Crew Member, Ashburn, VA - December 15, 2015
McDonald's is the place to be if you need a job, but not the place to be if you want to make a career out of that job.
For the Life Balance of the job I'd say is it's biggest advantage to working at McDonald's. Management was very accommodating to working around the school hours I had and any other life attention grabbing areas of my life. They aren't open during the busiest of holidays such as Christmas and the others they work their best to make room for you to have family time.
Compensation and Benefits certainty tries but falls flat on it's face in reality.Compensation wise you get paid barely above minimum wage in VA and the raises you get amount to 10 cents at max. Combine that with the fact that you don't get many hours and the pay doesn't amount to too much. Benefits they are actually pretty good, however to get the full package you need full time. Fulltime at McDonald's is like a holy grail, only the longest of veterans there are able to get it.
The Job Culture is a bit like a very nice revolving door. You have great people to work with but they're constantly in and out, the turnover rate is extremely high. As such the bonds you make don't last for very long and it's hard to keep a sense of attachment to the place you work at when you're working with a new crew every month.
Job security and Advancement are two sides of a coin at McDonald's. On one side of the coin, you will always have job security at this job. The turnover rate is so high that they will always need new people and as such always try to keep the current people they have. If you ever need a job that will always need you, this is certainly it. However on the opposite side of the coin, Job Advancement...this is it's biggest weakness. There is no clearcut job advancement at McDonald's and getting into management requires you to work fulltime. Which as stated earlier is extremely hard, fulltime is extremely hard to get. I tried getting into management here several times and was always told it's "coming soon". Eventually you realize soon is code for never.
In conclusion, Mcdonald's will always have a place for you when you need a job. However it will not always have a place for you if you are looking for a career. This is the job for you if you need Job Security, but not the job for you if you need Job Advancement.