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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 Simpsons, Five Guys and Greggs.

Last updated 9 June 2023

How we know this

Based on data from 584 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2023 and June 2023.

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

    Employee discounts on food, good pay, free food on break

    Worst thing

    Often don't get breaks, talked down to, harassed by customers, long hours of standing up, usually always very busy, understaffed,


    McDonald’s Crew member, May 2023

  • Best thing

    The people you work with can be the best thing about McDonald's (Please don't be bad at your job otherwise they will hate you in other words be a fast learner & adapt quickly to the situation)
    Depending on how much training you received & your availability & the business manager's tolerance for labour cost, you can easily get all the hours/shifts you need.
    Most staff prefer kitchen as you don't need to deal with customers.
    After working there for several months, you can ask for min guaranteed hour contract instead of 0 hr contract.

    Worst thing

    Extremely busy when working in the city centre (Friday & Saturday in particular)
    Drunk people during overnights due nightclubs & bars
    Understaffed especially in overnights & events such as football matches & concerts.
    Customers can be quite demanding & rude.
    A lot of delivery orders even during overnights.
    Little to no worklife balance.
    Unpaid breaks.
    Can be really stressful.


    McDonald’s Crew member, April 2023

  • Best thing

    The flexibility of when you want to work

    Worst thing

    Same thing over and over quite boring but can still be stressful
    Sometimes the mangers are unorganised about jobs and breaks


    McDonald’s Crew member, April 2023

  • Best thing

    The People, and the crew who tries to teach you more than the actual managers

    Worst thing

    managers have a power trip alot
    pay is garbage
    breaks are cut, if busy
    hours are not confirmed
    calls to come in when not scheduled
    verbal abuse by managers
    zero to no training available when starting first time
    managers dont care about you, only caring about sales


    McDonald’s Crew trainer, March 2023

  • Best thing

    The other crew members

    Worst thing

    Managers don’t respect you, not paid enough for what you do, customers screaming at you constantly, had to train myself on pretty much every station, if your standing still you get told off, never get proper breaks (if a break at all)


    McDonald’s Crew member, February 2023

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