Starbucks Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
4,821 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Enjoyed the atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Naples, FL
    Former Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Naples, FL

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

    Pros

    Loved my coworkers, and making all of the drinks.

    Cons

    The people you deal with are absolutely ridiculous, but some of them are awesome and they balance each other out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay would have been great. $8.75 and hour just isn't worth it when you're dealing with so many coffee snobs.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good Overall

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    Current Employee - Barista in El Paso, TX
    Current Employee - Barista in El Paso, TX

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

    Pros

    Very flexible with schedule, Perks are awesome, tuition reimbursement, and health care plus stock

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement, at times i feel like they underpay their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nicer to the little guy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for. Really helped shape my life.

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    Former Employee - Barista - Starbucks
    Former Employee - Barista - Starbucks

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

    Pros

    Great training, good pay, perfect for a student

    Cons

    There isn't a whole lot of upward mobility once you've gotten to a supervisory role

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Starbucks was a fun place to work but can be very busy

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    Current Employee - Barista in Rohnert Park, CA
    Current Employee - Barista in Rohnert Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Fun coworkers, nice management, free drinks.

    Cons

    Customers are very demanding and the store can get hot and busy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A lot of fun and good benefits, but a lot of work as well

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    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Fun people, good benefits, flexible hours, opportunities for growth to a manager
    Perfect place if you are in college
    Perfect place if you don't want to go to collage but want to make somewhat good money

    Cons

    busy work, picky customers sometimes, a lot of responsibilities for little money
    They somewhat try to convince you that coffee is the most important thing in the world and you have to think about it day and night

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you double the responsibilities of an employee, you should double their pay rate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    StarBUCKS

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    Current Employee - Barista in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Barista in Louisville, KY

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

    Pros

    Great pay for part time, for teenagers especially.

    Cons

    The job can be a little difficult at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great college job

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    Former Employee - Barista in Lynnwood, WA
    Former Employee - Barista in Lynnwood, WA

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

    Pros

    Free coffee, new friendships, (partial) tuition reimbursement, fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    over worked, under paid, management turnover is high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    They really do care about their employees

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    Current Employee - Barista, Shift Supervisor in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Barista, Shift Supervisor in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, fun atmosphere, work life balance is decent

    Cons

    Pay could be better for Shift supervisors especially wit you background. Can also be a little labor intensive, wish they had better tools to utilize during truck nights.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It's all about location.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Starbucks offers great benefits to even the part time employees. When you work hard, you get promoted, it's that simple. Great job for someone needing to get through college.

    Cons

    Schedule can be all over the place, some days you're opening at 4am, others you're going in at 2pm for closing shifts. This is great for a young person, but it's very difficult to manage your sleep schedule. Location determines quality of life. I happened to work at a location in SF, which inevitably ended my job with Starbucks due to all the insane situations that would occur, however, working in a neighborhood Starbucks elsewhere, I was very happy.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fun, friendly, good first job or can be more if you work.

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    Former Employee - Barista in O'Fallon, MO
    Former Employee - Barista in O'Fallon, MO

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

    Pros

    Free coffee!! Great coworkers usually

    Cons

    Unpredictable schedule, and not amazing pay. Tips are sporadic and only boost pay by maybe $0.50/hr

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to accomodate a more set-schedule.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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