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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Dick's Drive-Ins Facebook announcement: My grandfather and his original partners believed that investing in their employees was one of the best investments a business could make. That's why Dick's has prioritized paying the best wages and benefits in the industry for many decades. Starting September 27th, our starting wage will increase to $19 per hour. When employees pass their first skills test, they move up automatically to $20 per hour. This training takes the average employee 12 weeks, but some complete that training in as few as 6 weeks. Employees have an opportunity to earn raises and bonuses as they complete more advanced skills training. The top hourly pay for crew is now $21.75. Shift Managers, who are all promoted from within, make up to $7 per hour more than the top crew pay rate. Our Store manager are all salaried, and all started as crew members. Most have been with the company for more than a decade.

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Best fast food burgers outside of in and out, though Dicks fries and shakes are better. Always been one of the better small businesses in the area.

#1 | Posted by a_monson at 2021-09-27 12:49 AM | Reply

Dick's has prioritized paying the best wages and benefits in the industry for many decades.

Inconceivable!

- Right wing myth pushers

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-09-27 06:58 AM | Reply

Is this the tipping point to get snoofy back to work?

#3 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-09-27 12:05 PM | Reply

What do you mean, "back?"

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-27 12:08 PM | Reply

You are chronically unemployed because nobody likes you.

#5 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-09-27 12:18 PM | Reply

Their goes the poopflinger again. Flinging his poop around.

Have you tried one of Dick's burgers?

Sounds like the perfect burger for a Dick like you.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-09-27 12:38 PM | Reply

All the more power to him. It's as I've always said, market forces make mandatory minimum wage unnecessary. I noticed this here in Houston a few weeks ago. A Burger King was offering $14/hr for new hires. Houston has a lower CoL than Seattle, so $19/hr in Seattle doesn't sound outrageous.

#7 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-27 03:22 PM | Reply

"as I've always said, market forces make mandatory minimum wage unnecessary."

That foolishly assumes market forces are the same everywhere. All it takes is one large business closure in a small town to shift all "market forces" to the hirers.

#8 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-09-27 03:29 PM | Reply

"market forces make mandatory minimum wage unnecessary."

LOL hell no.

"At the beginning of this year, Seattle's minimum wage increased to $16.69 per hour for large employers with more than 500 employees."

Seattle did the $15 thing a few years back. Before then the minimum wage was under ten bucks.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-27 03:34 PM | Reply

"As I've always said"

Nobody gives 2 sh$ts what an ignorant, fat, gasping for breath rig monkey has to say.

Pf You.

#10 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-27 04:32 PM | Reply

Still can't rent anything if you want to live alone. Too $$$$$$

#11 | Posted by Brennnn at 2021-09-27 05:25 PM | Reply

and how can they pay these wages?
because a 1/4 burger by itself is $4.25. Straight from their menu.
www.ddir.com

#12 | Posted by e1g1 at 2021-09-27 06:13 PM | Reply

"and how can they pay these wages?"

I wondered that as well. $4.25 is a bit high for a burger, but not outrageous. So, yeah, how do they do it? Maybe the owner should share his business model so other restaurants can pay their employees more.

I think one thing that has to do with it, though, is the longevity of the restaurant. People like going to a place that has been around for 65 years. Seems that's true of a lot of restaurants. If they can make it the first three or four years, they are usually a success that will last. But new, small business restaurants have a high failure rate.

#13 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-27 06:24 PM | Reply

The fries at Dick's are the best you'll ever have from a fast food joint. They julienne them with the press thing, then right into the grease, throw on a little salt, and served up in the paper sleeve. No coatings, no special ingredients. Five minutes ago it was a room temperature potato. Nothing else comes close.

I have no idea why In-N-Out doesn't do it that way, their fries are probably the worst in the business.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-27 06:39 PM | Reply

Dick's is cheap, high volume, fast, and family friendly. It should also be noted that most of them don't have a dining room. You either sand around outside, or eat in your car.

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-27 06:40 PM | Reply

"a 1/4 burger by itself is $4.25."

Our local Wendy's sells their 1/4lb burger for $4.39 and the starting wage is $8/hr.

#16 | Posted by ScottE at 2021-09-27 10:40 PM | Reply

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