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Employment at McDonald's Restaurants
Member Name: louise154
Employment at McDonald's Restaurants
Advantages: Welcoming staff and new friends, flexible hours, free food on break
Disadvantages: Pay isn't amazing, customers can be annoying
So basically I decided to apply for McDonalds because I was in school holidays and had nothing better to do, no where else was hiring so I thought I'd give it a go.
After receiving an email saying I'd been selected to the group interview, I turned up along with 15 others. (There was another group too, so 30 people in total). I then received another email two days later saying I'd been asked to a second interview. This was pretty much just saying when I'd be able to work, the expectations and so on. Turns out five people had been selected out of the initial 30.
Three days later I turned up for the initial induction, the manager who did this with us was really welcoming and all the other staff were friendly. I had my first shift three days later. At first it seemed all so overwhelming and I wasn't sure I was going to be up to the standard of the other crew members (as stupid as that sounds). You all get a crew trainer who basically stand next to you telling you what to do until you're able to manage to a decent standard on your own.
I count myself lucky it's a small McDonalds off the high street in my town so it never gets particuarly busy and shuts at 11pm anyway. I do feel sorry for those who have to work at the larger city ones or drivethru's for that matter.
From reading other reviews I find it amazing at how some of the crew members have been treated, the managers are all extremely welcoming and helpful at my store. They appreciate the fact it takes time to learn things and although I made and still do make errors they don't get angry whatsoever.
They're always asking us if we're all okay. The business manager even said to me "you always look a bit worried when you come into work, you're doing a great job, so you don't need to feel like that, remember I chose you over seven other people for a reason!". And went on to joke about how other crew members standing next to me were rubbish to begin with and now look at them.
To date I've only had a handful of annoying customers, and as soon as you tell them you're a trainee they brighten up! They're also fun to have a laugh about with other staff. I messed up one man's order and he said "you get away with it seen as you're smiling!" - the franchisee of the McDonalds I work (and four more in the area) was standing next to me and just laughed (had my group interview with him - don't think you could ask for a better guy). He often comes in and helps out too, he started off as a part time team member so he knows exactly what it's like.
Although the pay isn't great, I'm working around 11 hours a week and getting close to £100 every two weeks, which in the eyes of a 16 year old is amazing, considering all I have to pay more is clothes and going out etc. They're also flexibile on when you want to work (not sure if the same goes for all McDonalds).
Only thing I don't like is they don't want you on your break during the busiest times 12-2, 5-7. So a 8-3 shift, they often ask you to take your break at 9 or 10, meaning you only have to work an hour, break, then five hours with no break. But I guess that's understandable seeing as most places would expect you to work five hours with no break. And you are allowed a drink break/toilet break whenever you need it pretty much.
Summary: Great for a first part time job, not a long term career