Jamba Juice Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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Jamba Juice Chairman, President, and CEO James D. White
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Pros
  • Free smoothies were probably the best part (in 30 reviews)

  • Fun environment, Non-professional requirements (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Leadership team is strong overall, but some executive team members not quite as strong as others (in 28 reviews)

  • Low pay for the amount work that you do (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Corporate Control Sucks Juice Out of Company

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    Former Employee - Team Member in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Team Member in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jamba Juice part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Air conditioning was nice in the summer, that's about it.

    Cons

    Corporate required that all mis-made smoothies were thrown away, with a mind-boggling amount of waste in total. I worked here for a summer and got one free smoothie out of it (not that this is a fair standard but still), and they require you to be enthusiastic to a ridiculous degree. We all had to shout "tip-tip hooray" when anyone tipped, which rarely happened...


  2. team member/trainer

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    Former Employee - Trainer/Team Member in Issaquah, WA
    Former Employee - Trainer/Team Member in Issaquah, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jamba Juice part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible hours especially while a student. It's a great first job for a teen but thats really it.

    Cons

    No opportunity to grow with the company. While employed, the company took away employee discounts. They also required their employees to wear Jamba juice T-shirt but only gave one to each employee. If you wanted a second shirt, you needed to pay for it. Also, there are no benefits for working at Jamba Juice. The company will make sure you work under 30 hours so they do not have to provide health care.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees some benefits and maybe a second work shirt.


  3. No long term growth

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Jamba is a great first time job or a job for a college student. Flexible hours and good people to work with. If you’re inspired to take on more responsibility it is a great opportunity to be an entry level manager. You’re able to learn as much as you want about running a business.

    Cons

    The company is very political, so you have to be very careful about what you say when you talk with people. Unfortunately, say the wrong thing to the wrong person and your career is done. It doesn’t matter how long ago you said it, it will be misconstrued as something negative when, in actuality, it’s out of concern. Don’t question anything. It doesn’t matter how well you perform either, it’s about how well you get along with the powers that be. News travels fast.

    Advice to Management

    Think for yourselves, don’t be persuaded by false perceptions. If it’s not documented, it’s not true. Don’t rely on rumors. Look at people’s results and history. That will tell you who to promote. Take the time to look for the truth.


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  5. Team Member

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Gain experience in fast-paced work environment

    Cons

    Management is strict especially for the job that it is A lot of physical labor Hectic environment


  6. Smoothie Maker

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grossmont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grossmont, CA

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere. Good place for college students or those looking for part time work.

    Cons

    low pay, inconsistent hours, high turnover, poor management

    Advice to Management

    Pay your workers a little more.


  7. Team member review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work flow among team members

    Cons

    Leads play favorites. Was given a write up by my GM for the fault of my shift manager because she liked him better than me.

    Advice to Management

    Get less biased leads


  8. Crappy manager

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    Former Employee - Team Member in Carson, CA
    Former Employee - Team Member in Carson, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jamba Juice part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get half off on your purchases with your Jamba Juice Employee card and the training is so thorough and long. (You do get paid for it.)

    Cons

    The specific manager at this location was pregnant and downright evil. Very condescending and very acid tongued. The assistant manager was the better of the two. There was also a lot of bad equipment to work with.


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    General Manager

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    Former Employee - General Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - General Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazingly and beautifully design training programs. Great sense of team spirit amongst your district peers. A few of the corporate support team are amazing in what they do and invested in your growth.

    Cons

    The longevity in the company of most of the field (regional and district) leadership tends to really hamper true development. Most have only had one job (Jamba Juice) and have never had the experience of working for another company therefor creativity and growth leadership from those leaders are nimble and almost non-exestense. The company is going through a re-franchise, selling off most company stores, so I don't think there will be room for growth and advancement unless a major franchise buys a ton of Jamba stores and has other restaurant brands/franchises in their company's portfolio.

    Advice to Management

    You need to truly turnover the tenured field leadership team. They hamper innovation, creativity and growth. It's hard dealing with leadership who have only been exposed to one point of view of a business.


  10. boring

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Member in Redondo Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Team Member in Redondo Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jamba Juice part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    bright colors and free smoothies

    Cons

    no opportunity, awful tip sharing system

    Advice to Management

    Go to college


  11. High School Job

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Member in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Team Member in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The friends you make here, with your coworkers and with your regular customers, are what make the job worth doing, for the most part.

    Cons

    It's a temporary job to do in high school at best. You are never paid for the quality of your work, just the presence of it. Tips are distributed based on how long you are there, so if you work hard and the customers like that and pay you tips for it, most of it will go to the full-time managers who go to the back and literally do nothing. There are no raises for teammembers, ever. Only chance at being paid more is if you are promoted to a shift lead, which is only if you are full-time, and then you will make a dollar more. Overall, you are expendable and the high turnover rate reflects the fact.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better if you expect the good ones to stay good, or stay at all.



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