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SodexoCommunity.com is a meeting place for employees, customers, and community members to learn and share their experiences about Sodexo's new initiatives, community involvement, and great stories about our people. Sodexo is working to STOP hunger, promote sustainable business practices, be a responsible corporate citizen and be a great place to work. With more than 110,000 employees working in Corporate, Health Care, Education, and Government markets across North America, Sodexo touches the lives of millions of men, women and children each day.

About Sodexo

CB_aboutEvery day, more than 120,000 Sodexo employees offer Comprehensive Service Solutions that improve the quality of life for our clients and consumers across the United States. We serve thousands of health care facilities, long-term care and retirement homes, schools, college and university campuses, corporations and military sites.

Sodexo offers food services, housekeeping, grounds keeping, plant operations and maintenance, and integrated facilities management services. Our 10 million daily customers range from: college faculty and students to children entering school for the first time; medical professionals and hospital staff to patients and their families; corporate executives to company employees of every job description.

Our food services offering includes:

  • Campus, school and corporate dining catering and special events
  • Concessions and arena management
  • Food and nutrition services
  • Office coffee and refreshments
  • Retail operations and convenience store vending

Our facilities management offering includes:

  • Asset management
  • Engineering plant operations and maintenance
  • Facilities design and development
  • Grounds keeping and turf management
  • Housekeeping and environmental services
  • Laundry and linen management
  • Remote site management

SodexoCommunity is about:

  • Sharing your Sodexo Story
  • Fighting hunger in the USA
  • Our 2010 STOP Hunger Scholars & Heroes
  • Getting involved in the community
  • Rewarding volunteer efforts
  • Meeting our Global Teammates
  • Learning About the Employee Culture  
  • Employment Opportunities at Sodexo

 

Did You Know?

In the U.S., Sodexo has 300 union collective bargaining agreements and enjoys positive relationships with every labor organization that represents our industry. In Addition, Sodexo employees' wage levels are competitive within the industry, and typically are appreciably higher than the federal minimum wage.

Sodexo's health benefits include flexible hours and work from home options, where possible, to provide our employees with a greater balance between work and home obligations./p>

Sodexo provides jobs and opportunity for more than 120,000 Americans and are proud of that fact. For many of our hourly paid employees, Sodexo provides their first entry into the job market.  Over the years, we have promoted hundreds of our hourly workers into management positions giving them a path to a better quality of life. We are also proud that Sodexo has the highest employee retention rate in our industry.

 

A Great Place to Work

More than 120,000 employees. At 6,000 sites across the country. Serving over 10 million people every day.>

We're proud to provide jobs across the service sector with competitive wages, attractive benefits, and a wealth of training and educational programs.>

Sodexo has a long standing commitment to promotion from within the company. Employees get the chance to continually develop their skills and advance in their careers.>

 

Sodexo on Campus

Sodexo serves more than 600 college campuses across the United States. We could never serve such a vast and diverse population without customizing our menus and services to meet the ever-changing needs of America's college and university students.

Our Student Board of Directors is a group of student leaders representing the diverse communities we serve. They're not shy about letting us know what today's college student really wants from campus dining. The direction we take on campus - from menus and facility designs to the overall dining experience - is truly designed for students by students.

Making a Positive Impact

 

CB_corpcitiThe people of Sodexo touch the lives of millions of men, women and children each day. Our commitment goes well beyond the services we provide.

As a member of thousands of communities across the country, Sodexo is working hard to be a good corporate citizen. We are proud to be leading the industry with our corporate citizenship efforts.

Our accomplishments are notable...but just a start compared to what we can do together in the:

  • Growth and development of our workforce
  • Advancement of diversity and inclusion in our organization
  • Quality and safety of our services
  • Ethics of our business practices
  • Sustainability of our supply chain
  • Wellness of our customers
  • And our commitment to create a hunger-free nation.

 

Sodexo Stories

 

Desmond F.    
Executive Chef; School Services; Atlanta, Georgia
I've taken my passion for cooking farther than I could have imagined during my career with Sodexo.  In less than nine years, I've gone from a new culinary graduate to overseeing the culinary direction, marketing and purchasing decisions for a team that prepares nearly 9 million meals annually for K-12 students in Atlanta public schools.
As District Executive Chef of Atlanta Public Schools, I manage a wide range of catering and special events, direct three production chefs, and oversee menu and recipe development (with the assistance of the District Dietician) of meals for the system's 92 schools. I found out about Sodexo at a career fair while I was in culinary school. I started working for Sodexo through the Staffing Service and within two weeks I was hired full time. As an Atlanta native, I'm pleased to work for a company that gives me the opportunity to give back to the community I grew up in.  I've participated in a variety of local charitable efforts, including Habitat for Humanity, Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, and many others. I've helped expose high school culinary students to the opportunities available to them through participation at the National Restaurant Association and the NAACP ACT-SO program.         

Erin G.
Service & Catering Manager; Campus Services; Atherton, California 
From Intern to Catering Manager
My name is Erin and I began my Sodexo journey as a student at Chapman University working with Dining Services as a catering and marketing intern. It was during this time that I was selected to participate with Sodexo's Student Board of Directors. This experience changed my perception of “big companies” and I was shocked and awed that the true customer - the student.
I was given a great opportunity - to make campus dining better. It was during these formative years that I truly developed a sense of passion for making every day a better one. Upon graduating with a degree in Communication Studies I was offered a full time position with the company as a Unit Marketing Specialist in St. Cloud, Minnesota. This was a life changing experience for a girl from southern California. I learned to live in the snow and enjoyed creating exceptional experiences for our students.
While I enjoyed all the fun of the marketing world, I wanted to explore a true passion of mine, event planning, and was hired as the Service and Catering Manager back in California. This new position brought me to the bay area where I enjoy working at Menlo College and Menlo School. I still love making “every day a better day” and find that working with students is truly my calling. I have developed other students along the way and hope that I can empower them to create excellence within their lives the same way I was encouraged when I was a student.
We have several networking groups within Sodexo and I was recently elected to be the bay area iGen network group chair. I look forward to continued learning and growth with the company.
  
Dan R.
General Manager; Campus Services; Portland, Maine 
Identifying Young Talent Benefits Employees and Sodexo
I started working at Sodexo as a high school student in central Maine trying to make some extra cash. I quickly became a student supervisor, given the lead role of closing down the operation at night.  I am also proud of the fact that I am the first in my family to graduate from college and I credit Sodexo for helping to achieve that goal, which has enabled a stable home life and opportunities to learn and grow within my career. 

Sodexo is a company with integrity because it's very committed to developing employees. I know the company benefits when an employee learns and grows but their investment has meant the world to me.   
I joke that I liked to be bossy when I was younger, that's the only way to explain the lofty responsibilities Sodexo entrusted to a 16-year-old kid. But Sodexo saw that I showed enormous potential. I began at the company as a college freshman when I'd work weekends as a student supervisor, which helped me pay my way through college.

The company soon offered me a full-time job, gave me flex time to continue his studies, and even paid my tuition so I could earn my associate degree in business administration at Kennebec Community College. I felt like the sky was the limit and I could truly set the parameters of what I wanted to achieve at Sodexo.  

Katy K.  
Marketing Manager; Campus Services; Fort Valley, Georgia
Climbing the Ladder at Sodexo Brings New Experiences
My first impression of Sodexo was one that satisfied my taste buds as a student at Mississippi College. I long admired the company for seeking my input as a student to improve my college experience. So when the company offered me a part-time frontline job as a student, I jumped at the chance. I came to work full time for Sodexo after graduation and now I am a marketing manager at Fort Valley State University, moving from Mississippi to Georgia for the job.My mother, who is a big influence in my life was ok with her youngest moving eight hours away to work for Sodexo because she knew the company would treat me right. Mom - you were right! I have had many rewarding and enriching opportunities with Sodexo that has helped me grow as an employee and a person.s

 Ricky Y.   
Utility Worker; Campus Services; Fort Worth, Texas
Started with Sodexo at Texas Christian University in September 2008
I love to come to work every day here at TCU Dining Services. All of my managers and supervisors and are very friendly and supportive.  I like working here with Sodexo in the dining hall because here I am treated as a person instead of a number.  I enjoy working in the diverse environment that Sodexo provides. I get to work with people from different cultures and environments, and from all around the world. I love learning from them.  My goal is to one day be a salaried manager with Sodexo and to eventually retire with the company. 
 

 Todd S.      
District Manager; Campus Services; Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Sodexo: Partnering with the Lehigh Valley Community
We're proud to champion the Lehigh Valley community, not only by serving students, faculty, staff and patients at local college campuses and hospitals, but also by contributing to the health of the local community. We believe that healthy local communities are at the heart of society.Here's a snapshot of some of what our team at Lafayette College has been able to achieve for the Lehigh Valley community:

Pre-K Counts: We provided three cooking demonstrations for 50 parents and their children to encourage good nutrition for families
Third-Street Alliance: We discussed good nutrition and demonstrated healthy cooking to women at the shelter.
Project Easton: We collected 2,000 pounds of food in one day right before Thanksgiving, when the cupboards were bare.
Second Harvest Backpack Buddies: We organized an “Iron Chef” competition between Lehigh University and Lafayette College and raised over $5,000.
YMCA Junior Chefs Camp: We taught 20 kids lessons that will lead to a lifetime of good nutrition. We donated 100 hours of our time so the classes would be free for the kids.
We will continue to play our part to strengthen and serve the Lehigh Valley community. for additional photos of our community involvement 

Sergio S.   
Catering Chef Manager; Campus Services; Fort Worth, Texas
From Hourly Line Cook to Catering Chef Manager
I started with Sodexo in August of 2008 as an hourly line cook with TCU Dining.  Fresh out of culinary school at Texas Culinary Academy, a Le Cordon Bleu Program, I had moved back to my roots in Fort Worth, from Austin looking for a culinary position.  I was hired, and just a month and a half later promoted to Production Manager, running a small cafe.  During my time in this position, I was able to increase my experience in university dining, and learn from the managers above me.  After working at the cafe for 3 months, I was then given additional responsibilities with the catering program.  In May 2009, I reached my goal of becoming a Catering Chef Manager for Sodexo.
Since my involvement with Catering, I have had the privilege to assist with the Regional catering guide, as well as work with some very experienced Sodexo Chefs from different parts of the country.  I have had the opportunity to travel to different units across the region to assist with large-scale events, and assist with the Visiting Chef program.  I am actively involved in the American Culinary Federation and the Texas Chef Association, where I get to broaden my culinary network base. All of this experience has been a crucial chapter opening for  my culinary career.
Being a first generation Mexican-American, I am happy to work for a company that embraces diversity.  Sodexo has proven to me that they are a company providing open opportunities for those individuals that strive to reach their independent goals.   I am determined to help my employees reach their goals within Sodexo, much like my managers helped me. I enjoy working for Sodexo, and hope to further my career with the company for many years.

 Kelly R.    
Marketing Manager; Campus Services; Fort Worth, Texas
From hourly Marketing Coordinator to Marketing Manager
My name is Kelly and I began my experience with Sodexo first as a scholarship athlete on a meal plan while in school. I remember eating in the dining hall every day with my friends and having such a blast meeting new people and trying new foods.
When it was time to hang up the sports equipment, and get a job during grad school, I accepted a position with Sodexo at the school I was attending, Jacksonville State University, serving as an hourly marketing coordinator.
Balancing school and my new position with Sodexo helped me to apply what I was learning in the classroom to what I was working on in the office.  Being so young and still in school, it helped give me a leg-up on how to market meal plans to college students.
After finishing my M.B.A., I accepted a job with Sodexo at The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta as an hourly Assistant Marketing Manager.  While at Georgia Tech, I served under the marketing manager, and had the opportunity to work with the management team on many different aspects of the business.
In July of 2009, I fulfilled my goal when I accepted the position of Marketing Manager at Texas Christian University. I love my new position here at TCU, and have learned so many different things here. I have the privilege of working with an AWESOME management team, and I look forward to coming to work every day.
I hope to continue my journey with Sodexo, and enjoy making every day a better day.

Mel M.
General Manager, Environmental Services; Jacksonville, Florida
My journey began in February 1986, when I began work for the largest private operator of Health Care facilities in the United States. My first role was a frontline lead person, and then I was promoted to supervisor, then to manager, and finally the Department Director!

In July of 1999, my employer made the decision to contract with Sodexo for Environmental Services and Patient Transport. I was selected for the Director's position in Patient Transport. While my prior experience helped prepare me for my role with Sodexo; I quickly realized that a career with Sodexo would lead to a world of endless possibilities.
Now in my 4th position in 11 years with Sodexo, I can say with a great deal of confidence that I made the right decision. One that has not only allowed me to maximize my full potential but also to take full advantage of the tremendous resources we have available at Sodexo.
I have served on many task forces to include my current role as a member of the Patient and Residence Experience Human Resources Task Force. For my personal development I participated in several Sodexo programs, including IMPACT, Spirit of Mentoring and will graduate next month from Emerging Leaders. I also look forward to representing my district as “Culture Champion” where I will be involved in activities designed to further engrain our Sodexo CARES program & culture throughout the organization.
Just a few of the reasons I enjoy working at Sodexo? I am passionate about my job, I have been afforded advancement Opportunities, and my company gives me the latitude to make a difference.

Missy W. 
Head Cook & Cashier; School Services; Urbana, Ohio
I am a proud member of the foodservice team in the Urbana, Ohio school district, and I believe all of us should be active in making a difference in our respective communities. The favorite part of my job? Every week I have the opportunity to improve the lives of about 130 students each week through Sodexo's Backpack Program.
The Urbana Backpack Program, which started in November 2009, provides healthy and nutritious weekend meals to students who might otherwise go without.  Sodexo's team in Urbana, partnered with The Caring Kitchen, a local kitchen and shelter, to bring the weekend meal program to our town.
To support the program, I work with the school psychologist and administration to make sure that everything runs smoothly, but I also get to help distribute the much-loved backpacks every Friday at school.  I definitely get a real Santa Claus feeling with this program because the kids are so excited to get their backpacks! In a joint program set up with the Urbana country club, we purchased a number or sets of kids golf clubs which the younger children can borrow and use on the miniature course. The golf pros volunteer their weekends to help the kids learn the rules and etiquette, and they have a blast.
I have been a Sodexo employee for over four years now, and I just love the fact that I get to go to school everyday and help kids. Not to long ago a young student put the meaning of this program in plain English. He said that, “the best part of having the backpack is it means I get to eat.” It's truly an emotional thing, but it is also very rewarding.
A lot of corporations are only interested in figuring out how to improve their bottom line, but Sodexo wants to be a part of the community, and make a difference in students' lives.
It's great knowing that we have the opportunity to improve the lives of so many kids and families every single day.

Erin G.
Service & Catering Manager; Campus Services; Atherton, California
From Intern to Catering Manager
My name is Erin and I began my Sodexo journey as a student at Chapman University working with Dining Services as a catering and marketing intern. It was during this time that I was selected to participate with Sodexo's Student Board of Directors. This experience changed my perception of “big companies” and I was shocked and awed that the true customer - the student.
I was given a great opportunity - to make campus dining better. It was during these formative years that I truly developed a sense of passion for making every day a better one. Upon graduating with a degree in Communication Studies I was offered a full time position with the company as a Unit Marketing Specialist in St. Cloud, Minnesota. This was a life changing experience for a girl from southern California. I learned to live in the snow and enjoyed creating exceptional experiences for our students.
While I enjoyed all the fun of the marketing world, I wanted to explore a true passion of mine, event planning, and was hired as the Service and Catering Manager back in California. This new position brought me to the bay area where I enjoy working at Menlo College and Menlo School. I still love making “every day a better day” and find that working with students is truly my calling. I have developed other students along the way and hope that I can empower them to create excellence within their lives the same way I was encouraged when I was a student.
We have several networking groups within Sodexo and I was recently elected to be the bay area iGen network group chair. I look forward to continued learning and growth with the company.
 
Dan R.
General Manager; Campus Services; Portland, Maine
Identifying Young Talent Benefits Employees and Sodexo
I started working at Sodexo as a high school student in central Maine trying to make some extra cash. I quickly became a student supervisor, given the lead role of closing down the operation at night.  I am also proud of the fact that I am the first in my family to graduate from college and I credit Sodexo for helping to achieve that goal, which has enabled a stable home life and opportunities to learn and grow within my career.
Sodexo is a company with integrity because it's very committed to developing employees. I know the company benefits when an employee learns and grows but their investment has meant the world to me.  
I joke that I liked to be bossy when I was younger, that's the only way to explain the lofty responsibilities Sodexo entrusted to a 16-year-old kid. But Sodexo saw that I showed enormous potential. I began at the company as a college freshman when I'd work weekends as a student supervisor, which helped me pay my way through college.
The company soon offered me a full-time job, gave me flex time to continue his studies, and even paid my tuition so I could earn my associate degree in business administration at Kennebec Community College. I felt like the sky was the limit and I could truly set the parameters of what I wanted to achieve at Sodexo. 

Robert C.
Cafe Supervisor; Corporate Solutions; Belfast, Maine
Ihave held many positions with Sodexo since starting in January of 2001 as a grill cook in a corporate account in Maine. Little did I know when I started that hourly position, I had set in motion a career path for myself that included positions as a chef, catering chef and cafe supervisor at Sodexo locations throughout the region.
Having the chance to participate in CHAMPS management training, I now supervise the cafe operations at a major account in Belfast, Maine and like to share my knowledge with my teammates to assist them developing their own career paths. I enjoy the work I do with the daily operation of the cafe, as well as the ideas I come up with to help grow the business. This path has allowed me the freedom to create great food along with ability to tap into the great resource of other chefs' knowledge in the Sodexo community.
Sodexo has helped me turn my job as a cook into a life long career path, but it has also given me the tools & skills to be a successful leader.
Note: Robert also met his wife while working for Sodexo. He is happily married, and he and his wife are the proud parents of a little girl.

Scott M.
District Manager; Health Care Services; Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi
From washing pots, to managing a district? Hard to believe, right? In 1984, I was a sixteen year old pot washer at Farrell's Restaurant in Baltimore, back then a Marriott operation (Sodexo merged with Marriott Management Services in 1998.) Today I am a Sodexo District Manager, with years of experience in the company, and within all aspects of management.
I quickly took a liking to the restaurant business and quickly learned the ins and outs of hiring, ordering, supervising food production and retail staff, as well as marketing.
My next move was into Marriott Long-Term Care, as a Retail Manager at a facility in Sykesville, Maryland in 1990. There I was able to manage a full- service dining room serving 300 residents, plus had the opportunity to supervise an employee cafeteria and a coffee shop at the facility.
From there, I moved into Marriott's Health Care Division, first as a District Relief Manager, where I gained experience as a Patient Services Manager, then on to a leading, hospital in Baltimore. There, as Relief/Projects Manager, I managed and supported all areas of the Nutrition Department and trained new managers in Marriott standards.
I was also interested in living in places that were new to me, boy did my wish come true.
I was blessed to experience several promotions and transfers - from Maryland to Florida. In 2000, I was promoted to Director of both Food and Nutrition Services and Laundry and Linen Services at a major health care facility, where I oversaw five retail operations, 11 managers and 141 employees.
Fast forward to today, where I find myself a District Manager for Sodexo Health Care Services and oversee 16 clients in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi. I have enjoyed working for a company that's believed in me, and rewarded me for hard work.

Haydee C.
Account Controller; East Hanover, New Jersey
I came to this country 15 years ago and this was my first job. I was somewhat scared for many reasons because I had never worked in a cafeteria. First, I did not know the language; and second, I had no idea how to prepare a sandwich or an American style salad. My coworkers helped me very much. The beginning was very difficult and whenever I was unable to perform a job, I recalled a saying a manager had told me in those days and that stayed in my mind ever since then: There is no gain without a pain. I learned that if I wanted something, I had really had to make an effort.
Working for Sodexo, pushed me to study English, since I had the need to communicate with the public and to be able to get a better position, I had to go to school to improve my communication and my computer knowledge. Observing the managers, I decided to go to college. The cafeteria's work schedule from 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. was of great help because it afforded me the possibility to go to classes at night. While going to school, I moved up in my job, deli, salad, cashier, vending, bookkeeper, account controller. Now, as an account controller, I have the opportunity of learning the financial system of the company. I attend training seminars and I even had the opportunity to travel to Maryland to receive training to train other managers.
My family is very proud of my progress and I was able to achieve it thanks to the opportunity Sodexo offers its employees, and to the collaboration of the various managers with whom I have worked.

Pat O.
Clinical Nutrition Manager; Health Care Services; Wayne, New Jersey
As I entered my professional career as a hospital dietitian, little did I know I would be promoted at Sodexo within 2 years! I was not satisfied with the thought of being a staff dietitian forever, and I set my sights on becoming a Clinical Manager. Through Sodexo's support, I was provided with training to develop the necessary skills for a management position.
As a Sodexo employee for 15 years, I have continued to expand my horizons and grow within my scope of practice, and beyond. I have worked at large teaching facilities and smaller community hospitals. I have been trained to teach our staff everything from hand-washing to customer service. As a Clinical Manager, I enjoy working directly with patients and the community, participating in operations, implementing processes, and monitoring outcomes. I have been fortunate to be able to continue my personal growth as an Area Support Dietitian, mentoring other newer clinical managers.
I am a full-time working mother of three children, one of whom has Down's Syndrome. The people with whom I have worked over the years have been truly considerate of the myriad of trials and tribulations that come along with a child with disabilities. Without their understanding and assistance, I could never have achieved the level of professional satisfaction and success I have today.
Thank you, Sodexo for allowing me to be all that I can be!

 

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