||[Jun. 17th, 2012|03:59 am]
McDonald's Talk of LJ
So after leaving my old store (long story; I was going to study in Finland but my plans brutally fell through at the last minute) and being unemployed for a couple months, I ended up getting a job at a different McD's store in the next town over. (My SM now is my old GM's wife, funny enough, but that really doesn't play a role in my job now, just when I'm talking with friends from the old store.) And when I say "next town over", I also mean it's 8 miles away and across the state line from where I live, so there are some differences just due to state laws (Washington is pretty worker-friendly), but there's some other differences that I've been curious about.|
Breaks: At my old store in Idaho, we got one half-hour break if we worked 6 hours or longer. At this store, I -think- it kicks in at 5.5 hours, but I'm not totally sure, but working 3 hours gives you a 10-minute paid break, and working a certain amount gets you a second 10-minute break (but I'm not sure what that is, since I rarely work more than 6 hours at a time). And looking back, it makes my old store seem almost draconian as far as breaks go. What are break policies at your stores?
Closing: This one definitely seems to be a store-by-store thing, but I was a closer when I worked at my old store. Back there, store owner and GM were very adamant that we get out by a certain time, and yelled at the closing managers if we were so much as 5 minutes late getting out. This made it so the managers were stressed out and rode us all hard to get stuff done as quickly as humanly possible. But now, the few times I've closed so far, it seems like we're under no real pressure to get out OMGNAO. Yes, things need to be done reasonably quickly and such, but nobody is snapping at your heels trying to make you go faster. Makes me actually WANT to close, lol.
Managers: My old store had tons of managers. Lots of times I'd come in to work, and there might be maybe 2 crew and possibly a crew trainer on the floor, and everyone else was managers. Sometimes there'd be more managers scheduled for a day than crew members. And of course, a lot of the managers had a self-important air to them and there was lots of infighting. This caused lots of problems when my old store closed for remodeling and they transferred all the employees to the sister store in town (same owner/GM), mostly because it created a huge hours crisis, and most crew members got shafted very badly. By the time the remodel started happening, I was already working at my current store, so I never had to deal with it, thank God.
For my current store...as many managers as there might be scheduled for one day at my old store is probably as many managers we have at this store in total. Even the weakest managers are still extremely capable workers here. (Old store, there were managers who needed serious re-training on correct procedures.) There are (depending on time of day) at most 3 managers on the floor at a time, it seems. I like this a lot better; it's very clear who's in charge, and there isn't all the backstabbing and McDrama that I experienced at my old store. Which way do your stores tend, more managers, or fewer?