Jamba Juice Reviews

Updated July 2, 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. Crappy manager

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    Former Employee - Team Member in Carson, CA
    Former Employee - Team Member in Carson, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    General Manager

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    Former Employee - General Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - General Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Jamba Juice

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  3. boring

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    Former Employee - Team Member in Redondo Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Team Member in Redondo Beach, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    bright colors and free smoothies

    Cons

    no opportunity, awful tip sharing system

    Advice to Management

    Go to college


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  5. High School Job

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    Current Employee - Team Member in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Team Member in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Jamba Juice

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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.


  6. Jamba Juice

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jamba Juice part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It was a cool place to work for the summer. It probably was cooler to work here than at mcDonalds.

    Cons

    It is just a place to get juice so people tend to be nicer than at other fast food places but people are still rude.

    Advice to Management

    I guess to treat the employees a little better and also not take the customers word so much because people are not truthful.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Corporate Greed

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - General Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Jamba Juice

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Free smoothies and getting a paycheck.

    Cons

    They are shrinking the sizes... That why they no longer call it the sixteen but a small so they can shrink it. They indent the kids as well to save on smoothie. Company was good to work for as corporate but changed when sold to franchise. No longer cared about employee safety.


  8. Smoothie Maker

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jamba Juice part-time

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, generally simple work, free smoothie or food every shift, getting to know the secret menu, white gummy bear smoothie, matcha and fresh orange juice

    Cons

    Cricket infestations, janitorial duties, incompetent managers sometimes, high turnover, free smoothies or food every shift, knowing the true nutritional value of menu items

    Advice to Management

    Just try to create a fun team-oriented atmosphere in the store. And try to keep the bugs to a minimum.


  9. Team leader

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jamba Juice part-time

    Pros

    Can be fun and easy to make friends.

    Cons

    Higher management doesn't see past issues or takes into account concerns from individual stores.


  10. it was a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Jamba Juice full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Used to be bonus and schedule flexibilty

    Cons

    No bonus, no support or consistency from corporate

    Advice to Management

    Majority of of operations support systems were transferred to India


  11. Just started here as a Shift Lead in training (part-time).

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jamba Juice part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Keep in mind I have ben working for this company for under a week, although I did wait an extraordinary amount of time to be put on the schedule after filling out hiring paperwork.
    The customers are *usually* quite pleasant, although one location I work at is in a very snooty area of town and you can definitely tell, overall the customers are great and as i understand it most are regulars.
    For the most part, management is helpful and very nice, they have really taken the time to show me all the ropes and more in my few days of working for this company, training is very thorough.
    Learning about boosts/ingredients and conveying that information to the health savvy customers is rewarding, it feels great when you can give someone exactly what they are looking for both nutrition and taste wise.
    I'm sure this would be a great experience for high school job seekers.

    Cons

    Some coworkers are incredibly disrespectful to me as a new employee, I have been ignored, and I have been abandoned at times, and as an extremely new employee being responsible for taking orders, blending, pouring, baked good and juices all at once during rushes, it leads to increased wait times and unsatisfied customers.
    Pay is definitely nothing great, about 30 cents above minimum depending on who hires you and for what position.
    Even though I have been on register every shift I have worked I have yet to see any tip money or have my questions about tip allocation answered.
    There are really no breaks given, and the expectation to produce is set quite high.

    Advice to Management

    You need to make sure each and every shift lead is up to par! It's very frustrating to have an amazing shift lead and experience in one location, only to have the complete opposite in another location in the same district and under the same GM.
    Again, training was very thorough, but I feel as if some employees definitely need to be retrained on a regular basis, it's one thing to run down the line in 30 seconds with three blenders in hand; but in other aspects, be completely clueless. Yes, it's very very important to know the recipes, but there are many other important aspects to working in the food service industry.



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