Starbucks Reviews in New Jersey

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The best part of working there were the benefits offered to part time employees (in 437 reviews)

  • You also get to enjoy a nice perk of receiving a free pound of coffee or tea each week (in 220 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is nearly impossible to achieve until you've gained experience (in 124 reviews)

  • While I was with the company, there was a huge turnaround with district managers (in 135 reviews)

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  1.  

    Management should be evaluated every three months

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Starbucks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexibility. Great for students.

    Cons

    Management should be evaluated every three months

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be surprise visits to some stores

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

    Overall a good place to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Delran, NJ
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Delran, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good benefits-health, free coffee, stock, and college funds.

    Cons

    college funds are only for people using a degree in things they can do at starbucks such as business. Managers and DM's in my experience dont "manage" they are more friends and it makes to much drama

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall my experience at starbucks was good until my last year where they started bringing management from outside the company. I have worked there for 7+ years and had to train managers how to do my job so they could become my manager in a month. Which I think hurts as someone who had wanted more from the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    too much polotics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Baristo in Ridgewood, NJ
    Former Employee - Baristo in Ridgewood, NJ

    I worked at Starbucks part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    easy work this is to meet the mininmum.

    Cons

    you can't trust management. see above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make sure everyone has the phone number to the ethics commity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    You will work a lot, but it is fun.

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

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

    Pros

    You get to learn how to make drinks. STARBUCKS drinks.
    You get free coffee and other beverages.
    You eat for free.
    Young, fun, and diverse group of people.

    Cons

    It depends on which store you go under who's management.
    It can be best part-time job in the world or it could be the worst.
    In my experience, management was fair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the middle management, listen to your district manager, there are reasons they make you do things certain way...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Hard work, but rewarding

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits, especially to a college student or even someone well into the workforce, is pretty hard to beat. I do two jobs and I keep Starbucks just to afford health care. Just 20 hours a week lets you keep your health care, 401k options, free bag of coffee/tea every week, and free drinks while working.

    Cons

    I worked as a shift supervisor in a small location. Because the schedule is made only 2/3 weeks in advance, finding coverage is difficult. You can call other locations but it was more a nuisance than helpful. Starbucks, just like any retail job, is serious on time commitment and I felt like their expectations were higher than similar environments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good for a college student

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

    I worked at Starbucks part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    positive community/team experience, benefits, college tuition reimbursement, flexible schedules

    Cons

    leadership, upper management needs to be better qualified, wages

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the baristas, they ARE the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great retail/fast food company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Barista in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Barista in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

    you have the chance to choose your own hours. There is always opportunity for growth. This company has a great development program giving you the chance to move up from barista to higher levels of management. You will also be reviewed and evaluated for a raise regularly. Offered full benefits after three months of employment. Diverse environment, interesting customers, and fun partners. This is a great place to work for.

    Cons

    Management. Not all store locations are the same. They each have their own challenges and market focuses. Your experience with Starbucks will highly correlate with the strength of your store manager; for example, a manager who's priority is getting bonuses might not hesitate to schedule your shift under staffed for the sake of "saving labor". Do not hold these experiences against Starbucks itself. If you find a bad manager try to transfer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your employees first. Although we do get great benefits, day to day support and scheduling sometimes makes working for Starbucks a burden.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It's a decent place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    It's a good introduction to the food and beverage industry and helps improve bartending skills

    Cons

    Not open-minded to certain decisions of appearance (e.g nose rings, tatoos, etc)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't always stay in the back. Be active on the floor as well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great for learning work ethic.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in West New York, NJ
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in West New York, NJ

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

    Pros

    The main thing to think about is the employee benefits for Full-Time and Part-Time jobs.

    Cons

    The lack of communications between manager to the baristas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better form of training new baristas entering the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    luck of the draw. manager make or break your experience as barista

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Piscataway, NJ

    I worked at Starbucks part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible hours, stock options, benefits

    Cons

    depending on manager, work can be easy or frustrating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire better managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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