By Autumn Anderson, Employment Brand Sourcing Manager
Whether by choice or not, sometimes our paths change. And while people may stay at the same company for 10, 20 or even 30 years, that’s not always the case. However, even if talented employees leave Sodexo, we love welcoming them back via our alumni program Reconnexions.
You’ll see on our Culinary careers site, that we promote work/life balance, training and development, the ability to positively impact others and our culture, which is anything but mundane. In fact, Sodexo Chefs enjoy working in a variety of settings from Walt Disney World to United States Marine Corps mess halls and everything in between, all the while having the ability to get creative and build community around the meals they create. But instead of taking our word for it, we’ll let our Chefs tell you themselves what brought them back after some time away. Bonus: they also offer their advice to culinarians who may be considering a career move.
“I decided to return to Sodexo because of the reputation of the company and the diversity of resources found within. Also, being a single dad of a wonderful three year old little girl, working in the Business and Industry segment gives me the quality of life I require to be a great father! I’ve always said to work hard and play hard, but doing both and being able to reap professional and personal rewards are unique to this profession.
If you’re considering Sodexo for a career, the culinary support is amazing. Through systems like SMG (Sodexo Menu Graphics) and the other resources at our fingertips, we as Chefs can spend our time in the kitchen, developing our staff and taking care of the clients' and customers’ needs. If we need anything professionally, there are numerous avenues to ask for help. The support from the district and regional level is key, and your management team is only an email away.”
-- Christopher Harwell, Executive Chef – Sodexo Corporate Services at Lexis Nexis
For others considering Sodexo, just remember to hold true to yourself and never compromise. Be flexible, open-minded and have patience.”
-- Christie Butler, Executive Chef – Sodexo Campus Services at Kennesaw State University
“I came back to Sodexo to make a difference in the lives of those who matter most to me. I missed having daily guest interaction in the healthcare environment with our patients and other healthcare employees. I also missed the work/life balance I was able to have while previously working for Sodexo.
I'd recommend Sodexo to anyone looking to grow as a manager. Sodexo has tremendous tools for networking, training and career development. Also, motivated employees are rewarded generously through benefit and vacation packages. Sodexo allows me to do what I love most (cook great meals), while having plenty of time to enjoy with my family.”
-- Ryan M. Hamel, Executive Chef – Sodexo Healthcare at University Hospitals
“I returned to Sodexo because it is a company that allows me to grow in my career, as well as educateothers in a diverse setting.
I have worked for a couple of leading food service companies, but none of them have offered me a great employment experience in regards to my quality of family life the way Sodexo has.”
-- Charles Stallings, Executive Chef – Sodexo Healthcare at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center
“I returned to Sodexo because I felt secure in my position and with the company. Sodexo has offered me great opportunities that I would not have found with many other organizations in the field.
Other Chefs should consider Sodexo for a career for the same reasons I returned/stayed. There are many opportunities for anyone who's culinary inclined and wishes to explore a new world through the eyes of the students, which allows us to stay current in the ever changing world of Culinary Arts.
Sodexo also gives you the freedom to be as artistic as you want with the many products available to you. I have learned different ways to put a ‘spin’ on some of the most popular, yet simple dishes.
They also offer a lot of incentives, including healthcare benefits, 401k and many more! The ability to relocate within Sodexo is a great way to get out there and keep it fresh. I have used this opportunity to travel and see different cultures, and I have met many people with whom I stay in contact and am proud to call my ‘friends.’ Sodexo - for me - is a home away from home.”
-- Gene P. Pickardt, Executive Chef – Sodexo Campus Services at Alcorn University
Ready to rejoin the Sodexo team? Update your profile in our alumni community to get started today! Then, be sure to connect with our Culinaryrecruitment team on LinkedIn and Twitter to get answers to any questions you might have about the process.