Along with the Big Breakfast and Big Macs, McDonald’s Corp. has 50,000 new jobs on its national menu today.
Fifteen-hundred of those jobs are being offered in the Chicago area. Jobs to be offered in the U.S. range from restaurant crew to salaried management.
Every McDonald’s franchise in the Chicago area and beyond will begin taking applications at 7 a.m. and finish at 5 p.m. By the end of the day, the company hopes to hire 50,000 people.
McDonald’s is making a big marketing push to add staff to its 13,000 U.S. restaurants, though it usually staffs up for summer anyway. A spokeswoman says last year, McDonald’s hired 50,000 employees throughout April.
The burger chain is also eager to change the perception of the term “McJobs.” It might be a tall order for a word that even the Oxford English Dictionary defines as “an unstimulating, low-paid job with few prospects.”
The company says its jobs teach important skills and that many of its executives started as crew members.
McDonald’s, based in Oak Brook, says franchisees will set wages but most pay more than the $7.25-an-hour federal minimum.
- WGN News contributed to this report.