Jeff Bezos Talks About His Old Job At McDonald’s, Where He Had To Clean Gallons Of Ketchup Off The Floor

Jeff Bezos Talks About His Old Job At McDonald’s, Where He Had To Clean Gallons Of Ketchup Off The Floor

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in In the News |

Jeff Bezos Talks About His Old Job At McDonald’s, Where He Had To Clean Gallons Of Ketchup Off The Floor
Kim Bhasin - Business Insider - Golden Opportunity - Jeff Bezos

Kim Bhasin – Business Insider

McJobs aren’t very glamorous, and yet, many successful people got  their start working the front lines at McDonald’s.

 

Jeff  Bezos, the founder and CEO of internet  retail behemoth Amazon,  is one of those people.

Author Cody Teets asked Bezos some questions about his time at McDonald’s for  her book “Golden  Opportunity: Remarkable Careers That Began at McDonald’s,” and the big-time  executive shared what his life was like back then.

Bezos started working at McDonald’s as a teenager because he needed a summer  job, and his dad, Mike, had once worked at McDonald’s too.

From Teets’ book:

“My first week on the job, a five-gallon,  wall-mounted ketchup dispenser got stuck open in the kitchen and dumped a  prodigious quantity of ketchup into every hard-to-reach kitchen crevice. Since I  was the new guy, they handed me the cleaning solution and said, ‘Get going!’

“I was a grill man and never worked the cash  registers. The most challenging thing was keeping everything going at the right  pace during a rush. The manager at my McDonald’s was excellent. He had a  lot of teenagers working for him, and he kept us focused even while we had  fun.”

It’s interesting to see what Bezos actually learned from his time at a place  like McDonald’s. A Campbell’s Soup exec also noted  the value of his time at McDonald’s, as did the others interviewed by  Teets.

How are people learning things from such an infamously low-level, supposedly  unfulfilling job? The answer is in Bezos’ advice to teenagers entering the  workforce:

“You can learn responsibility in any job, if you  take it seriously. You learn a lot as a teenager working at McDonald’s. It’s  different from what you learn in school. Don’t underestimate the value of  that!”

Read more:  Business Insider

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