You know what makes a fast food place more delicious? Its impeccable service. But how does a company encourage its employees to be the best they can be?
It's actually quite simple: pay your employees really well.
In-N-Out Burger's success is largely due to the higher-than-average salary they offer employees, and those who strive to work their way up can earn up to $160,000 a year with no degree or previous experience.
On average, In-N-Out employees start with a salary of $13 an hour, and have the opportunity to to make six figures if they earn the title of store manager.
That's triple the industry average, which is a lot of money for someone to be earning with no college degree or previous management experience.
There's more to the secret recipe of their company's and employee's success...
Take into consideration other popular fast food chains like McDonald's and Wendy's. They only pay minimum wage to most of their employees, and a store manager typically makes $30,000 to $40,000 a year.
In-N-Out employees are making just as much or more than other well-paid professions. For example, a typical architect and lawyer in California make a little over $100,000 per year.
The west coast burger sensation is not only offering great salaries, there're also receiving great benefits, which have earned them a spot on Glassdoor's best places to work in 2018. They beat out Google and Microsoft, who are well-known for their cozy office environment and great benefits.
The fast food chain offers paid vacation, dental and vision coverage for both part and full-time employees.
Denny Warnick, vice president of operations at In-N-Out, told California Sun that quality service is their central focus, and to achieve that, "paying their associates well was just one way to help maintain that focus, and those beliefs remain firmly in place with us today."
Saru Jayaraman, an advocate for restaurant workers in the Bay Area and director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley, found that paying employees well leads to better productivity, less employee turnover, and bigger profits.
"In-N-Out is just eons above everybody else," Jayaraman told California Sun. "On wages and benefits, they really are the best large chain."