Your Future... So Sodexo

Meet some of our very own Boomerangs. Learn why these Alumni have rejoined Sodexo.

Christopher Harwell

Executive Chef
Lexis Nexis, Alpharetta, GA
Discipline: Culinary

 

“I decided to return to Sodexo because of the reputation of the company and the diversity of resources found within. Also, being a single dad of a wonderful three year old little girl, working in the Business and Industry segment gives me the quality of life I require to be a great father! I’ve always said to work hard and play hard, but doing both and being able to reap professional and personal rewards are unique to this profession.

If you’re considering Sodexo for a career, the culinary support is amazing. Through systems like SMG (Sodexo Menu Graphics) and the other resources at our fingertips, we as Chefs can spend our time in the kitchen, developing our staff and taking care of the clients' and customers’ needs. If we need anything professionally, there are numerous avenues to ask for help. The support from the district and regional level is key, and your management team is only an email away.”

Christie Butler

Executive Chef
Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
Discipline: Culinary

 

“When coming back to Sodexo, my decision was simple. I worked for the competition and saw how the operation ran. I knew coming back to Sodexo would be a sound decision, as far as benefits and the ability to advance within the company were concerned.

For others considering Sodexo, just remember to hold true to yourself and never compromise. Be flexible, open-minded and have patience.”

Ryan M. Hamel

Executive Chef
University Hospitals, Shaker Heights, OH
Discipline: Culinary

 

“I came back to Sodexo to make a difference in the lives of those who matter most to me. I missed having daily guest interaction in the healthcare environment with our patients and other healthcare employees. I also missed the work/life balance I was able to have while previously working for Sodexo.

I'd recommend Sodexo to anyone looking to grow as a manager. Sodexo has tremendous tools for networking, training and career development. Also, motivated employees are rewarded generously through benefit and vacation packages. Sodexo allows me to do what I love most (cook great meals), while having plenty of time to enjoy with my family.”

Charles Stallings

Executive Chef
Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, Emporia, VA
Discipline: Culinary

 

“I returned to Sodexo because it is a company that allows me to grow in my career, as well as educate others in a diverse setting.

I have worked for a couple of leading food service companies, but none of them have offered me a great employment experience in regards to my quality of family life the way Sodexo has.”

Gene P. Pickardt

Executive Chef
Alcorn State University, Alcorn, MS
Discipline: Culinary

 

“I returned to Sodexo because I felt secure in my position and with the company. Sodexo has offered me great opportunities that I would not have found with many other organizations in the field.

Other Chefs should consider Sodexo for a career for the same reasons I returned/stayed. There are many opportunities for anyone who's culinary inclined and wishes to explore a new world through the eyes of the students, which allows us to stay current in the ever changing world of Culinary Arts.

Sodexo also gives you the freedom to be as artistic as you want with the many products available to you. I have learned different ways to put a ‘spin’ on some of the most popular, yet simple dishes.

They also offer a lot of incentives, including healthcare benefits, 401k and many more! The ability to relocate within Sodexo is a great way to get out there and keep it fresh. I have used this opportunity to travel and see different cultures, and I have met many people with whom I stay in contact and am proud to call my ‘friends.’ Sodexo, for me, is a home away from home.”

Andree Scalissi

Operations Manager 2, Food
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA
Discipline: Food Service

 

Though I had an enriching experience working at Starbucks, I felt that the culture was very structured and limiting and my talents were not being utilized. Sodexo has always allowed me to run with my new ideas. That trust has brought me back. While I was away from Sodexo, I also learned that I knew more than I realized. I was comfortable with my decisions because of the experiences and constant learning opportunities offered by Sodexo. Now that I am back, I appreciate that every day presents new opportunities for growth and success. I feel that I am trusted to accomplish our goals and always given the tools to succeed.

Beverly C. Thompson, RD, LDN

General Manager, Food & Nutrition Services
Woodlake at Tolland, Tolland, CT
Discipline: Clinical

 

Several reasons influenced my decision to return to Sodexo. I missed the resources available for my success and continued learning, like Sodexonet and having guidance from an experienced District Manager. I also missed having a realistic objective-based performance evaluation process that challenged my professional growth as a manager; and the unlimited opportunities available to me within one organization. Being away helped me realize how important it is for me to love my work, and to have an employer places value on my individual success. Accounts have similarities, but the emphasis placed on my development by Sodexo results in my taking ownership of the business I’m managing. That’s what I wanted again.

Bill Prout

General Manager
Gratiot Medical Center, Alma, MI
Discipline: Food Service

 

Leaving Sodexo was a difficult decision. After all, I was proud to be a part of what I considered an industry-leading team. But I made the move to what was supposed to be the opportunity of a lifetime: I became a Sodexo vendor – a relationship that proved quite valuable as I worked with my replacement to ease the transition. Now I’m back, stronger than ever for my experience and proud that I took the chance. What I once might have considered hokey clichés – integrity, accountability, respect and loyalty – turned out to be strong attributes that I learned as part of the Sodexo culture and took with me. I’m proud to be a part of our industry-leading team once again.

Dorothy McFadden

Clinical Dietitian
St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown, PA
Discipline: Clinical

 

After leaving Sodexo I stayed in contact with my co-workers. And I’m glad I did. Those contacts along with maintaining my licensure and registration allowed me to return; taking advantage of the opportunities for career advancement and strong support that Sodexo offers dietitians. I really like the clinical updates, resources for regulatory agencies, networking with the nation’s most knowledgeable dietitians and the opportunity to precept interns. Now, I’ve become part of great team at St. Luke’s Hospital. My supervisor is terrific; using her vast experience with Sodexo to get us in touch with all the resources we need to be a leading-edge dietitian.

Ellis G. Kirby

Education Facilities Solutions -
Vice President of Operations
Atlanta, Georgia
Discipline: Facilities

 

I had been with Sodexo for almost 8 years in a variety of management positions before personal circumstances required me to take a facilities management position with a leading university. This was a valuable learning experience, but I missed the opportunity to support and grow facilities management at a more strategic level. I think that the best part of working for Sodexo is the opportunity to work with people who are passionate about serving their clients. When I left Sodexo, I stayed in contact with many of my peers. The Sodexo Reconnexions e-mails helped keep me up-to-date and made me feel that I was still a part of the Sodexo family.

Jim Graham

Senior Area General Manager
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Discipline: Clinical

 

During my first 20 years with Sodexo, I had many opportunities to assist with training programs in addition to my responsibilities as a General Manager. Developing a real interest, I had an opportunity outside of the Sodexo to work as a full-time trainer. But I returned to Sodexo just 2 years later after realizing that the training job did not offer the challenges and rewards that I received as a Sodexo General Manager in operations. I realized that the everyday tasks and challenges of our jobs which we often complain about are really the things that keep us going. Being part of a successful team that works together to get things done is a great feeling.

Joanna Chan

General Manager
Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Discipline: Food Service

 

It was a client who actually talked me into returning to Sodexo. There were many positive reasons to work for this particular client. I was also hoping that we would also have a chance to gain back a sister account. This was achieved in 2007 and I hope I had some contribution in making this happen. In comparing my experiences, I would say that the work is similar but Sodexo’s leaders are far more caring. The competitor had me on a fast track, but the “caring” part was lacking. With management support, I have the flexibility and the ability to grow. At the same time, every day I can develop the talents on my management team.

Karen Potocki

Food Service Manager
Hamot Women's Hospital, Erie, PA
Discipline: Food Service

 

After a contract termination, I continued to work with the client through another company. However, I soon found that I did not have the same respect and pride that had been integral to my experience with Sodexo. They were always my second family. So I decided to return to Sodexo where I could, once again, work for a company that made me feel they had my best interests at heart and were willing to give me the tools to succeed. At Sodexo we built friendships that lasted beyond our tenure with the company. So I was able to use my contacts to secure a new position with an old friend...Sodexo.

Marie Michelini

Clinical Dietitian
Elk Regional Health Center, St. Mary's, PA
Discipline: Clinical

 

When I first joined Sodexo I was excited about joining a company that had such superb benefits, support from a great team of RDs, a respect for work/life balance, and a position only 30 minutes from my home. But when the contract was terminated and I found myself with a position nearly 2 hours from home. That proved to be too much of a strain on me and my family. But over time, I found that many companies do not place a high premium on work/life balance and that I truly love the variety and interaction with people offered by a Sodexo dietitian career. And that's what I rediscovered as I rejoined to the Sodexo team.

Robert Chaplin

Plant Operations Manager
Battle Creek Health System,
Battle Creek, Michigan
Discipline: Facilities

 

When I left Sodexo for family reasons, I told my District Manager that sometime in the future I would be returning. While I was away, I learned that my position with Sodexo gave me an advantage over being an employee of a hospital. On my own, I lost the ability to network with other accounts and managers. I believe this to be one of the best assets Sodexo has. I never lost touch with people that I worked and networked with at Sodexo, and the Sodexo website kept me informed of job openings. Eventually, the people that became my friends at Sodexo were the ones that helped me return. To them I say thank you. I very much appreciate Sodexo's understanding of my needs and welcoming me back.

Shaneika Johnson

General Manager
The Pines at Whiting, Whiting, NJ
Discipline: Food Service

 

Early in my career I had exposure to Sodexo through Wood Company. When an incredible offer came along to make a move it was too tempting to resist. Subsequently the facility was sold and went self op. Thankfully I had maintained professional relationships with many individuals at Sodexo. That led me back to a career where I knew that I had lots of room to grow and numerous career opportunities. The support and resources are unmatched. Now, I can enjoy endless domestic and international opportunities while doing something that I love – making meals special for every resident.

Stela Felipe

Retail Manager
Parrish Medical Center, Titusville, FL
Discipline: Food Service

 

Ever since I moved to the United States in 2003, I made the decision to return to work Sodexo. Previously, I had worked for Sodexo Brazil for 10 years - experiencing the strong commitment of developing our people. Once in the U.S., I would check the Career Center on a regular basis for job opportunities in my area. My diligence paid off. Now I can apply my talent for retail management in an environment that makes me feel motivated by meeting interesting people and building relationships with customers and my staff. I feel like I make a contribution every day. It is the good feeling of being at home. I feel very fortunate that I have been able to get back on track in my career at Sodexo.

Sue Sussman

General Manager
New York/Connecticut
Discipline: Food Service

 

When I first joined Sodexo I was excited about joining a company that had such superb benefits, support from a great team of RDs, a respect for work/life balance, and a position only 30 minutes from my home. But when the contract was terminated and I found myself with a position nearly 2 hours from home. That proved to be too much of a strain on me and my family. But over time, I found that many companies do not place a high premium on work/life balance and that I truly love the variety and interaction with people offered by a Sodexo dietitian career. And that's what I rediscovered as I rejoined to the Sodexo team.

Tera Fridley, RD, LD

Patient Operations Manager III
University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Discipline: Food Service

 

After over 7 years with Sodexo, I was disappointed to learn that our contract wasn't renewed and there were no local opportunities for me. I've always loved working for Sodexo and have been looking for an opportunity to return. I always felt like an important part of the team and not just "another manager." The support, encouragement and collaboration aren't always there with other companies. I'm so glad I kept in touch with people from Sodexo and was able to re-join the team. Even before I started back, I felt like I was part of the company again.

Thiru Thambyrajah

General Manager
Well Point, St. Louis, MO
Discipline: Food Service

 

I was unable to relocate when we lost an account, so I moved to another food service company. But I always kept in contact with my Sodexo Manager. That proved to be valuable. There was an opportunity to improve an account. That was the perfect challenge for me. Now that I’m back with Sodexo I have the resources that are essential to a successful career such as training, the proper tools, and good communication. I also thrive on the autonomy that we get at Sodexo – an important element that was missing from my previous employer.

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