Server/ Host (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – September 18, 2018
This was an amazing place to work. It was exclusively based on offering amazing fast food coupled with a fine dining experience for the guest. All establishment offer great service to their customers while maintaining a team operational environment. The coworkers were the best part, and the food was really good.
Very stressful during lunch and dinner rush friendly coworkers
Noodles Cook (Former Employee) – Milwaukee, WI – September 17, 2018
I would recommend working here as a teenager or looking for a job to just pay. Friendly workers and a fast pace work environnmemt. Kept clean and sanitized and are willing to train a good worker in all parts of the store
Benefits, 30 min breaks
Long shifts, stressful rushes, mom-striving workers
Manager (Former Employee) – Ann Arbor, MI – September 14, 2018
i loved my time at this store and was saddened when i had to leave to move away. this was my favorite place to work at, so far, despite the ups and downs of the food business. it was truly like one big family and i am happy that i was able to learn and grow as much as i have, while being employed with the company.
Assistant General Manager (Former Employee) – Bayside, WI – September 8, 2018
The beginning of my working career consisted of management in large chain restaurants. I worked very closely with customers and with our employees. Completing tasks like scheduling, ordering and inventory enhanced my organizational skills and ability to multi task. On a daily basis I would be in charge of up to 20 people per shift.
General Manager (Former Employee) – Rockville, MD – September 8, 2018
I spent most of my restaurant years at Noodles &Co.I aa at all of my previous locations advanced quite quickly.I had a wonderful staff and there wasn't much of a turnover..It would be a place I would return to..
Noodles was a progressive and fair work environment great for building skills and friendships
Shift Manager (Former Employee) – Lincoln, NE – September 5, 2018
My average day at work would be either opening or closing the store, arriving at 7am or 4pm and working a 6-7 hour shift where i was in charge of my crew members and maintaining a high quality of work and cleanliness, at the ends of my shifts I would take the drawers back to the desk count them down and record any cash shortages or extra balanced drawers. If it was a morning shift i'd take the deposit and change order in as well.
I learned a lot about people in the workplace and how to get them to work hard for you a lot of the time its just asking the right way and everyone is different so having a military-type leadership style works for some employees but not for all of them. I also became an expert on working with high school kids, a lot of my fellow members of management would complain about how difficult it was to keep them on task but I never had trouble with it, I believe this is because I liked having shift rally and 1 on 1's almost every shift to keep everyone focused on the goals for that day.
For the culture of noodles i'd have to say its a company that looks for something new constantly, new menu every 6 months and new promotions just as quick. They believed that the mac n cheese is what got them this far but zucchini noodles are whats going to take them to the next level, a very optimistic company that made it easy to stay positive.
Honestly the hardest part of the job was just being understaffed, Labor was a big importance and unfortunately at some times it felt like labor was more important than the quality of service we could give due to the staffmore... we were allotted.
My favorite part of the job is seeing a new employee take stride in something I coached them in, having one of these high school kids who knew nothing about cooking apart from making lunchables at home in the microwave now is flipping wok pans and making 5 pene rosas at the same time. Its great to see people grow.less
Free food, employee compensation for hard work, discounts for family
Cashier (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – September 4, 2018
Terrible management, poor training, and hours are only given to the favorites. Sometimes sent home after 2 hours of work if not busy despite trying to do extra work in downtime. Blamed for not knowing how to do certain tasks after not being trained to do those tasks and not having enough hours to learn the job. Great hours for a high school student but not if you're in college and actually need some money for expenses.
Terrible split shifts with 3 hour gaps in between.
Shift Manager (Current Employee) – Longmont, CO – August 30, 2018
Noodles & Co is a spontaneous place to work at because of the staff and management team. Everyone works together and builds a team relationship which makes going to work enjoyable. The downside to working for Noodles & Co is the pay and the turn over rates for management.