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Starbucks Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
272 Reviews
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272 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Love working for Starbucks as a Barist. If you become a Partner you will be able to work with a team of amazing people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Starbucks

    Pros

    personal/ professional growth, benefits, customers, flexible schedule, free food and coffee, college reimbursement, great brand and culture

    Cons

    Super busy fast environment, early mornings and late nights, and weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in the Partners whom have been working for the company for many years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome job for Students

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Barista in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Barista in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Since a lot of locations are open 20 hours or more per day, it is easy to work around your school schedule. My senior year of college, I had to work around class, volunteering, and research hours. I was still able to work as much as I wanted, which for me was about 30 hours per week.

    Great place to learn to connect to and talk with all types of people.

    Cons

    Starbucks is the opposite of a passive desk job. If you aren't willing to keep moving and stay productive at all times, this is not the job for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall, a very good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Starbucks Store Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Starbucks Store Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Starbucks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Free coffee, stock options, heath benefits, employer matching 401k

    Cons

    To run a good store you'll always be working overtime and get in trouble for it. The DM's offer little help and expect unreasonable results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is little understanding of what it takes to manage a store by the DM's, which leads to unreasonable expectations, the computer software for scheduling is trash, and there is no praise for jobs well done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Optimistically rewarding but sometimes challenging.

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Norwalk, CA
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Norwalk, CA

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

    Pros

    - Welcoming Enviroment
    - automatically a gold star member
    - smell of coffee
    - meet tons of people who share the common love for coffee
    - Benefits for college students

    Cons

    -Rude customers
    - Getting up early
    - Short breaks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just be optimistic and remember the symbolism that coffee with holds !

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Decent pay and benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Huntington Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Huntington Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, benefits for part timers, frequent (although small) pay increases, more free coffee than any normal person ought to consume, easy to move up in the company.

    Cons

    Stores sometimes have high turnovers, hard to get shifts covered when partners call in sick, upper management often rely too heavily on training manual buzz words and phrases rather than real meaningful communucation, and can place unrealistic expectations on store managers at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A successful background in sales make for the most successful managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Fun flexible hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Ventura, CA
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Ventura, CA

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

    Pros

    You can work really early and finish a shift by 11am. Then have the rest of the day for kids another job etc...free coffee. Full benefits at at least 20/week

    Cons

    Pay is low and the expectations are high with a Lot of physical work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set reasonable expectations with enough labor to complete cleaning tasks as well as provide excellent customer service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great culture. Fun Pace.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Starbucks

    Pros

    Great company who cares about their people.

    Cons

    Fast pace. Tough learning curve for some.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Barista in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Barista in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Starbucks

    Pros

    Good hours, staff, benefits, etc

    Cons

    Dealing with customers who complain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Sucks the happiness out of you

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Sometimes awesome coworkers.
    Some nice customers who could make your day good.
    Free food, free drinks, raises.

    Cons

    Drive thru stores are horrible, demanding, and have a high turnover. Way harder than cafe stores with the same pay. If you can choose, work for a cafe.
    Customers can make your life hellish, especially when you see the same faces every day.
    Raises arent what they used to be.
    School reimbursement isnt what it used to be.
    During health audit season, it is extremely stressful to keep the store spotless 24/7 in fear of the in-company, hardass "health auditors" who want to see you touch absolutely nothing and wash your hands constantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like people, not like disposable nothings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Chill

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Starbucks

    Pros

    dress codes casual, making drinks, good benefits, free food and drinks

    Cons

    Customers , non stop lines gets annoying

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Therr coo

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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