IamA, or rather was, a McDonald's General Manager for the better part of 15 years, maybe longer. I'm hoping not to die there - AMA
My! - a little about my experience - I was(still am?) a loser high school sort of drop out, who started out with a part time job at the Golden Arches in a small New England town, and later moved way south to a suburb of a major metro area.
I worked my way up through the McD's ranks - from crew person to general manager. This was 99% with a franchisee - I started in late 90s, and left a time or two. I remained with them, for the most part, for the greater part of 15 years. I tremble saying that.
The experiences I went through were interesting, I suppose. I like to tell myself that I got promoted because I was the best, but probably I was just there long enough. I did, however, go through McDonald's transition to the Made for You system 15 years or so ago, saw many sandwiches come, go and die, watched them do stupid things from a store view. I ran several stores that were about to be repossessed by the McDonald's Corporation, and kept that from happening (this, in particular, will kill you, and there is no reward), watched a sexual harassment case that startled me, fought the labor board, fended off ravenous health inspectors. Fun times.
I know, or at least I think I know, quite a bit at the store level. Or did. Do. Sometimes. There is a ton I don't know - my focus was a grunt store manager making others a bit of money. A lot of money to us poor wage slaves.
Here's my proof - http://imgur.com/hBtLiU8
Hope that linked up well - I certainly can't compete with the importance of some our more distinguished guests (Dawkins, have you ever had a Shamrock Shake?), but here I am.
My Proof: Enter link here