Noodles Success Stories: Dishwasher to Compensation Specialist
This is Krystal’s story: where she came from, where she is, and what she encountered along the way.
Krystal began her journey at Noodles in 2011, working part time as a dishwasher, and has since been promoted four separate times, most recently to Leave of Absence & Compensation Specialist at our Central Support Office. Krystal handles company LOA policy and administration, as well as nationwide quantitative compensation analysis.
Question 1: When you started at Noodles in 2011 as a dishwasher, was it just a job or did you have long term aspirations at the time?
Krystal: “At the time it was just a job. I was still in school at Purdue University, studying Spanish. Though, the more I learned about Noodles, the more I wanted to work my way up.”
Question 2: If you had to credit anyone with helping you along the way, who would it be and why?
“It would have to be my first General Manager, Ryan. He was extremely supportive from the moment I started, but he wasn’t the kind of manager that showed favoritism; instead when he found someone he believed in, he would challenge them. Ryan was a great mentor for me.”
Question 3: Since starting at Noodles, you have gone from Team Member to Shift Manager to Assistant General Manager to General Manager, and then to your current role. Which of those steps was the most difficult?
“Definitely going from AGM to GM. I had been the AGM in the store for a while, and I was asked to transition to General Manager on a pretty short timeline. I was a bit nervous to take on a lot of the responsibilities I hadn’t tackled yet, but again Ryan, who by then had been promoted to Area Manager, stepped in and made sure it was a smooth process, and it ultimately worked out really well.”
Question 4: Do you have a favorite memory from working in your restaurant?
“Just as I was getting ready to leave my original location to manage a New Restaurant opening in Lafayette, my team surprised me with an impromptu baby shower, as I was pregnant at the time. They brought tons of food and presents, and I had absolutely no idea it was coming. It was a really emotional time and I will always remember that day.”
Question 5: Do you have any advice for someone who is just starting out at Noodles & Company?
“Do more, cover shifts, learn new things as much as you can. Never be afraid to put in the hard work. If you raise your hand to take on tasks nobody else wants to do, your manager is going to notice that you’re someone who takes initiative.”