Crew Member (Former Employee) – 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 needmore... 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.less
Crew (Former Employee) – Havelock, NC – April 27, 2016
The people I worked with were nice and very enjoyable. Management was a little rocky at times but we had a major management change while I was working there. Food was easy enough to make and easy enough to learn to do.
Shift Manager (Current Employee) – Fountain, CO 80817 – April 26, 2016
On an average day I meet over 100's of new people. I work with an amazing crew and I am always learning something new. I have met people from China to Wisconsin. I have learned a lot of people skills and how to work under pressure. Ive learned how to deal with hard situations and how to correct them. The hardest part of the job is getting everything organized. With constant motion and people going in and out it can be difficult to maintain the cleanliness of the building. The best part about my job is seeing my co-workers and the regular customers every day.
Crew Member (Former Employee) – Bronx, NY – April 26, 2016
Worst job I ever had. The people I worked with was nice but the management was terrible and tried to take my free time away from me. I sometimes would work till late only to come back at 6AM the very next morning. Store manager would constantly yell at everyone and acted like a dictator instead of a leader.
Trainer (Former Employee) – Milan, IL – April 26, 2016
They are good at training you, but once they see you're good at one position, you're stuck there for a while. first shift is the best, third shift is fun too. management could have been a bit better. Lots of hours and overtime even as a crew member.
Crew Member (Former Employee) – Cape Coral, FL – April 26, 2016
McDonald's was my first job which I started at the age of 19. I learned pretty much every job they had there except maintenance of the larger machines. I enjoyed my coworkers and only one of the managers didn't really like me. McDonald's is the perfect place to work for your first job.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – April 26, 2016
My typical day consisted of nothing but customer service in one way or another. I am great with people, and I take pride in this, therefor i enjoyed the work aspect. Pay, maybe not so much. You have to start somewhere though, and there's no doubt that i was very grateful.
Easy going management and fellow staff in General.
Crew Trainer (Former Employee) – Windsor, CO – April 26, 2016
This was my first job and i believe that it gave me a harsh look at what jobs are. The coworkers were kind, but the management was very... displeasing. This job put a strain on my mental state from the constant poor treatment. They treated me like dirt just because they were higher up on the scale. People moved up too quickly and that caused management to be very childish in the way that they treated their workers.
Shift Manager (Former Employee) – Fayette, MO – April 26, 2016
When I first started working at McDonalds I didn't think it was that bad. But as I started getting promotions I noticed that the other managers were very immature. Constantly starting gossip like it was a High School environment. Very unprofessional. Nothing was ever confidential. There are little to no benefits. Employees are constantly mistreated. It seemed as if the people who worked hard were never noticed or appreciated and the ones who slacked off and did a good job one day out of the week got more praise. Leaving Mcdonalds I only made 9.20 an hour where as other employees who werent even managers were making almost the same amount as me even though they had less experience. When I was promoted to a manager there was another person who was promoted with me and after i left i found out that she was making 11 an hour. I really hated this job and I dont know why I didn't leave sooner. I have not been more happy since I left.
Free Meals for managers, 30 minute breaks
understaffed, constantly struggling to meet standards, rude or childish coworkers, unfair difference in wages