McDonald’s to hire 260,000 employees this summer

McDonald’s to hire 260,000 employees this summer

As New York state continues its reopening plans, McDonald’s restaurants are expecting to hire approximately 260,000 restaurant employees this summer, including in the Rochester area.

The fast-food restaurant has put extra precautions in place as it begins to open its dining rooms, company officials said Thursday. McDonald’s has implemented nearly 50 new safety procedures to protect crew and customers. These include wellness and temperature checks, social distancing floor stickers, protective barriers at order points, masks and gloves for employees with the addition of new procedures and training for the opening of dining rooms.

“It was important to us to stay open through drive-thru, take-out and delivery to serve our communities throughout the COVID-19 crisis. We are a people business at our core, and as we look to re-open our dining rooms, the safety and wellness of our customers and employees is a top priority, as it has been throughout our 65-year history,” said Louis Buono, a McDonald’s owner/operator. “McDonald’s is said to be America’s best first job, but we have opportunities for anyone in the community who is looking for a flexible, fun, safe and rewarding work environment. As a local business owner, we’re proud to provide employment and educational opportunities to our crew and look forward to welcoming new employees to our McFamily this summer.”

This year marks the five-year anniversary of McDonald’s tuition assistance program, Archways to Opportunity. The restaurant has awarded more than $100 million in tuition assistance and supported more than 55,000 restaurant workers and corporate employees since the program’s inception. Eligible after just 90 days and 15 hours a week, restaurant employees can earn a high school diploma and receive $2,500 in upfront college tuition assistance.

Restaurant employees can also access free education and career advising services and the opportunity to learn English as a second language. Archways to Opportunity has promoted opportunity and mobility for McDonald’s diverse employee community, company officials said.

More than 50 percent of the participants are individuals who identify as people of color and nearly two-thirds of participants are women. This year, McDonald’s has given out more than $498,000 in tuition assistance and supported more than 233 restaurant employees throughout Upstate New York, including Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Rome and Watertown.

Job seekers can visit to learn more and apply, or text ‘worksforme’ to 36453 to start an application via text.”

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