Working at Eltana

We want to build a team of smart, interesting and ambitious people just like you and we know the competition for your talent is fierce. So we pay at the top of the Seattle
Quick Service scale, we do fun things together as a staff, but we don’t stop there.

We know most of you have many alternatives for where to work, and how to earn money, and Grand Plans (or plans to make grand plans) for your life.

So we have created a way of working – more than just a set of benefits but a respect and reality based symbiosis – that recognizes the richness of an individual’s life arc.

What We’re About

We intend to create the most delicious and sought after bagel on the West Coast, and deliver it, and all we sell, with passion and flair.

Eltana’s Culture and People

Eltana takes a unique approach to business (and hiring), which requires a little explaining. Our culture and brand is based on the practical interpersonal wisdom developed by Jewish philosophers and teachers over thousands of years. That doesn’t mean you have to be Jewish to work at Eltana. We are equal opportunity employers and looking to hire a diverse group of people who reflect the traits we admire most in our employees. Specifically:

  • Candor — People who are comfortable being direct and honest
  • Efficiency — Excited by finding smarter and more effective ways of doing things
  • Generosity of Spirit — Assume the best in people and tend to give others the benefit of the doubt

OK. So what’s the deal with Jewish philosophy?

We are taking an approach that pays homage to the history of bagels as a baked good predominantly produced by Jewish bakers but reinterprets the idea of a “Jewish” company in a way that fits our world today — this place and this time.

For thousands of years Jewish teachers and philosophers have attempted to unravel the timeless questions of how to be a better parent, teacher, friend, partner, employer and person. They’ve been nice enough to write down their attempts at answers and to revise their predecessors’ efforts. The result is a lot of good thinking.

We want to integrate this tradition into a popular, delicious and inclusive experience.

Jewish insights into hospitality, intentional eating, and community dynamics inform everything from our ingredients, sourcing and food production to customer service and employee relationships, as well as our operating principles and venue design. We believe that these values resonate universally, and will draw employees and customers of all religious, cultural, and generational backgrounds.

You don’t have to be Jewish; Just Curious

We are looking to hire a diverse, representative group of people who embody the intentions behind this tradition, and can translate them into productive work. More specifically, we are looking for:

Outgoing and efficient Counter Servers – no restaurant experience is required – just street smarts and passion. And if you can apply those traits well you may also find yourself, in a few short months, in a position of responsibility as we also need to hire:

Bakery Managers and Assistant Managers – The people we are looking for bring a mix of front of house and kitchen experience to the table. They have the empathy to work with a smart staff and they understand how to listen to and truly serve customers.

Still interested in working with Eltana?

Great. Now tell us a bit about you. Please answer three of the questions below in 250 words or less for each. Send your completed questions and a resume (preferably yours) to:

  • Tell us about yourself. Who are you? What do you do well?
  • What do you want out of life? Describe the type of person you aspire to be.
  • What does great service mean to you? Describe and give examples.
  • What kind of food do you like? What about this food makes it appealing to you?
  • Tell us about a great group experience you had and what made it positive and memorable.
  • Identify and explain the influences and inspirations that helped you become candid, efficient, and generous of spirit.

Thanks again for your interest and we hope to meet with you soon.

Eltana Over the Counter Program

(Offered after six months)

Eltana has many challenging and interesting things that project managers might tackle. Some of these projects involve menu development, website design, e-commerce, catering programs, community outreach and much more. We want to find a project that will interest you, challenge your mind and provide you with a valuable and rewarding experience, great resume fodder, and deeper insight into Eltana’s plans to build an important company. Also, you get to earn good money while using more of your burgeoning skills.

Eltana Over the Counter projects pay a minimum of $30 an hour.

Feed a Friend – Every counter server, baker or kitchen staff person may now feed one visiting friend per shift for free. The maximum amount of the Feed a Friend (per shift) is $15. The offer has a one drink maximum as well. The friend can take the food to go or eat in store.

Eltana Emeritus Plan – Work at Eltana for 9 months or longer and when you leave to pursue your next adventure we will issue you $50 a month food credit every month for a year.

Eltana Right of Return – Work at Eltana for 9 months or longer and, if you decide to move on to try something new, but later want to return to work – you will have a job waiting for you. No need to reapply

Food Flexibility – Eltana is the only food place we know where employees are allowed to eat what they want, where they want and when they want.

Eltana Intros – We want to know about your hopes and aspirations. We know a lot of people in town. Eltana owners are politicians, scientists, venture capitalists, CEOs and doctors. We would be happy to make introductions for those of you wanting to network to advance your careers.