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Good for a corporate job.

Retail Associate (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

ProsReally good coffee, which is free for employees any time....employees get lots of free product
Customers at this location tip pretty well
Corporate ridiculousness is present, but enforcement is minimal
Health insurance is affordable, good
Flexible scheduling
Most regular customers are pretty cool
Company supports small farmers, sustainable practices
Peet's generally hires intelligent, interesting people with personality, not corporate drones

ConsAlthough it doesn't pay terribly for the type of job it is, it's still a low level retail job where you have to work pretty hard and go home tired while making just enough money for the essentials. Advancement is possible but you have to talk the corporate talk pretty convincingly, of course, perhaps more so than be thoroughly competent. And pretty much devote years to the company working for very little money, before moving up.

Advice to Senior ManagementCorporate: employees don't want to take on more responsibility without getting paid more. "Development" should equal raises. 90-95% of your employees are retail staff or shift leads, neither of which make hardly any money. Most of them do not see Peet's as a career, only a during-college or between-jobs job. Opportunities for advancement are minimally important to most; good work environment and getting paid more now is most important. Trim total labor hours and give raises/more hours to the hardest workers. Keeping employees happy cuts back drastically on all that money you spend on training and all the money you lose because of errors made by new staff. Not to mention all the directly-unquantifiable things, like customers having bad experiences with inexperienced, under-trained employees, and getting a bad impression of the company. Keeping the good employees happy and minimizing turnover will make you more money in the end, guaranteed. The 10 to 20 cent raises we all got, this year? Not even keeping up with inflation, guys. We're the face of the company. Pay us to smile.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    it is what it is

    Barista (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Peet's

    Pros: company has great prestige in san francisco coffee industry so… Cons: in reality you just have an entry level grunt job but if… Advice to Senior Management: you seem to be making good money for the company… More
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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Irvine, KY

    I have been working at Peet's

    Pros: Lot's of growth opportunities. Excellent training available. High level of… Cons: can be busy, overwhelming, hours are long and early. The tips are split over the entire week… Advice to Senior Management: Excellent job, might want to focus more on encouraging hard-working employees with obvious… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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