Our People: Our Culture
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It’s the people that make the chicken

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You may know us as the home of PERi-PERi goodness, but we’re actually a people-first, chicken-second kind of place.


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Guided by our Compass

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Our purpose and reason for being is Changing Lives, Together. Nandocas (that’s what we call our staff) all around the world work together to uplift others in really cool ways – selling chicken helps us do that.

To make this happen, we’ve developed a Compass to guide us. Our Compass is made up of five values and eight behaviours. Formed with the help of Nandocas around Australia, it represents our culture, what we believe in, how it feels to work at Nando’s and shapes how we deliver the best experience when working with us. Here’s a few of our favourite bits of our Compass...

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Having fun while we work

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We’re totally serious about… having fun at work! So much so, we’ve built fun into our Compass and have a fund dedicated to fun to help things along.

Our Nandocas get to enjoy free shift meals, team events and even get to compete in our annual competition to find Nando’s best flame-griller. We call this competition Master Griller and the best grillers in Australia are sent on an all-expenses paid trip overseas to represent Australia at the International Grillers Challenge competition.

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Celebrating each other

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Showing appreciation is one of our favourite Compass behaviours. We love celebrating each other’s success and there are plenty of ways we do it. One simple way is to award a Flaming Star card, a quick way to recognise someone for doing something great.

A bigger way to show appreciation is through our annual Nando’s Life & Soul award. Everyone at Nando’s gets to nominate the Nandoca who they feel best lives our Compass values. Being nominated already feels pretty great and we then send a group of Nandocas on an all-expenses paid journey to discover Southern Africa, the birthplace and heartland of Nando’s!

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Feeling good

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We have a saying at Nando’s that everyone is welcome to dine at our table. This means creating an environment where our Nandocas and customers can be their whole, brilliant selves!

As well as working in a safe and inclusive space, our health and wellbeing programs help our people thrive, both physically and mentally.

Learn more about Diversity & Inclusion at Nando’s