McKvetchAugust 31, 2009Jon Brooks 1 Comment »
Rightly or wrongly, a job at McDonald’s is perceived to be one of the lowest rungs on the capitalist ladder—so much so that the term “McJob” came into prominence in the 1980s. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a McJob is “an unstimulating, low-paid job with few prospects.”McDonald’s Talk, hosted on LiveJournal, provides a forum for those who toil under the golden arches to grouse about their employer. Complaints of poor pay, unfair managers, grueling working conditions, and most of all clueless customers are all served up in supersized helpings, complete with a side of nonplussed, WTF attitude. McSampler:
I had to work for nine hours on July 4th this year and as a result, I missed seeing much of my family…(and) it turns out that in Texas, no employer is required to compensate employees with Holiday Pay…So basically, the owner of the store I work at stated that she offered other benefits which is why she doesn’t offer holiday pay. However, those benefits aren’t so great in my opinion.
1. Free uniforms. (Are you serious? All we get is one shirt, and we have to buy the pants and shoes ourselves….so no that’s not a benefit.)
2. Free meals during your shift. (This isn’t anything special, either. Let’s say I don’t want to eat fries. The policy is posted on the wall in the back and it states specifically that we may have any three menu items as long as the third item is a drink and ANY two food items as long as it doesn’t add up to 6.50….but when I tried to get a big mac and a sundae, I was told I couldn’t. Not really fair, eh?)
yeah that’s it. Seriously — how does that qualify as benefits?
…(the owner/operator) recently made a change to the T-Red policy…T-Red stands for “Total Reduction” and is caused when an employee takes the total and then removes an item, resulting in a smaller total… (The owner) has changed the definition of T-Red to mean ANY change in the order whether it’s been totaled or not… He has rigged the computer to track these “T-Reds” and he displays them publicly in the crew room for everyone to see. It’s a sham because even if a worker rings up 20 doubles he isnt losing any money because the worker fixes it right then and so the grill does not make them….His service crew are in constant fear of losing their jobs because he has told the managers to aggressively write up any employee that gets allot of these “T-Reds”. Today he fired a girl for this….Further, he is using this fabricated rule to create documentation with which he can conveniently fire anyone he wants because every crew person gets written up (two long time employees have been suspended for this that I know of and have confirmed) because it is the customers that change their order all the time and ultimatly they who create these new T-Reds….
I emailed McCorp but did so anonymously (I tried to call but they said that if its about a specific store they would pass it to the O/O so no help there)
But right now I’m only getting a 3 hour shift like 3 times or 2 times a week, will I get more? They seem to like me
Finally, an exchange between one of the U.S. McDonald’s workers and one from Finland:
Finland: Is the work atmosphere in the stores in the US of A so different from what it is here? Because I’m used to being able to either confront the manager in question, or just bitch to the GM about it. Or is it because our jobs are more secure here? Can you get fired from McD’s there if you complain about a manager being out of line? Because here, it seems no one has problems with snapping back if a manager is being unreasonably aggressive/catty/whiny/whatever.
U.S.: pretty much yeah your jobs are more secure, and well maybe you all have more respect for other human beings…here you CAN get fired or transfered or lied to if you do not agree with the way your managers say and do things… i pretty much had to learn to keep my mouth shut just so i can keep my job…
Finland: Wow :/