2009 Best Places to Launch A Career

42. Aramark

Hospitality


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Managing Your Career

Aramark

Decent pay for the hospitality industry, but don't expect rich retirement benefits. The initial 401(k) match is 1.5% of pay.

Getting Started

Applicants & New Hires

Recruited on 23 undergrad campuses in 2008-09.
Made job offers on 22 undergrad campuses.

Applicants for entry-level jobs

    2009: 60,919 (to date)

    2008: NA

    2007: NA

Entry-level hiring

Is your entry-level hiring complete for 2009? No

New hires in:

2009: 716 (to date)

2008: NA

2007: NA

Entry-level hires who were undergrad interns

2009: 75% (to date)

2008: 75%

2007: 20%

Most important characteristics for new hires:

1 Leadership Skills

2 Work Experience

3 Judgment

Of the most important characteristics, "problem-solving skills" and "judgment" are tied.

2008 entry-level hires came from the following majors:

10% Business and Economics

0% Computer Science

20% Engineering

0% Liberal Arts

0% Math

0% Science

0% Pre-Law/Criminal Justice

65% Hospitality/Hotel & Restaurant Management

0% Design

0% Undeclared

5% Other

...and are:

38% Female

27% Minorities

15% African American

8% Hispanic American

3% Asian American

1% Other

Salary & Benefits

Salary & Benefits

Entry-level hires since Jan. 1, 2009 (to date)

Average base salary:
$40,000 to $44,999

Average base salary includes some non entry-level employees? No

Base Salary Detail:

2% earn less than $35,000

8% earn $35,000 to $39,999

90% earn $40,000 to $44,999

0% earn $45,000 to $49,999

0% earn $50,000 to $54,999

0% earn $55,000 to $59,999

0% earn $60,000 to $64,999

0% earn $65,000 to $69,999

0% earn $70,000 to $74,999

0% earn $75,000 and above

Bonuses, Overtime & Perks

25% received signing bonuses

Average signing bonus: $1,500

0% received performance bonuses in their first year

Average performance bonus, 2008: NA

Overtime Eligibility:

60% of 2008 entry-level hires eligible for overtime

40% of 2008 entry-level hires not eligible for overtime

Educational Benefits:

Reimburse employees for education expenses? Yes

Do employees become eligible immediately? Yes

Maximum annual education reimbursement: $5,000

Full grad school sponsorship for jr. level employees? Yes

Partial grad school sponsorship for jr. level employees? Yes

Time Off

The organization has a Paid Time Off (PTO) Bank: No

Maximum PTO days after one year:

Maximum PTO days after five years:

Maximum PTO days after 10 years:

Maximum annual vacation days after one year: 10

Maximum annual vacation days after five years: 15

Maximum annual vacation days after 10 years: 20

Annual paid holidays: 7

Annual paid floating holidays/religious observances: 2

Annual paid sick/personal days: 6

Health Benefits

Do entry-level hires have access to health plan? Yes

Employees pay part of the cost? Yes

Does health plan provide dental coverage? Yes

Extra charge for dental coverage? Yes

Does health plan provide vision coverage? Yes

Extra charge for vision coverage? Yes

Are same sex partners permitted as dependents? Yes

Pension and Profit-sharing

Do entry-level hires have access to 401(k)? Yes

Max. employer match as a percentage of salary: 1.5%

Min. percentage of salary employee must set aside to receive max. employer match: 6.0%

Under the Retirement Savings Plan and the Savings IncentiveRetirement Plan, the annual company match is generally based on the first 6% of the contributions an employee makes after completing a year of service. The matching contribution ranges from 1.5% to 4.5% of pay.

Are entry-level hires eligible for employer-funded pension? Yes

Are entry-level hires eligible for profit-sharing program? No

Other Benefits

Is flex time an option for entry-level hires? Yes

Does company match employee charitable gifts? Yes

Does company pay relocation expenses? Yes

Relocation expense limits?

Other benefits include:

Employee Discounts

Financial Planning/Tax Prep

Low-Cost Mortgages

Concierge Services

Other

Aramark offers employees a maximum of $3,000 for undergraduate courses and $5,000 for graduate courses. Other benefits include Broadway theater tickets, theme parks, sporting events, online shopping, gift certificates, and seasonal ski lifts.

Moving On Up

Work Environment

Average entry-level work week: 40 hours

Does average vary by business unit, department? Yes

3% work in open work stations

70% work in cubicles

2% work in shared offices

25% work in private offices

0% have no employer-supplied work space

Dress code includes:

Business Casual

Casual Fridays

Does the organization sponsor employee volunteer opportunities? Yes

Does organization have fitness facilities on site? Some locations

Hours worked refer to new hires (not necessarily just entry-level new hires).

Training Programs

Formal orientation program: Yes

Program length: 21 days

Orientation includes the following:

Computer Training

Guest Speakers

Diversity Exercises

Team Building Activities

Tour of Facilities

Benefits Overview

Company Overview

Ethics, mission, culture, and values

Job-Specific Training

Policies And Procedures

Other

Average spent on training, per new hire, in 2008: $1,500

Formal management development program for entry-level employees that is rotational and at least one year in length:
No -

Average length of this program: NA weeks

Typical raise after completion:

Formal management development program for entry-level employees that is rotational and less than one year in length:
Yes - Pathways to Leadership

Average length of this program: 12 weeks

Typical raise after completion: NA

Formal mentorship programs for entry-level hires? Yes

Mentorship participation rate is 85%

Required training days (excl. formal leadership programs): 40

The average raise upon completion of the program is based on the average company merit increase.

Getting Ahead

Three-year retention rate: NA

Five-year retention rate: NA

How are raises determined?

Individual Performance

Are most entry-level hires eligible for their first raise in less than a year? Yes

How are promotions determined?

Individual Performance

Availability Of Openings

Business Needs

Are most entry-level hires eligible for their first promotion in less than a year? No

Evaluations

Is the frequency of evaluations more than once per year? Yes

Most important performance measures for entry-level hires:

1 Customer Satisfaction

2 Leadership Ability

3 Team Player

Min. tenure required for job change/transfer: 0 months

Long-Term Prospects

Does position of vice president exist at this organization? Yes

If not, is there a comparable title?

Employees who hold VP or similar title: 370

Employees with VP or similar title who have 20+ years seniority: 86

Age of youngest employee with VP or similar title: 31

Seniority of youngest employee with VP or similar title: 9 years

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