Working at McDonald's No Longer Soul-Crushing
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Working at McDonald’s No Longer Soul-Crushing

20090106mcdonalds.jpg You know how when most people think of working at McDonald’s they picture a bunch of unhappy people who really have no other options cramped together and sweating over deep fryers, collecting minimum wage while working long hours serving greasy, high-fat food to screaming, overweight kids?
Well, it turns out those people are wrong and McDonald’s is actually one of the best places to work in Canada, if the results of a recent internal employee survey are to be believed. McDonald’s Canada ranked at #25 in the 2009 list of Canada’s 50 best employers, based on a survey conducted by Hewitt and Associates. Out of almost forty-two thousand people surveyed, 84% considered themselves valued employees and a whopping 86% felt proud to be a McDonald’s employee. It’s like the questionnaires were filled out by forty-two thousand Calvins.
Now, we’re not saying this data is unreliable, but an anonymous source whose company made the top 50 list in years past offers this tidbit: “They would give us an extra day off in celebration of the fact that we were voted one of the top 50 companies. It wasn’t explicitly stated ahead of time that a great review = more time off, but [the company] was voted to the top 50 list a number of times, and we kept getting the extra day off. Maybe my fellow coworkers weren’t as cynical as I was, but why would I give [the company] a bad review? That would mean I would lose an extra day off work.”
We have no idea if McDonald’s workers were plied with free Big Macs in exchange for glowing reviews, but it’s officially not the worst place to work in the world. Not only that, it’s also “creative, inclusive, and a whole lot of fun,” according to president John Betts. (Come on, “creative”?) We guess given the state of our economy this is comforting news to people who may find themselves working there. The company also received props from Waterstone Human Capital (on behalf of the National Post) in 2008 when it was named one of the 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures. Unlike the Hewitt survey, though, the vote was cast by 340 executives, which gives you an idea of who was doing the “admiring.”
Photo by Ian Muttoo from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.