1/8/08 - McDonald's Day 1

Last night was my first day at work. It didn't start very good. I called early that morning and spoke to the manager, stating that I would not be able to be in until 8:00 that night although I was supposed to be in at 6:00. When I arrived, I spoke with the Asst. Manager on duty and explained that I was here for my first day. She immediately told me that I might as well go home because she didn't know what she could do with me. I explained I had called in earlier and she basically repeated that she didn't know what could be done. Eventually she called the manager and found that I really had called in.

Once that was worked out, I got put on the online training. I was very impressed with the amount of information they were providing all at one time. I would have liked to have been able to speed things up and been able to read it all without having to listen to each of the cartoon characters speak. However, I was able to learn the 7 steps of drive thru, 6 steps of front counter orders and the 6 steps of taking an order. I also learned what I should use to clean the lobby, bathroom, parking lots and other areas of the restaurant. I'll probably be learning the PCPOS (Personal Computer Point of Sale), the register, tonight. After that, I think I'll get to start learning sandwiches and I might even get to work the grill for a bit. We'll see how that works out.

I did get my uniform and lucky for me, they ordered the wrong size. I told them I wore a 32-30 thinking that was correct. All they had was a 32-32 and it is quite a bit too small. I can barely get it buttoned and the legs are too short by about 2 inches. I'm going to try to get a 34-34 tonight. I was also given the shirt and a hat. I'm undecided if I'm going to keep the hat or request a visor. It's a pretty decent hat and the shirt seems alright too. They both actually fit though.

When I applied, I told them I would work from 6:00 until close, not thinking about when they close. I was concerned that I wouldn't be getting off until 1:00 in the morning, but last nigth I found out that they started breaking stuff down at 10:00 which means that when I close, it will be hopefully no later than 11:00 that I get home. That's about when I go to sleep anyways, so I'm liking that.

I'm not sure all which benefits I'm eligible for as simply crew, but they have a pretty good 401k program. Also, I beleive I get 50% all menu items on days that I work and 20% off $20 dollars or more on days that I don't work (not including dollar menu items). I'm not sure how much I'll be using that discount, but it's cool that it's there. Also, after 30 days, I would be eligible for a Gold Card which based on GoldCard.com it's pretty easy to save up to $500 dollars a year. The items that most interested me was the video rentals and I believe on one of the other items I saw last night, you also get discounts on your cingular bill and several other things that I use on a regular basis.

I'll have another update tomorrow with what happens tonight. For the record, I have not used any names for two reasons. 1) If I have negative items to share, I don't want individuals to pinpointed. 2) I only know the names of two people. I have not been introduced to anyone, I was not even give the assistant manager's name last night. I've said a few words to a couple of the other workers, but no names. I'm hoping at some point I get a "tour" of the place to understand where things are, where things go and all that stuff.

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