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Does Aramark Hire Felons in 2021? Let’s Find Out!

By Last update March 20, 2019
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Aramark is a global food supplier that employs thousands of people. Their wide reach makes them a great opportunity for finding work, but does Aramark hire felons?

If you have a record, that question will be at the top of your mind as you consider applying there for a job. That’s why we make it a point of connecting you with the information you need to apply with confidence. Relaunch Pad contacts companies directly and asks them about their hiring policies.

Our writers are all expert researchers that take pride in bringing you accurate and up-to-date information on major employers all around the world. We even use our personal experiences finding work to give you a head start!

So, without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about Aramark’s hiring policies!

Does Aramark hire felons?

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Official company policy for hiring felons

We personally reached out to Aramark to learn about their hiring policies, but unfortunately we have yet to receive a response from them. We will keep trying to make contact, though, don’t worry! In the meantime, we did a bunch of research to get an idea of their hiring policies. Read on!

Has Aramark hired felons in the past?

Once again, we can only go off what we have seen online. Some people say that you can get a job at Aramark with a felony, which is encouraging. Unfortunately, some others say you can’t, so it might be a little complicated.

Does Aramark hire people with misdemeanors?

Of course, former felons aren’t the only people who have a hard time finding work. It can be equally hard to get a job with a misdemeanor. So, does Aramark hire people with misdemeanors?

Assuming that they have hired felons in the past, it’s likely that they will also hire people with misdemeanors.

Is Aramark on the Ban the Box list?

The Ban the Box movement is a program designed to remove questions about an applicant’s criminal record from the job application.

There is also the Fair Chance Business Pledge — an optional promise businesses make that says they will treat people with criminal records fairly in the hiring process.

Both are great programs, but unfortunately Aramark isn’t actively participating in either. While this may sound a bit discouraging, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get a job at Aramark with a felony.

The truth is that many companies aren’t involved in either program. It doesn’t mean that they won’t hire people with a record.

Does Aramark have special programs for hiring felons?

Some companies actually make a special point of hiring people with criminal records. Other organizations (kind of like ours) help connect former felons with resources that will ready them for the job market. Local job centers are a good example of places you can go to for help finding a job.

Unfortunately, Aramark does not have any special programs for hiring people with felonies. Disappointing though that might be, it’s also very typical.

What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?

Uncertain likelihood of being hired with a felony

As you can see, we don’t have much official information on Aramark’s hiring policies. And the information that we have uncovered is somewhat contradictory.

So, does Aramark hire felons? Right now, we can only say that your chances are uncertain. The fact that some say they have gotten work at Aramark with a felony should provide you with hope, but until we have more info we can’t upgrade the odds.

What are some entry-level jobs?

Aramark is a big company and, as such, they have a good range of positions. On the food services end of the spectrum, they offer work as chefs or kitchen assistants. These jobs won’t be in a restaurant because Aramark is in the business of supplying food to other businesses, like cafeterias. However, the work will still be similar.

There are also sales positions, transportation jobs and custodial work. Hours of operation will vary from position-to-position.

How to get hired at Aramark with a felony

Now that we have seen the jobs they have available, it’s time to look at another important consideration: Getting that job.

As always, it all starts with submitting a good application. This basic but crucial part of the process will determine whether or not they give you serious consideration. Because of how important this matter is, you’ll want to spend plenty of time on your resume.

It can help to have someone look over it with you. This is a good idea for anyone, really — it’s often easier for someone else to point out your skills. A friend or someone at a career center can help make sure that your resume pops.

To do that, emphasize the experience you have that qualifies you for the position. For example, if you are applying for a sales job, list anything you can think of that has something to do with customer service. If you have experience with food, mention it on an application to their food service jobs.

You can even list relevant experience from work you did while incarcerated — it’s beneficial to put a positive spin on your background!

Once you nail the application, they will (fingers crossed) call you in for the interview. This means that they like what you are about, but they want to confirm that you are a good fit for them.

As with any applicant, you will be expected to show up looking professional. This means wearing nice work-appropriate clothes, and covering tattoos when possible.

You will also want to try to work out the pre-interview jitters. To maximize your chances of getting hired, you should try to come off as naturally as possible. If you have a relaxation ritual (music, tea, a long drive, so on and so forth), do it! Whatever it takes. Show up calm and comfortable, and you will improve your chances considerably.

Does Aramark do background checks?

From what we can see, it looks like they do. However, as to when does Aramark do background checks? We’re not sure.

However, background checks vary from state-to-state.

For example, here are some states that only look seven years back:

  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York*
  • Texas*
  • Washington*

Then there are places that won’t include not-guilty verdicts, like:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

Unfortunately though, many states include info on everything. They are:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

We also looked into what it’s like to work at Aramark. To accomplish this, we went to to see their company ratings.

We found that they have an overall rating of 3 out of 5 stars. Their lowest rating was a 2.5 for senior management. The highest was a 3 for work/life balance.

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

It’s hard to say which felonies might have a hard time getting hired at Aramark because they have a wide range of jobs. That said, if you are applying for a customer service position, a violent or sexual offense will probably hurt your chances.

Similarly, if you are applying for a transportation position, a drug- or alcohol-related charge may be a problem for them.

Does Aramark drug test?

It looks like Aramark will test for drugs at their discretion. This means they test you when they feel it’s necessary.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

We are always trying to improve our information. If you have experiences with this company, we want to know about it. Did this article help you learn how to get hired at Aramark?

Let us know so that we can better inform the community!

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Paul is a Reentry Educator with The Relaunch Pad who lives in the midwest. He has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and is dedicated to providing accurate and insightful information to former offenders who are seeking employment.