White Castle System Inc.
In 1921, White Castle Founder Billy Ingram launched a family-owned business with $700 and an idea, selling 5 cent, small, square hamburgers so easy to eat, they were dubbed sliders and sold by the sack. He built our business on a simple premise: “Happy employees make happy customers.” That isn’t just a clever quip from the 1920s; it’s our No. 1 priority. We know today’s team members want to be involved — that coming to work isn’t about punching the clock. It’s about their unique, individual dignity, yearning for growth and inspiration, and their desire to belong to a community. In 2014, Time Magazine declared our iconic original slider the most influential burger of all time, and today our 96-year-old family-owned business sells the same humble, 100 percent USDA beef patty with onions and pickle, creating memorable moments for craver generations everywhere.
White Castle was one of the first in the restaurant industry to develop employee health care, first offering a fund to help pay all or part of team members’ medical bills in 1924. Health, and now dental and vision, coverage continues, along with profit sharing and a 401(k). Other perks include vacation, weekly pay, a rewards program and an employee assistance program. We offer ongoing trainings and workshops. Our annual Ingram-White Castle Team Member Scholarship invites not only team members, but also their dependent children, to apply for tuition assistance. We celebrate team members’ golden work anniversaries with our 25 Year Club. Perhaps the most unusual — and some of our people might say accidental — benefit is a progressive career path. Nearly 25 percent of our team members, including our executives who started out steam-grilling sliders, have at least 10 years of service. Many will say their tenure wasn’t on purpose; they enjoyed the opportunity so much that a job evolved into a career.