Working at Chipotle can be fun, exciting, and profitable. Nevertheless, this job comes with a lot of responsibilities. Unfortunately, drug use and criminal histories can lead to big issues when it comes to getting a job. You’ll need to find an employer willing to forgive people who’ve made mistakes. The good news is that Chipotle fits into this category. This company tends to do a good job of giving second chances. One thing that sets this company apart from the others is the fact that it usually doesn’t drug test.
Below, you’re going to learn more about Chipotle’s drug testing policy.
The History Of Chipotle Mexican Grill
Most people are surprised to learn that Chipotle, a Mexican grill, was founded and developed by an American Businessman. While this might be the case, it doesn’t mean that he is the one to develop the menu, so you can rest assured you are getting real, authentic Mexican food when you visit the restaurant.
Chipotle got its start back in 1993 when Steve Ells opened the first location in Denver, Colorado. The name Chipotle comes from the smoked, dried jalapeno chili pepper, which is essential in a lot of the popular dishes.
While Steve might not be of Mexican descent, he did attend the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. It was after his tenure here that he became a successful line cook at Jeremiah Tower in San Francisco, California. It was long after that he took what he learned in this five-star restaurant and sunk it into Chipotle.
Some would say that Steve was at an advantage as opposed to many of today’s restaurant owners. Given that his father was the one that loaned him the $85,000 to open the restaurant’s doors, this would be a fair assessment. Not many people have a father with the capabilities of funding such a venture.
Sure, it is one that he will pay back, but still, it will be a lot less stressful and he likely avoided all the built-up interest. Nonetheless, Steve took the careful time to calculate that it would take him 107 burritos a day at 1,000 burritos a day to pay back the loan. It goes without saying that Steve sunk in a lot of thought.
His original plans were to take the funds that he garnered from this restaurant and sink them into a finer-dining establishment. Instead, he later decided to focus his efforts on Chipotle Mexican Grill. It was when the restaurant showed real potential for success that he decided to take it in this direction.
While Steve did get a massive loan from his father, most people don’t know that the restaurant might not have thrived as well as it did if McDonald’s didn’t get involved. In 1998, McDonald’s franchise made an initial investment in the restaurant and by 2001, they were the largest investor. It was this initial investment that allowed Chiptoles to expand from just 16 restaurants to over 500. Unfortunately, by 2006, McDonald’s had fully divested from the company.
This wasn’t due to the lack of any type of success, but it was in part due to McDonald’s commitment to divest all of its non-core business restaurants. They were at a point when they simply want to focus all their efforts on their main chain. And, that’s exactly what they did.
Chipotle soon moved to buy back the share and became 100 percent company-owned. Despite this, it wasn’t until 2007 that the company went completely public.
Does Chipotle Drug Test?
One thing that makes this company different is the fact that they do not have a lot of franchises. While there are a few exceptions, almost all of the company’s 1,200 restaurants are company-owned. Nevertheless, there might be a franchise in your area and this is something you’ll have to worry about. In most cases, this company is not going to drug test workers but it could happen. A franchise may decide to go against the norm. If this is the case, they may drug test new workers.
So, you cannot be positive about anything. You need to make sure that you’re going to get the job. To do that, you should stop using drugs before applying with this company.
Many drug users have run into legal problems. You might’ve got caught holding a small bag of weed. While it was a minor crime, it is going to haunt you. Your criminal record is going to follow you for the rest of your life. With that being said, you’ll have to worry about being background checked when applying for a job. Will you be background checked by Chipotle? Usually, you won’t be.
This company tends to avoid doing drug tests and background checks. If you have a criminal record and did time behind bars, you can likely get a job with this company.
Still, there is always the exception to the rule. So, you should be prepared for anything.
When May Chipotle Drug Test?
As you’ve already learned, Chipotle usually doesn’t drug test new workers. However, they may find it necessary to drug test their employees at some point. For instance, you may cut your finger severely at work. This could lead to a major injury.
If this happens, Chipotle’s insurance will cover the costs. However, the company will want to make sure that you weren’t high at the time. If you were, they’ll likely be able to avoid paying for your medical treatment. If you’re working at Chipotle and get hurt, you should expect to be tested for drugs.
Also, the company may drug test workers who are receiving promotions. If you’re going to be moved to a new better position, you may have to pass a drug test. To avoid potential problems, you’ll want to make sure that you stay clean.
Does Chipotle Mexican Grill hire felons?
While the company has been tight-lipped about the subject, it is believed that they will hire felons. A spoke person from the company encouraged everyone to apply. They also went on to say that all issues will be looked into when trying to determine who to add to the roster. Furthermore, many Felons have been hired by Chipotle over the years. So, there is a good chance that you’ll be able to get a job with this company whether you have a felony or a misdemeanor on your record.
The company is not a part of the “Ban the Box” campaign. When completing the application, you’ll likely be asked if you’ve been convicted of a felony within the past year. It is pertinent, to be honest when completing the application. Deception will eliminate your chances of getting the job.
Protecting Your Job
While it is unlikely that you’re going to be drug tested at Chipotle, you never know. With that being said, you have to be very careful. You need to make sure that you go to great lengths to protect your job. If you get hurt at work, the company is not going to help if you were high. They’ll find a way to avoid paying your medical bills. With that being said, you should do your best to avoid using drugs while working at Chipotle.
Whether you’re moving to a new position or you’ve been injured at work, you may be drug tested by Chipotle management. To avoid getting into trouble and losing your job, you’ll want to make sure that you can pass the drug test.
Robert Gomez was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He currently lives in Northern California with “the wifey,” “the kids,” “the dog,” and “that cat,” 🙁 He is also a former journalist who has interviewed murderers on death row. Felonyfriendlyjobs.org was born to help ex-felons get a second chance in life.