Cashier and cook (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – July 8, 2014
Pros: we had paid lunch and free lunch
Cons: short breaks
A typical day at work was coming in early, seeing what food stations I was on for the day. Then set up my station and get to work. When done I may be assigned to a cleaning task or help one of my co-workers out if they needed help. The management team was pretty fair and co-workers were awesome. The hardest part of my job was nothing really, but the – more... most enjoyable part was seeing customer smiling because the food was great quality. – less
prep/grill 2 (Former Employee), Cypress, CA – July 7, 2014
Learned how to prepare different recipes and how to use certain utensils. Management was poor and co-workers had certain clicks which made the work environment uncomfortable. The hardest part of the job was keeping up with the fast pace during rush hour. I enjoyed washing pots on time and have everything ready for my workers on time before my shift – more... was over. – less
Team Member (Current Employee), San Antonio, TX – July 6, 2014
Pros: everyone is friendly, awesome management, free lunches
Cons: not enough hours
I remember my first day which was in February. I felt so welcomed by the managers that interviewed me. I loved it so much. Although, the first day was pretty rough. It was my first time ever working actually. These workers and management had ways for me to learn and they were very nice to me. I felt like I was apart of them like a family. I've learned – more... so many things from working at Chipotle, and that's not just the basic stuff. I learned that you have to always be yourself and smile. I loved walking in and even if I'm an employer I get hellos from everyone like if I'm some famous person. The management is awesome. I love that they're able to sit with me and be able to talk to me if I was ever down. Some were a little to pushy, but they have dedication to their job and I love how they take advantage of that but also be supportive and helpful. The hardest part of the job was learning different ways that the crew has. Very helpful, but different. Being able to feel welcomed is more enjoyable than anything really. I'm glad that that Chipotle was my first job. I just need more hours.... – less
General Manager (Current Employee), Reno, NV – July 6, 2014
Pros: free lunch, fun environment, flexible hours for crew.
Cons: once a general manager, nearly your entire time is at chipotle with very little time for family.
Chipotle is a very fun place to work where you enjoy coming back to work each day. One of the most rewarding jobs you can ever ask for with a lot of opportunity to move up. There is no downtime which is a big positive for many people, but that is probably the hardest part of the job.
Cashier/Customer Service (Current Employee), Munster, IN – July 4, 2014
Pros: free meals
Cons: management and hours are not professional.
The first year I worked at Chipotle was an awesome experience. It was my first job, it was different and fun for me. Within one year we went through two General Managers, we lost our Restaurantuer Title, and we still have not been able to bounce back. We have lost quite a few employees within the last month. I do enjoy working with the food, it is fun – more... to meet and greet customers and share the Chipotle experience. – less
Team Member/Cashier (Former Employee), West Caldwell, NJ – July 4, 2014
Pros: 15-30 minute lunches (depending on your shift), free drinks when thirsty, cool music being heard all day, very "earthy" feel to the facility
Working in Chipotle was tough, but amazing everyday. Chipotle has a fun, "organic" feeling to it that lifts your spirits as soon as you enter. It's a real fast-paced restaurant so you're constantly moving, never a dull moment lol. Overall, the management is OK, it could be better, but they try their best to understand you as well as your situation at – more... hand. The pay was amazing! My starting wage was $8.65/hour and my ending pay was $8.80/hour. For a senior in high school and for someone who only worked 4 hours a day was pretty good. I came home with pretty good pay checks. – less
Pros: free meal per shift, 1/2 off one per day, upward mobility, culture attracts great individuals
Cons: poor work/life balance in management, stafffing is difficult
They will work you ounce for ounce, and company culture sometimes blinds the management from access to true solutions. While the visions are easy to get behind, you can't help but wonder if its over simplified or not as pragmatic as its presented.
Crew Member (Former Employee), Newington, NH – July 3, 2014
Pros: good product, great work environment
Cons: inexperienced management
The company as a whole is great. Their concept of "Food with integrity" is unmatched by even non-fast food restaurants, which gives you a good feeling as an employee when you serve a customer the food. The business model seems to be set up for motivated individuals to succeed. However, based on my experience in the one store that I worked in, the management – more... was lacking. They were all very young and inexperienced and took criticism very personally. They were quick to make emotional decisions and throw fellow employees under the bus. – less
People Support Specialist (Former Employee), Washington, DC – July 2, 2014
Typical day at work was to Process Data information in Oracle People soft I learned about benefits the hardest part was to find a balance between job and family the most enjoyable part was the communication with assiciates
Crew (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CA – July 1, 2014
Pros: free lunches
Cons: located in the busiest area of downtown la
Management is the best so far that I have experienced. Really cares for employees. I learned a lot in what it has to take to make it the restaurant field. Co-workers were just as awesome cheering each other on during stressful periods of a day.
Crew member (Former Employee), 21 spring street – June 30, 2014
Pros: free lunches
Cons: management is not motivational
. typical day is fun on an individual level lots to do . learned that managers dont really FOCUS ON IT ALL , just cons very un empowering unmotivational hardest part of the job would be the hour or two of cleaning co workers , well i cant say half were what id say my kind of people and the others very to self and lots of mini cliques ENJOY THE FOOOOOOOOOODDDD – more... !!!! – less
Cashier (Former Employee), kennesaw – June 29, 2014
Pros: free meal once a day and a 50% once a day 30-1hr breaks
Cons: benifits, hot, some management
typical type of day will mostly start out slow when open for business and get busier as time flies. Consistantly busy non stop working. I learned all positions of the resturaunt in less than a year, 5 different positions and mastered all of them management was not so great not very company like but some of them were good. Hardest part of the job was – more... learning how to work grill constant work HOT non stop job. Most enjoyable was the coworkers having fun and working hard to make the day go by faster n staying focus to move people in and move people out. – less
i work at chipotle now for 1 year…. at first it was just something for me to make income until i got back on my feet… but later i found out that we had bad management in the being, and everyone was running the store their own way… but once we had gotten rid of the bad apples from the store, everyone is working as a team to be a Top Performers, my store – more... is planning on being on the restauranteur store, which mean better pay for everyone and better uniforms … not only that but we love each other were a family, that the best part. having a close family at work is the best cause they make sure you are going to be successful, yes chipotle is hard on mangers only because they what them to be successful and able to run the store with any problems…. i don't know where everyone is working, but i do love my store in Ramsey nj, you only drive to get food you needed if you ran out and it be the mangers that would get those not the crew… plus they make you learn leadership and values which you can take it with you…. best place to ever work… you can be moving up in the company fast, this is the only place that will give you health care, accidental death, 401k, and even has a chipotle stock which is high which means it going great... – less