Chipotle Careers & Employment

We’ve all had stage fright. It’s that feeling when your entire body seizes up as you’re faced with a decision or a crowd of people in an audience (which is where the term originates) and you just clam up, you know, like a clam? Most people feel this before giving a speech in front of their class, or when they have to ask a girl out. Me? I feel it every time I eat at Chipotle. I know, you’re wondering what eating a burrito has to do with stage fright. Don’t worry, I’ll explain.

Don’t worry, this story is leading towards you filling out a Chipotle application and starting a career with the company. So you’re standing there in front of a man or a woman wielding a steamed tortilla. They ask you what you want on it, and you look down into an endless line of meats, beans, rice, and toppings. A wall rivaled only by the Great Wall of China. Seriously, it’s a lot of choices. I want all of them, but I don’t have that kind of money, not to mention they all wouldn’t fit in a single burrito. It’s terrifying and utterly beautiful at the same time. I love it.

Company Overview & History

Chipotle Mexican Grill, which is the full name if you ever wondered, is a chain of restaurants located in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and France. The chain specializes in burritos and tacos, but the menu doesn’t stop there. There are also burrito bowls, quesadillas, and salads. The name comes from the Mexican Spanish name for a smoke and dried jalapeno chili pepper.  An interesting fact: none of the locations have freezers, microwaves, or can openers because everything is cooked and prepared on-site.

Chipotle was founded in 1993 by Steve Ells. It started when he attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. When he graduated, he became a line for Jeremiah Tower at Stars in San Francisco. While working there, he noted the popularity of the taquerias and the burritos in the Mission District. He took what he learned from this experience and opened the first Chipotle in Denver, Colorado.

The first location was inside of an old Dolly Madison Ice Cream store near the University of Denver Campus. He opened this first location with an $85,000 loan from his father. He went into this endeavor knowing that he would need to sell 107 burritos a day to remain profitable. It only took a month before Chipotle was selling over 1,000 burritos each day. The second location was opened using cash flow from the first and the third location was opened with a SBA loan to fund it.

Daddy dearest loved this, so he invested another $1.8 million into the company, because he apparently had that kind of money just lying around. Steve went on to make a board of directors and raised an additional $1.8 million, which again, where is this money coming from?

The first Chipotle outside of Colorado was opened in Kansas, Missouri in 1998. Steve’s original plan was to open a fine-dining restaurant, but the success of this chain kept him focused on this concept. It was this year that the McDonald’s Corporation took an interest in the company and made a majority investment of $360 million. In 2006, they sold their shares for $1.5 billion to focus more on their core locations. Talk about a smart investment.

In December of 2010, Chipotle hired a chef by the name of Nate Appleman to develop new menu items. This guy was good at his job, as he previously won a Rising Star Chef award from the James Beard Foundation, and was also named Best New Chef by Food & Wine Magazine. Today, the company’s slogan is “Food with Integrity” which stands for their commitment to only purchasing meat that is raised naturally and produce that is responsibly grown.

It’s rare for a company to go above and beyond like this. You can be proud to work with Chipotle knowing that they support humane and responsible farms and meat production that provides quality ingredients for their food.

Direct Competitors

Chipotle has a strong grip on the Mexican food industry. That being said, there are other articles on our site that you can check out for additional employment options. For example, Taco Bell is always looking for great people. Wendy’s has an iron grip on the concept of amazing hamburgers. Check out our in-depth advice for applying to Burger King as well, where you can become the respective King or Queen of what you do.

Chipotle Application Online

The careers page of the Chipotle website made me laugh out loud when I saw a statistic posted on the front page. It reads: “We open a new restaurant every 2 days; opportunity isn’t knocking, it’s pounding.” Fantastic! This page is a great read for those who are interested in a career with the company. For example, almost all of the managers in the company were promoted from within the crew, meaning that hard working people will always have opportunities to grow.

Hiring starts at age sixteen and Chipotle proudly boasts that “no experience preferred” which makes it very enticing for entry-level applicants. The founder, Steve Ells, has said multiple times that he never thought he was going to open more than one restaurant, but now his company has over 1,500 locations. The company’s career page explains that no experience is actually a good thing, because they do everything differently than other restaurants.

Applying online is really easy; you can search for job openings based on the following criteria:

  • Job Category
  • State/Province
  • City
  • Country

From there, you can see job openings in your area and view the actual job page for an in-depth examination of the job responsibilities and qualifications. As mentioned earlier, working for Chipotle in an entry-level requires no experience whatsoever. They are ready and willing to train you to become a future leader in their company, which is a great approach. The entire process can be finished online, with an account creation in place in case you need to come back.

This is a great company to work for if you love interacting with customers and serving great food at the same time.

Benefits of Working with The Company

Regardless of your position in the company, there are a number of benefits and exciting options to make your time there as great as it can be. Here are some of the benefits you can expect to receive:

  • Competitive Wages
  • Development Bonus Opportunities
  • Bonuses Upon Review
  • Complimentary Uniforms
  • Discounts on Food and Drink
  • Healthcare Insurance Plans
  • 401(k) Retirement Plans
  • Additional perks with tenure

This is a company that takes great pride in the fact that it cultivates every employee to become a future leader. As an entry-level employee, you are seen as having the potential to become a manager with time and hard work. The ingredients they use are purchased from ethical farmers and meat producers that treat their livestock humanely and keep them in natural environments.

This ethical method of acquiring the meat and produce for their ingredients represents the company’s commitment to creating “food with integrity” and bucking other trends of purchasing meat from massive production plants that keep the animals in questionable conditions for their lives.

They are not only noble in their ingredients, but also in their pursuit of a long-term employment solution for each employee they hire. Join this ever growing chain today with an online Chipotle application: your ticket to a rewarding career.