ARAMARK Corporation

1101 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2988
United States
215-238-3000 (Phone)
215-238-3333 (Fax)

Number of Full-Time Employees: 259,000 (2012)
Revenue: $13.51 billion (2012)

Founded in 1959, ARAMARK is the world's third largest contract foodservice provider (behind Compass Group and Sodexo) and the second largest uniform supplier (behind Cintas) in the US. It provides contracted food services and facilities management and its ARAMARK Refreshment Services unit provides vending and beverage services. Through ARAMARK Uniform and Career Apparel, the company supplies uniforms for healthcare, public safety, and technology workers. (Source: Hoovers)

"Some of you may have been asked to sign a card authorizing the Union to represent you and your fellow ARAMARK employees here at Western Washington University...A union can also cost you your job. As non-union employees, you do not have to worry about the possibility of a strike. At Union Companies, strikes are common place. Employees who are on strike receive no paycheck and are not allowed to collect unemployment compensation. Worse than that, employees who go on strike can be permanently replaced..." -- from a 2012 letter mailed to employees by Stephen Wadsworth, Regional District Manager for ARAMARK. A spokesperson for ARAMARK clarified that the company would respect the workers' right to unionize, but added that "we do not believe that third party representation best serves the interests of our employees, the students, or our client." The scare tactics didn't work and the union was voted in. (Source: KOMO, 4/19/2012)

Operations Info

As a privately-held company, ARAMARK is not required to disclose details of its operations or finances.

A complete list of ARAMARK's subsidiaries can be found in Exhibit 21 of the company's 10-K report filed on 12/10/2012:

Corporate subsidies:
Between 2001 and 2010, ARAMARK and its subsidiaries received more than $4.5 million in tax subsidies and government assistance. The subsidies took the form of enterprise zones, tax credits, grants, and training reimbursements. (Source: Good Jobs First Subsidy Tracker)

Profit Margin: N/A

Management Profile

Highest paid executives:

Eric J Foss, CEO and President - $8,055,495 (2012)
Joseph Neubauer, Chairman and former CEO - $6,061,828 (2012)
L. Frederick Sutherland, EVP and CFO - $1,598,691 (2012)

Corporate ownership:

ARAMARK is a private company owned by an investment group led by chairman Joseph Neubauer. (Hoovers)

Contract Problems 

Following is a sample of the many problems with ARAMARK-run services:

  • Two Aramark employees were arrested in 2012 while working at New Mexico prisons. Aramark employee Mel Baca was accused in July of smuggling food to inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas. Investigators said he also had a cell phone, knife, liquor and prescription medication. Another Aramark employee, Candace Holmes, was arrested in June for smuggling drugs into the Las Cruces prison.(Source:, 8/1/2012)
  • An expose by The Lens, reviewing health department records of inspections of school cafeterias in New Orleans, LA, found that of the 16 direct-run schools and the 17 charter cafeterias run by ARAMARK, 14 received critical violations, with four of those having corrected the problem upon a re-inspection. Four of those critical violations were for rat feces. (Source: The Lens, 2/15/2012)
  • The Niagara Health System, which battled a deadly C. difficile outbreak in 2011, cut ties with ARAMARK, the firm that was managing its cleaning services, amid allegations of lax housekeeping. Aramark allegedly contributed to the C. difficile outbreak by cutting corners, using cheaper cleaning chemicals, and reducing staffing levels. (Toronto S