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57 reviews from employees

kununu Score: 3.4Recommendation: 65%
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57 employees rated this employer with an average of 3.4 points on a scale from 1 to 5.

37 of those employees recommended the employer in their reviews.

ive worked several jobs in the past, but ive worked at this location for two years and its my favorite job ive had

4.5
Recommended
EmployeeWorked at Noodles & Company in Lincoln, NE at the time of review.

What I like

best coworkers, great at motivating team with positive feedback

What I dislike

regional manager is very frustrating, does not handle issues well

Suggestions for improvement

fixing and updating equipment so it does not break as often

Attitude towards older colleagues

no older employees currently at my location, but treated well in the past


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3.5
Not recommended
EmployeeWorked at Noodles & Company in Minneapolis, MN at the time of review.

What I like

I like the cooking and my boss and co workers.

What I dislike

Being worked to death because we are so short staffed all the time.

Suggestions for improvement

Better recruitment

Company Culture

The idea of their moto is good.

Work-Life Balance

I li e at work and visit my home sometimes.

Teamwork

The team at the store is good, but we get almost no help from corporate.

Support from management

In house management support, yes. Almost no upper management support, they come around every once and a while to tell us all we are doing wrong.

Internal Communication

Not very good


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This job has given me a great experience while working there. There is a lot of opportunity at this job and it is easy.

4.9
Recommended
C-Suite / LeadershipWorked at Noodles & Company in Nashville, TN at the time of review.

What I like

Very awesome coworkers. Easy workplace. Very friendly people to work with. Lots of opportunities.

What I dislike

There isn’t anything that I disapprove of.

Suggestions for improvement

I wouldn’t do any improvements at this company.


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It depends on the people you hire and how stable the manager is. It will be hard to handle people without their respect

4.1
Recommended
Former EmployeeWorked at Noodles and company in Omaha, NE.

What I like

I enjoyed working with diverse group of people and overall I enjoyed gaining the experience of working at a food place. Normally I would stick to sales but this place had a easy going environment. I just couldn’t balance between work and school

What I dislike

The fact they had a program that hired felons to give them second chances is good but some of them took advantage of that

Suggestions for improvement

I mean, overall just understanding people’s personal lives and how sometimes things can happen and being understandable is important towards those situations

Company Culture

It wasn’t bad but there were a lot of felons they hired

Company Image

They changed management so things are better now

Career Development

Good training

Overall compensation for your work

For the most part

Inclusive / Diverse

Sufficient

Attitude towards older colleagues

They were fine

Support from management

Yes. Although management changed

Challenging Work

Just dealing with customers was hard if they were not satisfied

Job Security

Yes

Gender Equality

I think so


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it is a pleasant work day every day I work

4.4
Recommended
EmployeeWorked at Noodles & Company World kitchen in Jacksonville, FL at the time of review.

What I like

I love my company and all the people that I work with.

What I dislike

I don't disapprove of anything in my company.

Suggestions for improvement

Bigger register front counter cigarette and lottery area. .

Internal Communication

Good


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It was hard but fine

2.9
Recommended
Former EmployeeWorked in Distribution/sales at noodles and company in Deerfield.

What I like

Good food

What I dislike

Hard work

Suggestions for improvement

Be clear


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Noodles & Company is an innovative, fun and exciting place to work. The international flair of the menu is amazing!

4.2
Recommended
Former EmployeeWorked at Noodles & Company in Bethesda, MD.

What I like

Noodles & Company has diverse, welcoming hiring policies that many other fast-casual places lack. From day one to the very end, I felt excited and proud to work at this great place. Everyone is trained well, and each person is given a chance to shine in his or her area of strength. Exceptional workers were publically recognized, with opportunities for personal enrichment and leadership positions available to those who were the best. Management worked very closely with the employees, focusing on strengths and challenges in a realistic way, and everyone was given a chance to shine (even the more difficult personalities who'd worked there). The menu was thoroughly explained and executed by each member, with cross-training being a priority so that different workers could cover different stations as needed. Customers were taken very seriously in their experiences and were offered constant occasions to give their feedback, which the company would look closely at whether at the local store or company wide. The menu was exciting and popular, and it wasn't unusual to have a large number of faithful customers come in whom we knew by name and his or her preferred orders. The corporate employees would regularly visit the local stores to make sure that the highest of sanitation, storage, and cooking standards were met. The menu would stay about the same most of the year, but new and more tasty alternatives would be introduced yearly to add some variety to the usual fare. Noodles & Company is a family friendly place, and overall it presents a fun atmosphere that people of all ages could enjoy all year round. Whenever any challenges, concerns, problems, or other issues came up between the customer and the store in any way at all, efforts were made to promptly and sincerely resolve them in the customer's favor, as each customer was called a "guest" and highly respected. Noodles is a great place and I will never forget the months of excitement I had there!

What I dislike

Management would often be overwhelmed by their responsibilities to the point of burnout. There were times when customer volume was so intense that it would be excruciatingly difficult to maintain the highest sanitation, cooking, and time standards to everyone's liking. Promotions tended to come after a LONG wait, with marginal pay grade increases. Injuries - like burns, cuts, scalds, scrapes, jams, and allergic reaction to chemicals - were very commonplace although never pleasant. Sometimes, staff was very slim in numbers, meaning LONG, grueling shifts throughout the week (overtime was keenly avoided, even if inevitable). Catering to customers with allergy issues was a very difficult accomodation to make, given the constant contact of most tools and surfaces to gluten, shellfish, peanuts, eggs, and other common allergens. Parking was pretty hard to come by in this urban setting, with an expensive parking garage or meters the only options for commuters who weren't already walking down that street. Apparently, promotions for shift supervisors were very slow, with several waiting years and years before their due contributions and sacrifices for the company were rewarded with management positions (at the same or other stores).

Suggestions for improvement

Improve promotional turnovers for shift supervisors wishing to move into management positions. Have assistant managers at all stores, as well as ample numbers of shift supervisors to spread the burden and avoid upper staff burnout. Offer customers more chances to pick new items to place on the menu via the receipt feedback forms. Allow for inter-store cooperation and interaction, to foster a sense of company pride and solidarity. Continue to hire a diverse background of workers, allowing the individuals chances to address store-wide issues from time to time. Watch that work-life balances don't become too lopsided, even for workaholic employees.

Company Culture

there was a sense of fun and cooperation in the workplace culture I was in

Company Image

Being a Noodles employee was a thing of price and achievement for me

Work-Life Balance

Work tended to steal time away from personal, off-work activities

Career Development

Despite my age and other limiting factors, opportunities were given to me for enrichment and growth within the store

Handicapped Accessibility

Handicap accessible ramps and tables were easily accessed

Overall compensation for your work

I think that promotions were tough to get, and it took a while to get them, if at all.

Inclusive / Diverse

For the most part, the contributions of individuals were acknowledged, though the management's vision dominated

Environmental Friendliness

Management was always making sure that what was placed in trash cans were not out of place (eg., could be recycled)

Workplace Safety

Worker safety was emphasized on a regular basis

Teamwork

Good communication was constantly encouraged and rewarded

Attitude towards older colleagues

I, as an older worker, was given ample chances to prove myself and advance into leadership positions

Support from management

there was a sense of fun and cooperation in the workplace culture I was in

Office / Work Environment

The environment was fairly comfortable to work in all year round

Challenging Work

long hours, fast pace, multiple possibilities that present themselves to the team all day long

Job Security

The position was stable as long as I was faithful to show up and contributed well. But the company closed down that and several other stores in the area, which is troubling.

Internal Communication

Management kept close communication with its workers

Gender Equality

Women were treated fairly and had equal opportunities for advancement at several levels of the company

Freedom to work independently

Delegation and entrusting duties was encouraged

Make sure you like the work you will be doing

4.2
Recommended
Former EmployeeWorked at Noodles and Company 416 in Des Moines, IA.

What I like

Upper management are very complimenting

What I dislike

Work relationships are a problem

Suggestions for improvement

Less options for other employees to call in


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The store I worked in Dillon Colorado was a horrible job experience. The owner of the franchise was insane.

2.2
Not recommended
Former EmployeeWorked at Noodles & Company in Franklin, MA.

What I like

I made decent money but that's the only perk

What I dislike

Lack of employee perks, needed more corporate interference and check ups.

Suggestions for improvement

More cooperate check ups. I believe the franchise owner was stealing from employees. Many of us complained but never saw any changes


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My experience working for Noodles and Company has been great. It’s a very easy concept there and very easy...

4.6
Recommended
C-Suite / LeadershipWorked at Noodles and Company in Nashville, TN at the time of review.

What I like

I have experienced guests who come in daily or weekly that you know by name that also know you by name that love what we do. Working there is a great way to build character. Very easy to learn as there is guides to help you and tell you how to do everything step by step. We make it easy to be a team member. Along with good pay and flexible hours.

What I dislike

There is not much that I disapprove of from my company.

Suggestions for improvement

Wish they would give us more labor to get more things done and get more accomplished


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