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McDonald’s is a fast food restaurant chain. They serve American-style fast food.

Do McDonald’s pay breaks?

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

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

Last updated 13 April 2024

How we know this

Based on data from 398 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between January 2024 and April 2024.

95% 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.

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What people are saying about sick pay at McDonald’s

  • Best thing

    Flexibility with holidays and booking time off (sometimes)
    Some flexibility when inputting your availability

    Worst thing

    Managers rarely let you change your availability unless you have no other choice
    Managers and crew trainers treat you with disrespect
    I’ve been screamed at by managers to the point of tears and they’ve continued screaming after I’ve started crying.
    I’ve been called so many names by management
    Managers choose employees they like and then treat them differently than others.
    Extremely unfair breaks, I’ve worked 6/7 hours before getting a break and I’ve also had my break an hour in and no other break. I’ve also been told to shorten my break.
    Older Crew members can be extremely creepy towards the 16-20 year olds and they get no punishment for doing so.
    Forced to work in a kitchen on hot days with no ac and rare drink breaks, if there’s no managers around to ask (cos theyre sitting in the office on their phone) and you get a drink without permission you’ll get screamed at.
    Extremely cliquey


    McDonald’s Crew trainer, March 2024

  • Best thing

    Flexible hours and simple to book days off, good employee discounts

    Worst thing

    sometimes i get early breaks so i have a long time left when i come back after break


    McDonald’s Crew member, December 2023

  • Best thing

    Team and atmosphere

    Worst thing

    Business at peak hours and unpaid, short breaks


    McDonald’s Cook, December 2023

  • Best thing

    Employee discounts, free meal on break, good flexibility with hours

    Worst thing

    Stressful when busy, often in areas alone also when busy, unpaid breaks


    McDonald’s Crew member, November 2023

  • Best thing

    Flexible hours, good salary for age

    Worst thing

    You don’t choose your breaks, so if you work a 8-4 shift you could have your break at 9.15am (if you work a shift more than 6 hours long, you take a 45-min break instead of 30)


    McDonald’s Crew member, August 2023

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