Hardee’s Careers & Employment

A Hamburger is about as simple as it gets: two buns and a meat patty in the middle. Throw some cheese on it and suddenly it’s a cheeseburger. With such a simple recipe, you wouldn’t think that it could possibly have enough variations to warrant multiple competing restaurant chains. Of course, we haven’t considered the creativity of humanity, and our ability to take a canvas and paint a thousand different images upon it. We also haven’t considered Hardee’s

I mentioned in one of my previous articles that sandwiches are a work of art, and while some may argue that hamburgers aren’t sandwiches, there’s no arguing that your Hardee’s application is going to put you in a place where art is created every day. Think about it, something as simple as a hamburger suddenly becomes so much more when you add lettuce, tomato, and maybe some condiments. All of a sudden it has become something more than it was before. It’s no longer a hamburger, now it’s a Mile High Burger, or a Thickburger, or any one of the other menu items in this restaurant’s varied selection.

Company Overview & History

Among the other burger masters of our time, Hardee’s stands tall. The company is an American restaurant chain which currently operates in the South and Midwest states, but there are plans to expand, which I’ll get to in a moment. These things have to go in chronological order, or I risk tearing a hole in the space-time continuum, and no one wants to clean up that mess. Well, I guess there wouldn’t be a mess at all, or even people in that scenario. Wow, we’re too deep, let’s get back to burgers.

Hardee’s is the fifth largest fast-food restaurant chain in the United States. Ahead of it are Subway, McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. The story of this restaurant starts with a man named Wilbur Hardee. On that note, why is no one named Wilbur anymore? Anyway, the first location was opened in Greenville, North Carolina on September 9th, 1960.

Hardee's Store

The first Hardee’s featured a strong menu with distinctive burger items. Because of these bold innovations on the classic hamburger, the company experienced massive growth through franchising and by acquiring other restaurant chains. Another location opened in Rocky Mount, North Carolina run by James Carson Gardner, and Leonard Rawls. Wilbur himself said that Gardner and Rawls won a controlling share of the company during a game of poker. Wilburn sold his remaining shares to them as well, the company remained headquartered in Rocky Mount until 2001.

A small opinion if I may: WHO BETS THEIR COMPANY SHARES IN A GAME OF POKER?! Wilbur, dude, what were you thinking? I’ve heard some crazy stories in my day, I’ve even joked about guys playing poker in a basement and coming up with the idea for Home Depot, but seriously, Wilbur really dropped the ball on that one. No matter how lucky you are, you’re not good at poker; you’re just lucky.

The original Hardee’s locations were built with a hexagonal style and a pointed roof. For a short time, the hamburgers also mimicked this hexagonal style, specifically the quarter-pound patties. The 1964 menu included the following menu items, and I included prices just to make you wish you lived back then with the money you have now:

  • Hamburger – 15 cents
  • Cheeseburger – 20 cents
  • Fries – 10 cents
  • Apple Turnovers – 15 cents
  • Milk – 12 cents
  • Coffee – 10 cents
  • Coke, Pepsi, Root Beer, and Orange soda – 15 cents
  • Milk Shake – 20 cents

Yeah, ten bucks and you could feed a family for a week. In the late 1960’s Hardee’s opened stores in West Germany under the name Hardee’s Schnellrast, and in Australia with the help from Kellogg’s under the name Hartee’s. In the 70’s the menu featured the Huskee Junior: a two-patty burger with special sauce, and a Deluxe Husky: a quarter-pound burger with mayonnaise.

These two items fueled even more growth until Hardee’s purchased Sandy’s in 1972. These locations were converted throughout the next seven years into the company’s locations. Mainly though, the company’s growth was fueled by franchising. In 1997 the company was acquired by CKE Restaurants which already owned the Carl’s Jr fast-food restaurants. Through 2014 and 2015 the company is also set to expand into New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

Direct Competitors

Everybody thinks they’ve got the perfect burger. I say try them all, but I also need to cut back on the fast food, so it’s a tough call. Still, if you want to see who else is crafting their own renditions of the classic hamburger, check out Wendy’s for an old-fashioned take. Apply for a position with Burger King for making burgers the way the customer wants it. Don’t forget the ever present McDonalds which has also been featured in our array of articles.

Hardee’s Application Online

To work at Hardee’s you must possess two very important things: one is 16 years of time on this Earth, or more, and the other is a positive attitude. If you want an entry-level position, nothing else is required. Of course, the company has some other characteristics that it looks for in potential employees. These are outlined across five categories, but before we get into that, let’s talk about how to apply for a position with the restaurant.

Start by heading online to the Hardee’s job page. Here you’ll find some great information about the company and its culture. Be forewarned though, a video starts playing with some loud music that almost made me fall out of my chair in shock. Seriously, a little warning guys? Well, I’ve gotta give them points for enthusiasm. On the right side of the page is an option to search for jobs based on category.

The search allows you to look for open positions at various locations. If you’re applying online to a company owned location, you create an account for the purposes of logging in and checking your status, or returning to finish your forms. Applying to a franchised location will require you to head into the store for a paper employment form. Whether you apply online or you apply in person at a franchised location, stop in to follow-up on your hiring status and remember to dress nice and plaster a permanent smile on your face.

The Characteristics of a Star

As I mentioned earlier, Hardee’s recognizes some specific characteristics in their employees. Outlining these traits, or even better, listing them off out loud for the hiring manager, could be a great way to show that you’ve done your research and give you an edge over the competition. Here is a breakdown of the concept:

1. Friendliness

Hardee’s looks for people who exemplify a very approachable and amicable attitude. Essentially, you just need to, as the website says, “smile and make eye contact with our Guests and be upbeat and positive throughout the day.” This one isn’t hard at all, just be nice, and always greet Guests with a smile while working. In addition, treat your fellow co-workers in the same fashion.

2. Teamwork

Team Members are always expected to work together and provide “QSC” which the Hardee’s website describes as “Quality Food, Six Dollar Service, and Cleanliness.” Working as a cohesive whole with your co-workers is the idea, and preparing food quickly is the goal. Stay productive and volunteering for additional duties when you’re not busy are all part of working to better the whole.

3. Enthusiasm

This is kind of an amalgamation of the first two traits. You need to be excited about what you’re doing and by applying that excitement with the first two traits, you create enthusiasm that’s infectious and spreads to the other people on your team. You love to succeed, and you love to do it with a hard-working team surrounding you.

4. Reliability

I always talk about this, and Hardee’s is no different in their expectations. This trait involves showing up on time for your shifts, following the established schedule, and picking up shifts when they are available.

5. Guest Focused

This trait entails being focused on your customers and always striving to provide the best possible service for them. The goal here is to provide great food, great service, and do it all in a clean and family friendly environment that keeps the Guests coming back again and again.

So that’s all there is to it! You just need to keep your mind focused on these traits, and let your personality do the rest. A Hardee’s application is only the beginning my friends, the real journey starts when you show how you exemplify all of these traits and put them to use in your career. Thanks for reading, best of luck to you!