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Starbucks Virginia Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Starbucks offers a wicked comprehensive benefits plan to part time employees (who work (in 1054 reviews)

  • You also get a free pound of coffee every week (in 529 reviews)

Cons
  • As a supervisor it can be difficult to have any semblance of a work-life balance (in 331 reviews)

  • Can get very fast paced on crowded days (in 425 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome place to work!"

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

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

    Pros

    Incredible benefits including dental, healthcare and the opportunity to acquire your bachelor's degree through an online program. The training is phenomenal. It really helps someone new assimilate to the barista lifestyle.

    Cons

    Customers can be a little entitled with their orders. A lot of people don't follow the standards when accomplishing tasks which can throw off newcomers but the one I work at is undergoing a change in management so I'll be observing the new SM's way of shifting to Starbucks standard.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to use discipline or be assertive when you need things to be done. It is okay to be friendly and show compassion to your employees but they need to see you as an authority vs a BFF.


  2. "Awesome Comapny"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Barista in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Barista in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Starbucks (Less than a year)

    Pros

    health insurance, free pound of coffee/week, free drinks,

    Cons

    hard to take time off, understaffing

    Advice to Management

    don't under-staff during peel times

  3. "Overworked and Underpaid"

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    Current Employee - Barista in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Barista in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the benefits are good. Free drinks and food when you're scheduled. Free pound of coffee each week. Some of the customers can be great.

    Cons

    Every few weeks there are less people being scheduled, but the work load is ever increasing. Newer, more difficult drinks are released. Training is becoming a thing of the past.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the partners again. This short-sighted focus on profits is alienating your core customer base, and your long-time partners.


  4. "Pros and Cons of working at Starbucks."

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    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have great benefits, such as health insurance, 401(K), and Bean stock. Starbucks gives you a certain amount of money for you to invest in stocks or to add it to your 401(K). Being employed at Starbucks give you certain perks such a free drinks and 1 free food for each shift you work. Starbucks also has a more versatile uniform option now, which allows partners to have different colored dyed hair. Also, depending on the people at your store you tend to make a lot of work friends.

    Cons

    Some of the cons at working at Starbucks is the long hours depending what time your store closes. Some stores close as late as 11:00 p.m, while there are some twenty-four hours. Another con is that they do not tell you that if you close you will be cleaning A LOT. One of your responsibilities as a barista is to clean your store before you close, this means you have to sweep, mop, wash dishes, and clean drains. If you are an individual who does not like labor such as this, I highly do not recommend this job.

    Advice to Management

    Management so far has been a great, my manger is a wonderful person. My manger would go above and beyond to make sure you enjoy your time at Starbucks. However, she does have the tendency to not be the greatest at working with peoples schedule.


  5. "Great College Job"

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    Current Employee - Barista in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Barista in Roanoke, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perfect job for someone who is in high school/college or just needs an extremely flexible work schedule. There's cool perks such as free Spotify and free college through ASU (online or on campus).

    Cons

    It is a faster paced job which isn't for everyone.


  6. "Shift supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Fredericksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Fredericksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love everything starbucks as a company has to offer and stands for. Such a great company to work for, the benefits are amazing & the pay is great.

    Cons

    None really. Sometimes hours go down but that's to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  7. "Retail"

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    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People - if you like people, here's your chance to shine. Can make some great connections.

    Cons

    Overworked. They always try to understaff labor to save $$ always maxxed out with tasks and work. Never a dull moment.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be better with labor. It's hard to balance but the "save labor at all costs" really can damage employee morale over the long run.

  8. "Starbucks Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Virginia Beach, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Starbucks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of hours available for flexibility. Although they pressure you to take more when employee's with seniority want off

    Cons

    Bougie co-workers & rude customers, other than that if you can fake it until its time to get off go for it


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Enjoyable Part-Time Job!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Free drinks while on shift. 30% off any food or drink item off shift.
    - Weekly Markout that includes bagged coffee, tea packages, or cold brew box,
    - Free Stocks, Paid Vacation Time, and many other helpful programs available for Partners in need!

    Cons

    - Can be extremely stressful at times with partners calling out & hours being cut.
    - Management lacks support for partners.
    - Brutal during peak hours. (I worked at the busiest Starbucks in my district.)

    Advice to Management

    Hey,

    I know your job is difficult. You stress out when the DM yells at you for every little mishap but just understand that your partners are working hard too. Provide some words of encouragement sometimes, we all need it.


  10. "BEST COMPANY"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier/Barista in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Cashier/Barista in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to really know the menu, work for a company you are proud of, make a difference and be taken care of. plus FREE COFFEE!

    Cons

    no cons at all in my opinion. early hours but it is so cozy!

    Advice to Management

    keep the coworkers feelin like family. do out of work activities


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