We Are a Family

Being a part of the Cracker Barrel family means joining a team that truly cares - about our guests, about our partners, and most importantly - about our colleagues. A career at Cracker Barrel means a career where you will be challenged to grow and develop. Our training programs are second to none, and are matched only by our commitment to create a familial environment for our team.

Guest Experience Should Never Exceed the Employee Experience

We're known for providing a friendly home away from home atmosphere in our old country store and restaurant, and there's good reason for that. Whether you’re greeting guests in Knoxville, cooking eggs in Columbus, or training "Rising Stars" in Lebanon - every employee plays a part.

Each day, more than 70,000 Cracker Barrel employees come to work and bring our mission of "Pleasing People" to life. We commit to our employees, as they commit to our guests, to ensure they have the support needed to excel in their careers. Whether it's our world-class training program or our career development opportunities, we’re devoted to making sure all of our colleagues have an opportunity to grow and thrive at Cracker Barrel.

Personal Achievement Responsibility (PAR) Program

Cracker Barrel is very proud of its PAR (Personal Achievement Responsibility) program available to all hourly employees. Maybe you have noticed the gold stars on the aprons of our employees. There are four PAR levels for each skill position and each star represents a PAR level that the employee has achieved. Each level teaches elements that are critical to an employee’s development and understanding of the Cracker Barrel culture. In addition to introducing skill sets necessary for a particular position, PAR training focuses on teamwork, relationship building and partnership.

The program was launched to help our hourly colleagues learn new skills and gain greater confidence in their work. Development leads to pay increases and greater benefits, and provides the opportunity to work in other skill positions or obtain greater responsibility as a Shift Lead or Skill Trainer - all the while being recognized for achievements along the way.

Our Home Is Your Home

At Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®, we celebrate, value, and respect the diversity of our workforce. And to help us leverage the unique talents, ideas, and perspectives of our workforce we established Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). Our Employee resource groups (Women’s Connect; LBGT Alliance; Millennial ERG [MERGE]; and United Cultural Awareness Network [UCAN]) are open to all Home Office employees and provide development, networking opportunities, community outreach, and assistance in activities that promote inclusion, employee engagement, and cultural awareness.

Cracker Barrel Employees in our kitchen

A History of Hospitality


Uncle Herschel was Cracker Barrel founder Dan Evins’ real uncle, the younger brother of Dan’s mother. He helped shape not only Cracker Barrel’s image, but also its values. He was our own “goodwill ambassador” to the public.

Uncle Herschel had a wealth of knowledge about what rural America’s old country stores were really like. He was a salesman for Martha White Flour Company for 32 years, traveling the rural south to call on many a town’s general stores. Like many Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations today, the community general stores were more than just a place to purchase goods. They were a gathering place for folks to take the time out from the chore-filled day to visit with a neighbor or two, exchange pleasantries, or just talk about the weather. Herschel’s workdays were often spent traveling to these old country stores that were complete with cracker barrels, checker boards, and rockers on the front porches. He was quite a storyteller himself and became a familiar and friendly face among the locals in many southern communities.

After his retirement, Herschel, known for his genuine sincerity, came to Cracker Barrel and brought the long-standing tradition of being a good neighbor to each and every Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® location. He spent most of his working life bringing forth the important message of what makes a business successful: that people should be treated just as we would have them treat us.

And he did just that.

Cracker Barrel Employee Support

The strength of our brand and the success of our stores rely on the health and wellbeing of our employees and their families. Cracker Barrel supports its employees and their spouses and children through several key initiatives.

Cracker Barrel Cares

Cracker Barrel Cares, Inc. is a non-profit organization created to assist employees in need. For more than a decade, Cracker Barrel Cares has allowed employees to help fellow employees who are experiencing extreme financial hardship. Employees donate to Cracker Barrel Cares to show their deep commitment to serving people – starting with their fellow employees and their families. Recipients know that grants represent true caring and support from their Cracker Barrel family.

Employee Scholarship Program

The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Foundation supports an annual Employee Scholarship Program, which recognizes and rewards the accomplishments of Cracker Barrel employees and their children who excel in their studies and serve their communities.