Military | Portillo's

You're the Leader We're Searching for.

Our purpose to add more veterans to our growing family

As a purpose driven leader, bring your tactical skills, lessons, and expertise you gained while serving to a new team. We'd love to put your leadership skills to work at Portillo's, and help you build on them even more through our training programs created and led by military veterans.

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You Believe in Family

You Believe in Family

In the military, you put your unit before yourself. Like you, Portillo's takes care of our family at work and beyond.

Hear how Bill believes in his Portillo's family here.

You Lead by Example

You Lead by Example

When someone falls behind, you take your team with you. Our leaders work together to make sure the entire restaurant is successful together.

Hear how Johnathan leads by example here.

You are Resilient

You are Resilient

You were trained to march forward with a sense of urgency. Our teams exude energy and don't stop until the job is done.

Hear how Rusty has trained to be resilient here.

You Strive for Greatness

You Strive for Greatness

Whether you're leading a team or serving the perfect Chicago-style hot dog, you always strive to be the best version of yourself.

Hear from a group of Portillo's Military Veterans and how they strive for greatness everyday here.

We've beefed up our perks and benefits to support your civilian life.

Employee Assistance Program

Employee Assistance Program

The EAP provides help with stress, mental health, substance use, and more. This resource is for Portillo's employees and any of their family members that need support.



Want to stay fit after entering civilian life? Gympass makes it easy by offering a large selection of gyms, studios, and workout apps at a discount.

401k with Company Match

401k with Company Match

Begin your 401(k) retirement savings with Portillo's! Our 401(k) plan is a great way to help prepare for your future.

More Perks and Benefits

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Hear from Tom MotterArmy, Manager

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Hear from Jonathan MartinArmy, National Guard, Crew Chief

John Isbell

"Your goal of being your best self to make your unit better literally describes the leadership needed in our restaurants."

"There are many similarities from military to Portillo's. It's a fast-paced environment that requires critical thinking skills, flexibility, drive, and energy. Your goal of being your best self to make your unit better literally describes the leadership needed in our restaurants."

- John IsbellTSCT, US Air Force, NCOIC Wing Training & Development and Portillo's VP of Learning & Development

Alan Emery

"A high-paced, energetic environment of discipline and teamwork."

"Portillo's is perfectly suited for those who want to work in a high-paced, energetic environment of discipline and teamwork. I've never felt more 'in a foxhole' in the industry than working a Rocking Station at a busy Portillo's and doing it in a slamming Beef station. We all had to work hard toward a common goal, and we NEEDED each other to watch our backs."

- Alan Emery0811 Artilleryman, Marines and Portillo's Director of Learning & Development

Tom Motter

"We work with a sense of urgency and accomplishment."

"I came to Portillo's because I saw a large group of people working together, and it reminded me of a lot of things we did in the military. We work with a sense of urgency and for a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day."

- Tom MotterE4 Specialist, US Army and Portillo's General Manager

Founded in Greatness

Dick Portillo in army uniform

Our founder, Dick Portillo (pictured on the right), served with the First Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, California after high school. Mr. Portillo served a tour with the Marine Corps until he was honorably discharged in 1959. Dick held several jobs after his military service, including working in a steel mill, unloading box cars at a railroad, and working in a junkyard. In 1963, Dick invested $1,100 into a 6'x 12' trailer to open the first Portillo's hot dog stand on North Avenue in Villa Park, IL, which he called "The Dog House."

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