Current CEO: Emil Brolick
Dave Thomas founded Wendy’s on November 15, 1969, in Columbus, Ohio, and named it after his fourth child, Melinda Lou “Wendy” Thomas. On January 29, 2006, the international fast food chain restaurant moved its headquarters to Dublin, Ohio. By March 2010, Wendy’s, with 6,650 locations was third of the three largest hamburger fast food chains, after McDonald’s 31,000 locations and Burger King’s 12,000 locations. Most of Wendy’s restaurants are franchised in North America and are well known for their hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and the Frosty, a thick malt shake. The square patty, made with fresh ground beef, is Wendy’s signature item.
In 1971, Wendy’s made corporate history by beginning the first drive-thru window. History was made again in 1979 when Wendy’s added the first salad bar. When 1986 brought a slowdown in the fast-food chains, Wendy’s brought theirs into accord with the standards and goals of the parent company, thereby making its franchises more competitive with other fast-food companies. It restructured many features including the menu, operational details and cleanliness guidelines.
Wendy’s employees learn many different aspects of a business, such as marketing, management procedures, finances and training methods. They build skills in time management, multitasking, responsibility and team work. Wendy’s have defined a career path to take employees as far as their ambition and abilities permit. Since they promote from within, Wendy’s assure the support, tools and personalized training to reach the individual’ goals. Salaries keep pace with the individual’s skills and responsibilities.
Undoubtedly, Wendy’s careers can be developed in numerous positions from busing tables to cashier, cook and on up to management. Being able to work well with others under pressure in a fast paced environment is essential, so is understanding the customer and having, or developing the ability to deal with the public.
Sixty-four thousand people working at Wendy’s are part of an ingenious fast food chain that provide a service to the public in the communities in which they live and work. Good work habits are encouraged by Wendy’s policy of promoting from within. Wendy’s salary range is rated average at approximately $29k annually.
Wendy’s culture is a highly cooperative place, where teamwork is necessary, respectful and caring. The leaders are approachable and realistic. In fact, employees rate Wendy’s at above average.
Wendy’s benefits include a comprehensive package:
- Dental, vision, life and disability insurance
- 401 (k) with company match
- Adoption assist program
- Employee meal discounts
- Paid personal, holiday and vacation
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