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Voted a 2023 Top 100 Most Loved Workplace® according to Newsweek

Voted Top 100 Most Loved Workplace® by Newsweek

Careers at First Watch One Shift. One Team.

Join for the hours,
stay for the people.

"Just Be Kind"
- Ken Pendery, First Watch Co-founder
First Watch Co-Founder Ken Pendery greets guests at new restaurant opening

It’s the First Watch Way of Life

Our co-founder Ken Pendery built First Watch with a few foundational principles in mind: put others before yourself, go above and beyond for the customer and for each other, and – most importantly – “just be kind.”

Join for the job. Stay for the people.

Award-winning and Inclusive Culture is on the Menu

Here, we put our people First because we know that kindness is the gift that
keeps on giving.

At First Watch, we are committed to making days brighter by creating a culture where our teams and customers feel valued and celebrated for who they are and the differences they bring to the table. We also embrace the fact that diversity goes hand in hand with inclusion. With our core belief to Just Be Kind, we provide all of our people with the opportunity to contribute at the highest level and we empower diverse voices to ensure everyone can belong, thrive and follow the sun to reach their full potential. While our work is ongoing, First Watch is dedicated to building on our You First commitment and unlocking amazing possibilities for each team member and the communities we serve.

Employee Stories

Value #1

Just Be Kind

From holding the door to our You First mission, we serve with care, openness, and intention.

Value #2

Stand Shoulder to Shoulder

We are one team that faces challenges and celebrates successes, together.

Value #3

Roll Up Your Sleeves

We work hard with positivity, resilience and grit daily.

Value #4

Follow the Sun

Authenticity is the beacon that guides our sourcing, our food, our relationships and our growth.


You First

We Put You First

We understand the importance of taking care of our team members. Below are some of the many benefits and perks that come with joining our team. We put our employees first, and in return, they put our guests first.

Follow the Sun

Nothing’s more authentic than the natural rhythm of the sun

Authenticity is the beacon that guides our sourcing, our food, our relationships and our growth. Just as we greet each morning with the sunrise, we welcome each season into the First Watch menu with ingredients and flavors inspired by the position of the sun.

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