Woman Works At McDonald's For 40 Years

From McNuggets to Mighty McWings and french fries every day

Woman Works at McDonalds for 40 Years
It's rare these days for anyone to stay at a single company for 40 years. So it's pretty remarkable that Michelle McCabe has done that at McDonald's. In fact she has the longest tenure of any McDonald's employee in the state of Connecticut. Maybe it's her name.

"I love the people. It's a fun environment," she said in a FOX-TV interview. "We have fun everyday and there's something different and challenging everyday. It's not a boring job."

McCabe started out as an administrative assistant and crew trainer in the Derby restaurant, back when the menu consisted of hamburgers, Big Mac, QuarterPounder and filet of fish. She has worked at stores all over the state advancing to assistant manager and then manager.

Today she is a manager at the New Britain restaurant on Main Street, where she gets to taste test french fries daily.

The job has allowed her to meet people from all over the world. At Hamburger University, which she's attended in Chicago three times, students came in to learn McDonald's operations from Japan, Australia, Europe.

As a mother, she says, McDonald's gave her the flexibility over her career to spend time with her family and participate in her children's school events. "My kids when they were young thought it was fantastic" that she worked at the home of Ronald McDonald.

The menu has evolved to something for everyone and her favorite item is Mighty McWings, and of course the classic Big Mac. Yet even managers are not allowed to take home any of the burger's 'special sauce.'

"If you like spicy, we have a new southwest chicken wrap that started yesterday," she says.

What's next for McCabe?

"When I retire it will be with McDonald's," she says. "It's been fantastic. There are so many opportunities within McDonald's."

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They'll give her a gold Ronald McDonald watch and throw her a Big Mac party then say see ya later.

October 23 2013 at 9:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Welcome to your future under Obama (Big Mac). Can you say "Do you want fries with ObamaCare"?

October 23 2013 at 9:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Her reward is a big nose and an orange wig.

October 22 2013 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Career Sidekick

Good for her, and good for McDonalds giving her opportunities to stay for so long!

October 21 2013 at 7:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why do we still have that claim that minimun wage is a dead end?
MW is what you make of iy.
You can go up, even or out, it is up to you. If you think you are worth more than MW go there. Serving fast food at the entry level pays what is worth. There is no reason why comsummers should have to pay high prices for fast food so a worker can make more than the job is worth.
Most of us who worked for MW moved on or up. That decision was ours.

October 21 2013 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

AOL ran this story in contrast to the 15 year employee that called their President out last week. Good play AOL.

October 21 2013 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Michelle... you deserve a break today ; )

October 21 2013 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


October 21 2013 at 3:50 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to myenta9345's comment

Be sure to bring that up so they can surve you under cooked meat, or out of date product, I love people who TRY and put down QSRs shows they never worked a day.

October 21 2013 at 4:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ExArmy Medic

You might be surprised as who is working behind the counter

Here in Florida we have older workers working at McDonalds and even alot of college grads who can not find real job's so your comment about little formal training is off about workers.

It is a fact here that the older workers have been replacing your so called high school kids and young adults behind the counter.

Who are we to blame?

October 21 2013 at 6:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If MickeyD is not paying you enough get qualified for a better paying job. Do you not know that Mickey D's have mostly $7-$9 jobs? Don't go there if you have to have more to start. Local 2 year schools, on line training,even something like Phoenix University are available. Prepare yourself for that higher paying job. Luck is where preparation meets opportunity. You can prepare. You can succeed to a livable degree and beyond. The #1 ingredient in success, higher pay or even life satisfaction is Desire followed by preparation (goals), follow through and giving your all to your employer. Keep doing your current job well even though you keep your eyes open for a better paying job . You can work your way up or your way out to a better paying job. School loans are still available. I can't wait to see/hear the response to this note

October 21 2013 at 3:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to darwes1's comment

You need money and time, that's what college is about, not everyone has money.

October 21 2013 at 4:28 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I agree with you 100%. These days people want to point the blame at everyone but themselves. Poverty is a mindset more than anything. I was born and raised very poor. I kept telling myself I would not be poor in my adult life. It was a very hard journey of working 2 jobs, homeless at one point, skipping meals, etc. But I'm finally stable. I chose a career path I knew would pay a decent wage (IT). I did online college, regular college and a few certifications. If you want to succeed nothing can stop you.

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