Careers & Employment at McDonald’s

I don’t know who invented the hamburger, but they are an absolute genius, the smartest person in the world if you ask me.  Actually, you know what? They’re the second smartest person in the world.

So, now what do you think about filling out a McDonald’s application? Seems like a good idea to me, this company is filled with opportunities for growth, and you can rest assure that it isn’t going anywhere in the near future. This restaurant has become more than a chain of hamburger joints. It has become a national icon for fast food, and with good reason.

The number one spot goes to the guys who started McDonald’s. Silly reader, you thought I was going to say Stephen Hawking or Albert Einstein didn’t you?

McDonald’s has grown to become the world’s largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants. With locations in 119 countries, and 68 million customers each and every day, this company has boiled the concept of the hamburger down to a science.

I can’t even imagine how much money they make in a year. Oh and here it is: annual revenues of $27.5 billion, $5.5 billion of which is pure profit.

How did all of this start? Let’s delve deep into the company’s history, giving you limitless information to make the most of your employment opportunities with the company. We’ll get you hired, and you’ll make the most out of your career.

Valuable Information About McDonald’s

McDonald’s locations are divided between two types of locations: a franchisee, or an affiliate. The first one is a location that pays royalties to the corporation, but is managed solely by an owner and not by the corporate offices.

Applying to a franchise will grant you the opportunity to potentially meet with the owner who can sometimes be found in the location during business hours. An affiliate location is connected and managed by the corporate office.

When it comes down to it, the more you know about the company, the better you can look in the interview. Let’s get you up to date on all the things you’ll need to know. I don’t have a degree to reward you with, but when you finish reading this article, you can consider yourself a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in McDonald’s.

Feel free to dress in a cap and gown, and maybe shake your dog’s hand as you take a rolled up sheet of paper out of his/her mouth. Get creative with it.

This whole sensation began in 1940 when two brothers named Mac and Dick McDonald opened a drive-in BBQ restaurant in San Bernardino, California. This worked well for about eight years, and then the brothers decided to switch things up. Don’t call it a comeback though; they’ve been here for years.

McDonald’s overhauled the look and feel, rebuilding the menu from the ground up and incorporating the most popular items of that time, many of which are still the focus today. These menu items included hamburgers, cheeseburgers, soft drinks, pie slices, and potato chips.

A year later, they added milkshakes and ousted the potato chips in favor of French fries. Today, McDonald’s French fries are still among the most popular choice.

A traveling salesman named Ray Kroc talked to the McDonald’s brothers about franchising and a year later, in 1955, a new franchise opened in Des Plaines, Illinois. This was also the introduction of the classic “golden arches” that make up the logo.

As more locations opened, Kroc made it a point to make everything standard across the locations, from the menu, to the ingredients, to the employees and their training.

He could have cloned them, but technology didn’t allow for such things, and it still doesn’t, I think. Anyhow, he opened a dedicated training facility in 1961 called Hamburger University. This place was meant to train managers in all of the standardized methods of running a McDonald’s restaurant. When managers finished their training, they graduated with a “Bachelor of Hamburgerology” degree.

Hey, there you go! Draft up one of those for yourself when you’ve finished reading this article. Don’t forget to have your dog do the commencement speech and award you with your diploma. That stuff is YouTube gold, so you’re welcome.

The company has since grown massively, introducing new items like the “Big Mac” and the “Happy Meal.” McDonald’s is also known for reaching out to the community, for example the Ronald McDonald Houses are very charitable, providing housing for families who have children in the hospital for extend periods.

With continual growth, the company has expanded its menu with healthier options like salads, wraps, and fruit smoothies. So, now that you have your Bachelor’s degree in Hamburgerology as it were, let’s see how you can put it to use!

Direct Competitors

No one competes with McDonald’s, what are you, crazy? On the contrary, there are certainly other relevant places to apply to.

Check out Burger King for a different take on the hamburger. Head on over to Wendy’s and apply for more bacon than you can handle! More of a sandwich person? Fair deal; apply to Subway as well then.

McDonald’s Application Online

To apply online, visit the McDonald’s career page. The company recently held their first ever National Hiring Day where they brought on an additional 62,000 employees. With a total of 761,000 employees, the company has plenty of room for you, so head online and begin your application.

When you make it to the website, you’ll see that you can search for locations that are hiring in your area. Selecting a position will give you information about the pay, benefits, and description of the job with McDonald’s. There is a red “Apply Now” button on this page that you can click to begin the process of filling out the employment form online.

You will be given a promotional code, and while it confused the heck out of me, and made me wondered if I would be required to be tattooed with a barcode of the number, it is randomly generated for you, and in some cases you will be given one if you’re responding to a promotion.

The rest is very self-explanatory. You will answer basic questions, fill out some information, and submit your employment form. From here, you could follow up at the location to introduce yourself to the McDonald’s manager, or owner if it’s a franchise. Keep in mind, if you’re applying for a managerial position, you will need to have a cover letter and resume.

Both of these documents have templates to help you understand the proper organization. You can access these templates through common word processing programs like Microsoft Word.

To learn more, go to the McDonald’s interview tips page.

Benefits of Working with the Company

McDonald’s offers benefits for every level of the company, all the way down to entry-level positions. Here are just a few of the benefits you can enjoy:

  • Provided Uniforms
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Employee Meal Discounts
  • Medical Insurance
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Growth Potential

The first three bullet points are offered to part-time and entry-level positions with McDonald’s meaning you can enjoy some discounts and a schedule that fits your lifestyle without having to bend over backwards.

Continued tenure with the company adds more and more benefits to your repertoire. As manager, you can enjoy even more benefits:

  • Annual Salary
  • Paid Vacation
  • Free Employee Meals
  • Health, Vision, and Dental insurance
  • Stock Options
  • Merit Reviews
  • Crew Service Rewards

With a growing team, and great reasons to work there, McDonald’s offers you opportunities that other employers may not. Take advantage of all this by filling out and submitting your McDonald’s application online at the careers page.