An opportunity is more than just a job–it's a chance to learn and to get ahead.

We believe some of the best people in the world work here. And, we believe you could be one of them. You've got enthusiasm and drive. We've got jobs, flexible schedules and benefits that can turn into rewarding careers. It's a perfect match.

At McDonald's, we're all about meeting people where they are and helping them unlock their full potential. Along with our independent owner/operators, we offer resources that help open the doors of opportunity for learning, training and advancement for employees as well as leaders–everywhere we do business.

Whether people work in our restaurants or our field or our corporate offices, we're proud to provide tools and world-class training to help them succeed within our system. We equip our employees with the marketable life skills that will serve them well wherever their careers take them. Skills like teamwork, reliability, customer service, accountability and leadership.

We believe education is the true game-changer. That's why we invest in programs that offer access to workforce training, high school and college credits, scholarships for higher education, and ultimately a path to a successful career. That's because where you start can help take you where you want to go.

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Our People

Since we first opened our doors in 1955, people have been coming to McDonald's for a job – and discovering so much more.

McDonald's offers a chance to learn, grow and gain hands-on experiences that can set them up for success – whether here at McDonald's or anywhere else they pursue their opportunities. And the pride that comes from bringing a little lovin' to our customers every day.

We believe in empowering these opportunity seekers. That's why we...

  • Create opportunities for advancement, right from day one. In fact, many of McDonald's independent owner operators and more than half of all managers in company-owned restaurants started out as crew.

  • Provide world-class training and real-world experiences that inspire confidence and create marketable skills that can be used anywhere.

  • Empower young people with management positions early in their careers.

  • Offer a range of best-in-class training and educational programs: from English-as-a-second-language instruction, to management training programs that can earn college credit recommendations, to educational assistance.

  • In 2013 McDonald's USA and its independent owner operators committed to separately hiring 100,000 veterans by the end of 2015 and are close to reaching the goal.

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Working Here

We believe the words "Welcome to McDonald's" should apply to our employees just as much as our customers. We're proud of our food, and we're just as proud of the jobs we create.

Maybe it's a way to buy that first car. It could be a way to support yourself in college. Or it might be the way you enter the corporate world. Whatever you're looking for, McDonald's can help you make your own way, with challenging careers, quality benefits and the best opportunities around.

Nearly 50% of our corporate restaurant manaers started out as crew.
So did more than 60% of our owner operators

Flexible Schedules
We believe in flexible schedules that fit into the way you live your life and can help you reach your goals. We'll also give you the mentorship and guidance you need to succeed.

Celebrating Diversity
We believe that different people, from different backgrounds, with different interests, combine to make our ideal work force. McDonald's is committed to diversity in hiring–actually, we're an industry leader–from our restaurants to our supplier networks to our owners.

Grow With Us
McDonald's gives you the tools you need to succeed, whether it's the chance to own your own restaurant or tackle the corporate ladder. To be the best company we can, we have to offer the best opportunities, and we'd like to believe that some of the best ones around are right here.

In our General Manager Business Leadership Capstone, participants learn to:

  • Think and perform in ways to improve their restaurant performance
  • Apply leadership behaviors to improve their and their team's performance
  • Assess how decisions impact the Restaurant, the Organization, the Region, and the Brand
  • Leverage best practices from collaboration with course peers and apply them on the job
  • Evaluate how decisions impact people, QSC&V, sales, and profit
  • Plan for short-term and long-term goals of a restaurant
  • Project and plan for the restaurant's staffing needs
  • Discover how manager and crew schedules impact morale, QSC&V, sales and profit
  • Discover how succession planning improves business results
  • Manage labor costs versus cutting labor and its impact to the business
  • Establish and build relationships with community leaders to successfully implement planned events

McDonald's Business Leadership Practices training provides restaurant managers with:

  • An awareness of how adopting and fostering accountability can impact business results
  • An understanding of how creative thinking techniques can be applied to operational challenges within the restaurant
  • An understanding of how they can better develop restaurant talent to improve business results
  • An understanding of the social responsibility culture at McDonald's and with motivation and ideas for incorporating social responsibility activities into their businesses
  • Build fundamental business planning skills, and practice promoting a positive image of McDonald's in an effort to build community relationships

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Training & Education

We believe education is the true game-changer. Because of this, we're proud to offer our employees tools and world-class training that will help them succeed and grow–both personally and professionally.

Our vision is to lead the industry in promoting workforce education. We're passionate about helping employees succeed and advance, whether within McDonald's or not. To achieve this goal, we created Archways to Opportunity, a comprehensive education program that meets people where they are on their education journey.

Archways to Opportunity Academic Programs:
English Under the Arches
The English as a Second Language (ESL) program is a free opportunity for all employees to learn the essential English phrases in order to effectively communicate with fellow staff members, customers, and most importantly in their every day life.

Resources & Support
We offer a range of resources and support in order to help eliminate barriers for employees returning to school.

  • Advising Services with education experts to help restaurant staff identify the most efficient and affordable path to reach their education goals
  • Scholarships for restaurant employees
  • "Virtual Advisor" app that calculates American Council on Education (ACE) college credit recommendations and offers college placement advice
  • Learning module that helps employees make better informed decisions about their education

Tuition Assistance
Our Tuition Assistance Program provides reimbursement for eligible courses that relate to an employee's current (or future) job functions, or lead toward business degrees. Tuition assistance is available for restaurant managers and crew at both company-owned and franchised restaurants.

High School Completion
This is an online academic program that allows employees to obtain their high school diploma. All costs are covered by our Tuition Assistance Program.

College Credit Connection Program
The connection program helps our employees find the most efficient and affordable path to a two- or four-year degree. We work with affiliate colleges that offer discounted tuition rates to McDonald's employees—and that also recognize American College of Education (ACE) college credit recommendations for our management development training.

Hamburger University Since 1961, Hamburger University has offered graduates a unique management curriculum that is as thought-provoking as it is comprehensive. Hamburger U teaches in a total of 28 languages, some of which include Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Mandarin with the opportunity for college credit to be earned. McDonald's management and mid-management development now carries 49 American Council on Education in all.

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We strive to hire and keep the brightest and the best. And to do that, we've put together perks designed to make you smile – even before you pick up your paycheck. From flexible schedules and competitive wages to management training and investment opportunities, our benefits let you know you're a valued part of our team.

Restaurant Crew Benefits
You don't have to achieve upper-level management status to reap the rewards. When you're a part of our restaurant crew, you'll enjoy a competitive wage, a schedule that fits your needs, a team that's there to support you in every way, and a workplace that's close to wherever you need to be. It's a great way to earn extra income for anyone, from students to moms and dads.

  • Competitive wages
  • Free uniforms*
  • Free or discounted meals
  • Flexible hours
  • Medical insurance*
  • Prescription drug coverage*
  • 24-hour nurse line access
  • Vision discount*
  • Dental insurance

Additional Benefits

  • Short-term disability*
  • Term life insurance*
  • 401(k)*
  • Paid holidays*
  • Vacation*
  • Educational assistance*
  • Travel and entertainment discounts

*Subject to availability and certain eligibility requirements and restrictions. Talk to your local franchise owner or restaurant manager to learn more.

Corporate Staff Benefits

Our benefits program is designed to attract, energize, reward and retain top talent—the kind of people who will enhance our brand and produce solid results.

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We're firm believers in giving back to those who gave to us. You took care of our families – now let us take care of yours.

We want to give back to the communities that have already given us all so much. Through our commitment to service, quality and value we aspire to connect and develop long lasting relationships with America's military men, women and spouses.

If you fall within any of these groups, you've come to the right place.

Joining Forces

Our national team has come together with our local restaurant owners to join the White House's Joining Forces Coalition. Through this initiative, we expect to create more than 100,000 career opportunities for Veterans over the next three years. We'll also build upon existing training and development programs to help Veterans obtain management positions in an accelerated time frame. Finally, we're launching a Veteran Spouse recruitment program while also continuing to support our current Veterans with the introduction of a Veteran Employee Resource Group.

Military Friendly Employer

We have been recognized as a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs, ranked at #88.

"The list of Military Friendly® Employers distinguishes those companies with the strongest job opportunities and retention programs for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment."

In 2013 and 2014, We were also recognized as a Military Friendly Employer by G.I Jobs.

We're proud and honored to join The Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) as a partner as we strive to provide career opportunities for veterans and their spouses. MSEP is a targeted recruitment and employment solution for spouses that:

  • Provides human resource (HR) managers with recruitment solutions for military spouses
  • Prepares military spouses to become competitive, "job ready" applicants
  • Connects military spouses with employers seeking the essential 21st century workforce skills and attributes they possess

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