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CKE Restaurants Inc.

Private Restaurant 5,000 - 10,000 Employees Headquartered in Carpinteria, CA 6 Active Jobs

On his first day in the fast-food business, Carl N. Karcher took in $14.75. In fiscal year 2003, his namesake CKE Restaurants, Inc. earned revenues of approximately $1.4 billion. The story of CKE Restaurants, and its flagship Carl's Jr.® restaurant chain, is the quintessential American success story. What began as one man's entrepreneurial venture in 1941 has evolved into one of the most powerful entities in the quick-service restaurant industry.

In 1980, the company hired its 10,000th employee, doubling its employee count in just three years. In 1981, with 300 restaurants in operation, Carl Karcher Enterprises became a publicly-held company. In 1984, Carl's Jr. was franchised for the first time.

As consumer tastes evolved, so did the menu, with the addition of the signature Western Bacon Cheeseburger®, breakfast items, charbroiled chicken sandwich line and All-You-Can-Drink beverage bars. By the end of the decade, sales topped $480 million at 534 restaurants. The company also opened its first international units in the Pacific Rim and Mexico. In addition, Carl's Jr. was one of the first chains to introduce a debit card payment system, inviting customers to use their ATM cards in the restaurants.

Today, CKE through its subsidiaries, franchisees and licensees, operates the Hardee’s®, Carl’s Jr.®, and Green Burrito® restaurant chains. We have more than 3,200 restaurants in 44 states and 14 foreign countries and an employee base that has grown to approximately 30,000.


CKE Restaurants, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer that believes in promoting and developing from within. We offer competitive compensation and excellent benefits including:
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • 401K savings investment plan
  • Employee stock purchase program
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Sick time
  • Educational reimbursement
  • Employee meal discounts
  • Direct deposit of paychecks


CKE is the place to be for opportunities in the quick-service restaurant industry. We provide a wide variety of support functions to more than 3,400 company-operated and franchised Carl's Jr.® and Hardee's® restaurants. We offer a challenging environment, with a firm belief that our success relies on the contribution and hard work of our associates.