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the wagamama way

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we like to think of wagamama as an eating house for the soul. since 1992, our open kitchens have served up simple balanced bowls filled with fresh asian flavour and high-quality ingredients. all in service of nourishing modern society. from bowl to soul

but wagamama is so much more than a place to get a great bowl of goodness. beyond our bowls are vibrant teams of talented people, who have each other’s backs and win as a team

we have a saying at wagamama. be you. be wagamama. this means no matter who you are, you’re welcome and free to be yourself. we favour personality over perfection so as long as you show up with a willingness to learn and a passion for true nourishment - you’ll be rewarded. that’s the wagamama way

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our values

our core beliefs that make wagamama what it is

zig when others zag

at wagamama we don’t conform, and neither do our people. diverse and alternative, but united by one thing - bravery. this challenger and independent spirit is in our DNA, it’s who we are

we’ve got each other's backs

we believe in teamship. that working together means building close bonds of trust and support. this creates a safe sanctuary where we can be ourselves, and win together as a team

kaizen at our heart

kaizen. that’s the philosophy we live by. we believe in ‘good change’. one bowl at a time. for the benefit of others

it has to be fresh

at wagamama we bring fresh into everything we do; the food we serve, how we work, and the way we think. it is something we never compromise on

grow with us

kickstart your career with wagamama. whether you are an experienced kitchen pro, just leaving school or looking for something new, we have meaningful work for everyone.

development programmes

development programmes

we live by the philosophy of kaizen (good change). every day in small ways, we work to be better than the day before. our dedicated development programmes are designed with this philosophy in mind. supporting you to progress your career at wagamama and beyond. check out our stepping-up page to find out more

career paths

front of house

you bring the drive, we’ll bring the development. at wagamama, we pride ourselves on our training with clear progression paths that help you build a career in hospitality

in 2023 we promoted 1255 people to new roles. from apprenticeships to mentor matching to pointed programmes based on your needs, stepping up is made simple

but, stepping up does not need to be linear. there are plenty of opportunities across both front and back of house, noodle hq and our central production unit

celebrating our talent


in it’s 5th year, wokstars invites our future food stars to show off your skills in a 4 week competition to claim the grand prize. a trip to japan!

apprentice graduations

we host an annual graduation ceremony to celebrate the success of finishing an apprenticeship programme

love above the door legends

our own internal recognition programme for our front of house team members. get nominated and earn £250 and a shiny trophy!

we are growing

no wagamama near you? don’t fret, we are opening lots of new restaurants and could be coming to a town near you check out some of our upcoming locations. to register your interest to work in one of these sites click below + we’ll be in touch once applications open

watford woodside


clarks village


perks + quirks

free meal on shift

enjoy a generous meal allowance during every shift you work +50% discount at any wagamama restaurant + 30% off at other trg brands

a share of tips

all tips from our guests go to our teams. top up your hourly rate

grow your career

our wagamama development + training academy, including apprenticeships, to get the most out of your time with us!


get access to mental health resources, counsellors, cycle to work scheme, discount gym + leisure

financial wellbeing support

access to loans repaid through your salary

family friendly policies

enhanced pay entitlements and support for those growing their families

wokstars annual competition

internal competition for all front of house + kitchen teams where prizes have included all expenses paid trips to new york, miami + japan!

powered by pangaia

receive your fresh clean uniform made by pangaia. find out more here