Careers & Employment at Taco Bell

My earliest memories of Taco Bell date back to when the company was using that little Chihuahua as their mascot. You remember that, right? It used to always say “Yo quiero Taco Bell!” Since English is my primary and only language, it wasn’t until I started doing research for this article that I finally figured out what it meant. So apparently it means “I want Taco Bell”. That’s cool.

You know what I want? A Taco Bell application and that shirt I used to have when I was kid with the Chihuahua on it saying the classic catch phrase. Yeah that’s right, I had a shirt based on a fast food restaurant’s slogan. It was purple with orange borders around the dog saying the iconic phrase. Back then it was cool, nowadays it would probably be considered hipster, so maybe it’s for the best that time and growth took it from me.

I promised myself I wouldn’t cry, but man, I really loved that shirt. I don’t even know where it is now. Okay, let’s change the subject before I start reminiscing about t-shirts for the next thousand words or so. I would like to dedicate this article, and your burgeoning career, to that sweet Chihuahua and that crazy purple shirt.

Useful Information About the Company

This is going to sound off, but stick with me because it gets better. The Taco Bell story started with a man named Glen Bell who opened a hot dog stand called Bell’s Drive-In. Yeah, I know, hot dogs aren’t tacos. This was in 1946 and the guy was only twenty-three years old, an impressive age to start a business if you ask me.

Six years later, he sold the stand and opened another one, two years later. This time, he ditched the whole bread thing and went to making tacos with the name of Taco-Tia. Over the years, Bell owned several other restaurants until finally in 1962 he opened the first Taco Bell in Downey, California. Two years later, he sold his first franchise and in three short years, there were a hundred stores operating in the western area of the country.

In 1970, the company went public with their 350 stores throughout the nation. In 1978, PepsiCo purchased Taco Bell from Glen Bell. Since then, the company has grown exponentially, exploring various venues and versions of the locations. For example, you can find split locations where Taco Bell shares a building with KFC, Pizza Hut, or Long John Silvers. Currently, the company is a subsidiary of the Yum! Brands Inc.

As a modern fast food restaurant, with a menu that offers a variety of tex-mex dining options, and prices that still leave you with money for one of those vintage Chihuahua shirts. Taco Bell has become a shining symbol for quick and cheap fast food that always hits the spot at two in the morning when you’re having that craving. You know the one where you’re like “I could really go for Taco Bell right now!”

Taco Bell Application Online

You probably feel like Neo in the first Matrix right now, and that’s a good thing. For those who haven’t seen the movie (for shame!) he wakes up after having all this information downloaded into his head, and the first thing he says is, “I know Kung-Fu.” You probably don’t know Kung-Fu, or maybe you do, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned so far, it’s the history and vision of Taco Bell.

With that kind of information, you can speak about the company with confidence during your interview. First thing’s first, you need to be sixteen or older to work at Taco Bell. If you’re younger than that, I can wait a few years, or you can build a time machine. For the sake of our other readers, I’m going to keep writing.

To begin applying, you can visit the jobs page of the Taco Bell website. From here, you can access online employment forms for all aspects of the business. For entry-level applicants, you will want to select the “Restaurant Jobs” option on the left side of the page. The entire process can be completed online, once you have selected a location and open position on the website.

It’s not enough though, to just fill out the employment forms, sit back in your chair, and pat yourself on the back. No, persistence and motivation, ambition and drive, these are the proverbial hot sauce packets that give the taco of your career the kick it needs! Did you apply online? Oh, you did? Great, now the real game begins. Give it a day, maybe two tops, and then stop in. Pretend like you’re there to get a burrito, and then ask for the manager!

Provide an introduction, a firm handshake, and a no nonsense attitude. Tell him or her that you’ve applied online, and you’re ready to start working. Tell them about your Chihuahua shirt, or don’t, your call on that one. Just make it sound like you’re excited to begin working with the company, show your passion and they will feed off of it like a car full of starving teenagers ordering from the late night dollar menu.

Direct Competitors

Well, when it comes to Chihuahuas, there’s really not much competition in the mascot market. I mean, Poodles won’t sit still; Golden Retrievers don’t scream “Tacos!” and most other breeds will be too adorable to not take home with you. Oh, sorry, we’re talking about company competitors. Well, you know my motto, or maybe not, but you will now.

Never just apply and stop there, keep applying. Go online and apply to Wendy’s as well. Jump from there to McDonald’s and apply on their website. Or if, you’re feeling like an artist, become one of the sandwich artists on the Subway team. Variety is the spice of life, and fast food comes in a lot of forms you can be a part of.

Job Benefits and Salary Information

Because Taco Bell is part of the Yum! Brands corporation, there are plenty of options for benefits when you’ve gained some tenure with the company. These include medical coverage, paid vacation, and scholarship programs. Depending on the location, you can also be eligible for tuition reimbursement, discount programs, and college planning assistance.

There are several entry-level positions and higher level employment options at the restaurant level. Below are some examples of positions with Taco Bell, and their respective pay rates:

1. Team Member

As a team member with Taco Bell, you will be working all around the restaurant in a variety of capacities. You could sometimes be up front, greeting customers and taking orders. Other times, you may be working in the drive-thru. You may be responsible, at times, for preparing food and beverage orders and using different equipment, such as fryers or ovens.

Team members start at minimum wage, but can earn up to $9.00 an hour through high performance and yearly raises.

2. Shift-Lead

This is what happens when a team member levels up. In this job with Taco Bell, you combine all that you’ve learned in your previous position, and add a dash of supervising to it. You’ll still prepare orders and serve customers, but you’ll also need to provide feedback to other team members. When people get a little uppity because you gave them tomatoes and they specifically asked for no tomatoes, you’ll need to step in and mediate situations like that.

In this position, you can start at $9.00 an hour and have potential to raise that to $11.00. From here, there is continued potential for growth into management, which provides salaried positions.

You have everything you need now; there are only two things left to do. One: find that purple shirt, somewhere, anywhere, and two: head online and fill out the Taco Bell application on the jobs page of the website.