Waffle House Careers & Employment

I think Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy uncovered some sort of comedy vault when they teamed up for Shrek and Donkey in the first “Shrek” movie. I mean come on, he’s makin’ waffles! I know the series went on way too long, but that line is still a classic. There’s just something so magical about waffles, even the word rolls off the tongue like it was always meant to be said in that moment. Clearly Waffle House is on to something, I just need to figure out what it is.

While I contemplate the universal mysterious of the fluffy and grid shaped waffle, why don’t you keep reading to learn about the Waffle House application, including the company’s history, how to apply, and what you can expect to earn. Oh yes, if you’re in the mood for waffles, you’ve come to the right place. Pick up some syrup though, I’m all out.

Company History & Overview

You know, they could have called it something else like Waffle Castle, Waffle Town, or Waffle Abode, but they went with Waffle House. I like the name personally, because it makes it sound inviting. Everyone, myself included, is enticed by the concept of a house composed entirely of waffles. Said house wouldn’t last long, but man it would taste good. Hopefully it rains butter and syrup there. Oh maybe it snows confectioner sugar and fruit toppings! Okay, too hungry now, back on track.

Waffle House is a restaurant chain with 2,100 locations across 25 states. Most locations are in the south, and I can confirm such things because I see them a lot down here. The company headquarters is located in an unincorporated part of Gwinnett County, Georgia near Norcross. Don’t worry, it’s not as mysterious as it may sound, I’m sure your GPS could find it. Unless of course your GPS, your car, and your entire garage are suddenly made of waffles. Don’t laugh, it could happen.

The first Waffle House location opened on Labor Day weekend (nice marketing tactic) in 1955. It was located at 2719 East College Avenue in Avondale Estates, Georgia. This particular restaurant was conceived and founded by Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner who still own a major share of the company. I was really hoping it would be Joe Waffles and Tom House, because they would just be awesome.

Rogers made his way into the restaurant business as a short-order cook at the Toddle House in New Haven, Connecticut and by 1949 he was a regional manager. He moved to Atlanta and met Tom Forkner while buying a house from him in Avondale Estates. Insert joke about it being a “small world” here. The concept of Waffle House was combining the speed of fast food with table service, and round-the-clock availability. In what was probably an epic conversation, Tom Forkner recalled that Rogers turned to him and said, “You build a restaurant, and I’ll show you how to run it.”

It was Forkner who suggested calling it Waffle House since waffles were the most profitable item on the 16-item menu. While both men tried to go back to their lives, they had been beckoned by the call of waffles, and not worldly force would keep them away from their destiny. Also, things didn’t quite work out with Toddle House, and Tom left Ben S. Forkner Realty when Joe eventually came back. The work of normal events, or the divine intervention of the breakfast gods? I’ll let you decide.

After a fourth location opened in 1960, the company began franchising its restaurants. By the late 60’s, the company grew to 27 stores. They didn’t want to brag about sales figures, but they did claim to serve 2% of the eggs used in the nation’s food industry. Also, it’s not mentioned anywhere, but can we please address the elephant in the room and remember the culture of the 60’s? I imagine breakfast food was pretty popular back then at all hours of the night, just saying.

Alright, joking aside, Waffle House has made quite the name for itself as an all hours of the night breakfast solution. Since the locations are open every hour of every day of every year, they go through a lot of food. Check out this statistic: they use an average of 341 bacon strips, 238 orders of hash browns, and 145 waffles per minute. I want breakfast so bad right now, but it’s like four o’clock in the afternoon here. Stay focused, you can have waffles when you work here, let’s move on.

Direct Competitors

Beyond using cement or possibly titanium steel, nothing competes with a Waffle House; of course the alternatives don’t taste as good, so they lose points there. Oh, we’re talking about the restaurant. Okay, well, Denny’s also does some really good breakfast items, so I would apply there as well. If you decide to become the turncoat of breakfast food, you could always apply to IHOP and serve flatter, less textured waffles. If you’re not feeling the breakfast gig, apply to Olive Garden and go full fancy.

Waffle House Application Online

Alright, I just finished eating the last wall of my Waffle House bedroom, and I’m convinced that building my entire house out of this breakfast item may not have been the best idea. Luckily, the owners of the company didn’t take the name seriously. There is in fact an online application at the company’s career page, but don’t go clicking and typing away.

The online application is for management only. Okay, put down the keyboard, no need to get violent. If you have the experience or the qualifications for a management position, they go nuts online. If you’re looking for something part-time or entry-level, you can head into your closest Waffle House location to pick up and fill out an application. Don’t give me that look, I know you’re still in your pajamas, but this is important. Pick out something nice, something you would wear when you have to meet your parents for dinner to discuss your new job at Waffle House, while eating at Waffle House and you ordered waffles. Waffleception, it just happened!

Introduce yourself to a manager when you pick up or turn in your application. Mention a few facts you’ve learned about the company, maybe get me some free waffles for promoting them, I don’t know, just keep it classy. Remember to sound excited and always seem enthusiastic about the prospect of working with them. You should hear back within a week or two about your employment form, and if you don’t, they do keep them on file so they can call you when something opens up.

You don’t need any specialized experience to apply for an entry-level position, and you only need to be 16 years old to apply.

Job Benefits for Working with The Company

Uh, it’s in the name? Waffles people, you get to serve waffles for a living! Okay fine, there’s more to it than just that. The company is constantly encouraging your personal growth within the restaurant, and seeks to turn everyone into long-term associates. Qualified employees also enjoy these other benefits:

  • Annual Bonuses
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Three weeks of paid vacations per year
  • Meals during shifts (Waffles!)
  • Staff Discounts

This place is perfect for getting your feet wet, or for pursuing a long-term career in the restaurant industry. It started with two friends and those two guys are still watching their creation grow today. This is it, your opportunity to fill out a Waffle House application is waiting. Find a local store, head on in, and use this information to make yourself stand out. Best of luck in your career!