In 2015, we expanded Chipotle’s educational benefits and redoubled our commitment to providing opportunities for our employees to learn and flourish. In partnership with Guild Education, Chipotle offers best-in-class education benefits. All employees are eligible to receive discounted tuition, deferred tuition payments and a potential reimbursement of up to $5,250 per year — even if they already have a degree. A student can earn a four-year degree for as little as $250 per year. Data from Guild Education shows that Chipotle restaurant employees enrolled in its programs who go back to school are twice as likely as their peers to be promoted within the company. Restaurant employees enrolled in a Guild Education program are also almost twice as likely to stay at Chipotle: as of mid-2017, 89 percent of employees who enrolled with Guild Education were still employed with the company after nine months. At of the end of 2016, 273 Chipotle employees were enrolled in programs through Guild Education, and 517 employees had taken at least one class. In 2016, 1,190 employees submitted 1,523 tuition reimbursement requests. We look forward to watching this number grow. We want Chipotle to continue to be a place where people of all backgrounds want to work, staying with us to advance their careers and help us to deliver consistently great experiences for our customers.
“I always wanted to go to university, but couldn’t afford it. So, when Chipotle told me about the Business Program, I jumped right in… I am really thankful for the financial support Chipotle gave me.” -Oscar General Manager