McDonald’s, the second largest employer in the world, is arguably the most recognizable brand in the restaurant industry. The company, which started as a single hamburger stand in 1955, now has more than 36,000 restaurants in 100 countries and serves more than 69 million customers daily. If you’re looking for a secure job with a company that’s an industry leader, McDonald’s might just be the right choice for you.
Working at McDonald’s
McDonald’s employs nearly 1.9 million workers in the United States and abroad. Positions at McDonald’s range from cashiers to shift supervisors to crew members to maintenance people to assistant managers and store managers. In addition, there are careers at McDonald’s regional and corporate offices. These run the gamut from training position to menu development to franchise operations. McDonald’s headquarters is located in Chicago. They also have regional offices in Indianapolis, Houston, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Columbus OH, Long Beach CA and Atlanta.
No experience is needed to work in most positions at McDonald’s. In most cases, the company will train you on the job. To apply, you need to be at least 16 years of age. Shift supervisors need to be at least 18 years of age.
McDonald’s offers a full menu of benefits, many of which are available to part-time employees. Benefits for part-time employees at McDonald’s include educational assistance, discounts on childcare and discounts on menu items. In addition to these benefits, full-time employees are eligible for group healthcare coverage, paid time off and access to 401k retirement plans. Employees at the corporate and regional offices also are eligible for group life insurance, paid vacation, paid sabbaticals and employee recognition programs.
Restaurant careers available at McDonald’s
The majority of McDonald’s employees work in the individual restaurants as cashiers, crew members or shift supervisors. Cashiers at McDonald’s restaurants are responsible for greeting customers warmly, ringing up customer order and handling money. Crew members work in the kitchen and the front counter, preparing menu items for customers. Cooks work exclusively in the kitchen, prepping menu ingredients and cooking menu items. Shift supervisors are responsible for scheduling staff, supervising employees and augmenting existing staff during busy periods. All staff are responsible for greeting customers warmly and providing a good customer experience.
The hours of operation vary by McDonald’s location, and some locations are open 24 hours. Most have drive-thru windows. Part-time employees work between 15 and 30 hours a week, and full-time employees work 30-40 hours per week. Shift supervisors work a minimum of 40 hours per week.
Cashiers, cooks and crew members at McDonald’s are paid close to the minimum wage. This amount varies by state and averages $10.11 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Shift supervisors are paid a salary that averages $26,000 per year. Both positions are awarded pay raises periodically, based on length of service and performance. Hourly employees are eligible for overtime, when they work more than 40 hours a week. Salary employees are not.
The best way to apply for a restaurant position at a McDonald’s restaurant is to stop by the location where you’d like to work and complete a job application. Most locations accept applications continuously, since a good labor pool is necessary to operate a successful McDonald’s restaurant. As with any job interview, it’s a good idea to be familiar with the location and their menu and to dress professionally since the manager may want to interview you on the spot. Most restaurants are less busy between 10:00 a.m. and noon and between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Visiting at those times is less disruptive for the restaurant and will increase your odds of getting to speak with a manager.
The best way to find and apply for corporate jobs at McDonald’s is to visit their website and search for positions in the city where you’d like to work. Details for applying vary by location and position.
Working at a McDonald’s restaurant is a way to learn about the restaurant industry and good customer service skills, while being a part of an industry-leading company. Whether you’re looking to earn a few extra dollars or you want to begin a career in food service, working for the world’s second-largest employer is a good place to start.
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