McDonald’s makes push to hire 50,000 today

By Associated Press
Posted yesterday at 7:45 a.m.

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.

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  1. Skeptic Yesterday at 8:44 a.m.

    Your “McJob” has now become your “McCareer.”

  2. Darius Yesterday at 10:15 a.m.

    A hearty salute to all McDonald’s workers and workers everywhere who are willing and eager to EARN their money. And a Bronx pfffffffft to those who criticize workers and who are too lazy to work themselves.

  3. Brian Roach Yesterday at 11:14 a.m.

    A job is a job…and sure beats prolonged unemployment and the attendant depression that usually follows. McDonald’s has a need for employees, the right to make a profit,the responsibility to meet federal wage standards and the willingness to help the US recover financial stability by providing employ for citizens willing and able to work.
    Regardless of personal preferences for inclusion of ‘fast food’ in your diet this is a vital industry and part of the “American way of life” that is here to stay with how-may-billions-sold?

  4. ken Yesterday at 11:34 a.m.

    Well, Obama has done a great job to increase poverty in the US. The recession recovery is the longest in history. The news media continues to support his stupidity while wall street tanked him with a poor standard and poors ranking. Yup. The smart folks say that Obama is screwing the economy and that really double screws the poor and middle class. The media supports this incompetence because the news media is already dying because no one thinks that they are credible. Go figure! Every vote for a Democrat doubles the number of poor people and triples Obama’s income. Obama has got it made. Let the media talk him up while he screws the people who believe the BS!

  5. victor Yesterday at 12:35 pm

    Now the dumocrats can brag about a declining jobless rate. Don’t bother with details such as rate of pay or income potential. Want more fries with that?

  6. MM11 Yesterday at 12:49 pm

    I love McDonald’s when all I want is a quick, inexpensive sandwich. Hold the mayo and cheese. Not a problem. I had the pleasure of dining with Mr. Skinner, CEO (not at McDonald’s). Great guy, very unassuming, not flashy whatsoever, worked his way up from the bottom. Super company. Congrats to all the new hires.

  7. Linda Yesterday at 12:59 pm

    Wow Obama’s stimulus package is finally working, right libs? lol!!!!!!!!

  8. Working Poor Yesterday at 1:06 pm

    Huge corporation$ bring publicity to themselves by opening part-time, low-paying salaries and proclaiming themselves as heroes!

  9. MM11 Yesterday at 1:17 pm

    Nobody seems to complain when McDonalds builds Ronald McDonald Houses (think they hire workers for those?) and sponsors or donates to many events and causes. I don’t recall McDonald’s ever spouting off and calling itself a “hero”. You mean, they advertise? And spend millions on advertising (providing more jobs)? Oh, the horror!

  10. Ryan Yesterday at 1:18 pm

    Why do people keep commenting about job creation and Obama? Your attempt at humor is lame. If you actually READ the article it says McDonald’s also hired 50,000 people last April and this is really just a marketing strategy/campaign on their end. They do this every year. They are simply advertising job openings…yet people find a way to be negative about even that. Only on the internet!! Best place to anonymously run your mouth like an idiot.

  11. Ken Yesterday at 1:25 pm

    The problem is that many of these jobs will vanish in the fall just when the scientists at FermiLab will be out of work. Without these McDonald’s jobs, those scientists will be forced to find work in Europe or China. We should have closed Fermi last month so they could have been free to go apply for these great new jobs today and keep those skilled people in America!

  12. More Today at 7:50 a.m.

    McDonald’s I have one issue.. When you are in the selection process.. Make sure they speak and understand English. It is very frustrating when I go thru the Drive-Thru and the person that is taking the order does not understand English.. WE ARE IN AMERICA!!! NOT IN MEXICO!! OH!! BTW!!! Make sure they are legal!!!

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