Fast food joints have a bad reputation as places to work – they pay next to nothing, offer virtually no perks or benefits, and are just soulless corporations looking to squeeze every last dime out of their workers, right?
Well, try telling that to Lynsi Snyder, the owner and president of In-N-Out, which is considered by employees to be the No. 4 best place to work in the US.
“My hope is that anyone who spends time as an In-N-Out associate finds the experience valuable – an opportunity to learn and grow, and to have fun,” Snyder told Glassdoor.
But thousands of companies across many industries are considered for that list, so we asked Glassdoor for additional data on fast-food companies that were just outside the top 100.
Here’s what they found, using their Best Places to Work methodology, to identify the best fast-food chains to work for:
Company rating: 4.0
Culver’s is a regional, privately-owned and -operated fast-food chain that operates primarily in the Midwest and is known for their ButterBurgers, Fresh Frozen Custard, and Wisconsin Cheese Curds.
“Most managers make an effort to be considerate and thoughtful, and the company chain as a whole keeps you updated as to how it is doing. My location had a friendly work environment and a serious attitude towards customer service.” – Team member in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Company rating: 4.0
Whataburger is a regional, family-owned hamburger chain with nearly 700 outlets in Texas and about 10 other states in the South and Southwest.
“The atmosphere is very positive. Whataburger believes when you start working for their company you are like family. It really shows they care for their employees as well as their customers. It’s a great place to be in general, plus they have great food.” – Whataburger team member
4. Raising Cane’s
Company rating: 4.1
Based out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Raising Cane’s is a fast-food chain with more than 300 restaurants in 22 states serving up chicken finger meals.
“Good pay and benefits, and they’re closed all major holidays. Opportunities for growth. The restaurant is fun, not like other places I have worked.” – Shift Manager in Houston, Texas
Company rating: 4.2
Starbucks is an American coffee company and coffeehouse chain with more than 18,000 retail stores in 62 countries.
“The benefits are out of sight. I was offered Starbucks stock after my first year, as well as 401k through Fidelity, and a superb Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance plan. You can cover your whole family with that plan, and it can include domestic partners.
“I got a pound of free coffee every week and free coffee all day (although I think that was specific to my store, which bent the rules). There’s also an Employee Assistance Hotline which you can call if you’re having issues in your personal life. And HR is really responsive – they won’t see you as a troublemaker if you’re legitimately having an issue. They will handle it.” –Former barista
Company rating: 4.2
Chick-fil-A is a fast-food chain with some 1,500 restaurants in about 40 states serving chicken sandwiches, strips, nuggets, and salads.
“Great place to work, with great people, good pay, and healthy work environment that teaches you many life skills. If you’re in school (high school or college) it’s an excellent place to work, that will work around your schedule and will give you a decent pay for your work.” – Team member in Charlotte, North Carolina
1. In-N-Out Burger
Company rating: 4.6
In-N-Out Burger is a regional chain of fast-food burger restaurants with about 250 locations primarily in the American Southwest and Pacific coast.
“Extremely flexible with scheduling, you work with similar personalities so everyone tends to get along, you move up quickly, you genuinely feel appreciated 9 times out 10, free meal every day that you work, great pay and excellent benefits for a rewarding job!” – In-N-Out Burger level IV employee, Los Angeles, California)
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