Skip to Content

One Illinois McDonald's is giving away iPhones to new hires

By Weston Blasi

Six months of employment is needed to receive the iPhone, according to the sign

McDonald's (MCD) is getting creative in its recruitment process.

One McDonald's restaurant in Illinois is giving away Apple (AAPL) iPhones to new hires. A sign in the restaurant's window reads: "Now Hiring. Free iPhone"


Six months of employment is required to receive the iPhone, according to the sign.

A staff member at the restaurant confirmed to Business Insider (link) the sign belonged to the store, but didn't elaborate on the employment criteria for getting the iPhone.

See also: Popular golf event 'The Match' will return with Phil Mickelson-Tom Brady and DeChambeau-Rodgers pairings (link)

McDonald's has been trying to attract employees in a variety of ways during the pandemic labor shortage (link), even recently raising its pay an average of 10% for U.S. restaurant workers (link).

McDonald's Corp. told MarketWatch on Wednesday that the iPhone promotion is not a companywide effort, and is up to that specific restaurant operator's discretion.

See also: One year after George Floyd's murder, fewer Americans say they support Black Lives Matter (link)

Other chains, including Chipotle (CMG) and Yum Brands' (YUM) Taco Bell, are offering lucrative perks such as cash bonuses, raises and education benefits (link) to attract new staff.

The viral photo came as McDonald's Corp. announced its latest celebrity collaboration, with global K-Pop superstars BTS (link).

-Weston Blasi; 415-439-6400;


(END) Dow Jones Newswires

05-27-21 0832ET

Copyright (c) 2021 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

Transparency is how we protect the integrity of our work and keep empowering investors to achieve their goals and dreams. And we have unwavering standards for how we keep that integrity intact, from our research and data to our policies on content and your personal data.

We’d like to share more about how we work and what drives our day-to-day business.

We sell different types of products and services to both investment professionals and individual investors. These products and services are usually sold through license agreements or subscriptions. Our investment management business generates asset-based fees, which are calculated as a percentage of assets under management. We also sell both admissions and sponsorship packages for our investment conferences and advertising on our websites and newsletters.

How we use your information depends on the product and service that you use and your relationship with us. We may use it to:

  • Verify your identity, personalize the content you receive, or create and administer your account.
  • Provide specific products and services to you, such as portfolio management or data aggregation.
  • Develop and improve features of our offerings.
  • Gear advertisements and other marketing efforts towards your interests.

To learn more about how we handle and protect your data, visit our privacy center.

Maintaining independence and editorial freedom is essential to our mission of empowering investor success. We provide a platform for our authors to report on investments fairly, accurately, and from the investor’s point of view. We also respect individual opinions––they represent the unvarnished thinking of our people and exacting analysis of our research processes. Our authors can publish views that we may or may not agree with, but they show their work, distinguish facts from opinions, and make sure their analysis is clear and in no way misleading or deceptive.

To further protect the integrity of our editorial content, we keep a strict separation between our sales teams and authors to remove any pressure or influence on our analyses and research.

Read our editorial policy to learn more about our process.