Student Success Story

Meni Johnson

Alumni Class of 2015
Human Resource Development/MastersUnit Manager


Where did you hear about this opportunity, and what/who contributed to your being hired?

Xavier Career Portal


What advice do you have for students as they gear up for their job/internship search?

Begin searching early and for something you genuinely love doing. It will work out!

I come from a banking/finance background that had become very monotonous when there wasn't a new project. The cubicle had become draining.

I had previously worked for Starbucks when I graduated from UC. I really enjoyed the work, traveling from store to store getting best practices, the culture and the stock options.

I was surprised to see Waffle House listed on the Xavier career portal. I did a little research and applied. I happened to be reminiscing about Starbucks one evening at home...Waffle House called the next day.  The management hiring/interview process includes something called an "in-unit". You work a weekend in a store, you see what it's like and you are also observed. I had lots of fun, although I didn't jump right aboard.

When I decided to sit down for the last part of the hiring process, I was able to ask pertinent questions based on my in-unit as well as learn more about Waffle House, it's stock option and the unique business opportunity being presented. Waffle house opened nearly a store every four days last year. That creates loads of management opportunities.

Not a day goes by that I do not use the skills learned at Xavier to help me navigate my career at Waffle House.