Pizza Hut Restaurants

The simple truth is, we believe in you. We want to invest in you and make sure you’re happy with how you’re contributing – and learning. We’re about careers. The long game – freedom to grow alongside your family commitments.

Here at the Hut, we understand that being a dad means work has to fit around family. But that doesn’t mean we won’t take your development very seriously.

You deserve to fulfil your potential, so we make sure your training suits you and your particular talents. One size most definitely doesn’t fit all.

Not worked in hospitality before? No problem. Your induction alone with include everything you need to take the lid off your ambition and let your talent fly. There’s an awesome mix of online and on-the-job training. And should you wish to progress into Management, you’ll be cross trained by some of the best in the business at our Academies. Go Dad!

Our something-for-everyone range of benefits include flexible working and discounts at over 100 retailers. Not to mention discounted gym membership, health benefits, free meals on longer shifts and 50% off food for all the family. We also have a fantastic Employee Assistance Programme that can offer support and guidance (that’s for both you and your family from wellbeing, to financial and legal advice – we got you!

Case Study:

Mark Price

I’m a father of two boys­—a two-year-old and a four-year-old. I started with Pizza Hut as a Back-of-House team member 19 years ago and I became a Restaurant General Manager (RGM) in Cardiff in 2019.

I was a student when I started and now I’m a working dad so I’ve often needed flexibility in my work and Pizza Hut has always been great at providing that. I like to return the favour by making sure the students on my team are able to balance their work and uni life.

I was nervous about the impact kids would have on my working life. I knew a lot of women that I worked with had children but there weren’t many men I could go to for advice. So I checked Yammer – our employee social platform – and other Pizza Hut colleagues responded to my questions very quickly. The support from my Area Manager was outstanding. He wanted to know all the details—due dates, etc.—so he could make sure I’d be covered.

My partner and I are both RGMs and if we ever need time off for a parents’ evening or anything else, I can speak to an Area Manager to arrange cover. We plan our own shifts and our managers know we’re parents so they’re really understanding about giving us time off.

I progressed to RGM whilst being a parent so I don’t feel that having kids has held me back in any way. I’ve always wanted to be a father and a husband and I wanted to be an RGM for the private healthcare it would allow me to get for my family. I’ve been able to achieve that and I’ve always had the backing of management to get the experience I’ve needed to progress. Being an RGM is the best way for me to share my 19 years of knowledge!  

Mark

I’m a Restaurant General Manager (RGM) in Liverpool and have worked for Pizza Hut for 22 years. My wife also works for Pizza Hut and we have two children aged 13 and 9.

I started as a part-time Kitchen Team Member while doing IT at college but being in the restaurant environment I wanted to learn more and push myself so I started taking out food to guests and learning what it was to be a server front of house – I enjoyed working with people and being sociable!! IN my first 5 years in the restaurant I progressed from a team member, to Shift Manager, Deputy Manager and finally Restaurant Manager here in Liverpool.

As a first-time parent, I was a bit nervous about the impact having kids would have on my working life. I wanted to give 100% to my job and you hear horror stories about how tired parents can get, being up all night. But my wife was able to take the full 9 months off but, when she returned, we were able to work it so that I worked a day and she worked the late shift and vice versa.

My Area Manager was really great with the children situation. She left me to it and said ‘I’m here if you need me.’ My Deputy Manager often requests certain shifts off to be with his kids and I’ll always accommodate him. The general attitude at Pizza Hut is ‘do what you need to do’. We’re given autonomy but we also have to bear in mind that weekends will always be busy.

Flexibility is important to my team. Our policies and practices help working parents get time off when they need it. It’s all about communication and letting your line manager know in advance the days off you’re likely to need. Also, some parents like to work short day shifts, say, 10-2 or 11-3 when the kids are at school. Nothing is set in stone but, if you’re open and honest, you can get the hours you need.

I feel I’ve had exactly the same opportunities as people without kids. The flexibility allows it to work out really well. The are still opportunities for progression for me now. I enjoy working with real people in person and you never know what each day is going to bring. And when you’re part of a team, the days fly by.

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