As the world’s largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, McDonald’s serves approximately 68 million customers daily in over 100 countries. Founded in 1940 in the United States, McDonald’s served as a barbecue restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald.
In 1948, they used production line principles to reorganize their business as a hamburger stand.
There are an incredible number of opportunities for anyone who wants to work at McDonald’s, which employs 1.9 million people in more than 36,000 restaurants worldwide.
Training & Education, Diversity in the Workforce, and Flexible Hours are just three of the components found by working underneath the Golden Arches.
Below, learn all you need to know to put yourself in the best position to get that job at McDonald’s. It can be more than just a job; it can be the start to a great career.
Leading the industry in promoting workforce education is important. That’s why McDonald’s has created Archways to Opportunity, a comprehensive continuing education strategy that meets people where they are on their education journey – whether that’s finishing high school, earning a college degree, or even learning English.
The Archways to Opportunity programs are available to eligible employees working in company-owned restaurants and the restaurants of participating franchisees. With their education partners, McDonald’s and participating franchisees continue to invest in people and their futures.
GETTING THE JOB
Types of Jobs
– Shift Managers perform a variety of tasks including planning for each shift, monitoring performances during the shift, taking action to ensure that the team is meeting McDonald’s standards, keeping track of safety, security and profitability.
-Maintenance Person employees assist management in achieving and maintaining outstanding interior and exterior restaurant cleanliness and maintaining restaurant equipment.
-Crew members enjoy flexible hours and perform a variety of tasks including greeting customers, taking food orders, preparing all of McDonald’s food, helping with restaurant cleanliness, and making sure items are well stocked.
-General Managers are responsible for running a profitable restaurant and for making sure the restaurant meets McDonald’s high standards of Quality, Service and Cleanliness. He or she leads a team of Department Managers that has specific responsibilities in the restaurant.
-Guest Service Department Managers are responsible for making sure Crew and Managers deliver a great customer experience, that sales promotions are done well, that all service staff are trained in service procedures, and that the Front Counter McCafé and Drive-Thru areas are organized.
-Kitchen Department Managers are in charge of making sure the restaurant delivers great quality food to customers, and fast, that food is always safe, that food cost is controlled, and that all kitchen staff are trained in production procedures.
-Department Managers make sure the restaurant hires qualified crew, trains them well, and schedules them to meet restaurant sales and profit goals.
McDonald’s does not list its hourly wages on its website, but third party sites report that Crew members earn $8.39 per hour while Restaurant General Managers can earn up to $48,374 annually.
Crew members can be as young as 14 years old. Night closers must be 18 years of age or older. The minimum age for cashiers is 16 years old. Shift managers must also be 18 years of age or older. Check with your local McDonald’s for specific age requirements.
Hours of Operation
McDonald’s hours of operations vary from state to state. Check with your local McDonald’s restaurant for its times of operation.
Application Process – What To Expect
McDonald’s and its independent franchisees are equal opportunity employers committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws.
Disclaimer: Most McDonald’s restaurants are operated by independent franchisees who are independent employers, and set their own employment policies and practices, including pay and benefits for the people working in their restaurants.
McDonald’s does not control the independent franchisees’ employment policies and practices and does not employ those working at franchised restaurants. The benefits described here are available at McDonald’s-owned restaurants and the restaurants of participating franchisees.
Tips For The Interview
The following advice comes from McDonald’s itself, so follow it carefully in order to help ensure your chances of getting hired:
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–Dress appropriately. Leave your favorite band t-shirt at home; instead wear a shirt with a collar or a nice blouse. Also, wear dress shoes over sneakers. No flip-flops. Wear dress slacks, not jeans.
These may sound like basics, but come well-groomed with a washed face and brushed teeth. Self-expression is great, but it’s important to get the job before you start pushing the envelope.
-Plan at to arrive early in case there’s unexpected traffic or the bus or train is running late.
-Switch your phone to mute. Show the interviewer that he or she has your full attention by putting your cell phone on mute during the interview.
-Know your Happy Meals from Egg White Delight McMuffin. McDonald’s has a wide variety of menu items. Did you know some are offering select breakfast items all day long? You can learn about McDonald’s history by checking out this site: http://corporate.mcdonalds.com/mcd/our_company/mcdonalds-history.html
-Be Inquisitive. Have questions ready to ask…but avoid certain ones that might turn off a prospective boss. Don’t start off by asking how many sick days you get and what they pay is. (However, you have a right to learn what these are later.) Ask questions about the company and the McDonald’s in particular at which you’re looking to work. Ask what skills and attributes McDonald’s is looking for in a candidate?
Pen and paper.
-Bring a small notebook and a pen. Take notes during the interview to show that you’re interested in what’s being said.
-Bring a few extra copies of your resume. It’ll show the interviewer that you come to work prepared.
Have answers ready. Be prepared to answer inquiries such as “Tell me a little bit about yourself” or “Why should we hire you above the other candidates?”
For more information and additional interviewing tips, check out: www.aboutmcdonalds.com/students
WHY YOU WANT THE JOB
McDonald’s has put together a compensation package that is designed to not only attract but also maintain individuals who deliver strong performance and help McDonald’s achieve its goals and objectives. It offers Medical, Dental, Profit Sharing, Vacation, a Sabbatical Program, Life Insurance for Employees and Dependents, Incentive Pay and Recognition programs.
Additionally, McDonald’s has created Archways to Opportunity, http://www.archwaystoopportunity.com/about.html a continuing education strategy that meets people where they are on their education journey – whether that’s finishing high school, earning a college degree or even learning English.
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Tuition assistance for college courses at higher education institutions accredited by the U.S. Department of Education is available.
Archways to Opportunity programs are available to eligible employees working in company-owned restaurants and the restaurants of participating franchisees.
Hamburger University Since 1961, Hamburger University has offered graduates a thought-provoking, comprehensive and unique management curriculum. Hamburger U teaches in a total of 28 languages, including Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Mandarin, with the opportunity for college credit to be earned.
McDonald’s also offers Corporate Careers. For more info on additional opportunities at McDonald’s click here http://corporate.mcdonalds.com/mcd/corporate_careers/career_resource_center.html
Through its involvement with youth sports, local charities, and events that inspire the world, McDonald’s is active in giving back to communities. In 1974, McDonald’s opened its first Ronald McDonald House®, a home-away-from-home, just steps away from a hospital for families with sick children.
Today, the lives of over 7 million children around the world are aided by Ronald McDonald House® Charities. (RMHC.) McDonald’s Application Online to search for career opportunities at McDonald’s, click here https://restaurantjobs.mcdonalds.com/