Working at Waffle House sounds pretty great, hopefully includes free hash browns


We already knew Waffle House was a top-tier 24-hour diner, turns out it’s got a pretty decent benefit package too.

Waffle House serves its patrons well. With more than 2,000 locations across 25 states, mainly in the South, the 24-hour diner chain is beloved both for its cultural cachet and its hash browns.

In the words of Anthony Bourdain:

"It is indeed, marvelous. An irony free zone where everything is beautiful and nothing hurts for everybody regardless of race, creed, color, or degree of inebriation is welcomed.It’s warm yellow glow, a beacon of hope and salvation inviting the hungry, the lost, the seriously hammered all across the south to come inside, a place of safety and nourishment. It never closes. It is always, always faithful, always there for you.Now, I’m looking at my hash brown and I am already confused and enticed."

Its hash browns are so beloved that words — scattered, smothered, covered — take on new meaning in their context. Scattered refers to a specific crispiness that comes from a cook spreading the ‘browns evenly across the grill. Smothered means smothered, but specifically in sautéed onions. And covered becomes covered in melted American cheese — as if you could cover hash browns in anything else.

The Waffle House language does not stop there. Chunked, diced, capped, topped or country all mean specific things within the confines of Waffle House walls.

So then, perhaps, it should come as no surprise that working for Waffle House is a surprisingly sweet gig. Whilst on a routine cheesesteak omelette trip, BuzzFeed reporter Joel Anderson tweeted out the flier an employee handed him.

Leaving the media industry out of it for now, let’s look at this a bit closer. To be fair, these are for manager positions and compensation is largely dictated by experience, so your entry-level Waffle House employee won’t be waltzing into a six-figure gig. But still, adjust for cost of living in a lot of the cities and towns Waffle House serves and you’re looking at a pretty sweet situation. Moreover, Waffle House offers training meaning that to at least get your foot in the door, no experience is necessary.

Plus, we have to assume, taste testing is a necessarily part of the job. After all, you can’t, as a self-respecting and responsible restaurant manager, be serving anything less than exceptional hash browns at all your locations.