The Malta Independent 20 June 2019, Thursday

Why McDonald’s is the best first ever job

Friday, 15 March 2019, 15:49 Last update: about 4 months ago

Jeff Bezos, Carl Lewis, Macy Gray. The world's richest man, the Olympic gold medalist and the Grammy award-winning artist all worked at McDonald's. And all three happily speak publicly about their time at McDonald's and the skills it gave them for life.

Millions of people around the world place great value on their work experiences at McDonald's and talk about why it is the best first job you can have. Wherever life and work take you, the work ethic, standards, training and teamwork you are exposed to in the world of the Golden Arches will undoubtedly serve you well.


Carl Lewis once said: "Time is very important ... you couldn't let the fries get cold. If I was 10 seconds off, I'd have no gold medal." Lewis has carried this ethos to his athletic career. 


Spotlight on Sarah

Sarah Bonnici, 29, is an award-winning McDonald's restaurant manager. She has managed the restaurant and the crew at McDonald's in Gharghur since 2016. Starting out as a Crew Member in 2006, Sarah rapidly climbed the career ladder at McDonald's and now also has responsibility for the McDonald's restaurant in Bugibba. Her role also involves supporting the Operations team who oversee all of Malta and Gozo's nine restaurants.

Sarah was named Restaurant Manager of the Year in 2017 and her team won Restaurant of the Year for three consecutive years between 2016 and 2018.

"I started off not really knowing what I wanted to do, but I knew that the training I received at McDonald's would allow me to grow personally and professionally. It would lead to positive things, I was sure!" Sarah says.

"I soon found that I really enjoyed working in the restaurant and there was a clear pathway to becoming a manager," she continues. "The structure encourages people to grow, even if you are working part-time. I had consistent support from my managers and lots of reviews, so it was clear to me that there was a clear pathway for me to become a manager. I don't think you would receive this support elsewhere."

The McDonald's system around the world is stemmed in people and the brand invests heavily in training. McDonald's prides itself on developing people so that they are standard bearers for the brand's values and work ethic, irrelevant of whether they continue in their careers at McDonald's or move on.

It is an open secret that a year spent working at McDonald's is worth much more on a resume than it is working anywhere else. Besides, the friendships born at McDonald's are long-lasting too!

McDonald's is a fun and educational work environment. Happy people make customers happy. That's why McDonald's offers flexible working options so young people can pursue their studies and work at convenient hours.


Join the crew

Find out more about working at McDonald's between March 11 and 17 when special events will be held in all restaurants. Restaurant managers and crew will be on hand to answer questions and explain what awaits people who join the crew.

A recruitment party will be held at McDonald's in Bugibba on Saturday, March 16 from 3 to 7 p.m. featuring DJ Carlo Gerada. Come and meet the team and learn more about your first job at McDonald's.

Just be you. Join the crew. 

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