The Mexican-American fast food chain to hire approximately 4,000 workers in a day.
Chipotle Hiring Day – Sept. 9, 2015
In early 2015, FORBES magazine named Chipotle one of the top 500 companies to work for in America. Worth nearly $20 billion, the Tex-Mex chain of fast-casual grills employs roughly 53,000 workers, including management, and boasts over 1,700 locations. The popular restaurant chain is making headlines again this fall, but burrito bowls, higher-than-minimum starting wages, and excellent manager-in-training programs aren’t the reasons for the media attention.
Why Chipotle Needs More Workers
Chipotle recently announced locations will be hosting a nationwide hiring spree on September 9, 2015. Company officials reported the promotion of more than 10,000 workers into managerial roles over 2014 and 2015, which left just as many vacancies in entry-level positions. In order to offset the job vacancies, participating stores will accept applications from fast food employment hunters looking for entry-level cook and customer assistance positions, with hopes of adding nearly 4,000 new employees in a single day. Statistics pulled from the company website suggest around 95% of Chipotle managers started out as entry-level workers and moved up with the company.
Job Creation in the Fast Food Industry
The career day, or hiring spree, represents the first of its kind for the nationwide Mexican-inspired eatery chain. CEO Monty Moran claims the hiring spree is put in place to fill the vacancies created by promotions from within but also to partially combat a recent lack of fast food job seekers, telling the Wall Street Journal: “The economy has been thawing, more restaurants are opening, and there are fewer job applicants than there were several years ago.” According to an October 2014 Huffington Post article, job creation in low-wage industries has outpaced job growth nationwide from 2008 to 2014, including and in large part to fast food.
How to Apply
Applicants are encouraged to sign up on the national career day webpage. Workers simply need to enter first and last names, valid email addresses, phone numbers, state of desired location, and city of desired location to register. Signing up early provides seeded consideration, with desirable registrants receiving specific times to meet with management during the hiring event via email.