Overview and benefits


Hardee’s is a fast-food restaurant that’s operated by CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. Over the years, Hardee’s has had multiple owners. A lot of the franchised locations are in the Middle East and Pakistan.

Many people connect Hardee’s with the equally popular Carl’s Jr., but CKE announced in 2018 that the two would become separate brands due to differences in environment and audience. Hardee’s is known to be a more family-friendly option.

Hardee’s is most known for its charbroiled burgers, including its line of Thickburgers. It also offers other entrée options such as chicken sandwiches, roast beef sandwiches, chicken tenders and chili dogs. For sides, Hardee’s offers regular fries, curly fries and bacon cheddar fries.


To learn more about Hardee’s, visit its website at https://www.hardees.com/.

Number of employees

Not counting franchised locations, Hardee’s has an estimated 3,200 employees across its corporate offices and corporate-owned locations.

Date founded

The first Hardee’s restaurant was opened by Wilber Hardee in Greenville, North Carolina in 1960. By the end of the 1960s, there were 200 Hardee’s locations, and the company had even gone international with one in Germany.

Its famous Made from Scratch biscuits were introduced in the 1970s and are still one of the restaurants most popular menu items. By 1975, it had 1,000 restaurants open, doubling that to 2,000 in the 1980s.

CKE, the current holder of Hardee’s, bought the brand from Imasco in the 1990s. Soon after, Hardee’s rebranded with a more modern look and introduced its popular line of Thickburgers.

Company mission statement

Hardee’s is committed to creating an environment that mixes good ideas with hard work and determination that will keep both its customers and employees happy. The company does this by hiring those with a great work ethic and putting together a menu that everyone can enjoy.


Hardee’s is categorized under the restaurant industry.

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How old do you need to be to work at Hardee's?

If you’re applying to work an entry-level job at Hardee’s, you must be at least 16 years old. However, age requirements may vary based on state laws. Management positions may also require that you be older.

Does Hardee's require a drug test?

Hardee’s may drug test you if it intends to offer you a job and based on location. You may also be drug tested as an employee at the discretion of the company policy. If you’re applying for or being promoted to a management position, you may also be required to take a drug test.

How much do Hardee's employees make?

Entry-level restaurant staff gets paid an average of $8 per hour. This increases slightly as staff members move up the chain of management. A restaurant manager makes an average of $10 per hour with a range of $7 to $13.

What are the requirements to work at Hardee's?

Hardee’s uses its STARS acronym to describe the type of people its looking for. Hardee’s hires enthusiastic individuals who work well with a team. Reliability is also a plus. All positions may require some type of interaction with the public, so if you’re friendly and focused on creating the best customer experience possible, you may be a good candidate.