posted on Apr, 4 2011 @ 01:49 PM
Originally posted by boondock-saint
reply to post by Michelle129th
Michelle, I had a friend who was in a similar
situation as you. But I'd be willing to bet
McDonald's didn't pay you any benefits
for the sick child. No insurance, no
paid leave, no contribution to 401K,
managers calling you on the phone
did not cost them a dime but the
other stuff I mention would have.
And btw, did you have to purchase
your uniforms and shoes ???
In my case no, I did not have benefits as I only worked part time. I already had a full time day job and only wanted a 15-20 hr/week job to
supplement my income. On a few occasions I was asked if I would like to become a team leader and eventually train for a full time management position
(which would include benefits), but I had to turn them down as McD's was not my "career" choice and the swing managers shifts would not work with
my family's schedule.
The uniforms at the particular restaurant I worked at were free (I can't speak for all locations though). If we needed a new piece, we put in a
request and they would fill it as soon as possible if they didn't already have your size or need in the restaurant at the time. In the 2 years I
worked there I had to replace my pants twice and my shirt 3x...all free. Our shoes, yes, we did have to supply but the only demand from the owners
were that they were black and non-slip. Again, I can't speak for other McD's...or other countries (I'm in Canada), but there was some sort of
partnership with Payless shoes, and McD's employees could get 25% off of nonslip safety shoes...so that was a bonus. There were also other
"benefits" such as percentages off from other companies...I can't remember off the top of my head which companies as I never took advantage.
Of course the phone call didn't cost them a dime..but with I believe at last count 75 employees, all with their own "stuff" going on..for them to
take a minute out of their day to call and check in with me was truly appreciated.
The long and the short of it is...it's a job like any other minimum wage paying job. Most of them are hard, dirty fast paced work with low pay and
rarely a "rewarding" day. But I found my McD's took good care of their employees. We constantly had weekly/monthly challenges to motivate us to
work better or harder. One in particular was to sell more of a particular item than another McDs in the area. Our restaurant won and for that the
manager bought and installed a large flat screen TV and a PS3 in our employee lunchroom. Being an "old" lady, I didn't partake in this particular
reward lol. Another was if we did well on 3 consecutive mystery shopper reports, the owner paid for 30 minute massage time for everyone on those
shifts...and they did make good on it! In the summer the owner stocked the freezers with ice cream sandwiches or freezies to cool us down...I could
go on. Also, there are definitely opportunites with McD's for advancement and management positions if you are a good worker. If I had to hazard an
assumption...I'd say you're more likely to advance at McD's than any other fast food chain (again..an assumption).
Anyhow, my experience was generally positive and the only negatives I'd have to say were the customers themselves that felt we were somehow
unintelligent inferior life forms.