All signs point to Waffle House not doing background checks. However, it’s possible that some locations could apply a background check, so read further to know how that may affect you.
That said . . . we tested out one of their applications all the way through, and there were no questions about criminal history!
Here’s what you need to know about background checks:
Great news for former felons in the states listed below! The following states do not require background checks to report felonies more than seven years old:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)
Better than that, the states below do not require seeing convictions in which you were found not guilty:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
Sadly, the states listed below are pretty thorough with their background checks. They look at your entire record, including not guilty convictions and felonies from way back:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Waffle House got a 3.3 out of 5 star rating on glassdoor.com, which is an average rating.
Employees liked that front-of-house employees get to leave work with cash every day. They also said they liked their co-workers and employees.
Other employees complained about difficulties in work-life balance and long hours because it’s a 24/7 restaurant.
A little over half of employees would recommend Waffle House to a friend.
What felonies Waffle House will not hire
There isn’t a specific charge that Waffle House will immediately turn you down for. However, our research showed there are charges that will make it harder to get the job.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Violent crime felonies like robbery or assault could give you a harder time getting hired at Waffle House due to potential trust issues managers might have.
Property crimes could also pose problems. Restaurants have a lot of expensive equipment, so cynical managers might want to “protect their investments” by not hiring you.
A violation in liquor laws, such as sales to minors or drug trafficking crimes, could also be looked at unfavorably. In a fast food restaurant environment, there might be minors.
Additionally, the presence of minors could pose a problem if you have any felonies related to sexual assault on your record.
Does Waffle House hire sex offenders?
There’s a chance, but we don’t think it’s a very big one. We know they’ll be harsher about this kind of charge.
Does Waffle House drug test?
It does not look like Waffle House does pre-employment drug screening. Like always, however, we encourage sobriety. Restaurants that do not drug test for pre-employment can sometimes give reasonable suspicion or post-injury drug tests as well. Better to be safe than sorry.
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