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wagamama Overview

London, England
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
Casual Restaurant
£100 to £500 million (GBP) per year
wagamama means naughty child, one who is wilful or determined.

we’re never afraid to say what we believe in. never afraid to be different, be bold and to stand out. we want to be authentic, genuine and honest...just like the people we ... Read more

Mission: to spread positivity from bowl to soul

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2019 (#41)

Top CEOs: 2018 (#26)

Company Updates

  • our brilliant ceo Jane broke the news this morning that for the first time ever wagamama has scored a place in glassdoor top 50 companies to work – as voted by our amazing teams! this is an awesome achievement for many reasons but, the one that sticks out for us, is that we have happy people! as a business, we strive to listen to our people’s feedback and in the spirit of kaizen, make positive changes everyday

    2019 will be even bigger and better! thank you to all of our brilliant people for the work you do everyday. keep innovating. keep being yourself. keep being wagamama, and in the wise words of Jane...loveyourselves loveyourteams loveyourguests

  • at wagamama we're always trying to find fresh and innovative ways of both learning and teaching through our fire up apprenticeship programme, which is great! but, sometimes its best to go back to basics and get steven mangleshot to work his magic and demonstrate how its done with a room full of eager apprentices.

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wagamama – Why Work For Us?


in japanese, our name means ‘naughty child’, or ‘one who is willful and determined’

be you. be wagamama

what does it mean to be wagamama? one of the greatest things about working for wagamama is that you can be yourself! 

we come from all kinds of backgrounds. we share all kinds of interests, but there’s one thing that connects us all – a love of great food cooked with the freshest ingredients

behind every great wagamama experience are great wagamama people. people who are never afraid to speak up. never afraid to be different it’s our commitment to spreading positivity from bowl to soul that makes us stand out from every other restaurant around.

our behaviours

at wagamama, we know that delivering great results is important! but what is even more important is how we deliver them!

we have recognised 5 behaviours that really shine through within our amazing teams, creating a positive place where our people can be the best they can be. through demonstrating these behaviours, we spread positivity with our guests and with each other  

we care 

we embrace change

we communicate

we lead

we own it

be a part of it!

we want to be as good a place to work as we are a place to eat. behind every great wagamama experience are our great wagamama people - and that could be you!  our food is authentic and our people are you. be wagamama

be you. be wagamama

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more time for me time

at wagamama we want to be as good a place to work as we are to eat. that’s why we offer a great range of benefits for our teams at all levels

anything is possible when the right ingredients come together. our rewards serve up culture the wagamama way, with flexible hours to suit your lifestyle

pension scheme

pension auto enrolment is applicable to all wagamama employees            

down time...we all need it!

when you’re at work, you’ll get breaks. what’s more, all work and no play just isn’t the wagamama way, so all wagamama staff accrue paid holiday – how much is determined by how long you’ve worked with us and which position you are in 


we offer different medical plans with varying degrees of cover depending on your role

long service recognition

we love people who love wagamama! we celebrate long service after 10 years of continuous service. what do you get...stick around and find out!

eat when you’re hungry

we love our food and we know you will too. when you’re on shift, you’ll be able to order and enjoy dishes from staff/team menu

our food is what make us special and you’ll probably want to share it with your family and friends. when you do, you’ll get a 30% discount on the food and soft drinks! now your friends are going to think you’re even more awesome!

performance based pay reviews

every year you and your manager will have a discussion about your performance. you’ll talk about how you’ve been totally awesome and also areas/opportunities for development (we’ve all got them!). these conversations are really important because they help us reward people who do amazing things


wagamama is constantly running brilliant competitions and incentives both nationally and locally! recent prizes have included.......brand new cars! trips to boston and brugge and more!  we also hold our world famous (in the uk) christmas parties for all our staff every year!

management bonuses

our restaurant managers and noodle hq staff receive bonuses when the become super-successful. it’s our way of saying thanks. thanks for supporting the foh teams in creating great guest experiences. thanks for giving the boh teams everything they need to deliver perfect dishes. thanks for the all-round outstanding results. thanks for being so dedicated, thanks for being essential, thanks for being you!

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be the best version of you...go far at wagamama 

kick-start your career

whatever your role, we’ll give you the best start at wagamama. our hands-on training will help you build the skills to make it happen. just bring your love and passion for food – after all, that’s why we come to work in the morning


at wagamama, you learn by doing. you learn by listening. you learn from other people. and then there’s noodleversity. get the knowledge + skills you need to grow and develop with our online learning toolkit

noodleversity is constantly updating with new material. that means more ways to learn and more videos to help you develop where + when you want to

one step closer to where you want to be

we’ll help you take control of your own career + progress at wagamama. these are the experiences + opportunities that will see you grow and achieve. whether you start back of house, move to front of house or head into noodle hq, anything is possible if you’ve got the passion + ambition

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people + passion 

from strength to strength, from restaurant to noodle hq – everyone has their own journey at wagamama. we care. we lead. we communicate. we own it. we do it for our guests + each other

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be you. be a wagamama chef! 

being a brilliant chef at wagamama means being part of the vibrant teams of people that bring our kitchens to life!

at wagamama we only use the freshest ingredients and our chefs put their heart and soul into every dish they prepare for our guests. being a wagamama chef means working in our modern kitchens where you’ll get to see your guests enjoy the dishes you’ve made.

whether you are just starting out as a line chef, or you are a seasoned head chef you’ll receive support, training and development from wagamama to be the best you can be!

don’t worry if you’ve had no previous experience cooked japanese or asian food, or maybe you haven’t worked in a professional kitchen at all! not a problem, we’ll help you learn new skills that will set you up for a rewarding career.

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wagamama Reviews

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    "Be Wagamama, Be You!"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Gateshead, England
    Current Employee - Line Cook in Gateshead, England
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    I have been working at wagamama full-time (More than a year)


    Where to begin? So many happy, friendly faces. Every member of our team Back and Front of House are truly unique and fascinating people. It seems every body here has hidden talents and hobbies they excel at. The company slogan, "Be Wagamama, be you" isn't just empty rhetoric, it's so true here. I don't know if our recruiters are just experts at finding these people or if it's the great atmosphere and work culture that brings the best out of our employees both in and outside of the workplace.
    The great work/life balance must play a part in this too.

    The diversity of our teams is their strength. For every weakness there are ten people with a strength to balance it out. I have had tremendous fun learning new languages in the kitchen. It really makes for a unified, team strengthening experience. We all the speak the same language, good food! Soul food is universal.

    A huge positive for me is the wide range of vegetarian and vegan food options. It's a great convenience having access to this food for free! Yes, that's right! A free meal every shift, anything from the menu. It's great to know my employer cares about the environment and animal welfare as much as I do and makes these options available. I'm completely stoked for the new vegan dishes coming soon, they'll be new break time favourites for me.

    Speaking of which, breaks are generous and always guaranteed. Hours are never an issue for me, I get a guaranteed minimum and as many more as I need or want.

    There are always ample staff on shift so any busy periods of the day are well covered for. Help is always on hand no matter your experience level. Each line chef has their own section they are responsible for, this provides a good sense of independence and allows for you to work with your own personal preferences as far as time management goes. You can be left and trusted to work on your own but with all the benefits of having a full team right beside you, should you need advice or a helping hand. It's a great system. They really get the balance between individual freedom and being part of a coordinated team effort well.

    It's one of the cleanest restaurants I've worked in. Great work ethic, cleaning and hygiene regime. Closing the kitchen is a relatively quick effort too with the number of team members on hand. Which is great for those using public transport services of which my particular restaurant is perfectly located for.

    Small perks on extra busy days like beers and desserts are always greatly appreciated. The occasional contest for best presentation of dishes is always fun too and rewarded generously. Awards like 'Chef of the Month' greatly boost team moral and bring the best out of everyone. Out off work activities like paint balling, football and bowling are good fun too.

    Managers are very approachable, understand any issues staff may have as they've all been there before and done the job as long as anybody. The hierarchy of positions mostly goes unnoticed, everyone receives equal respect and gives equal effort.

    Promotion is a clear pathway, lined out perfectly in front of you to take. There's no boundaries but your own attitude and ambition. It's very achievable to rise up.

    The pay is fair and competitive. Kitchen even receive a share of the tips.

    Everything you need to do your job well is provided for.

    I feel like I can be myself in this job and it's encouraged that I am true to myself.


    It can be a little physically demanding with the inevitable temperature of the kitchen, but there's always help, refreshments and air con to combat the heat. It's to be expected. Nothing major to concern me.

    Advice to Management

    Keeping being you! Keep being Wagamama!

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wagamama Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview




  1. Featured Interview

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    Line Chef Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at wagamama (Bristol, England) in July 2017.


    Like game was the Interview Process , a very amazing management staff who at all time looks at your positive way...All questions was a very easy about kitchen food safety and interaction with customers

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wagamama Awards & Accolades

  • Employer of the Year, Casual Dining Restaurant and Pub Awards, 2016
  • People Development Programme, The Learning Awards, 2016
  • Best Restaurant Operator, R200 Best Restaurant Operator, 2016
  • Best Employer Brand, RAD Awards, 2014
  • Best Evolutionary Brand, CGA Peach Honours Award, 2015
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