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Starbucks New Jersey Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Starbucks offers a wicked comprehensive benefits plan to part time employees (who work (in 996 reviews)

  • free pound of coffee or box of tea every week (in 497 reviews)

Cons
  • As a supervisor it can be difficult to have any semblance of a work-life balance (in 311 reviews)

  • If you are working in a retail store it is a fast paced environment which can eventually take a toll (in 391 reviews)

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  1. "It was okay"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Barista in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Barista in New Brunswick, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always had work for me, fun, more respectable than other food service jobs.

    Cons

    Always wanted you to work, would call at 4 am to see if you can cover, favoritism,

    Advice to Management

    Don't have favoritism, understand if someone is not available to work


  2. "Good part-time job"

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    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Hopewell, NJ
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Hopewell, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Education program
    401k with company match up to 5%
    Vacation time
    Flexible schedules

    Cons

    Busy environment
    Long hours
    Only suitable as a part time position


  3. "Barista"

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    Former Employee - Student Unit Manager in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Employee - Student Unit Manager in Piscataway, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Offered great hours and scheduling was flexible around class schedules.

    Cons

    Inconsistent scheduling and under-scheduling were frequent issues.


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  5. "Fast Paced"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Barista in Neptune, NJ
    Current Employee - Barista in Neptune, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Starbucks (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Slightly more than minimum wage + tips
    - Stock Benefits after a year or so at the company
    - 401k Benefits
    - Education Benefits
    - Good Training

    Cons

    - Fast Paced
    - Chaotic Schedule (You could start work at 5am or 11am, and that messes up your sleep schedule if you don't normally wake up at 5am everyday.)
    - Moody Customers
    - Little room for advancement beyond becoming a shift
    - Understaffed in the mornings

    Advice to Management

    - Even out the schedules
    - Properly staff during morning rushes


  6. "Large Corporation Benefits, Small Business Values"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are so many advantages to working for this company*. Corporate definitely knows how to keep their customers happy--by always working to keep their employees happy. I don't know of many other companies that genuinely strive to be good to their people, especially a corporation of their size.
    Some of the most notable perk include:
    - Full health coverage at 20 hours/week. While the available insurance plans were significantly better a decade ago, the newer plans are still much better than those of most other companies, & they don't cost an arm & a leg. Less benefits for higher premiums has become the norm across the board with most health insurance companies in recent years, but Starbucks still does what it can to provide its' people with the best value possible.
    - Ongoing training opportunities for those who are interested, & a culture that encourages increased responsibility & management positions within a reasonable time frame to those who prove themselves & are interested in such roles.
    - Flexible scheduling & promotion of a healthy work/life balance.
    - Great working environment, even during the most chaotic rushes, as a result of fostering the benefits of good teamwork & communication.
    - College education offered to those who qualify.
    *I am referring to the company as a whole. There are sometimes extreme differences in two stores within the same district, so it really all depends on who the Store Manager & Assistant Store Manager are.

    Cons

    It doesn't matter where you go--there will ALWAYS be demanding, entitled people who insist you remake their drink three times because the foam in their grande nonfat cappuccino isn't nonfat-y enough. You just have to smile, remake the drink, & not take it personally.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to put your employees first--happy employees means happy customers means more revenue.

    Take care of the few bad eggs on power trips when it comes to store management as swiftly as possible.


  7. "Whoa!"

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    Former Employee - Coffee Specialist in Forked River, NJ
    Former Employee - Coffee Specialist in Forked River, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super fun job with super cool things to do! ( and brew) Fun, youthful co-workers!

    Cons

    You best be good at learning drink orders on the spot! Fast training process! Too fast! Assembly line type food prep environment. Which wasn't a favorable food prep environment to work in, personally. I prefer slow paced beatnik coffee houses of olde! Man were the 60s outta sight-groove cat!

    Advice to Management

    Let us bring bongos to work! Health insurance for part timers! Be a trend setter Starbuck dudes!


  8. "starbucks barista"

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    Former Employee - Barista in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Barista in New Brunswick, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They give you good benefits.

    Cons

    Management and other employees were awful.


  9. "Part time barista"

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    Former Employee - Barista in Lawrenceville, NJ
    Former Employee - Barista in Lawrenceville, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free coffee on the job

    Cons

    A lot of work for a minimum wage job

    Advice to Management

    Needs better managers


  10. "Barista"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Old Tappan, NJ
    Former Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Old Tappan, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relatively easy work for pay.

    Chances for great customer interactions and networking.

    Surprising amount of benefits for 20 hours/week, including health, dental, phone, etc.

    Cons

    Varies by the workplace: Can be inept upper management or have unnecessary workplace drama.

    Workload varies by location (pity the city Starbucks worker).

    Even for a part-time position, it's ridiculous how management demands full-time availability (minimum 20 hours a week).

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff.


  11. "More to be desired"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Barista in Roseland, NJ
    Current Employee - Barista in Roseland, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you know your job, work will be regular. In time, you will bond with your regular customers. In addition to your wages, you will receive tips. If you work 20 hours every week, you qualify for health insurance. You will receive stock options.

    Cons

    Depending on your assistant manager or manager, expectations can be overwhelming. If you don't have the supplies that you need, it can be difficult. If you're not selling, you need to be cleaning. Cleaning is as important as selling.

    Advice to Management

    It's important that everyone follows the rules. Employees can't do their jobs if they don't have the supplies they need or the support from management.


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