Everything You Need to Know About a Job at McDonald's

McDonald's Jobs and Employment Information

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McDonald's is one of the largest companies in the world with more than 37,000 restaurants across the globe, as of 2018. Employment opportunities with one of its many franchises typically offer both full-time and part-time positions and flexible schedules for students, working moms, and others.

How Old Do You Have to Be?

Child labor laws determine how old you have to be to work at McDonald's. Age limits vary from state to state, so check with your local McDonald's or look online to get the information regarding your geographic area. Generally, most states adhere to federal child labor laws when setting their own regulations about child workers.

Federal law mandates that teens age 14 and older are allowed to work in a number of different professions, including the restaurant industry.

Federal law, however, imposes limits on how early or late in the day teens can work and how many hours they can work.

These restrictions are different during the school year than they are when school is not in session. When federal law and state law don't agree about child labor, the regulations that are the most restrictive are the laws that prevail.

Search for McDonald's Jobs

Online: McDonald's allows you to conduct a job search for all open positions (including a crew member, shift manager, assistant manager, restaurant manager, and positions higher than middle-management) on its website. An online job application, along with an assessment, is available, and you can search for job openings by state.

Ask Alexa: With McDonald's Appy Thru you can use Alexa to start a job application by saying, “Alexa, help me get a job at McDonald’s.” You can also use any advice with Google Assistant built-in by saying, "Ok Google, talk to McDonald’s Apply Thru.” 

McDonald's Interview Tips

If you want to ace your McDonald's interview, there's plenty of helpful information on the McDonald's Careers website.

  • The McDonald's website provides a number of interview tips you can review prior to your interview.
  • You also can get an idea about the kinds of interview questions you'll be asked by reviewing the questions submitted by visitors to the McDonald's website. If you want, you even can add your questions to the online list.

Application Instructions

Some McDonald's restaurants accept only online applications, but if you need help filling it out, the company provides basic application instructions in both English and Spanish.

Employee Benefits

Because McDonald's is such a large company with restaurants in 120 countries it is able to offer its employees benefits that include such things as flexible schedules, training and development programs, advancement opportunities within the corporate structure, and complimentary uniforms.

In 2015, McDonald's launched its Archways to Opportunity program to assist employees in their educational endeavors in a variety of ways. As of 2018, the program had awarded more than $21 million in tuition assistance to more than 16,000 employees, according to McDonald's. It also offers assistance with improving English skills and earning high school diplomas.

A broader advantage of working at a global company the size of McDonald's is that your experience, training, and skills are portable. If you relocate from one part of the country, or even the world, to another, you should be able to find a job without much worry.