Culture at Papa John's

The best ingredient is you.

When we say “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.” we're not just talking about our dough and sauce. The most important ingredient at Papa John's is our people. At Papa John's, you're a valued team member right from the start. You'll be encouraged to contribute your best ideas, share common goals and create collaborative alliances. You'll also be given opportunities to improve upon the skills you have, while learning new ones.

We're part of the community.

Not only is Papa John's committed to our customers and team members, but we also believe in giving back to the communities that support us. We've donated nearly $1.3 million to the Junior Achievement program. We're also a proud supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Sports play a big role.

If you're a sports fan, you definitely belong here. Papa John's is an official sponsor for more than 350 professional and collegiate sports teams. That means you can cheer on your favorite team as you help make game day awesome for our customers.

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It all began with John.

At Papa John's, it's possible to achieve the American Dream. No one understands this more than our founder, John Schnatter. At the age of 22, John converted the broom closet of his father's tavern into a makeshift kitchen with $1,600 worth of used restaurant equipment. He delivered pizzas out of that kitchen until he opened his first restaurant in 1984. John won folks over with his fresh dough, superior ingredients and strong commitment to quality. Today, Papa John's owns or franchises more than 4,000 restaurants in all 50 states and in 35 countries.

“From an early age, I always had role models in my life who drilled into me the importance of a strong work ethic and to always focus on what I do best… No matter how much they sometimes struggled, they never gave up, and that taught me a lot about business and life.”

- John Schnatter, Founder