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Starbucks Reviews in Denver, CO

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
84 Reviews
3.6
84 Reviews
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Pros
  • The best part of working there were the benefits offered to part time employees (in 452 reviews)

  • You also get to enjoy a nice perk of receiving a free pound of coffee or tea each week (in 230 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is nearly impossible to achieve until you've gained experience (in 131 reviews)

  • While I was with the company, there was a huge turnaround with district managers (in 140 reviews)

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  1.  

    Starting wage not great but generally good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Barista in Glendale, CO
    Current Employee - Barista in Glendale, CO

    I have been working at Starbucks

    Pros

    Weekly coffee or tea markout, free food item per shift

    Cons

    Starting wage barely above minimum, raises supposed to come at 6 month review but you don't get it if there's a company wide yearly raise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Good transitional job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Barista in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Barista in Denver, CO

    I worked at Starbucks part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package, flexible hours, fun work environment. Great if you're between careers or in school.

    Cons

    Shifts tend to skew early (for a night owl like me), customers can sometimes be irritating, constant hectic pace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what made your company great at the beginning: take care of your partners.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I absolutely love the community that Starbucks creates.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Starbucks part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits!
    Great people
    1 pound of coffee a week!

    Cons

    Less competitive hourly wage than smaller coffee shops. Hard to get a raise. (due to excellent benefits!)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    It's just okay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Barista Trainer in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Barista Trainer in Centennial, CO

    I have been working at Starbucks

    Pros

    The benefits are awesome, especially for part-time workers. Free drinks, tips, and free food are awesome too!

    Cons

    being scheduled back to back (work till 10pm be back at 7am the next day). Policies are constantly being changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher pay would be nice since we have to deal with all of the snotty customers

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Happy to be a Partner!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Barista Trainer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Barista Trainer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Starbucks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The recent improvements in policies and benefits truly show how much this company appreciates its employees!! For example: Free college tuition at ASU, partial tuition reimbursement at any other college, weekly tea or coffee mark-outs, free food and beverages when you work, awesome 401(k) plan with company match, company stock plans, great health insurance, discounts, etc.If there is ever an issue, Partner Resources Center is great! Flexible hours are also nice for us full-time college students. Pay, tips, and bonuses aren't half bad either! We really couldn't ask for anything more!

    Cons

    Customers can be wretched, and even in the worst cases we are still expected to kiss their butt. Things can get very busy, stressful, and downright chaotic with no warning, and usually at times when we are understaffed; breaks are very short, and A LOT of multitasking is required of us. Realistically, however, this is to be expected of any service industry job...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please encourage your partners to grow, learn, and help the store and company thrive!! I have seen many DMs, SMs, and ASMs who go out of their way to exclude baristas from literally everything (i.e. company changes and news, seasonal promo set-ups, etc.), and deny them the right to grow and learn (i.e. Barista training and certification, Coffee Master, Barista Trainer, etc.). Understandably, some things are only intended for upper management, but most aren't. There is no reason not to inform and empower the baristas that earn Starbucks its profits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great job with good benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Starbucks Store Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Starbucks Store Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Starbucks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Above all, the work is fun. Benefits package is competitive, and speaks to the company's dedication to it's employees. Goals are clearly set as well as tactics for achieving them. Store managers are given autonomy to achieve store/company goals. Positive culture.

    Cons

    Salary is on the low end for the scope of responsibilities, but the compensation package reconciles this slightly. Development of existing managers is a low priority. Promotion opportunities exist, but little effort is put forth by leadership to grow managers beyond store level. Leadership above store level often seems overwhelmed. Company encourages work/life balance, but achieving it is difficult and inconsistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on growing leaders with quality face time. District Managers and above have too many stores to grow the managers within their responsibility. Examine pay for store managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Quickly Failing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Barista in Littleton, CO
    Current Employee - Barista in Littleton, CO

    I have been working at Starbucks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free Coffee, Good benefits, Flexible Schedule, easy to learn.

    Cons

    Strong favoritism, employees get more attention and punishment the further up the chain they go while others get ignored, forced to push product that can't sell its self, minimal quality training, pay is sub par in comparison with current companies, customers are treated as numbers not as people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the connection with customers, Keep your original message of a bond over coffee. Raise your standards. Raise your pay. Make healthier options. Make a healthier environment for the workers through less controlled labors. Quality of service over profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Favoritism runs rampant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Free espresso and now free food item per shift

    Cons

    Manager and shifts show an unimaginable amount of favoritism to certain staff. If you don't connect with them on Facebook, party with them and fit into their demographic expect to be treated as a 2nd class citizen.

    8.10 hour finally moved to a starting wage of 8.51/hr

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your supervisors and managers on some basics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Very fun environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Barista in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Barista in Aurora, CO

    I worked at Starbucks

    Pros

    Great people and good management

    Cons

    Some customers want their coffee ordered a certain way which takes time and patience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A good company to start with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Parker, CO
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Parker, CO

    I have been working at Starbucks full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    A great place to start for the first time worker, great benefits!

    Cons

    Constant miscommunication with upper management and retail employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear up the tiers of communication to middle management and lower employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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