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Waffle House investing in more than just food, focusing on career development

Hiring Hoosiers
Posted: 5:30 AM, Feb 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-15 05:30:56-05

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INDIANAPOLIS — With 17 locations in central Indiana, Waffle House wants Hoosiers to think of more than just food when dining in their restaurants.

Company officials hope people will consider starting their career with the company.

"I was instantly intrigued," Monica McClendon said.

After more than 20 years in the service industry, McClendon spent time working in fine dining and bartending. Almost a year ago, a recruiter from Waffle House reached out to her.

"I never really thought about it, Waffle House?" she said. "As soon as I researched the company, I thought this was everything I wanted."

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McClendon points to the company's benefits, the ability to grow and the chance to move up into higher management positions as a reason for joining the company. She quickly found out, being a part of the Waffle House team means being a part of a big family.

"People really come here every single day," McClendon said. "We know their names, we know what they eat, we are worried about them if they don't show up. They are worried about us if we don't show up."

Managers spend four days at Waffle House University in Georgia when they start training. Before running their own store, they spend time running different restaurants.

Waffle House helps manager trainees develop skills that prepare them to run a business.

The company is currently looking for candidates that are ready to work hard and enjoy working with people.

"As soon as you start researching, you will be amazed at what you can see and what you will find in the availabilities here," McClendon said.