In an attempt to get people interested in working at McDonald’s, one franchise in Altamont, Illinois is giving out free iPhones to new hires.
The gimmick went viral on Twitter after a passerby snapped a photo of the “now hiring” poster in the window. The poster says employees who meet the criteria will receive an iPhone after six months of employment.
LMFAO G MCDONALDS IS STARVING pic.twitter.com/OJt4cjeTVn
The phones are only being promoted at this owner-operator’s McDonald’s location, where wages start at $13 an hour. Minimum wage in Illinois is $11 per hour.
The company has employee programs and benefits to help the owner-operators of franchises stay competitive in the challenging hiring market, Mark Salebra, chair of the U.S. National Franchisee Leadership Alliance, said in a statement to CBS News.
McDonald’s typically ramps up its hiring in the summer, and owner-operators deploy various programs at their franchises, like pay incentives such as sign-on and referral bonuses and benefits like offering paid time off, McDonald’s USA says.
Earlier this month, McDonald’s said its company-owned restaurants were looking to hire 10,000 new employees over three months. It also said it would raise hourly wages by an average of 10% for more than 36,500 employees at McDonald’s-owned restaurants.
“These increases, which have already begun, will be rolled out over the next several months and include shifting the entry level range for crew to at least $11 – $17 an hour, and the starting range for shift managers to at least $15 – $20 an hour based on restaurant location,” the company said in a news release.
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