The Subway employment application process

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If you’re looking for a career at Subway, you’ll need to know all about the Subway employment application and other tips and tricks of getting a job at one of the many Subway stores.

About Subway

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The Subway restaurant was started by Fred de Luca in 1965 and has since become one of the largest restaurant franchises in the world. There are over 35,000 Subway restaurants in 98 countries around the world. Subway is best known for its “sub” sandwiches, which are hand created by employees to the specifications of the customer. The ingredients available to Subway customers vary by region. For example, Subway restaurants in Japan will have a different array of ingredients than a Subway restaurant in Ohio, Michigan. This is one of the reasons for the popularity of Subway, as each restaurant can tailor itself to the local clientele. They are also well known for their $5 foot long sandwich deals, and frequent promotions.

What kind of jobs does Subway offer?

There are three main types of careers at subway: Headquarters, local restaurant, and regional. Headquarters jobs are for experienced workers in a variety of positions, such as store designer, accountant, legal assistant, computer technician, etc. Local restaurant jobs are sandwich artists or managers of a single restaurant. Regional jobs are regional managers, or the overall manager of Subways in a region.

The typical pay of a Subway employee depends on what position they hold, their experience, how many hours they work and minimum wage in their area. Headquarters positions can pay anywhere from $30,000 to well over $80,000 annually. Local jobs are often minimum wage, with a $1 to $5 increase for managers. Regional managers often make from $45,000 – $50,000 a year, depending on their experience.

Are there any benefits to working at Subway? Downsides?

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All employees can enjoy a free meal each shift, a relatively flexible schedule and ability to work evenings, weekends, daytime, and seasonal. Paid employees get paid vacation, while managers and corporate staff get health benefits, paid holidays, life insurance, and other benefits. Subway provides employees with excellent customer service experience, as well as basic experience in putting together submarine sandwiches. The major downside reported by most employees is that working part time, or working as a sandwich artist, does not pay much or (unless you are full time) provide health benefits.

Most Subway employees report that the job isn’t too difficult and is overall a fine experience, but that the experience of working there can vary greatly depending on fellow employees and managers dispositions.

How to apply for a Subway job

There are two ways to apply for a job at Subway. The first is online, and the second is in person.

To apply online, you need to visit the Subway Careers website. From there, you can find local Subway restaurant jobs with available applications. After you click these jobs, you fill out a form with your name, email address, and a verification code (provided by the website). The application is sent to you via a link in an email. The online application is fairly straight forward, as far as applications go. You must provide your personal information, educational information, work history, references, and information related to when you will be available to work. After the application is filled out, you click submit, and that’s it! If the restaurant(s) you applied to decide you might be the right fit, you will be contacted and called in for an interview.

The online application process should only take about 15 – 20 minutes. When filling out your online application, it’s important to use a professional sounding email –a company is more likely to take you seriously with an email name like “jensmith3” instead of “kittykatprincesself.” You should also make sure that your contact information is filled out properly, because that is the way that the company will contact you if they decide to proceed with the interview process.

Applying to Subway in person is a slightly different process. In this case, you need to visit the exact Subway that you hope to work for and ask for a job application or you can download it here. The application will contain pretty much the same questions as the online application–personal information, education information, employment history, how available you are for work, and a short questionnaire about your ability to handle customer service and register work. After filling out the application, you can do one of two things: return the application to the employee who gave you the paper, or ask if a manager or assistant manager is available. If they are, providing them with your application will make it seem like you are more serious about working at Subway. Then, it’s time to wait for a call back! General application etiquette states that you should wait about a week before calling the restaurant, if you haven’t heard anything about your application, to ask about your application status. If you are called back, you will be interviewed and from there hired or not hired.

The in store application process usually takes a little bit longer than online, due to the time it might take for an application to be produced, writing out everything by hand, and then waiting to return the application. However, in store applications do have the added benefit of making you seem more serious about wanting to work at a particular restaurant instead of just someone looking for any old job. If you apply in store, you should always appear well groomed—don’t just pop in and grab an application in ripped jeans or a baggy t-shirt.
If you apply to Subway, you should be prepared for what the job entails. You need to be able to lift at least 10 lbs, run a cash register system, and follow verbal instructions exactly, due to the nature of Subway’s sandwich creation process.


A Subway employment application only takes a few minutes, and there are plenty of different job opportunities to take advantage of, depending on your experience and skills. If you are looking for a relatively simple job in a local venue, working at a Subway restaurant is an excellent choice.

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