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Starbucks San Diego Reviews

Updated November 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Starbucks offers a wicked comprehensive benefits plan to part time employees (who work (in 1105 reviews)

  • Free pound of coffee every week (in 551 reviews)

Cons
  • as long as you manage work life balance it's a great job (in 345 reviews)

  • Fast paced stressful rude customers (in 446 reviews)

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  1. "Fun environment to work in"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a result of the way us partners were chosen, the majority of us are all upbeat and outgoing, so coming to work is always at least a bit fun!

    Cons

    It can get really busy and hectic sometimes, especially with stores that are in a mall. Stress levels can get pretty high then but my advice is to just relax and remember that every shift will always end.


  2. "Interested in Your Development"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managers get great training, have awesome resources in their District Manager- but this all depends on who your manager is!
    Great benefits- employee assistance program, medical, free coffee...
    The company is very responsive to employees

    Cons

    Retail schedule can be rough- getting in as early as 3:30 in the morning isn't for everyone.
    It all depends on who you're working with and how much they enjoy their job! Management styles don't always mesh well

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to recognize ALL of your employees, not just the ones that consistently do great, but the ones that try hard to improve.

  3. "Partner"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Partner in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They hire pretty well so theres always an amazing team to work with

    Great Benefits even if you're not working many hours

    Flexible

    Allow you to move up

    Cons

    Aren't that many cons unless you don't like fast paced environments.


  4. "Store Manager"

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of great benefits e.g. health,dental, vision, 401k, stock options, ASU (free education who doesn't have a bachelors), free Spotify, etc. Also great customer connections you have with your regulars.

    Cons

    Starbucks gives you unrealistic goals with the resources they give you. The expectations are high with no room for mistakes. There is a huge gap between upper management and the stores with lots of misunderstandings. Really fast paced with minimum labor, with customers expectations high, they will treat you poorly on the daily. Majority of the customers have no respect for you and if you defend yourself you have no backup from upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Connect better with your store managers. Stop being fake to them and allow them to do their jobs instead of micro managing.


  5. "Barista in Busy Downtown San Diego"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Starbucks (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a great place to learn and grow of you love coffee and serving people.

    Flexible hours for college students.

    My shift managers were nice people. Looking back, I wasn't the best but they were nice to me for the most part.

    Cons

    The parking situation sucked but that's just Downtown in general.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. The opening hours are the hardest for a late-night partying college student and you guys were kind. Thank you for having me.


  6. "good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Shift Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Shift Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Starbucks (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good place to work at

    Cons

    opening can be difficult sometimes


  7. "Starbucks"

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    Current Employee - Barista in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Barista in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Starting place, with benefits, good wages and flexible hours.

    Cons

    Can be stressful, Working with the public can be frustrating.

  8. "It was a great job and I learned a lot."

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    Former Employee - Barista in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Barista in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You receive tips, free coffee, learn how to make all the different drinks. You also get to meet great people.

    Cons

    Working when it was very busy was hard to keep up with all the drinks and make sure that everything was running smoothly.


  9. "Barista"

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    Current Employee - Barista in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Barista in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn great multi tasking skills and there are great part time benefits. Great environment.

    Cons

    Few full time opportunities and on the low hourly pay. The amount of waste creating from this business is disgusting, but that is partly on the consumers and the business.


  10. "Its ok"

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    Former Employee - Barista in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Barista in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Drinks, busy work environment, high volume

    Cons

    Might work with lame co-workers


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