What Chick-Fil-A Employees Think You Should Know Before Applying To Work There

Working at a large fast food franchise can be a great way to dive into the restaurant world. All the same, your experience can vary wildly depending on the specific circumstances of your employment. While franchises can be a great way for individuals to start a business guided by a supportive network, it also means that employees in one restaurant might be faced with significantly different conditions compared to those in another.

The ChickFilAWorkers subreddit has over 4,000 members who work at various branches across the country. If you're planning to apply or work at Chick-fil-A, it's not a bad idea to test the waters by asking the people who are doing the job themselves. Reddit user @judgementchains followed that plan, creating a post to ask Chick-fil-A workers, "Would you guys recommend working here?" The individual explained that their current work situation was less than ideal, and they were hoping to find something that felt like less of a waste of time. As you can imagine, the responses were fairly varied.

What were the good and the bad parts?

A quick read of the replies makes it immediately clear that the experience is incredibly dependent on the location. @Mama_Penguin_ was enthusiastic and noted, "I'm very happy here right now but we get paid better than most stores in my state and management is wonderful." Other employees chimed in, remarking that friendly coworkers, clients, or Chick-fil-A's food made the work environment pleasant. One comment also mentioned that shift scheduling was flexible, making it a huge bonus in their opinion.

On the other end of the spectrum, there were some employees who categorically advised against working at the chicken chain. The multiple levels of upper management seemed to inspire frustration or rage in some commenters. Stories of rude customers and excessive work hours did pop up as well. A general theme was that the job was very fast-paced and required non-stop effort. While it certainly sounds like it makes time fly, @CommercialDelay7106 added, "If the location is understaffed like mine you'll feel like a chicken with [its] head cut off." Nevertheless, it's worth noting that the same situation can be viewed differently depending on the person.

The individual asking for advice seemed to agree with @SetandPowder, who advised, "Don't rely on personal anecdotes to give you the full experience of what it's like." Their recommendation? "You'll never know unless you try it out!"