How In-N-Out Burger is the 4th best place to work in America

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In-N-Out Burgers is one of the most beloved brands in the world. In-N-Out Burgers understands the role amazing people can play in creating a consumer experience that supports the brand. While a west coast brand that is (very) slowly moving east, the brand has the most crazed brand fans. You can get in a serious argument if you try to say another burger place is equal or better. What’s hidden beneath the surface, is a strong base of loyal, hard-working and well-rewarded employees.

Glass Door Survey

According to the annual Glass Door survey, In-N-Out is the 4th best place to work in America. If you narrow that down to LA, In-N-Out is the #1 place to work. It’s not just a one year fluke, In-N-Out has been a top 10 place to work since they started the survey in 2009. And it receives the same rave reviews on Indeed.com

Look at the other four companies on the list: the two biggest social media companies in the world, and two high-end consulting firms.

The secret recipe behind In-N-Out

In-N-Out pay their managers up to $160,000 a year, which is 3 to 4x higher than the industry average. And in California, that salary beats what a tech worker in Silicon Valley ($114K) or an architect ($112k) is making.

As for entry level workers, In-N-Out pay $2 above the minimum wage. In-N-Outoffers benefits including 401(k) plans, paid vacation, and dental and vision coverage for part- and full-time employees — which is an amazing package in the fast-food industry. And on top of that, they only promote from within. Employees say you get 2-3 promotions in the first year, with a wage hike each time. And every shift, you get a free In-N-Out hamburger.

Many of the online reviews talk about the fun atmosphere, the and the family feel of the managers, who are sympathetic to the needs of their staff. Salary alone will not get you a 4.6/5 on an anonymous review site.

Now it is hard-working, intense job, especially with the crowds of brand fans each location attracts. I love the drive-thru experience where the smiling employee comes right up to your car and takes your order. That very second, it says this brand is about creating an amazing experience, even if you are just here for a few minutes. Brand Idea Employees

Marketing your brand to employees inside your own company

The best brands consistently deliver. When you build your brand idea, I recommend you use a cross-functional team, including salespeople, R&D, human resources, finance, and operations. Their participation is one way to gain their buy-in. But that’s not where it stops.

Use your internal brand communications tools to drive a shared definition of the brand idea, as well as getting everyone to articulate how their role delivers that brand idea. Give the external and internal brand story equal importance to the consumer experience you create for your brand.

Brand Idea Employees

Everyone who works on the brand should use the brand idea as inspiration, and to guide decisions and activities across every function of your organization. It is the people within the brand organization who will deliver the brand idea to the consumer. Everyone needs a common understanding of and talking points for the brand.

When you work on a brand that leads to the customer experience, your operations people will be responsible for the face-to-face delivery of your brand to the consumer. Develop a list of service values, behaviors, and processes to deliver the brand idea throughout your organization.

 

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With Beloved Brands, you will learn everything you need to know so you can build a brand that your consumers will love.

You will learn how to think strategically, define your brand with a positioning statement and a brand idea, write a brand plan everyone can follow, inspire smart and creative marketing execution and analyze the performance of your brand through a deep-dive business review.

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Beloved Brands: Who are we?

At Beloved Brands, our purpose is to help brands find a new pathway to growth. We believe that the more love your brand can generate with your most cherished consumers, the more power, growth, and profitability you will realize in the future.

The best solutions are likely inside you already, but struggle to come out. Our unique engagement tools are the backbone of our strategy workshops. These tools will force you to think differently so you can freely generate many new ideas. At Beloved Brands, we bring our challenging voice to help you make decisions and refine every potential idea.

We help brands find growth

We start by defining a brand positioning statement, outlining the desired target, consumer benefits and support points the brand will stand behind. And then, we build a big idea that is simple and unique enough to stand out in the clutter of the market, motivating enough to get consumers to engage, buy and build a loyal following with your brand. Finally, the big idea must influence employees to personally deliver an outstanding consumer experience, to help move consumers along the journey to loving your brand.

We will help you write a strategic brand plan for the future, to get everyone in your organization to follow. It starts with an inspiring vision that pushes your team to imagine a brighter future. We use our strategic thinking tools to help you make strategic choices on where to allocate your brand’s limited resources. We work with your team to build out project plans, creative briefs and provide advice on marketing execution.

To learn more about our coaching, click on this link: Beloved Brands Strategic Coaching

We make Brand Leaders smarter

We believe that investing in your marketing people will pay off. With smarter people behind your brands will drive higher revenue growth and profits. With our brand management training program, you will see smarter strategic thinking, more focused brand plans, brand positioning, better creative briefs that steer your agencies, improved decision-making on marketing execution, smarter analytical skills to assess your brand’s performance and a better management of the profitability of the brand.

To learn more about our training programs, click on this link: Beloved Brands Training

If you need our help, email me at graham@beloved-brands.com or call me at 416 885 3911

 

 

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Graham Robertson

Graham spent 20 years in Brand Management leading some of the world’s most beloved brands at Johnson and Johnson, General Mills and Coke, rising up to VP Marketing. In his career, he has won numerous Advertising, Innovation and Leadership awards. Graham played a major role in helping J&J win Marketing Magazine’s prestigious “Marketer of the Year” award. Graham brings a reputation for challenging brand leaders to think differently and to be more strategically focused. Graham founded Beloved Brands in 2010, to help brands find growth and make brand leaders smarter. He leads workshops to help define your Brand Positioning, build your brand’s Big Idea, and write strategic Brand Plans that motivate and focus everyone that works on the brand. Our Beloved Brands training programs will help your team, produce exceptionally smart work work that drives stronger brand growth and profits. We cover everything a brand leader needs to know including strategic thinking, planning, positioning, execution and analytics. Our robust client roster has included the NFL Players Association, Reebok, the NBA, Acura, Shell, Miller Lite, 3M, Jack Link’s and Pfizer. His weekly brand stories have generated over 5 million views.

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