We couldn’t do what we do without our people. So whether it means offering opportunities, championing communities or finding time for flexibility, we do whatever we can to make working here as enjoyable as possible. Read on to find out more about what life at McDonald’s is really like.


Being a great place to work means different things to different people. So we asked the people who work here what they liked about working at McDonald’s. Here’s what they had to say.


“I’m always busy. I volunteer at a swimming club and I do a lot of charity work. But because I can move my shifts around, I’m able to keep it all up.”

Carly, Shift Manager


“I can create a schedule that works around my life. I was able to do a degree in Business Management and run my restaurant at the same time.”

Mianna, Business Manager


“It’s like a second home. I know the team, I know the regulars and it’s always great to meet new people and build new relationships.”

Rudolph, Customer Care Assistant


“It’s exciting to be able to make an impact in so many different ways – whether that’s by managing the crew, helping out at the grill or organising fun days out.”

Hazran, Shift Manager


“I’ve had great training, I’ve been promoted and I even got a crew discount on driving lessons.”

Sam, Shift Manager


“I’ve picked up loads of important skills, like confidence and team work – I’m even on my way to becoming a manager. Without this job, I wouldn’t be able to do half the things I can now.”

Alex, Trainee Manager


“Working at McDonald’s is like nothing else – I’ve met people from all sorts of different places and backgrounds.”

Matthew, Assistant Manager


“I’ve made some good friends from different teams and different locations, so it’s good to have the flexibility to meet up outside of work and play a bit of football.”

Ryan, Assistant Manager


We pride ourselves in recognising the dedication of hardworking employees in our restaurants, and we celebrate their commitment to the McDonald’s brand every year – through two prestigious awards.

The national Employee of the Year award rewards the most talented crew members, such as Chloe – who was chosen from over 100,000 workers to be named winner in 2016. We also congratulate our high performing leaders at The Ray Kroc Awards, an annual prize that recognises outstanding restaurant managers and celebrates their achievements on an international stage.


As a modern, progressive, responsible company, we believe in making a positive difference in society – from the way we source our menu ingredients, to the support we give.

Planet Champions

All new McDonald’s restaurants have 100% LED lighting, which uses 50% less energy than fluorescent lighting. Over 120,000 LED lights have now been installed across our UK restaurants, right down to the bulbs in the emergency lighting.

Making Grassroots Football Better

Since teaming up with The FA, we’ve helped keep kids active and supported the nation’s passion for the beautiful game via the UK grassroots football Better Play programme, which has seen over 7,000 clubs achieve accreditation, provided over 175,000 new kits and benefitted over 4 million children.

Supporting Families with RMHC

RMHC has been our charity of choice since it was founded in 1989, providing free accommodation near hospitals across the UK for the families of sick children. In 2014, McDonald’s restaurants raised over £4.2 million for RMHC through sales and in-store collection boxes.

Follow Our Foodsteps

We launched a nationwide campaign that uses pioneering virtual reality and 360° videos to tell the McDonald’s food story through the eyes of the people who grow, produce and prepare food for our UK menu.

Keep Up the Clean Up

We take pride in our local environment, which is why we are an active supporter of national groups such as Keep Britain Tidy and Keep Scotland Beautiful. Thousands of McDonald’s employees get involved with anti-litter events across the country every year, helping us do our bit to keep our communities clean and tidy.

We’re proud to be a good neighbour and run 1.5 million street litter patrols every year to keep local streets clean. We also support Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provides families with free accommodation close to their children in hospital.



“We have an obligation to give something back to the community that gives so much to us.”

Ray Kroc, McDonald’s founder


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