5.5

McDonald’s

Cook at McDonald’s

People in this role may also be known as cooks.

9 workers in this role at McDonald’s have taken the survey.

How much does McDonald’s pay cooks?

Cook at McDonald’s
£6.47–9.81
Typical range
£8.17–10.79

Cook employees at McDonald’s are typically paid £6.47–9.81 an hour, based on data from 9 employees.

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What is management like for cook employees at McDonald’s?

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do cooks think McDonald’s head office understands what's happening where they work?

    Most people think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    63% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 8 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

Excellent
  • Managers are respectful

    Do cooks at McDonald’s feel treated by respect by their managers?

    People feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    75% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 8 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

Here’s a recent review that mentions management:

  • Best thing

    I’ve met the greatest friends and some managers like to see you progress in different areas.

    Worst thing

    Inadequate training, some managers can be really rude and ignore your likes and dislikes in different areas and put you on your disliked areas more often.

    4.9

    Employee, October 2021

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What are the hours like for cook employees at McDonald’s?

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  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do cooks get of their shift pattern at McDonald’s?

    People don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 44% report getting one week notice or less
    • 44% report getting two weeks notice
    • 0% report getting three weeks notice
    • 11% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 0% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 9 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

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  • Contracts don’t match the hours people work

    Do cooks work the same number they are contracted for at McDonald’s?

    Only some people work the same number of hours they’re contracted for

    How we know this

    60% of people report working 8 hours or more than they’re contracted for each week

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you should expect to work about the same number of hours that your contract guarantees you, most of the time.

    It’s useful to pick up or drop a few shifts here and there, but if you often work a lot more hours every week than you’re contracted for, a good job should guarantee them.

    This means you’re more likely to know when you’ll be working and how much you’ll earn in advance.

  • Not easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for cooks to book a holiday at McDonald’s?

    Most people find it hard to book holidays

    How we know this

    75% of people report it’s hard to book holidays

    Based on information from 8 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Not easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it for cooks to take sick leave at McDonald’s?

    Most people find it hard to take sick leave

    How we know this

    71% of people report that it’s hard to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 7 job reviews

  • People don’t get proper breaks

    Do cooks at McDonald’s get proper breaks?

    Most people don’t get proper breaks

    How we know this

    63% of people report that they don’t get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 8 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • People do unpaid extra work

    Do cooks at McDonald’s do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Sometimes. Most people do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    71% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for

    Based on information from 7 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

Good
  • No short notice shift changes

    Do McDonald’s managers change cooks shifts at short notice?

    Most managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    56% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 9 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do cooks at McDonald’s worry about hours?

    Most people don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    71% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 7 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

Excellent
  • Good choice of shifts

    Do cooks at McDonald’s get to choose the shifts they work?

    People get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    75% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 8 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

Here’s a recent review that mentions hours:

  • Best thing

    50% discount off food, free food using 4 point system on shift

    Worst thing

    You can’t clock out until after you receive your food, even if it’s busy and you wait 20 mins for food, leaving only 25 mins for your break. Rude managers particularly the younger ones, takes too long to get new uniform, people call in sick whenever they want you you are expected to cover for them and work their shifts. Basically not allowed to ask for weekends off, they get suspicious if you do and only give them off to favourites. Constantly understaffed and the managers are running around like headless chickens wondering why when the answer is in their face. Long hours, breaking your back for only £7.50 an hour only to get treated like rubbish. Avoid. Even if you can set your own schedule and it’s good for students, it’s not worth the stress

    3.8

    Employee, November 2021

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What is career progression like for cooks at McDonald’s?

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  • No career progression

    Are cooks given support to progress at McDonald’s?

    Only some people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 57% of people report not being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 7 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

Good
  • Enough training

    Do cooks get enough training when they start at McDonald’s?

    Most people get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    57% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 7 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

Latest reviews from cooks at McDonald’s

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  • Best thing

    To make people happy and let them enjoy there food

    Worst thing

    People shouts about what they had

    4.7

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Cooking for the public
    Speaking to the public

    Worst thing

    Cleaning

    7.0

    Employee, March 2021

How McDonald’s ranks

McDonald’s ranks 3rd to work for in cook employers

  1. 2 Norse
    6.0
  2. 3 McDonald’s
    5.5
  3. 4 KFC
    4.7