Working at Mickey D’s is a breeze

Justin Graham ‘14

Zach Gregarek ‘14



When most teenagers look for their first job they tend to turn to fast food. It’s not difficult to get into, and fast food restaurants tend to hire new employees often. Most first-time job seekers complain about not having money, but on the contrary, they don’t want to work. Then once the long and tiring job search ends, they finally become employed.
Rather than embrace their new-found opportunity, many teens also tend to complain about work and having to miss out on social activities. It just so happens that a few current LCN students as well as alumni are employed at the McDonald’s at the intersection of 26 Mile Road and Gratiot.
When thinking of working at McDonald’s, the first thing that most think of is greasy food, unintelligent employees, and disrespectful management, which is a complete stereotype.
“One of my favorite parts of working at McDonald’s would have to be the respect I get from my managers and that a few of my best friends work here as well,” said Becca Sikowski ’14.
Being a member of the Golden Arch society teaches everyone great teamwork skills as well as customer service skills that can be used in future jobs. Getting through the Saturday afternoon lunch rush would not be possible if everyone isn’t on the same page and working together.
“My favorite part of the job is when I hear my headset ding, meaning I have an order to take, and getting to hear those diesel trucks roar over the drive through speaker while I excitedly welcome them to McDonald’s and ask what I can get for them,” said Keegan Roth ’14.
“The crew here is the best part of the job by far. Everyone here is so nice and funny. They make coming to work so much easier,” said LCN alumna Taryn Grady.
In our personal opinions and experiences, there are times when work actually becomes enjoyable due to all of the great people that we work with. Sometimes there will be nothing but high schoolers up front running the floor along with a manager, and it doesn’t even feel like work. It feels as if we’re just hanging out with some friends. Obviously McDonald’s is a restaurant and we’re always working hard to keep things running smoothly, but if we make the best of the situation, working at McDonald’s can be very enjoyable and entertaining.
“I think it’s really cool that many high schoolers work at one place, and that our managers actually trust us to do important tasks that most managers usually do. For example, running for drive-through,” said Alex Murray ’14.
Running for drive-through simply means bagging the customer’s order once the grill team successfully prepares their food. This employee hands it to the presenter who hands it our second window and to the customer. It may seem like an easy thing to do, but if orders become mixed up and one isn’t organized, one could easily mess up the flow of the drive-through line.
“All of our high schoolers do a great job. I’d say about half of our staff is still in school. We really do have a great group, and as much as I mess with all of them, I do enjoy having them around,” said manager Jason Rabine.
“At first I thought I wasn’t going to be accepted and thought I would hate the job, but after a few weeks everything clicked and became much easier. I now know almost every spot in the store,” Sikowski said.
Whenever one tries something new, it’s bound to be overwhelming. While working at McDonald’s that is very true. If the employee starts out learning service positions, learning the menu and where all the buttons are on the computers can be difficult at first. If the employee started out learning the areas of the grill, then memorizing what wrappers or boxes to use as well as what condiments go on all the burgers, sandwiches, and wraps can be quite the challenge. Although these tasks may seem overwhelming at first, after a worker is trained by one of the great crew trainers, everything becomes easier and then comes naturally.
Another great part of the job is getting to know the regulars who come in on a daily basis. It’s nice to get to know the people in the community and actually have a conversation with them when they come in rather than just take their order. Seeing the look on their faces when they walk in and we already have their entire order rung up is priceless and always brings a smile to their face.
“I always come to that certain McDonald’s not only because it’s convenient but all the staff is really friendly, and the service is really good,” said Chris Caswell ‘14.
McDonald’s definitely isn’t anyone’s dream job, but if you take it for what it is, it can actually be a great job. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and gain work experience. In our experience of being a part of the crew at McDonald’s, we have made many new friends that we talk to and hang out with even outside of work. We believe that the employee controls the way his or her McDonald’s employment experience will go. If we dread going to work and put zero effort into it, our shift will drag on and it will be way worse than it actually is. On the other hand, if we go into work with a positive attitude, ready to serve the customers with a smile, the shift will be enjoyable and our shift will fly by.
Many McDonald’s employees have mixed feelings about their jobs. Some will say it’s a terrible job, they’re treated badly, and they cannot stand it. We have been treated with nothing but respect, enjoy working, and can say working at McDonald’s has been a great job!