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Starbucks Washington State Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Starbucks offers a wicked comprehensive benefits plan to part time employees (who work (in 1069 reviews)

  • Free pound of coffee every week (in 540 reviews)

Cons
  • As a supervisor it can be difficult to have any semblance of a work-life balance (in 334 reviews)

  • Fast paced stressful rude customers (in 437 reviews)

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  1. "Pretty alright"

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    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Barista - Starbucks in Renton, WA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are AMAZING
    They can be pretty flexible about your availability
    Free coffee for DAYS

    Cons

    Not very many tips
    Management can be hit or miss
    Unless a store is very high volume there's not a lot of full-time positions


  2. "Flexibility and great team"

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    Former Employee - Barista in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Barista in Everett, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at Starbucks (More than a year)

    Pros

    With a great manager, your possibilities are endless. My manager actually helped me transfer out-of-state for three months to complete an internship, then hired me back immediately upon my return.

    Cons

    Customer service requires a thick skin. When you realize that bad customers don't really care about you, that their attituds are no reflection on you, you'll perform so much better and enjoy your job.

  3. "Upper Managment can be iffy"

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    Former Employee - Barista in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Barista in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Starbucks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company, good benefits, able to develop within company

    Cons

    Upper management cares more about how much coffee is sold rather than how the person is treated. Worked as barista, and it was more like high school. upper management and management picking favorites, exercising poor treatment, and with over 10 complaints, still no action taken.

    Advice to Management

    Treat baristas better


  4. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely collaborative culture that continuously prioritizes innovation and challenges the status quo. Cross-functional program approach provides a dynamic working environment.

    Cons

    Approach to achieving results is carefully calculated to ensure risks and potential failures are avoided. Focus is on thorough development.


  5. "Title Review"

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    Current Employee - Software QA Lead in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software QA Lead in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work with.

    Cons

    Some teams have limited growth opportunity


  6. "Amazing company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Starbucks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment and work life balance. Good health benefits, amazing extra benefits

    Cons

    Can be challenging to get people to make a decision, some groups have low morale

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the Coffee with Kevin (Orin). Some of the accounting teams are becoming more stressed, less supported and don't have any time for improvements or development


  7. "Seattle Starbucks Review"

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    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Pay is typically higher than our counterparts in retail as far as I know. Benefits are incredible. Discounts and markouts are very useful! Starbucks can be a very positive and uplifting place to work and make coffee with great people as long as you happen to work with people you get along with. Should you end up at a store with clashing personalities, transferring is normally easy as there are Starbucks' everywhere! Starbucks makes relocating your life very easy. There are plenty of opportunities for growth! I promoted after about a year with the company. Schedules can be flexible as long as your manager is flexible.

    Cons

    The worst thing about working in coffee, is the customers. Especially at Starbucks, a lot of people are entitled and rude. (Not everybody, though! I'm Facebook friends with some of my old customers!) As a shift supervisor working on Aurora in Seattle, I am constantly dealing with users - everybody wants to use the bathroom to shoot up, and they leave needles in the trash or on the floor or the outside lobby, etc. Just recently, one of my baristas was poked by a used needle - we rushed her to the hospital.

  8. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A fun and positive enviornment to work in. Always evolving, challenging and inspiring.

    Cons

    I don't have anything negative to say. I truly love working for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to evolve store manager role to becoming less of a barista and more of a leader.


  9. "Tenured Partner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A company that wears its heart on its sleeve. That walks the talk of social responsibility and impact.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive. Decision making rights are not clear. Technology is fragmented and ancient.


  10. "Shift Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Issaquah, WA
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great, the company itself offers great opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    There is little to no schedule flexibility.

    Advice to Management

    Hire on more personelle


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