Kyle joined the BurgerFuel Henderson crew in 2010 and quickly became a shift manager due to his personality and ability to manage a team. He loves the family-like culture that is present in each store and feels proud to represent a New Zealand owned and operated business. BurgerFuel has taken Kyle to Australia to open new stores, which the lead him to the Store Manager’s position in Mt Eden!
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How did you first get involved with BurgerFuel? Through one of my family friends who was working at the Henderson Branch at that time. This was in the early months of 2010. They were in need of staff and I had hospitality experience that was transferable to what was needed at BurgerFuel.
What was the thing that attracted you the most to BurgerFuel? I really enjoyed how it was based on the American car scene and how the staff members I met when I was a customer really showed great customer service and were all really quirky in their own way. The general vibe in the stores made me want to be a part of that family.
What do you tell your mates and family about BurgerFuel, what are the perks and best parts of being part of the store staff? BurgerFuel is an amazing place to work as it has a very tight store culture and family vibe to it all. The best perks of being a store staff were most definitely my daily staff meal, the fact that we were able to "eat our way through the menu" was amazing. Another highlight was when we had team bonding night (beers and food), this was a good chance to meet everyone out of store hours and many of them have become my best mates (and flatmates!).
What motivates and makes you proud to represent the BurgerFuel brand? The brand itself makes me proud as it’s a successful New Zealand owned and operated gourmet burger joint. The way it supports local schools, businesses, sports teams really gets the community involved, and is another example of the family aspect that BurgerFuel gives off. Also, the fact that the stores are pretty much in sync with each other and the brand is like no other in the country. Makes me proud to say I work for such a widespread and well-known company.
What is one of the greatest opportunities BurgerFuel has given you? In 2015, I had the chance to go to Sydney, Australia, for 3 months as a support trainer for HQ - I was lucky enough to score a spot with 5-6 others from around the country. This for me was the best opportunity that BurgerFuel had given me as it provided further opportunities later to go to Brisbane for 6 months where I also trained store staff.
Through these opportunities, I had the privilege of meeting numerous HQ staff members and Store Managers from all over the country. In doing so I had the opportunity of store managing the Mt Eden BurgerFuel where I currently work now.
What is one thing you would say to any potential individual who is looking to work at BurgerFuel? If you want to go far you need to work hard, put passion into everything you do, and treat others how you'd expect to be treated. This is an amazing company to work for with endless opportunities. As long as you set your mind to it, nothing is impossible.
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