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Does Mellow Mushroom Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update August 27, 2019
When does Mellow Mushroom hire felons if they mostly hire students

The right job after a felony can help you feel productive again, so let’s look at the question: Does Mellow Mushroom hire felons?

Mellow Mushroom is a restaurant best known for their fresh, stone-baked pizza. In this article, we’ll show you how to get a job at Mellow Mushroom with a felony. We’ll start by looking at these questions:

  • Does Mellow Mushroom hire people with misdemeanors?
  • Are they on the Ban the Box list?
  • Does Mellow Mushroom do background checks?
  • What do employees say about the company?

And then we’ll move on to some awesome tips for getting the job. After all, it’s not easy finding work after a conviction. That’s where we come in. Relaunch Pad directly contacts companies and ask them if they hire former felons. Why? Because we’ve been there ourselves. Our team includes those with criminal records as well as professionals who have worked with former felons. We want to help you live your best life.

Let’s see how to get hired at Mellow Mushroom with a felony conviction.

Does Mellow Mushroom hire felons?

When does Mellow Mushroom hire felons if they mostly hire students

Official company policy for hiring felons

We reached out to Mellow Mushroom to ask them if they hire former felons. Unfortunately, their answer was no. They mentioned they mostly hire college students, actually. Now, this doesn’t mean they haven’t hired someone with a felony background before. It just means they don’t think they have and no one has claimed they have.

Has Mellow Mushroom hired felons in the past?

Unsurprisingly, we’ve found no evidence that they’ve hired felons in the past.

Does Mellow Mushroom hire people with misdemeanors?

Our sources don’t say either way if the company will hire those with misdemeanor convictions.

Is Mellow Mushroom on the Ban the Box list?

Ban the Box is a campaign to eliminate applications of the checkbox asking if you’ve been convicted of a crime. The Fair Chance Business Pledge is part of this, asking employers to give those convicted of crimes a second chance.

Mellow Mushroom isn’t on the Ban the Box list. However, when we filled out their application, there wasn’t a question asking if we’ve been convicted of a crime.

Does Mellow Mushroom have special programs for hiring felons?

They don’t offer any special hiring programs at this time.

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

Low likelihood of being hired with a felony

We think your odds are low because they straight-up told us they don’t hire felons. However, if you have a lesser charge, you may still be able to get an entry-level position.

What are some entry-level jobs?

Mellow Mushroom’s main entry-level positions are pizza baker and server.

How to get hired at Mellow Mushroom with a felony

So Mellow Mushroom says they won’t hire felons. But what if they change their minds? Or maybe you just have a misdemeanor charge? In case you want to give it a shot, here are some tips:

You’ll want to start by creating your resume. We’ll go over some helpful tips here, but we’ve also created a guide designed specifically for felons that you can reference as well! Check it out here: Complete Guide to Making an Incredible Resume for Former Felons

Mellow Mushroom is a pizza restaurant so you’ll want to include any restaurant experience, skills or talents you have. For example, have you made pizza before or perhaps ran a cash register? Mention when and where you obtained this experience and these skills, as well, whether at previous jobs, school or even while in prison. You also want to list all previous employers related to the restaurant or food industry. Don’t forget their addresses and phone numbers, if you know them.

Check for any spelling, grammatical or punctuation errors. Enlist the help of a friend. They can read over your resume and application before you hit the send button or take it in to the nearest Mellow Mushroom in person.

You’ve submitted your application and received a call back. Great! But now what? Now, we have some tips to get you through the interview process:

  • Be at least 15 minutes early. You want to make a good first impression by showing the company that you know how to be on time.
  • How should you dress? You aren’t expected to show up in a suit and tie, but jeans and a t-shirt are a no-no. Shoot for something in the middle like a pair of khakis and a nice button up shirt.
  • If you have any visible piercings or tattoos, do your best to hide them or take them out. You can find out the company’s policy on this at the end of the interview.
  • You’ll also want to talk about your restaurant experience and any skills or talents mentioned on your resume. Be sure to tell them again where you learned these skills.
  • Let the company representative know what you’ve been doing since your release. Talk about any volunteer work or community service you’ve done. If you’ve received any additional schooling or training since you’ve been out of prison, now is the time to let them know. It’s a great opportunity to let the company know you haven’t just been sitting around.

Does Mellow Mushroom do background checks?

Our sources show that Mellow Mushroom doesn’t do background checks, but keep in mind that most companies will at least verify your identity to ensure you can work for their company.

Here’s what you need to know about background checks:

The state you live in will determine what employers can see on background checks. For example, the states on this list don’t care about criminal records seven years old or older:

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

(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)

And these states won’t look at anything where you were found not guilty:

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

However, companies can and will see your entire record if they run a check, including those not guilty verdicts, in these states:

  • 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 did some research and found that on, Mellow Mushroom has a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Employees say it’s a fun, laid-back but still professional working environment. The biggest drawback is the low pay.

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

Does Mellow Mushroom hire felons? No, they don’t. But even if you’re able to get an interview, there are some felonies that might make it impossible to get a job at Mellow Mushroom. For example, because you’ll be working directly with the public in a restaurant setting, any theft, drug or violent crimes are going to hurt your chances.

Does Mellow Mushroom drug test?

We can’t say for sure whether or not Mellow Mushroom will drug test. Our advice is to prepare as if they do. You didn’t make it through the interview process to have to worry about passing a drug test.

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

Did you get a job at Mellow Mushroom with a felony? We want to hear about it. You’d be helping others that are in your same situation and helping our community.

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Leah Smith
Reentry Educator

Leah is a Reentry Educator with The Relaunch Pad. A recovering addict and mother of three, her two oldest adult children are dealing with their own addictions and problems, one being recently released from prison and the other is currently incarcerated. Her goal is to give hope to not only her own children, but to others in similar situations.