As much as people love to hate on McDonald's and their employees, I have honestly loved my time there. Yes, it is hot and dirty and you come out smelling like fries, but the experience is quite useful. In today's society, it doesn't matter what type of industry you work in, employers wants to see someone with exceptions customer service skills and someone who is customer service oriented. The customers are definitely difficult to deal with because they think they are entitled to everything, and that they are always right (even when they aren't). However, learning to understand and deal with people in those sticky situations are transferable to most jobs or industries.
Most people are surprised that I have worked at my McDonald's for about five years now. Honestly, it is the people you work with who make the job tolerable. Working with people who I get along with and can joke around with at work, make the customer service oriented job so much better. I have made a lot of friends at this job and hang out with them outside of work as well. I made a little family that are some of my closest friends.
The worst customer I have ever had to deal with actually threw change at me because their order was taking too long (even though it was a huge order). Yes it can be stressful because it is very fast-paced, however, it really prepares you for several other jobs. Almost every job I have had since and in addition to this job at McDonald's has been service oriented, so I was prepared. I started out at a crew trainer and quickly worked my way up to a shift manager. Given that I was studying business while in university I thought that this was a great opportunity for me.
As a worker at McDonald's I was able to receive tuition assistance, so the company essentially paid for half of my schooling. People can hate on the job all they want, but while they are several thousands of dollars in debt, I am almost debt free. Also, being a manger and trainer have taught me several business and managerial skills that I can use in my future business endeavors. Overall, the experience is what you make it, and I made the best out of it. Any job has its pros and its cons, but its how you handle them that makes it worth it. Would I recommend working at McDonald's, yes. I am sure most of my coworkers that have been there a while as well would agree.