Sodexo Jobs applications

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If the service industry is something you think might work for you, career-wise, then perhaps Sodexo jobs may appeal to you.

Company History
Sodexo USA is a division of a French conglomerate which is actually one of the largest food services and facilities management companies in the world. Outside the USA, the name is spelled Sodexho, which is an acronym for a phrase in French meaning Hotel Services Corporation.

Sodexho was founded in 1966 by Pierre Bellon in the French city of Marseilles. Through the 1970’s, Sodexho grew within France, and then expanded into Belgium, Africa, and the Middle East. With their initial offering upon the Paris stock exchange in 1983, the firm continued its expansion into North and South America, Japan, and Russia. In 1998, Sodexo merged with Marriott Management Services, becoming one of the largest food service providers in the USA.

Sodexo Jobs
Sodexo jobs fall into one of six categories –

Culinary – This is the actual business of preparing food for large numbers of people in an institutional setting. The setting can be a hospital, a hotel, a nursing home, or a military base. The food and nutrition can be specialized or generalized.

Facilities Management – Jobs in this field involve planning, construction, maintenance, repair and supply of large institutional facilities. Again, these facilities may be hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, corporate dining halls, or any of a variety of other types of facilities.

Clinical Nutrition – This involves specialized care and feeding of patients in a medical setting. The patients may be young or old or in-between.

Food Service Management – This is the management end of keeping everything running at the types of facilities mentioned just above. This includes planning, ordering, inventory, (which is always a huge task, and vitally important), as well as all manner of trouble-shooting.

Housekeeping Management – Any hotel or other large facility needs a large housekeeping and maintenance staff, and somebody has to manage and supervise all those janitors, maids, laundry helpers, and the thousand-and-one other titles that make up a housekeeping crew.

Technology – Likewise, any organization needs an in-house Information Technology staff in this modern day, and a huge international corporation like Sodexo needs an enormous number of such technical personnel. Planning and implementation of everything from computer networks to phone nets and security systems will all fall within this area, as well as future implementation of technologies as yet unrealized.

Employee satisfaction ratings at Sodexo, based upon anonymous feedback from current and former employees, are in the middle, neither low nor high, just so-so. Employee approval rating of CEO George Chavel lacks enough feedback to yield a meaningful result.

In 2012, Sodexo was named #2 in the top 50 companies for diversity and inclusion by DiversityInc.

image via Flickr, author wordman1
Sodexo building in Rockville Maryland.
(photo thanks to Flickr user wordman1)


Getting That Job At Sodexo
The site is at . As soon as you arrive, you’ll realize this is one of those corporate job sites that is long on pretty pictures and flash animations, but short on hard information. Let’s have a look at how best to navigate the maze.

Note the bank of blue buttons on the left. The third one down, Career Opportunities, takes you to an area where you learn more about Sodexo careers, but it doesn’t lead to any actual job listings.

The seventh button down from the top, Hiring Process, describes the eight steps of the getting hired at Sodexo, but it still doesn’t lead to any actual job listings.

The last button at the very bottom of the column, Search Careers, actually leads you to the useful information. Why didn’t they put that at the top of the menu rather than at the bottom? Your guess is as good as mine.

Now you’ll see a map of the USA. The color of the states indicates how many current job openings are available. The states in white have none, the states in light blue have a few, and the ones in dark blue have the most. You’ll quickly note that California, New York, and Maryland have the greatest number of openings, by far.

Click on your state. You’ll now see a map of the state, with a series of blue circles to show you where in the state the available jobs are located. Bigger circles mean more jobs, smaller circles mean fewer jobs. I clicked on California, and found 4 circles in San Diego County. Clicking on them one by one I find that one small one in the City of San Diego itself represents three jobs, and three tiny circles in various suburban cities represent one job each in San Marcos, Coronado, and Spring Valley.

If you find a job you’re qualified for, click on it to go to a detail page on that job, read the blurb, and click the Apply Now button in the bottom right corner.

With all that in mind, here are a few basics about getting work at Sodexo –

  • Average wage for a Food Service Worker is $8.10 per hour, with reports varying from a low of $6.00 per hour to a high of $10.00 per hour.
  • Average wage for a Cashier is $8.02 per hour, with reports varying from a low of $7.00 per hour to a high of $9.00 per hour.
  • Average wage for a Barista is $7.65 per hour, with reports varying from a low of $7.00 per hour to a high of $8.00 per hour.
  • Most applicants report an initial phone interview, followed by two face-to-face interviews.
  • All applicants should expect to undergo a background check and a drug test.
  • Sample interview question – “What can you offer to this company?”
  • Sample interview question – “Have you ever worked with a difficult co-worker? How did you handle the situation?”
  • Sample interview question – “How can you leverage your campus connections to perform your tasks?”
  • Sample interview question – “Tell me what you know about this job”
  • Sample interview question – “Describe a time you had a conflict with your boss”

While investigating the available anonymous employee feedback, several things about Sodexo jobs stand out. Most employees speak well of the benefits package, the training opportunities, and the ability to transfer to different Sodexo jobs. Most employees complain about low compensation. Many employees seem unhappy with management overall, although a significant number have praise for their immediate superior. Then again, as we have noted before, low pay and unreasonable bosses are the two most common complaints of working men and women all over the world. Such is the nature of working for a living.

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