Compare McDonald's vs Starbucks BETA

See how working at McDonald's vs. Starbucks compares on a variety of workplace factors. By comparing employers on employee ratings, salaries, reviews, pros/cons, job openings and more, you'll feel one step ahead of the rest. All salaries and reviews are posted by employees working at McDonald's vs. Starbucks. Learn more about each company and apply to jobs near you.
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McDonald's

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Starbucks

Employee Ratings

  • McDonald's scored higher in 1 area: CEO Approval.
  • Starbucks scored higher in 8 areas: Overall Rating, Career Opportunities, Compensation & Benefits, Work-life balance, Senior Management, Culture & Values, % Recommend to a friend and Positive Business Outlook.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
3.5
(based on 44584 reviews)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
3.9
(based on 32090 reviews)
Starbucks employees rated their Overall Rating 0.4 higher than McDonald's employees rated theirs.
Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities
3.3
Career Opportunities
3.5
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation & Benefits
2.9
Compensation & Benefits
3.9
Starbucks employees rated their Compensation & Benefits 1.0 higher than McDonald's employees rated theirs.
Work-life balance
Work-life balance
3.3
Work-life balance
3.5
Senior Management
Senior Management
3.1
Senior Management
3.3
Culture & Values
Culture & Values
3.2
Culture & Values
3.9
Starbucks employees rated their Culture & Values 0.7 higher than McDonald's employees rated theirs.
CEO Approval
CEO Approval
McDonald's Ceo Chris Kempczinski
78%
78%Chris Kempczinski
McDonald's employees rated their CEO Approval 6% higher than Starbucks employees rated theirs.
CEO Approval
Starbucks Ceo Kevin Johnson
72%
72%Kevin Johnson
% Recommend to a friend
% Recommend to a friend
60%
% Recommend to a friend
75%
Starbucks employees rated their % Recommend to a friend 15% higher than McDonald's employees rated theirs.
Positive Business Outlook
Positive Business Outlook
45%
Positive Business Outlook
56%
Starbucks employees rated their Positive Business Outlook 12% higher than McDonald's employees rated theirs.

Salaries

Starbucks has 8,805 more total submitted salaries than McDonald's.
Salaries for similar jobs
Salaries for similar jobs
Crew Member2718 Salaries
$10/hr
Shift Manager622 Salaries
$11/hr
Crew Trainer361 Salaries
$9/hr
Salaries for similar jobs
Barista - Starbucks6100 Salaries
$12/hr
Shift Supervisor3638 Salaries
$14/hr
Staffing Manager Supervisor495 Salaries
$62,727/yr

What Employees Say

  • "Free food" was the most mentioned Pro at McDonald's.
  • "Great benefits" was the most mentioned Pro at Starbucks.
  • McDonald's had 505 more reviews than Starbucks that mentioned "Rude customers" as a Con.
Pros
Pros
"Free food"(in 2427 reviews)
"Flexible hours"(in 2320 reviews)
Pros
"Great benefits"(in 3378 reviews)
"Free coffee"(in 3225 reviews)
Cons
Cons
"Rude customers"(in 1335 reviews)
"Minimum wage"(in 829 reviews)
Cons
"Fast paced"(in 891 reviews)
"Rude customers"(in 830 reviews)
Featured Review

Former Employee - Target Electronics Team Member

I worked at McDonald's full-time

Pros

The coworkers were good and the job payed okay for starting out.

Cons

Some customers I was unable to help and was required to refer them to my manager.

Advice to Management

Hire more people to be staffed appropriately.

"Great Workplace!"Jan 24, 2021

Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks

I have been working at Starbucks part-time for less than a year

Pros

Very friendly coworkers and great environment.

Cons

Always busy and can become easily overwhelming.

Job Postings

McDonald's has 75,020 more recently posted open jobs than Starbucks.