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McDonald’s is hosting a car hire day in SoCal – What are the benefits of working for the fast food chain?

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McDonald’s is aiming to recruit large numbers of workers through its Golden Arches by holding another drive-thru hiring event, this one in Southern California, where labor shortages are particularly difficult.

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The fast-food giant’s third Drive-Up Hiring Day event will be held Tuesday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to an announcement this week on the SoCal MCD website. Interested candidates can visit more than 200 McDonald’s locations across Southern California and be interviewed on-site, with no pre-planning or interview request required. Candidates can either stay in their vehicle or sit in the designated interview areas.

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Job seekers who are unable to visit a recruitment site can text “apply” to 38000 to begin the SMS application process, or visit to learn more and apply in a restaurant near their home.

McDonald’s is holding the event in hopes of hiring thousands of Southern California workers ahead of the busy summer season, the Los Angeles Daily News reported. The company needs to fill a wide variety of full-time and part-time positions, but this could be a difficult task in today’s work environment.

“There is a labor shortage, and not just in the entry-level range, but also elsewhere,” economist Robert Kleinhenz told the Daily News. “We are in a tight labor market with [the] lowest unemployment rate we’ve seen in 50 years. And when you look at the pool of people who would do those jobs – people between the ages of 16 and 24 – that pool is relatively small.

McDonald’s, like most restaurant and retail chains, had to increase its benefits to attract workers. One such benefit is its Archways to Opportunity education program, which helps employees of company-owned and franchised restaurants earn high school diplomas and work toward college degrees.

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Eligible restaurant workers who combine their Archways to Opportunity Tuition Assistance Scholarships with a Colorado Technical University Engagement Grant can now receive 100% covered tuition for their associates or bachelor’s degree at the CTU.

Salary and benefits for McDonald’s employees vary by location and franchise company. The Los Angeles Daily News noted that assignments for McDonald’s team members in California cities such as Ontario, La Verne, Buena Park and West Covina show an hourly wage of $16, while openings for closing crew members pay $16 to $17 per hour. California’s current minimum wage is $15 per hour for large companies with more than 26 employees.

Courtesy Corporation-McDonald’s, a family business that owns and operates 64 McDonald’s franchises in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, lists a full range of benefits on its website. These include a “pay for performance” program that includes regular employee reviews that can lead to merit increases and promotions.

Benefits for Courtesy Corporation managers can include medical, dental, vision, life and major disability insurance, as well as flexible spending accounts, training courses that offer college credits and a McScholars tuition matching program .

Benefits for company crew members could include a McDonald’s stock purchase plan, 401(k), a McScholars tuition matching program and health insurance.

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Vance Cariaga is a London-based writer, editor and journalist who has previously held positions at Investor’s Business Daily, The Charlotte Business Journal and The Charlotte Observer. His work has also appeared in Charlotte Magazine, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal, and Business North Carolina magazine. He holds a BA in English from Appalachian State University and studied journalism at the University of South Carolina. His reporting has earned him awards from the North Carolina Press Association, Green Eyeshade Awards and AlterNet. In addition to journalism, he has worked in banking, accounting and restaurant management. A North Carolina native who also writes fiction, Vance’s short story “Saint Christopher” placed second in the 2019 Writer’s Digest short story competition. Two of her short stories appear in With One Eye on the Cows, an anthology published by Ad Hoc Fiction in 2019. Her first novel, Voodoo Hideaway, is published in 2021 by Atmosphere Press.

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