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Safeway Starbucks Barista Reviews

Updated December 14, 2016
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Pros
  • Very good work/life balance for someone with family (in 101 reviews)

  • Good Benefits and nice office location (in 106 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance need improvement (in 91 reviews)

  • benefits and constant change in upper management (in 110 reviews)

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  1. "Safeway Starbucks Barista"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Safeway part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Interact with a lot of interesting people
    - Opportunity to work your way up
    - Good as a starting job for gaining experience

    Cons

    - Feeling that you're not utilizing your full potential
    - Potential rude customers
    - Mandatory Union Sign Up

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like your customers, and they will be more dedicated to working at Safeway.


  2. "Not worth your time"

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    Former Employee - Deli Clerk/Starbucks Barista in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Deli Clerk/Starbucks Barista in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Safeway (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are opportunities for advancement and benefits.

    Cons

    It takes forever to earn a raise, and if you change departments the hours you have worked start over. They do not care about your time, so if you are a single parent or in school- forget it. Also, Safeway does not care about keeping their departments staffed, meaning that customers have to wait much longer to get what they came for. If your department has a call in- no one will even try to get someone else to come in.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your customers! Get more people on the floor regularly to accommodate the people that come to spend their money.


  3. "GMC"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista, Florist, and Baker in Castro Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista, Florist, and Baker in Castro Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Safeway (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You are guaranteed a minimum of so many hours depending on your position as an hourly worker. The weekly paycheck was nice, and Safeway for the most part was very flexible with scheduling and it was great to be able to essentially work at any store I wanted. (When I lived at college I worked at the college

    Cons

    They don't reward employees based on merit, I was frustrated with the union worker mentality of doing the bare minimum and being stuck with bad management/employees because the turnover rate for safeway employees is so high.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest if they are going to higher new employees to offer more competitive wages then their competition.


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  5. "Starbucks Barista"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista in Falcon, CO
    Former Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista in Falcon, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Safeway part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Customer interaction was rewarding. I enjoyed repeat customer relationships.

    Cons

    Management seemed unaware of departmental manager arbitrary use of authority and cultural bias.

    Advice to Management

    Know who is causing turnover and retention


  6. "Barista"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista in Moscow, ID
    Former Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista in Moscow, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Safeway full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great management, flexible with students and maternity leave.

    Cons

    No overtime and no tips at the Starbucks

    Advice to Management

    Please make it so employees can receive tips! The fact that I couldn't work overtime and was getting minimum wage is why I left.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Disgusting"

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    Former Employee - Barista - Starbucks in North Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Barista - Starbucks in North Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Quick Hire and super easy interview. If you show up and pass the drug test, on site, your hired.

    Cons

    Management is horrible. They are extremely unprofessional and treat you like you are disposable. unsympathetic and does not prepare you properly, then holds you responsible when you do not perform to their expectations.

    Advice to Management

    My advise to management is to take more time with their new hires. Also, have a little professionalism. And clean up your store!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good for high school students"

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    Former Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista in San Leandro, CA
    Former Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista in San Leandro, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    for those who can afford what the union takes out of their checks, the benefits are ok.

    Cons

    The hours are varied and on the low end. organization is terrible. employees are not treated with respect.

    Advice to Management

    treat your employees better and not like they're expendable and maybe so many people wouldn't quit on you and actually stay with the company because it's getting old.


  9. "Good but could be better"

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    Current Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista in Superior, CO
    Current Employee - Safeway - Starbucks Barista in Superior, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Safeway part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly work place and has a lot of opportunities to move around different departments in the store

    Cons

    If you don't like your manager then you're SOL because they don't care.


  10. "Not a bad place to work but some things could improve."

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    Current Employee - Starbucks Barista in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Starbucks Barista in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Safeway part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I like the discounts, the schedule flexibility, work with some cool people, and it's an overall clean store. The majority of customers are nice and polite.

    Cons

    I work in the Starbucks kiosk and working the closing shift is rough. Having to be by myself for 6 hours with no break, no time to go to the bathroom, and having to help every customer is tiring. Also being all alone when a bunch of customers come at once and order 4 drinks a pop and taking care of that while the next people in line have to wait a long time is bothersome. I literally do the work of 2 people and then some. Sometimes it gets old having to explain that we don't have the things that a free standing, company-operated Starbucks has. The pay could be better. Also the hours are not consistent. One week I will have 37 hours and the next it goes down to 24. Having a second job can be crucial because of this.

    Advice to Management

    Cross-train. Allow those who are scheduled to work by themselves to get at least a 10 minute break while having another store employee cover for that short amount of time.


  11. "Barista-Starbucks"

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    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Cheney, WA
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Cheney, WA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Safeway part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment, good benefits, nice discounts

    Cons

    Honestly small hourly rate