Chipotle’s Hiring 5,000 People — You’ll Get $28,000/Year and Free Burritos

Updated September 15, 2016
by Susan Shain
Senior Writer
Chipotle

Despite a rough year of press, Chipotle continues to chug along.

And many people, myself included, continue to eat there. (That sofritas bowl is just too dang tasty.)

So, surprising as it might be, the fast-casual chain is actually hiring people. Lots of people — 5,000 on a single day. And you can even schedule your interview online.

Here’s what you need to know.

How to Get a Chipotle Job on National Career Day

Chipotle plans to hold its second annual “National Career Day” on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016.

On this day, “managers of each U.S. restaurant location will hold open interviews for up to 100 applicants from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.”

Want to register for an interview? Choose a location and time slot on the National Career Day website.

The company, which currently employs 60,000 people, hopes to hire 5,000 more.

To be eligible, you don’t need any experience. Instead, “Chipotle bases its hiring on a specific set of 13 Characteristics that indicate an applicant’s potential for success within the company.”

These characteristics include being “conscientious, respectful, hospitable, high energy, infectiously enthusiastic, happy, presentable, smart, polite, motivated, ambitious, curious and honest.”

According to Chipotle’s website, crew earn $28,000 per year — and unlike most other restaurant chains, Chipotle offers benefits to both hourly and salaried employees, including:

  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • Tuition assistance and heavily-discounted undergraduate/graduate classes
  • A 401(k) with match and an employee stock purchase program
  • The opportunity for twice-annual merit increases and an annual bonus

Oh, and of COURSE: a free shift meal, plus a 50% discount when you’re not working.

But, best of all is the fact this might not be “just a job” — since more than 90% of Chipotle’s managers are hired from within.

Over the last year, the company has promoted more than 11,000 people from hourly crew into management roles,” the press release states.

In fact, if you work your way up to the restaurateur position, you could earn $125,000 per year — and get a company car!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for an interview today.

Your Turn: Will you apply to a job at Chipotle?

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

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