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Need a Job? McDonald’s Is Hiring

by ARLnow.com April 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm 2,560 44 Comments

Say what you want about McDonald’s — at least they’re hiring.

Mickey D’s is undertaking an ambitious company-wide initiative to hire up to 50,000 people nationwide, including 1,400 in the D.C. area — all in one day. To that end, they’re holding a “National Hiring Day” from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19.

Among the four area restaurants that will be hosting job applicants are two Arlington locations: 1823 N. Moore Street in Rosslyn and 40 N. Glebe Road, just off Route 50.

A job with the golden arches may not have the cachĂ© of, say, a white collar job with the Rosslyn-based Corporate Executive Board, but you can’t deny this — it does provide a first-hand lesson in efficient operations management and effective consumer marketing. Plus, they still have shamrock shakes.

  • I know someone is going to ask about this, but no, McDonald’s and CEB did not pay us for this post. Nor do we accept money for any editorial content outside the occasional sponsored contest.

    • Ronald

      They should have paid you (at least for posting the photo!)

    • on arlington hill

      Luckily, if you can’t get a job at McDonald’s, CEB will take you. They have zero hiring standards. Plus you will get paid 10% more than the average McDonald’s employee, so you can walk across the street to the Rosslyn McDonald’s and rub it in their faces.

  • Hey, Summers Restaurant is hiring, too! That is, for anyone interested in a work atmosphere reflecting the exact opposite of efficient operations management and effective consumer marketing. And they don’t have shamrock shakes. But they do have two different kinds of Creme de Menthe!

  • roquer

    The McD’s at George Mason & Wilson Blvd has business acumen down to a science.All their order takers are bi-lingual, Hispanic and all speak English well. All have a smile and know enough about English slang to joke with patrons. It’s a good place to go

    • krissyarl

      so so so true. we live right near the mcdonald’s on lee highway between glebe and culpeper, but we’ll go out of our way to go to the one on george mason instead. far superior service and it’s worth the short trip out of the way for that every time.

  • Tabby

    Mayor McCheese has a much higher approval rating than Arlington County executives or Vince Gray.

    • Hikin’ the Pike


    • Bluemontsince1961


      • Dan


    • John Boehner

      Come to think of it, has anyone actually seen Mayor McCheese’s birth certificate?

  • wava_2

    I’m still bitter they got rid of the fried apple pies. They were the best thing on the menu. But they’re still on the menu in the UK, where there is much love for deep-fried deserts.

  • wava_2

    sooo good!

  • wava_2

    forgot the photo:

  • Hamburglar

    Robble robble robble . . .

  • Arlingtron

    Expect a wage of about $7.38 per hour (FT = $15,350 per year). US poverty threshold is $10,890 for family of one. Cost of living in Arlington: $50,000.

    • V Dizzle

      By that math you only need to work 131 hrs/wk to stay out of poverty (and to afford to eat at McDonald’s)? That leaves 5-1/2 hours a day for sleep, eating, and the commute if you work every day.
      McDonald’s deserves an award for community building 🙂

    • JamesE

      I thought everyone in Arlington makes over $100k, at least that is what they tell me they make.

    • Arlington, Northside

      Yes, that is a starting wage for your basic McDonald’s order taker. Promotions come fast. If you have a family of more than one, hopefully you are educated enough to get a job a little higher than starting order taker at McDonalds. BUT, for a young kid, it is a GREAT starting job that teachers responcibility and gives you some pocket money. Almost all McDonald’s franchise owners started at that low, but above minimum wage, pay.

      I really don’t see why anyone would expect the starting positions at McDonald’s to support a family or even someone living on their own. After college, I had to live with four roommates for a few years until I had saved enough and moved up to a position where I could be on my own and then took a few more years until my salery and position allowed me to support a family.

      • Arlington, Northside

        * they do not teach you to use spelll check though….

        • PghBigDog


      • Arlwhenever

        The President of McDonald’s USA started as a crew member 31 years ago.

        McDonald’s is a good first job, an excellent job for people who are dismissed as too young to be hired for much else, a stepping stone for recent immigrants and for people who are old, such as those supplementing a social security income. It also is a second or third income for many families that provides enough cash to help make ends meet.

        In my case I had plenty of minimum (and sub Federal minimum) wage jobs growing up and as a young adult. There were times I worked two or three jobs. I lived in group situations, promoted myself as a house sitter, promised to perform custodial duties in return for free or reduced rent. I only went out for all-you-can-eat specials, which then were my meal of the day and so forth. And I expect that someday I’ll be looking for a part time minimum wage job to supplement my retirement income.

        The reality is that most of these low-wage opportunities will disappear if employers are forced to pay higher wages.

      • V Dizzle

        Isn’t the average career length at McDonald’s somewhere in the ballpark of 4 to 5 months? How many promotions are given, on average, to employees that leave or are let go after a few months? Yes, some stay for longer (and some for shorter), but the numbers seem to favor McDonald’s keeping pay near the minimum. Yes, it may be a good startup job for some (I’d argue that there would be something else in it’s place if McDonald’s wasn’t there, creating jobs), but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t pay a more reasonable wage (or benefits). If you think that a couple of dollars an hour, or an employee union for that matter, would put McDonald’s in some sort of financial troubles, you must be kidding. Most of their profit margin is based on soft drink sales. Charging a few cents more of something made almost entirely of water and subsidized corn syrup would surely keep their clown heads above water. In any case, sorry if I would choose higher wages for minimum wage employees over a slightly higher earnings for a multinational monster of a company. 🙂

        • Westover

          Ten employees a shift, those extra dollars add up fast. It is an entry level position, there is no reason why it should be anything else. There is no reason why it should pay well enough to support a family of four in a SFH with two cars in the driveway. It pays above the minimum wage, with benefits, and allows the company to stay in business to employ hundreds of thousands of others in both entry level and management positions, and provides supplier jobs around the globe.

        • Arlwhenever

          Dizzle, I suspect that if an employee sticks around at McDonalds and does well he/she gets that extra dollar or two an hour by earning it. That’s a business model that works. Running a small side business myself, where I make less money than an McDonald’s employee some of the time, I can tell you that those seemingly small extra expenses add up quickly when they are multiplied by the hundreds or the thousands. Sustainable businesses are built on value propositions and profitability. If you don’t like it you are free to boycott McDonalds and patronize restaurants that share your values, for as long as they last, which usually isn’t too long.

          • V Dizzle

            Five years so far.

          • Arlwhenever

            And I bet you they pay the servers, waiters and waitress there below minimum wage.

          • V Dizzle

            Sorry, where?

            Isn’t it customary to pay tips to servers, waiters, and waitresses?

            I’m speaking specifically about a business model that has saturated the market for decades. When you leverage your size to that degree, I’m sorry if I feel that they are accountable for how they treat their employees. If there were 1000’s of independent restaurants instead,(and, no, that’s not the same as franchises) I’d argue that competition would dictate higher pay and benefit value throughout the industry, but since their market share is so large, workers suffer. Not saying a successful business model shouldn’t thrive, and it does, only that there should be pressure (from patrons and from government) to pay a reasonable wage since they are helping to drive wages down. Seems simple to me.

          • Westover

            McDonald’s might not pay what you think is a livable wage, but they provide health and other benefits that those 1000’s of independent restaurants can’t or don’t. Those workers can still find other places to work if they so choose, but they like what McDonald’s has to offer as an employer.

          • V Dizzle

            I agree that if they are giving health benefits to some employees that it’s commendable, but turnover is much too high for most positions for that to take effect. If that turnover rate really is a calculated part of the model, and if they really resist union forming the way it has been reported, that isn’t something I can support. I don’t think anyone should hesitate to work in one, if they need a job. I just choose to go elsewhere.

          • Arlwhenever

            McDonalds gives empolyee benefits (scaled to how much work) and profit sharing vs. zero at the usual restaraunt.

            I get it totally, you hold McDonald’s responsible for paying folks the minimum wage and you praise the place you patronize that pays less — your grounds for holding McDonald’s accountable are zero, in that case.

            Next time you get the midnight munchies slip the all-nite window server at McDonalds an extra five and you’ll see the biggest smile of the day. I don’t know about you but I help out low paid people all the time; it feels pretty darn good.

  • ÂżTe gustarĂ­a un Big Mac hoy? ÂżQuĂ© tal un pastel de manzana caliente con su sándwich?

    • Arlwhenever

      Quiero pedir desde el menú se dólar. Pequeña francés fritas y una hamburguesa doble con queso para ir por favor.

      • Usted debe obtener un Happy Meal. Usted recibirá un juguete con eso.

  • TryTheTacos

    I thought the Rosslyn location would eventually be torn down for the Central Place.

    • Lou

      It will be, but that is several years off.

  • GOB

    Since the federal government is headed toward a shutdown, maybe I should cover all my bases…

    • Hmm


    • Kmr

      On a serious note, as a federal employee, who if we don’t get paid, would find it very stressful to try and make it supporting 2 little ones….some money coming in is better than nothing….but I’m picturing me at the counter of McD’s taking orders and it does not compute….I would be one of the first to be let go, I’m sure.

  • Johnny Royale

    I do much better panhandling. I’d rather be homeless on the streets of DC than try to pay rent, or God help me, raise kids on a McDonalds salary.

    • V Dizzle

      Yes, because most homeless are just lazy, and many don’t have a mental illness or persistent substance abuse problems. So employable.

      • spooner

        mmm, substances

  • My hat goes off to the folks who go to any lengths to provide and to be self sufficient. McDonalds is a job. Get hired, do your best. Set your sites on moving up. There’s a success story in there. ~Larry

  • CEB is a terrible place to work. I’d rather work at that McDonald’s than go back to working for the Craperate Executive Bore.


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