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Pros
  • Starbucks offers a wicked comprehensive benefits plan to part time employees (who work (in 1021 reviews)

  • free pound of coffee or box of tea every week (in 509 reviews)

Cons
  • As a supervisor it can be difficult to have any semblance of a work-life balance (in 318 reviews)

  • If you are working in a retail store it is a fast paced environment which can eventually take a toll (in 400 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "It's a great family to have."

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    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pros are of course tips. Free drinks and a food item for every shift. Also the free coffee and tea every week is awesome too!

    Cons

    The cons I will say is putting on a show for the customers. And as well as people on your team not caring about your mental stability.


  2. "Store Manager"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Health Benefits, stock, free coffee, cooperation within regional team, Starbucks Global Leadership Conference (Howard Schultz has now cancelled this learning event for store managers and above, i.e. back to your stores to work more off the clock for Howard and Cliff)

    Cons

    It's not true that time worked = time paid. Working off the clock is mandatory in many stores. Way too much work is considered necessary by corporate and which cannot possibly be done while adhering to the company's labor guidelines. There is only one way to get it done then, and not get hammered by corporate for it: clock out and finish the job in your own free time.

    Advice to Management

    Get real! Don't create spin in your job ads and then do the exact opposite within your stores. Time worked = time paid is a joke, so don't say that to interviewees and it won't be expected by them once they work (like coffee plantation slaves) for you!

  3. "Lots of rude people at work and customers"

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    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in San Rafael, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good money free drinks and a food item. Pretty easy to learn how to do everything. Good training some good people.

    Cons

    RUDE PEOPLE IN GENERAL. Not so good hours. Manager doesn't know anything. I've been working here longer then him he's not smart at all

    Advice to Management

    Please hire managers that know how to manage


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Starbucks, not a bad place to begin working"

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    Former Employee - Barista in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Barista in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are very good, particularly for part time workers. Health, dental, vision, are all covered if I remember correctly. Also, there is a stock incentive plan, and of course ... free coffee! You'll meet a lot of very cool customers, make a bunch of tasty beverages, and flirt with the cuties. If female, you will be on the receiving end of much flirtation. If a guy, maybe, maybe not. If you are not yet addicted to caffeine, you soon will be. You can also eat some of the leftover pastries that weren't sold. And, the pay isn't too bad.

    Cons

    There are certainly a few downsides to working at Starbucks. First, you have to deal with customers, so you better like that aspect of your job because there's no avoiding it. Some customers can be downright nasty, especially if coffee is their black tar heroin. There'll be no end of fat people ordering venti frappuccinos... and you just want to scream at them and say "dude! this thing is going to kill you!". Of course, the biggest downside is that working at SBUX isn't really much of a career, unless you really want to be a regional manager of a Starbucks someday.

    Advice to Management

    Biggest advice is to focus on Starbucks core compentencies ... the drinks!


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