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Starbucks Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
5,002 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Cool people to work with

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    Former Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Tacoma Park, SD
    Former Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Tacoma Park, SD

    I worked at Starbucks (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun working environment and customers are nice.

    Cons

    People get grumpy without there coffee. And getting up at 5 am is always great too

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great people. Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Exciting opportunity

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    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Amazing relationship with my manager. Good people good times.

    Cons

    A lot of drama

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need color coded shakers Jesus christ

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Pretty easy, but demanding and low paying job

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    Current Employee - Barista in Stony Brook, NY
    Current Employee - Barista in Stony Brook, NY

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

    Pros

    Easy to learn, easy to do, socializing is not bad, managers usually understanding.

    Cons

    Hectic, rude customers, nobody really cares about you when they come up for an order and sometimes don't speak up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great so far!

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    Current Employee - Barista in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Barista in West Palm Beach, FL

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

    Pros

    Awesome co-workers, community environment, relaxed leadership, personal growth, room for upward mobility within company. Overall a good entry-level job for someone still in school.

    Cons

    The scholarship program isn't all its hyped up to be--highly limited options. Starting salary is pretty crappy ($8.25 in FL) and benefits arereally only worth it if you don't have a better option.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Our district manager is...not great. As the busoiest store inour district with a staff of 25+ there was a ton of employee turnover and transfers were an epidemic. Really need to improve starting salaries here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good college job, not for longterm

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    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Starbucks part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is fun, easy, and you get to meet a ton of great people.

    Cons

    Underpaid, and it can be stressful when you're learning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to keep employees offer more means to move up and make more money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, education benefits.

    Cons

    Early work hours, various age groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company to work for

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    Current Employee - Barista in Huntington Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Barista in Huntington Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, friendly environment, great benefits (bean stock grants, 401k retirement plans, tuition reimbursement, health insurance, free drinks while working, free pound of coffee per week).

    Cons

    Development is controlled by your manager, and if your store is busy, there is no time for development. Most stores I have experienced, there is problems with management being fair, communicating, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Worked for them for 7 years, in 3 cities, at 5 locations

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    Former Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Lexington-Fayette, KY

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

    Pros

    During the time I was there, Starbucks was an excellent company to work for. The employee benefits were great and the people they hired were friendly and willing to work hard to make a shift run as smoothly as possible. Every six months you get a review to discuss what you have personally accomplished and what the path for the next six months should look like to achieve the personal goals you and the manager have set. There is the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world as long as you know the language.

    Cons

    While most of my managers were amazing, I had one who wouldn't discuss goals or problems and made it so that I was demoted from Shift Supervisor to Barista without notice or corrective training. Also, when you move from one city to another, make sure you have a position already ready for you to begin at. It is up to the barista to find an open position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quite an Adventure

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    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor

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

    Pros

    Flexible and challenging if you wish to advance in the company. Not easy getting help to make advancement, it is all self driven. Good benefits and very possible to be a go getter.

    Cons

    The pay is not the greatest but not the worst for entry level retail. The stress level can be hard at times and seems disproportionate to the amount of pay at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New changes have recently taken place and management has listened. Hopefully the new pay increases and added bonus will make up for some of the stress. I wish it was easier to get assistance in terms of personal development within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for. Work hard and other opportunities are available.

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Fountain Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Fountain Valley, CA

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

    Pros

    Close to home. Training opportunities for your career path. Recognition programs for all employees. Professional atmosphere (worked in corporate field office). Great salary and benefits. Always striving to be the best as a company and looking for the next opportunity to bring great products and service to their customers.

    Cons

    A lot of different departments to interact with - mainly at corporate Seattle. Makes timelines on moving projects along challenging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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