Employment & Careers at Arby’s

There’s something to be said about those who dare to be different. Arby’s set out to become something more than “just another fast food restaurant” and clearly they had a good idea going for them because they’re still around today and still at the top of the food chain (pun intended) when you’re looking for something besides a hamburger.

Openings and opportunities are abound, which is exactly why you need to read this article for all the information you could ever need on the Arby’s application process.

More than that, I’ll throw in some tips and tricks for you to use that are sure to help you nail the interview and start your career with a company that dared to be different.

Company History & Overview

As the second largest quick-service sandwich chain in the U.S, Arby’s has 3,400 locations across the United States, Canada, Turkey, and Qatar. The company is owned by the Roark Capital Group which owns an oddly specific 81.5% of the company. The other 18.5% of the company is actually owned by The Wendy’s Company. All of that sounds a bit like a fast food movie twist to me.

The company is known for their departure from traditional fast food menu items, namely their roast beef and their Beef ‘n Cheddar sandwiches. Besides these classic menu items, the chain is also known for their other sandwich menu items, curly fries, and Jamocha Shakes. As of 2013, the company was made up of 965 company owned locations and 2,448 franchised ones.

arbysArby’s story began in 1964 when Forrest and Leroy Raffel decided that they wanted to expand past the classic fast food stereotype of franchises based on hamburgers. The name Arby’s was actually chosen based on the initials of the “Raffel Brothers.” Get it, R.B? Yeah I know, it’s a little bit of a stretch, but it’s the truth so that’s what matters.

The first location opened in Boardman, Ohio just outside of Youngstown. This fateful day was July 23rd, 1964. It started out small and simple: roast beef sandwiches, potato chips, and soft drinks.

It only took a year before the first Arby’s licensee opened a new location in Akron, Ohio. To this day, the company is still riding high, especially after a little friendly fighting in 2006. It was in February of that year that the company proudly boasted that they do not use any artificial additives in their chicken products.

They didn’t stop there though, they criticized Wendy’s, McDonald’s, and Burger King for using additives like water, salt, and phosphates. Shots were fired, but it didn’t matter because in that same year, they also partnered with Pepsi to as the exclusive soft drink provider.

On top of all this, they also eliminated all trans-fats from the menu, being the first major fast food restaurant chain to do so. Did I mention that was in 2006 as well?

Today, Arby’s is still going strong, looking for passionate people to carry on the legacy. With a healthier menu, a focus on freshness, and a ton of locations to work with, you need to score yourself a career with this company. It’s time to find out how you can do just that.

Direct Competitors

Arby’s may do things differently, but that didn’t stop them from competing with the major players out there in the industry. If you’re applying here, don’t forget to also apply for a position with Wendy’s who owns a share of the company. Burger King is always looking for people to carry on their legacy, so you’ve got them to apply to as well. Don’t forget the fast food leader, McDonald’s either.

Arby’s Application Online

This is going to blow your mind so get ready. You need to head over to the Arby’s career page as the first step of the process. Such a radical departure from all things normal, I know, but this is the only way.

When you get to the page, see if you’re just as confused by that joke as the guy second from the left in the photo. Jokes aside, the online process here is quite easy to follow.  You’ll see plenty of information on this page, including a list of characteristics that the company is looking for in their employees:

  • Strong people-oriented leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Determination and drive
  • Problem solving skills
  • A desire for professional and personal growth
  • Strong sense of responsibility.

Just below this list of characteristics is a big old “apply now” button, so go ahead and click that. This will take you to an “employment interest form” that allows you to submit your information. If you’re called for an interview, the website states that a full employment form will be provided to you then. Think of this like a screening; just as important but not quite as long.

This is pretty standard affair, so fill out everything accurately and completely, but otherwise save your energy for the interview.

Tips for The Interview and Employment Forms

Once you’ve finished your employment inquiry, it’s time to prepare for the real party. You should expect a call within a week or two of the inquiry. If you don’t hear anything after a week, stop by the location during slow hours and introduce yourself to the manager on duty.

Explain your interest in the company and their [insert fact you learned from the section above here] which will put a face to the name.

As you wait/prepare for your interview consider polishing up a good resume to bring with you. You can talk all you want during the interview about past experience, but with how many people apply, these managers are swamped and they’ll need something to remember you by, so why not leave them with the best souvenir of all?

Resumes also show a focus and drive that most applicants don’t possess.

During the interview with your hiring manager, keep in mind these simple tips:

  • Always maintain eye contact
  • Never answer with a simple “yes” or “no” always elaborate
  • Try to incorporate at least one story or relevant anecdote
  • Showcase what you can bring to the table
  • Smile, and don’t slouch
  • Express your excitement to work with the company

Benefits of Working with The Company

Since most of the locations are franchised, the benefit options are going to vary from location to location.

That being said, at the entry-level you can expect to have benefits like flexible scheduling, paid training, and competitive pay rates. As time goes on and you gain tenure, more benefits are opened to you.

Specifically these include health insurance options, bonuses, and other benefits like dental and vision plans. 401(k) retirement plans are also offered in addition to life and disability insurance options.

At higher levels, there are options for paid time off, sick leave, vacation days, and meal discounts.

Final Thoughts

The online Arby’s application is only the beginning of your journey with this company. That simple form, an inquiry and a brief glimpse at who you are, will bring you into an opportunity where you can start a career in a rewarding job.

Remember to prepare a resume and focus on showcasing your best qualities during the interview. The hiring process here is fast, but the rewards are plentiful.

Keep this article bookmarked as it will show you valuable tips and ways to make yourself stand out throughout the hiring process and long into your career. As always, thanks for reading and best of luck!