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McDonalds Hiring 50,000 employees - 19 April





deanhills
For those who are in the US, this is apparently good news. McDonalds has decided to recruit 50,000 new employees with great media coverage (of course) and all of it is apparently going to happen on one day, 19 April. The pay is a "whopping" $8.30 per hour. Anyone interested?
Quote:
The fast food giant is adding tens of thousands of McJobs to the economy. Will it help the recovery?

McDonald's is trying to change the longstanding image of "McJobs" flipping burgers amidst grease splatters, fluorescent lighting, and screaming children with a weeks-long PR push leading up to a massive hiring event on April 19. On that day, McDonald's Corp. plans to hire tens of thousands of employess. "We're excited to offer 50,000 new jobs, all across America, all in one day," says Jan Fields, the president of McDonald's U.S.A.

Source: Yahoo!News

I'm puzzled: 50,000 employees computes into 1,000 employees per state, and given there are probably hundreds of McDonalds branches in any given State, is this really such a large number, or just another gimmick for advertising?
nigam
is this true? or maybe it fall in april 1st news...
deanhills
nigam wrote:
is this true? or maybe it fall in april 1st news...
It looks quite legit. If you are interested, why not enquire at a McDonalds close to you? I'm sure they should know. Smile
coolclay
It sounds like a huge advertising gimmick to me. I mean it's great that they are still hiring, the real question should be is this net jobs? I mean if the fire 50,000 employees and then hire 50,000 new employees, it's a net 0 new employees which really isn't helping the country as a whole.
IceCreamTruck
This is cool. Seriously... hiring 50k employees is no joke, but what I would like to make sure they are doing is providing healthcare for those same employees. Starbucks gives health coverage to part time employees, which is really quite cool.
deanhills
IceCreamTruck wrote:
This is cool. Seriously... hiring 50k employees is no joke, but what I would like to make sure they are doing is providing healthcare for those same employees. Starbucks gives health coverage to part time employees, which is really quite cool.
Agreed. With the stress the McDonalds staff are working under, they probably would need health coverage even more than the Starbucks employees do. Just wonder how they would fit in the doctors' appointments though. Very Happy
IceCreamTruck
deanhills wrote:
IceCreamTruck wrote:
This is cool. Seriously... hiring 50k employees is no joke, but what I would like to make sure they are doing is providing healthcare for those same employees. Starbucks gives health coverage to part time employees, which is really quite cool.
Agreed. With the stress the McDonalds staff are working under, they probably would need health coverage even more than the Starbucks employees do. Just wonder how they would fit in the doctors' appointments though. Very Happy


Oh no! the doctors gotta work too! Smile I'm sure some economist can talk to how Starbucks is doing some things that more companies should do, and I'm not really afraid of the resulting economics because it's the right thing to do.
nepalstar
deanhills wrote:
For those who are in the US, this is apparently good news. McDonalds has decided to recruit 50,000 new employees with great media coverage (of course) and all of it is apparently going to happen on one day, 19 April. The pay is a "whopping" $8.30 per hour. Anyone interested?
Quote:
The fast food giant is adding tens of thousands of McJobs to the economy. Will it help the recovery?

McDonald's is trying to change the longstanding image of "McJobs" flipping burgers amidst grease splatters, fluorescent lighting, and screaming children with a weeks-long PR push leading up to a massive hiring event on April 19. On that day, McDonald's Corp. plans to hire tens of thousands of employess. "We're excited to offer 50,000 new jobs, all across America, all in one day," says Jan Fields, the president of McDonald's U.S.A.

Source: Yahoo!News

I'm puzzled: 50,000 employees computes into 1,000 employees per state, and given there are probably hundreds of McDonalds branches in any given State, is this really such a large number, or just another gimmick for advertising?


I'm very much interest in this but right now I'm living in Nepal, Can I take benefit from this..?
deanhills
nepalstar wrote:
I'm very much interest in this but right now I'm living in Nepal, Can I take benefit from this..?
I'm almost certain this is only for US citizens. Are there any MacDonalds outlets in Nepal, as it won't do any harm if you should go and make enquiries though at MacDonalds in Nepal.
IceCreamTruck
deanhills wrote:
nepalstar wrote:
I'm very much interest in this but right now I'm living in Nepal, Can I take benefit from this..?
I'm almost certain this is only for US citizens. Are there any MacDonalds outlets in Nepal, as it won't do any harm if you should go and make enquiries though at MacDonalds in Nepal.


In france they call a Big Mac a "Royal with Cheese"! Smile
Insanity
Hah, love the Pulp Fiction reference!
deanhills
IceCreamTruck wrote:
In france they call a Big Mac a "Royal with Cheese"! Smile
I would have thought the French would have turned up their noses for Royal with Cheese? Very Happy
IceCreamTruck
deanhills wrote:
IceCreamTruck wrote:
In france they call a Big Mac a "Royal with Cheese"! Smile
I would have thought the French would have turned up their noses for Royal with Cheese? Very Happy


No! That's the way they like it! Smile Twisted Evil d'oh!
mengshi200
Good news!American ecomony will begin to revive.
Mrs Lycos
When I just finished highscool I got into a McDonalds here in my country. Really it was a very stressful job with little pay, and as a part time job it only allowed me to buy a few books and materials for college, and pay for transport to college, as well as getting a free meal.
Otherwise, I really don't see something like this as "reactivating" the economy, jobs in McDonalds really aren't real jobs, you can't live off what you get paid there, and this would only suit someone who lives with their parents and needs some pocket money - for what you said there, $8.3 per hour would mean around $660 per month ( 4 hs a day, 5 days a week). Can you pay the rent, bills, buy food, just the basics on that?
IceCreamTruck
Mrs Lycos wrote:
When I just finished highscool I got into a McDonalds here in my country. Really it was a very stressful job with little pay, and as a part time job it only allowed me to buy a few books and materials for college, and pay for transport to college, as well as getting a free meal.
Otherwise, I really don't see something like this as "reactivating" the economy, jobs in McDonalds really aren't real jobs, you can't live off what you get paid there, and this would only suit someone who lives with their parents and needs some pocket money - for what you said there, $8.3 per hour would mean around $660 per month ( 4 hs a day, 5 days a week). Can you pay the rent, bills, buy food, just the basics on that?


Considering a lot of people that used to work at McDonald's are now cashing a government check then one has to think that this is an improvement rather than more failed economics. I'd rather they do something with their time rather than just sitting back and collecting. I'll take a job over a government check any day of the week, but that's just me personally.

You can't really live on government check either, but people make it work. You obviously live with some measure of added comfort over the poverty level, Mrs Lycos. Many people wouldn't know what to buy if you told them they had access to a million dollars for a day. There wouldn't be any money left when I was done with my day, but some people don't have much imagination. They live without things that you and I couldn't even begin to imagine, but they don't even know what they are missing.

It might not be a good idea for you and me, given the current expenses of our lives, to go and get a job at McDonald's but there are plenty of people in this country that need work badly, so it's good that McDonald's is hiring again.

Also, no one stays at $8.30 per hour. As with anything if you apply yourself then you move up, and McDonald's does help managers open their own stores. Sure the manager has to do most of the work, but McDonald's will work with you if this is your goal and it's happened a few times that I know about here in the US where employees have gone on to open their own stores eventually.
jwellsy
In a publicly unrelated story:
Quote:
McDonald's, 29 other firms get health care coverage waivers
Updated 10/7/2010 5:50 PM
By Drew Armstrong, Bloomberg Business News

Nearly a million workers won't get a consumer protection in the U.S. health reform law meant to cap insurance costs because the government exempted their employers.

Thirty companies and organizations, including McDonald's (MCD) and Jack in the Box (JACK), won't be required to raise the minimum annual benefit included in low-cost health plans, which are often used to cover part-time or low-wage employees.

The Department of Health and Human Services, which provided a list of exemptions, said it granted waivers in late September so workers with such plans wouldn't lose coverage from employers who might choose instead to drop health insurance altogether.

Without waivers, companies would have had to provide a minimum of $750,000 in coverage next year, increasing to $1.25 million in 2012, $2 million in 2013 and unlimited in 2014.

"The big political issue here is the president promised no one would lose the coverage they've got," says Robert Laszewski, chief executive officer of consulting company Health Policy and Strategy Associates. "Here we are a month before the election, and these companies represent 1 million people who would lose the coverage they've got."

The United Agricultural Benefit Trust, the California-based cooperative that offers coverage to farm workers, was allowed to exempt 17,347 people. San Diego-based Jack in the Box's waiver is for 1,130 workers, while McDonald's asked to excuse 115,000.

The plans will be exempt from rules intended to keep people from having to pay for all their care once they reach a preset coverage cap. McDonald's, which offers the programs as a way to cover part-time employees, told the Obama administration it might re-evaluate the plans unless it got a waiver.

McDonald's and Jack in the Box didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

The waiver program is intended to provide continuous coverage until 2014, when government-organized marketplaces will offer insurance subsidized by tax credits, says HHS spokeswoman Jessica Santillo.

The regulations would have hit some insurance plans for young adults in the universal coverage program run by the state of Massachusetts. The program, enacted in 2006, has a plan for individuals ages 18 to 26 who can't get coverage through work, covering about 5,000 people. The waiver obtained by the state "will give us time to implement the transition plan in a manner designed to mitigate premium increases," says Dick Powers, a spokesman for the state program.

The biggest single waiver, for 351,000 people, was for the United Federation of Teachers Welfare Fund, a New York union providing coverage for city teachers. The waivers are effective for a year and were granted to insurance plans and companies that showed that employee premiums would rise or that workers would lose coverage without them, Santillo says.

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/health/2010-10-07-healthlaw07_ST_N.htm#
IceCreamTruck
jwellsy wrote:
In a publicly unrelated story:...


I don't think this could be considered unrelated. I think McDonald's (MD) decision to hire more people either helped get the exempt status for MD, or the exempt status means MD can hire 50k more people...

Unfortunately the real improvement in economy would come from them also providing healthcare for those 50k employees, but it looks like that isn't going to happen, so It's definitely not as big a help to the economy as MD, and their marketing specialists, would like, but that won't stop them from trying to make it sound like MD is fighting tooth and nail for us -- which they aren't, cause it's still about them and their money first before it's about them doing the right thing.

An example of a company that is consistently done the right thing: Starbucks Inc. They pay tons of money out in order to assist their employees with healthcare and they don't have to do this, so to me they are not always about them and their money. I think Starbucks is too rare an example of a company making some right choices for their employees that improves their lives, provides better basic services, and thus improves the economy on several levels starting with the people they should care about the most: their employees!
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