Green’s Dictionary of Slang

McJob n.

[brandname McDonald’s+SE job, popularized by Douglas Coupland in his book Generation X (1991). The use of McDonald’s refers both to the type of job, which epitomizes those available in the fast-food chain, and to what critics see as the disposable, tasteless, non-nutritional quality of the food the chain sells]

(orig. US) a pointless, usu. menial job with no prospects or job satisfaction.

[US]Wash. Post 24 Aug. C1: [headline] The Fast-Food Factories: McJobs Are Bad for Kids.
[UK]D. Coupland Generation X 5: McJob: A low-pay, low-prestige, low-dignity, low-benefit, no-future job in the service sector.
[[UK] in R. Graef Living Dangerously 41: It’s like a MacDonalds job, no prospects ever!].
[US] Time (special issue) winter 1998–99 174: Many of those in work have McJobs — underpaid, part-time, temporary and menial.
[UK]Guardian Rev. 4 Mar. 8: It’s [...] boards of directors making, who are responsible for other people having Mcjobs.
[US]CNN.com [Internet] [headline] McDonald’s not lovin’ ‘McJob’ dictionary definition. McDonald’s says it deserves a break from the unflattering way the latest Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary depicts its job opportunities.
[Aus]L. Redhead Cherry Pie [ebook] ‘[She] reckoned it was a ticket out of her McJob’.
[UK]Guardian Mag. 30 Apr. 4/3: Skilled people are forced into McJobs if they are lucky.