Anti-union action and so much more... with integrity™!

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Cowardly Chipotle Hater's picture
4.8
Average: 4.8 (5 votes)

I'm a current employee of Chipotle and all of these stories from employees are absolutely true. The same stuff is going on in our store. I would register but since I'm still an employee I would lose my job if I came forward and that's the last thing I want since I want to stay as long as I can to keep things going well for some of the other employees, who have become my close friends. Morale in our store is so low and then when I mentioned it to a manager suddenly I find myself targeted for all kinds of meetings. We hadn't done my development journal since I started and then all of a sudden four months later here we are doing mine and the entire meeting was spent trying to figure out if I'm organizing workers instead of focusing on my own development. I'm trying to organize our workers into a union because we desperately need one.

The confidential respectful workplace hotline is a complete joke. I was told that my boss would never hear who called but when I was cornered in meetings she repeated back to me something I said on the line. Back when I still believed the corporate hype, I said "If I have to get Steve Ells himself down here to save the store I will," and later I was told that Steve Ells is not going to save the store. The confidential line is a way for them to get to you. DO NOT CALL THEM!!!!!!!!

I found my tire slashed that same day and now I fear for my life and the lives of my coworkers. They definitely know I'm organizing our workers and they're targeting me. I walk around with a small crowbar in my pocket now for protection, and I never ever thought my life would come to this.

If you are still working for Chipotle please organize before they get rid of you. Once you have an organization meeting you will be granted all kinds of protections under the law but otherwise you're just a disgruntled employee with no rights. Right now our store is trying to hire as many new workers (Latinos only, of course) as possible to keep us from having a majority of employees who have seen injustice. Everyone is scared to say anything because they don't want to lose their job. If you complain they will label you a "low performer" and that gives them enough reason to fire you.

I had great hopes from this company and I was sure I was going to be running a store one day but it's all a scam. Our regional manager is a genuine sociopath who lies through his teeth. If you end up in any meeting with management immediately ask for a coworker to be present, and if they don't allow you to then they are breaking the law. We were told we couldn't see each other outside of work and that is blatantly illegal.

UNIONIZE!!! This company has gotten too big for its britches. Once you have that union meeting you are granted protections you won't get as a single employee!

Take notes about every encounter you have with management. They won't listen unless you have specifics. I was told that anything I've seen or heard is just in my head, and that I am the only one who feels the way I do, and when I tried to explain that everyone is afraid to complain because they'll lose their job, they just wouldn't listen. I was also told that the other person who felt the same way didn't say the same thing in their meeting, but when I talked to her, she told me that she repeated the exact same words to them, so therefore upper management is lying. When I told them there's a hundred stories just like ours on the Internet I was laughed at.

Chipotle is a big scam. We're in a college town and there're enough idealistic college students here to shut this location down. I really don't want to hurt the other employees because we have a fantastic crew, but there needs to be some activism and changes in the way things are done. I really wanted to run my own store because I saw how much customers loved this place and I really loved my job but now I want no part of this hypocritical corporate culture. I am looking for another job but I'm sticking around until they fire me just because the rest of the crew is looking to me for support and leadership. I didn't necessarily want to be part of all this but it was foisted upon me and I can no longer stand back and be silent. They don't like that at all. They don't want top performers, they want lackeys.

I know I'm going to be fired soon even though I'm the only one trying in our crew trying to keep up morale and actually build a team of good workers. Once I'm gone I will do everything in my power to hurt this company and make sure everyone knows that this is food without just as little integrity as all the rest.