We could not obtain a direct statement from Kentucky Fried Chicken. However, the majority of comments online state that yes, KFC does perform background checks for Shift Manager positions and above.
Keep in mind that a background check won’t necessarily disqualify you from a job, but a certain felony may work against you, especially if you’re applying for certain positions.
Here’s what you need to know about background checks:
If your conviction is seven years old, some states don’t view those offenses. So, if your record is six years old, wait the time out so that if you apply for jobs in the states below, your employers won’t see your record:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
*sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.
However, if you were found not guilty, the list of states below does not consider those court cases:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
There are a number of states that report everything on their background check process. If you are looking for a job in these states, employers will see your entire record, even if you were found not guilty:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
With nearly 3,000 reviews on the site glassdoor.com, Kentucky Fried Chicken received an average score of 3.2 out of a possible 5 stars, and 52% of people would recommend a friend.
There was a fair balance of positive and negative comments. The more positive comments were related to benefits of free or reduced food and flexible scheduling. Typical of this industry, the negative comments were associated with dissatisfaction with pay, disrespectful customers or lack of help.
What felonies KFC will not hire
Are there certain convictions that will sink your application? Maybe, but KFC didn’t tell us what they are. Read below for more.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Based on KFC’s job application, there are questions about if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime (does not include minor traffic violations), if you’re currently charged with a crime, or if you’ve ever threatened or committed an act of violence, harassment, or discrimination. Whether your felony could prevent you from getting hired or not may depend upon the job or other factors about the crime.
Depending on what position you are being considered for, convictions related to robbery, burglary, larceny or sex crimes may make it harder to get hired.
However, don’t let your record be the reason that you don’t apply. The only way to know what will happen is to apply.
Does KFC hire sex offenders?
We aren’t totally sure on this one because they didn’t say and we can’t see any reports online about it.
Does KFC drug test?
Although we weren’t able to find their drug testing policy, most comments online stated that they don’t perform drug tests. However, since we cannot confirm this with the company, we would say there’s a possibility that drug tests are performed, even if it’s random.
Have you applied for a job or worked here before? Share your experiences!
If you have ever worked at Kentucky Fried Chicken, we’d love to hear your tips to help an ex-felon have a better chance to get hired.
Best of luck!