Do McDonald’s pay breaks?

No. Most people don’t get paid breaks at McDonald’s.

Fast Food Restaurants who pay breaks include Five Guys, Greggs and Itsu.

Last updated 13 August 2022

How we know this

Based on 1,203 job reviews from people who work at McDonald’s.

96% of people say they don’t get paid breaks.

Why this matters

A good job should have paid breaks.

You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

Which fast food restaurants pay breaks?

  1. Five Guys Most people get paid breaks
    7.1
  2. Greggs Most people get paid breaks
    6.1
  3. Itsu Most people get paid breaks
    6.0
  4. Fishnchickn Most people get paid breaks
    5.9
  5. Chopstix Only some people get paid breaks
    5.1

What people are saying about sick pay at McDonald’s

  • Best thing

    The people that work there and the free food

    Worst thing

    The managers and the early breaks.

    6.8

    McDonald’s Employee, May 2022

  • Best thing

    Decent pay for a 16 year old you can set boundaries about your working hours

    Worst thing

    Poor rotation expected to do long repetitive tasks with late breaks a lot

    3.2

    McDonald’s Employee, May 2022

  • Best thing

    -Good break times
    -Most staff is friendly
    -Free food every shift for breaks
    -Get paid every 2 weeks
    -Can express yourself through appearance, must wear mask if you have face piercings though, which makes sense

    Worst thing

    -Poor management
    -Standing on feet for 8+ hours, no sit down
    -Breaks either too early or stupidly late
    -Stressful place to work in, especially busy hours
    -Barely get any training, or isn't good enough
    -Some places are super dirty and not a good working environment, safety and hygiene
    -Uniform is rubbish and never fits properly
    -Rota comes only a week in advance (not even on a Monday) so hard to make plans

    3.7

    McDonald’s Employee, March 2022

  • Best thing

    The people I work with

    Worst thing

    Really early breaks, and doing the same jobs every shift

    5.5

    McDonald’s Employee, March 2022

  • Best thing

    pay
    working as a team
    good community

    Worst thing

    early breaks

    9.1

    McDonald’s Employee, February 2022