Chipotle looking to hire 4,000 new workers in one day at locations nationwide

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NEW YORK — Chipotle is going on a hiring spree: It wants to bring on 4,000 new employees in one day.

The company said Monday that it’s planning a mass hiring for September 9. On that day, every Chipotle across the U.S. will open three hours early to interview 60 applicants at each location.

The burrito chain currently employs more than 60,000 workers, and it’s touting the new hires as a chance to join a company with growth opportunity

Chipotle also says about 95 percent of its managers are promoted from within the company, and 10,000 of its entry-level workers were promoted to management positions over the past year.

“Working here isn’t just a job, but a career where employees learn how to make others better, run a successful business, master culinary skills, and most importantly, lead teams of top performers,” Monty Moran, co-chief executive officer at Chipotle, said in a statement.

Entry-level crew earn an average hourly pay of $10 an hour. Chipotle also began offering all staff access to paid vacations and tuition reimbursements in July.

The company has been looking to attract workers as the restaurant industry has seen a shrinking pool of applicants. As the economy strengthens, workers have been looking for jobs with more benefits and higher compensation.

That’s led to a trend in the food service industry to boost offerings to workers. Some companies including Starbucks and McDonald’s have recently hiked wages.

Other companies, like Dunkin’ and Buffalo Wild Wings, have pushed back against city governments raising the minimum wage.

It’s unclear what positions Chipotle will fill with the 4,000 new hires. The company’s career path includes kitchen manager (with a company-wide average salary of $33,000 annually), service manager ($36,000), apprentice ($53,000), and general manager ($67,000).

There’s also a group of “restauranteurs” that make between $125,000 and $133,000 per year along with stock privileges and a company car. Chipotle says there are about 500 such positions with the company now.

The company is opening between 190 and 205 new restaurants in 2015, according to its public filings. That adds to its current portfolio of more than 1,800 locations.

Chipotle wants applicants to register for interviews at NationalCareerDay.com.