Julie started her McDonald’s career in 1972, working part time making milk shakes after school in Peoria, Illinois.
In 1975 she moved to San Francisco and started working at a McDonald’s as a cashier making $1.80 an hour and supported herself on that wage. She was the first female in that McDonald’s that was allowed to train in the grill area, and she was promoted through the ranks, eventually becoming a first assistant manager.
In November, 1977, Julie attended Hamburger University, and after spending the holidays with her family in Peoria, Julie made the decision to move back to Peoria.
On February 16, 1978, she started as a first assistant working for McOpco in Peoria. Within one year, she was promoted to restaurant manager and man-aged at 3 different locations until she was promoted to Area Supervisor.
In 1989 while on her 10 year sabbatical, the Peoria market was sold, and Julie relocated to St Louis as an Area Supervisor for 5 locations.
While she enjoyed the challenges and the people, she could not handle being around so many Cardinal fans, and she moved back to Peoria as a Senior General Manager for an owner operator.
In March of 1996 Julie ran into the McGraw’s business manager at a job fair at the Hilton, and she came to work for the McGraw Organization in May, 1996.
If you do the math, you will realize that Julie has worked at McDonald’s a total of 32 years. According to Julie, she started working at the age of 5. (Let her think that we believe her.)
Julie talks about her time with McDonald’s by saying, “lots of people talk negatively about working at McDonald’s, but you won’t hear a single bad thing from anyone that knows me, because they know how well I have done with McDonald’s. I started making $1.80 an hour and now, I am the Director of Operations of a multi-million dollar company that employs 500+ people. That’s quite a success story, and there are lots of them in McDonald Land.”