UPDATE: Be sure to watch the video embedded below that NBC Boston did today once they learned of this story.
Chick-fil-A franchise owner Annemarie Reissner is now offering a $16 per hour starting wage to team members at her Enterprise Road restaurant in Hyannis.
“Leaders” on her team will earn up to $26 per hour.
Ms. Reissner told Cape Cod Today that she’s committed to providing living-wage, career-path, year ‘round employment here on Cape Cod. “After much discussion and knowing it’s the right thing to do for my team,” she decided to step up with the high wages. She hopes this will also bring “the benefit of attracting a high performing team and leadership team.”
Chick-fil-A offers leadership training and management advancement opportunities as well as an aggressive scholarship program. One Cape team member, Yanilda Montford, recently received a $2,500 national scholarship from Chick-fil-A.
One of the cornerstones of Chick-fil-A’s national program is the slogan “More Than”. For the food, it refers to fresh, hand-prepared food. For the chain, it means local, community-involved ownership for each store.
For employees, “More Than” a job is the mantra. As part of Ms. Reissner’s hiring literature says, “Chick-fil-A Cape Cod isn’t a job for fast-food amateurs. It’s More Than. It’s a career for Hospitality Professionals.”
Indeed, with a starting wage of $16/hour, Chick-fil-A is likely to attract the interest of people across the Cape hospitality industry.
On the employment side, “More Than” also brings:
All Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed on Sunday, so workers enjoy every Sunday off.
To be sure, employees should expect a challenging job at the higher hourly wage. With Ms. Reissner’s commitment to “careers rather than jobs”, employees will no doubt be expected to perform well, learn quickly and maintain an improvement vector.
Asked about the higher cost of doing business brought about by the high hourly wages, Annemarie told us, “it’s an investment that is worth making on every level. It's a leap of faith- going higher with wages, but one that I truly feel good about. I want adults to be able to make a living wage and a career here, if they choose."
If you’re interested in “More Than” a job, contact Chick-fil-A Cape Cod or stop by the restaurant on Enterprise Road in Hyannis.