Many secrets are hidden behind McDonald’s golden arches, but one TikTok user has revealed the reality of what it’s like to work within the fast-food chain.
A poster called @mcdonalds_hacks101 takes users behind the scenes of the McDonald’s franchise in his videos and even gives his final ranking of workplace positions on a scale of one to ten.
“Hey guys. Today we’re evaluating McDonald’s positions. Let’s go,” he says in a clip that has been viewed more than 171,000 times.
The TikToker ranked the positions from least popular to most popular, starting with the frying station — which it says is the hardest station to work on.
“I absolutely hate this piece of shit. It’s a zero out of 10,” he explains.
He then moves to the front register, which he rates 6 out of 10.
Running and presenting food got a seven out of ten – although he admitted it’s less fun when things get hectic – while cooking got eight out of ten.
However, the perfect score went to the drive-thru, or “pit,” which received a 10 out of 10.
“I am mostly [here]so I would have to give it a 10 out of 10 because that’s where I feel most comfortable,” he explained.
Senior McDonald’s employees commented on the video, denying it and agreeing with its classification.
“I love to run ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S FULL,” commented one user.
“The Lmao Fry Station was the worst. I spent many years in Michigan as a manager and supervisor. I think you are amazing,” wrote another.
Others thought he misunderstood the rankings.
“Fries are my favorite because you don’t have to deal with customers,” someone replied to the video.
“Runner>Moderator, but payback during a rush [pit] >Runner>Moderator,” one person explained, while another called the pit “punishment.”
McDonald’s employees—past and present—often take to the video-sharing platform to share their secrets. Last month, user Georgia Zacki, who reportedly used to work at the fast-food chain, claimed that the McFlurry machine always seemed to be running because staff would turn it off when it got too busy.
“It’s not because we ran out of fries — that’s a lie,” she said, adding why you should “never” order fries and claiming that employees often stick their hands in and eat a fries or two, so you never know who your fries might have been touched.
Another user, Tizzy Tay, claimed to know the secrets behind McDonald’s eggs and shared a clip of him making scrambled eggs from an egg mix in a carton that read (in Spanish): “Liquid egg product.”
On the website, McDonald’s says it uses “runny real butter” to make the eggs, adding that it uses “runny eggs” for other breakfast items, including scrambled eggs, “folded eggs, like those on a bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit. and “Sausage Burrito Eggs.”