McDonald’s temporarily closes US offices ahead of layoffs

McDonald's announces temporary office closures in the US as they prepare for upcoming layoffs. Stay updated with the latest news on the fast food giant.
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McDonald's has temporarily closed its U.S. offices and instructed its corporate staff to work remotely as it prepares to announce a round of layoffs. The Chicago-based fast-food giant stated that it wanted to ensure the comfort and confidentiality of its employees during the notification period, and all notification meetings will be held virtually.

The company informed its international corporate staff to follow guidance from their respective regions. 

According to the memo posted on, the layoffs are intended to make McDonald's more efficient. The company sees a clear opportunity to get faster and more effective at solving problems for customers and people and to globally scale its successful market innovations at speed.

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McDonald's has more than 150,000 employees in corporate roles and company-owned restaurants, with about 70% based outside the United States.

Layoffs have been rising, particularly in the technology sector, where many companies over-hired after a pandemic boom. Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, and DoorDash have all announced layoffs in recent months, while cuts have also occurred in other sectors.

The majority of these job cuts are at corporate offices, while there is still a shortage of workers to fill service jobs, such as those at McDonald's restaurants.

McDonald's shares rose just under 1% on Monday, and its revenue was flat at $23.2 billion for the full year in 2022. However, its net income fell by 18%, partly due to the sale of its business in Russia. McDonald's warned employees in January that layoffs would be forthcoming as it tried to get more nimble and break down walls between its global markets.

McDonald's President and CEO Chris Kempczinski stated in a January memo that the company was evaluating roles and staffing levels in different parts of the company.

Kempczinski said during a January conference call with investors that the company had historically been very decentralized in some areas, where it reinvented the wheel way too often. He also revealed that the company hadn't been as sharp around its global priorities, resulting in a proliferation of priorities. Kempczinski said he had recently discovered a list of 300 separate priorities in one market.

In conclusion, the memo from McDonald's posted on announced its temporary closure of U.S. offices and corporate staff's remote work, preparing to announce a round of layoffs, aiming to make McDonald's more efficient. The company is evaluating roles and staffing levels in various parts of the company to get more nimble and break down walls between its global markets.

Tumisang Bogwasi
Tumisang Bogwasi

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