry level positions making an average of $10 dollars per hour plus added compensations.
Chipotle is seeking to attract potential applicants with various benefits and opportunity for advancement within company ranks. Benefits include 401(K), tuition reimbursements, and paid vacations.
The Mexican Grill chain largely promotes from within. A company press release revealed 95% of managers are elevated from lower ranks and 10,000 entry-level workers had been promoted in the past year. It takes approximately 20 months for a beginning employee to become general manager, according to Chipotle’s spokesperson, Chris Arnold.
A stronger economy prompts workers to pursue higher paying jobs; thus, creating a shortage of applicants seeking minimum wage positions.
To make up for the shortage of viable workers, companies including McDonald’s and Starbucks have increased wages or extended employee benefits.
Some companies have resisted the push of government wage hikes arguing the fast food industry, who employs mostly teen workers, is regularly the midpoint for young workers progressing into different careers and industries.
As for Chipotle’s take, they believe in hiring people for the long-run. The company wants employees to stick around and move up within company jobs.
Available positions include kitchen staff with an average salary of $33,000, service manager with $36,000, apprentice with $53,000, and general manager with $67,000. There is also a small pool of “restaurateurs,” who average between $125,000-133,000 per year. Restaurateurs enjoy the added benefits of company cars and stocks. Only 500 of those positions are currently with the company.
Roughly 190 and 205 new locations are expected to open in 2015 added to the 1,800 currently operating.
To promote national career day, Chipotle will begin an ad campaign on social media and music streaming sites/applications.
Interviews are on a first-come-first-serve basis and interested applicants are expected to apply online at NationalCareerDay.com for an available spot at a location of their choice.
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