Caribou Coffee Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Pretty much what you'd expect

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    Current Employee - Team Member in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Team Member in Plymouth, MN

    I have been working at Caribou Coffee part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    free drinks, friendly coworkers, cash tips, low commitment

    Cons

    stand for long periods of time, breaks not guaranteed, repetitive, low pay

    Recommends
  2. Great company if you are younger and not concerned about Growth

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    Current Employee - HQ Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - HQ Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Caribou Coffee

    Pros

    Casual
    Fun atmosphere
    Sometimes, a progressive thinker
    Work-life balance is ok

    Cons

    CEO and CMO are both very good
    Sr. Leadership constantly fighting, back-stabbing.
    Lack of support and "Click" environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Good Pay, Great Benefits And Tons Of Opportunities For Those That Want It

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Caribou Coffee full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great (fantastic, amazing) coffee. Management are very open to communication and are invested in your future, even if that means outside of the company. Store management training has equal focus on people and finances - your team has a lot of opportunity to help you grow. There is a very strong "family" atmosphere.

    Cons

    There were occasions when upper level management missed talent by forming opinions too early on resulting in unnecessary turnover

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great first job experience!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caribou Coffee

    Pros

    -Learn how to work with customers
    -Money handling
    -Develop social skills
    -Team building
    -Sales goals experience

    Cons

    -Early hours
    -Difficult to progress in company in easy fashion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Shift Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caribou Coffee

    Pros

    Lots of free coffee. They were flexible with my school schedule.

    Cons

    Never would have stayed because there were no growth opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Poor Ethics.

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    Current Employee - Team Member
    Current Employee - Team Member

    I have been working at Caribou Coffee part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Great tips
    -Generally friendly co-workers and customers
    -Free shift drinks & weekly coffee beans
    -Flexible scheduling

    Cons

    Poor ethics during coffee promotions. Little focus on customer, more focus on store operations and sales quotas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lay off the promotions (and quotas during them). The customers hate it and the workers hate it even more, especially the managers. Instill a customer-first mentality, starting with management. Many times I have seen a manager abandon a long line to do something else in the store. Focus does not seem to be on getting the customer their order, and quickly - it's all about upselling and perks cards. Customers come to Caribou for their coffee - don't scare them off with long (and often unnecessary) waits, repeatedly trying to sell them coffee they don't want, and upselling regulars who know what they want.

  8. It was fun!

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    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Mendota Heights, MN
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Mendota Heights, MN

    I worked at Caribou Coffee

    Pros

    The store I was working at was pretty amazing. We were like a little family. I had decent hours, and was able to switch it with college. Employee discount, shift drink, and half lb of beans a week

    Cons

    There was more of a turn over rate, so it seemed like you were always training someone in. It was frustrating at times. I was promoted to a shift supervisor after a year of working and then they switched my schedule around without really asking me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better COmmuncation, if you don;t like something I am do or doing wrong, tell me right away, and show me the right way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Caribou Coffee

    Pros

    people, tips, leadership, product, donations

    Cons

    weekend hours, crabby customers,

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. Customers make it worth it

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Caribou Coffee full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best customers. They become like family.

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking. They preach integrity but will stab you in the back without blinking. When they closed 80 or so stores across the country they notified those stores on a conference call. "If you are on this call your store will be closing." Quite the personal touch for a company that talks about respect for the individual and caring for it's employees like they are family. They drive employees to sell beans like Amy's Blend under the mask of "supporting breast cancer research and helping those affected by breast cancer". The $ amount donated is pennies on the dollar compared to the profit Caribou makes from so called donations. Don't be fooled by the sympathy act. They rake it in every year with Amy's Blend. Bottom line is they are just another corp windbag and will always be with the current leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Stressful and low paying.

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    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Caribou Coffee

    Pros

    - The employees and (most of) the customers are wonderful to work with.
    - I like getting free coffee each week.

    Cons

    -- Management is focused on bean sales. Our last goal in our store was over 400 pounds in less than two months. I was told by my manager that we have to make the goals, otherwise our store has consequences. With large chain stores selling our product, it's hard getting customers to buy beans when they are on the go.
    -- Management is focused on cutting labor to save money, making it difficult to manage shifts. Mornings are busy, but that's where our profit mostly comes from, so at least 6 employees will be on the floor. During a typical closing shift, there are 2 people working. From 3pm to 6pm, there is an after work rush. Typically, as a shift supervisor, I am on bar making drinks, answering the headset, and entering in orders. My team member is taking payment in the drive thru window. If a person comes inside the store, I have to take a break to ring them up and my team member takes over bar and answering headset. After 6pm, business slows down so I have time to clean the store briefly in between rushes.
    -- The amount of stress I am put through at work is not worth the pay. Plus, if I am scheduled as a team member, I get paid less than I do if I am scheduled as a shift supervisor. At my store, we usually have one or two TM shifts a week.
    -- The sick policy would be awesome if it was enforced. You are not supposed to come into work if you have a fever if you've thrown up in the last 24 hours. However, we are responsible for finding someone to cover our shifts. There are six supervisors at my store (including me). We are all overworked. No one is jumping to take any shifts - we would have to work on one of our few days off or work a double. I have literally thrown up at work and had to stay to finish my shift because I couldn't find someone to cover my shift.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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