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Starbucks Portland Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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  • Starbucks offers a wicked comprehensive benefits plan to part time employees (who work (in 1026 reviews)

  • Free pound of coffee every week (in 514 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Average Barista Experience"

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    Former Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Loved my team, and Starbucks really tries to take care of their staff and their customers. I felt like my boss truly cared about me and wanted all of our team members to do well.

    Cons

    To keep down costs of health insurance, etc. partners were spread pretty thin. Not a lot of flexibility as far as changing the schedule once it's out.


  2. "Shift manager"

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    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stock shares, health benefits, room for growth, strong training programs. Was a good place to work as a student. Flexible with hours, time off, and transferring to new locations.

    Cons

    Mediocre wages. There was a lot of food waste and employees aren't allowed to take any home or donate to any places.

  3. "It Was a Job"

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

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

    Pros

    You're able to gain valuable skills that will translate to other similar work environments.

    Cons

    There is very little room for creativity and passion.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Barista in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Barista in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    unlimited coffee, healthcare, nice environment

    Cons

    The service industry isn't great in general


  5. "Stressfull but enjoyable. Good staff"

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    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, my 10 years experience was not a bad one you will learn a lot because of continuous trainings.

    Cons

    Management style keeps on changing. Turn around of staff are also fast. Strresfull coz management expect a lot from you . Overwork but not good pay

    Advice to Management

    Na


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Current Employee - District Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - District Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Starbucks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance and great people

    Cons

    Early hours are very early

    Advice to Management

    Pay for experience and results


  7. "Partner"

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    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very positive culture with friendly, supportive co-workers

    Cons

    You're pretty much always busy doing a few things at once, so if you don't like being busy at your job, this is not for you.

    Advice to Management

    Time to raise those wages again to keep up with cost of living increases, but thanks for having such great health insurance!

  8. "Life of a Barista"

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    Current Employee - Barista in Newberg, OR
    Current Employee - Barista in Newberg, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Starbucks full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work as a team, and work towards goals together. Shifts can be exciting and fun. You get to express your passion for coffee at times as well as create. My Manager is very good at listening to my needs out of my schedule and working with me to create a good schedule for the both of us. Coworkers are awesome too! while you will always have that one bad coworker, most of who I work with are a true pleasure.

    Cons

    Customer Service, you deal with the worst people; who are the grumpiest before they get their coffee. You have to always be "happy" you have to simple at everyone for anywhere from 4 hours-8 hours a day. You will also find that Starbucks is outrageously over priced and you must up sell every new and expensive drink or food item.

    Advice to Management

    Pay us better. While Starbucks does pay above minim wage where I live in Oregon, that pay is just not enough in comparison of the cost of living. Also ASU online program should be interchanged towards funding at any college, but with annual caps on funding.


  9. "Basic Work and Average Pay"

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    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility is everything when you are a college undergraduate.
    Tips, cash cash money (especially if you work in a busy store)
    Customer Connection (you have general time to talk to customers, ie when you are not making drinks)

    Cons

    Management can be a big deal, however, there ARE gems at specific stores. The best option is to transfer stores until you find an environment (and managing staff) that fits best with your personality.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  10. "Barista"

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    Current Employee - Barista in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Barista in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Starbucks part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company treats partners very well and is generous with markouts, discounts, and schooling option.

    Cons

    Low hours, overwhelming customers, slow promotions, low pay, pay scale doesn't take prior experience into account.

    Advice to Management

    Take priori experience into consideration. Value feedback.


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