Current CEO: Greg Creed
Founded and built by Glen Bell in 1962, the first Taco Bell franchise was then bought by Kermit Becky. Due to its rapid growth, the 100th restaurant opened in 1967. By 1970, Taco Bell had 325 restaurants. Pepsico bought Taco Bell from Glen Bell in 1978.
Based in Irvine, California, Taco Bell is now a subsidiary of Yum! Brands Inc. Serving burritos, tacos, nachos, quesadillas and other items, Taco Bell satisfies more than 2 billion customers every year. Their advertising campaigns have been extremely large. Some misguided, such as the promotion coinciding with the Mir space station re-entry, others much more likely, as in their “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco” campaign, most centered on the premise of giving everyone in the United States a free taco if their gamble was realized.
Those seeking Taco Bell careers can find openings as Team Members, Shift Leaders, Assistant Managers and Restaurant General Managers, depending on their qualifications, desires and abilities. Many have reviewed the atmosphere of working at Taco Bell, citing the growth opportunities to be higher than at other fast-food chains. They also viewed the senior management and job security areas to be above average, while compensation and benefits were seen as below the industry standard.
The Taco Bell culture was described overall as a good one, some particularly enjoying the busy environment, the ease of the job itself, teamwork, and the fun work atmosphere. Like all jobs, it seems the experience was based upon the managerial staff. Many employees disliked their coworkers, while several mentioned the pay rate to be unsatisfactory and the benefits to be less than they would like. Several general managers described it as a great place to work if you could accustom yourself to the quick pace required.
Taco Bell benefits include a comprehensive benefits program that starts you off on the job with three weeks of vacation. They offer a 401k plan, a management incentive plan, the Yum! Scholarship programs, tuition reimbursement, college planning assistance, employee discounts and more, depending on the position, ability, and length of employment. In general, full-time employees were found to be more satisfied with the pay and benefits than part-time employees who rated fewer benefits and fewer hours.
Marketing Coach is the highest paying job at Taco Bell at 120,000 annually.
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