We think the Wendy’s culture is pretty special, and a big part of that is based on Dave’s values:
Do the Right Thing, Treat People with Respect and Give Something Back
What is it really like to work at Wendy’s? We’re a pretty tight bunch. And we have a lot of fun. Get a behind-the-scenes peek and see the possibilities that a job at Wendy’s can provide.
The Wendy’s system comprises more than 6,800 restaurants across the globe. Ninety five percent of Wendy’s restaurants are owned by independent franchise operators who bring their own unique backgrounds and experiences to our Wendy’s family while sharing our commitment to the values established by our founder, Dave Thomas.
Wendy’s is investing in creating a culture and workplace that is truly more inclusive and diverse. We’re committed to increasing the representation of underrepresented populations among our Company’s leadership and management, as well as the diversity of our franchisees, and have laid out a multi-year strategy to help us achieve our goal.
"At Wendy’s, our goal of increasing the representation of underrepresented populations at every level of our Company's workforce not only demonstrates our commitment to our values but is also critical to our long-term business success. As a global company, we make better business decisions, show up as better community members and create a more equitable workplace culture when we have diversity of thought, voices and backgrounds."
- Dr. Beverly Stallings-Johnson
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
In 2020, Wendy’s restaurant operations changed significantly and quickly as we all worked together to support public health directives. We took several precautionary steps to protect our team members and customers from the spread of COVID-19 by implementing new restaurant protocols. Though the pandemic affected communities around the globe in different ways, our priorities were clear: create a safe environment for our team members and customers, support our people, help our franchise community and give back to the communities where we operate restaurants.
Wendy’s is committed to setting our Company employees up for success. In addition to supporting their professional development goals through enhanced training and development opportunities, we work to create and maintain a supportive culture in the workplace and beyond. In 2017, we launched a fund designed to provide short-term financial assistance to Company and franchise employees in need.
Wendy’s six Employee Resource Groups help create opportunities for learning, inclusion, career growth and leadership development for Company employees. With the guidance of a senior leadership team sponsor, Employee Resource Groups are dedicated to the development of their members and ensuring representation when it comes to key decisions, such as benefits enhancements, creating connections among our employees and engaging with the local community.
Wendy’s has built a strong culture of recognition at every level. Our restaurant teams remain dedicated to supporting one another and our customers, and our Wendy’s family has made it a priority to let these teams know how much we appreciate them through platforms like the Top General Manager and Make Your Mark awards. Wendy’s as a company is also the proud recipient of several industry awards.