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It was a really great environment to work at with lots of great people by your side and an endless support system and If you want to grow in the company they will more then gladly help you reach your goals
Working at Starbucks was a very pleasant experience, I got paid well, had a flexible schedule, both my managers where women which i really appreciated, it was a safe and enjoyable work environment
It varies from location to location, some people have fantastic experiences at Starbucks but mine was hell on Earth. It definitely was because of very poor management. Managers and shift supervisors who are kind, reasonable and easy to get along with are so important!
For the most part my co-workers made it bearable, Raises were minimal, definitely don't get paid enough for the work we do. Now I'm moving and I've been with the company almost two years, and the receiving area denied my transfer for some fabricated reasons, and as a result I am being laid off when I move, which isn't fair.
It's definitely an acquired job. The more time your there, the easier it gets. Fast pace is essential for a industry such as this. Self- motivation is key.
Good company to work , but not enough money and hrs
Room for growth and great benefits
I appreciate the education and flexibility Starbucks has to offer but I'm pushing myself towards a better carreer and life for my family so I need something better.
It is a fantastic company to work for, however it is not meeting my needs for consistency.
My store manager promised me the next promotion, but gave it to two people before I was finally promoted. All issues brought to him were answered with, "Work it out yourselves. I don't feel like doing the paperwork." He constantly made sexist, racist, and overall offensive comments about customers, employees, and corporate executives. Pay was not great considering the pressure you are constantly under, and the customers were often intolerable. Benefits are good, but in the end they weren't worth my sanity.
I learned so much while working for Starbucks. I learned what it was like to work closely with people of all different ages, race, and religions. My customer service skills were sharpened while working here. I learned how to handle many negative situations with customers with the help and support of my supervisors. Someone of authority was always there and always ready to help.
They do not promote from within, man nor woman. Management turnover is so high as a result. Their pay scale is disgusting. Working there as a supervisor for four years I make the same as a brand new supervisor. I asked for a raise based on my performance and experience and they said they weren't authorized, but also said my pay rate is locked so there's nothing anybody can do. Meanwhile, I work longer and harder than anyone else there and make just enough to put a roof over my head and nothing else. I literally can't afford groceries.
It all depends on the support of the dm.
Starbucks provides an amazing workplace for people that are smart and want to work hard.I get a lot of satisfaction from being a manager, but do wish my baristas were paid more.
Starbucks focuses on total pay. The pay rate does not meet the needs of current living expenses.
Best benefits for part time employees and a great culture
This is a wonderful place to work if you are resilient and capable of bouncing back quickly.
Some of the benefits are awesome but customers are terrible.
Starbucks is a great company to work for. There are a plethora of benefits to choose from, along with flexible hours and many opportunities for growth.
They were terrible to me, constant misgendering by my higher ups, forced to work without breaks or lunches, I finally quit after my boss told me "a tranny's opinion dosent mean shit to me"
Starbucks is an amazing company to work for. I went back after leaving for three years to work with family and am so happy to be back. While not every store is the same I truly feel my manager and team listen and care about me. I go into work tired yes but also really happy to be there.
It's not great. Long hours, rude customers, and 8/10 times a vindictive, and immature manager. They charge too much for coffee that tastes like putrid garbage. But they do provide insurance for even their retail employees.
What is said (standards and guidelines that the company abides by) and what is actually shown and executed by the company have become two very different things. The amount of care that is given to issues and needs surrounding a “partner” are no where near what is expressed by corporate. It is easier to climb up the ladder if you’re a male than a female because they’re a greater need for male representation, consequently the females that are excelling are set aside or have higher standards set on than their male counterparts.
This company has great benefits! All employees who work at least 20 hours a week qualify for insurance after three months. On top of that we get a pound of coffee a week to take home, free drinks while on shift, one food item per day, and a discount on everything in the store. Unfortunately only management is full time.
Everyone at Starbucks so far has been extremely supportive and understanding. We are all constantly learning and changing.
Starbucks was ahead of its time in terms of benefits for employees about ten years ago. Unfortunately, they’ve fallen behind. Compensation is lower than most corporations and the training of new hires is no longer adequate. They’ve gone from caring for their employees and customers equally to caring only about the shareholders.
Starbucks is a great company on a large scale, but a bad company on an individual scale. The pay is good in management and corporate, but if you're a barista or a shift supervisor, the low pay outweighs any benefits the job might have.
I love working at Starbucks! They make sure their employees are well taken care of. They are always adding new programs to better the partner experience and take well to feedback.
Very much political atmosphere. As it was a large corporation there was no room for collaboration. It would be extremely easy to get stuck in a position and never gain forward momentum.
The company used to care more about it's employees than it's customers getting their way. We used to focus more on the coffee experience and how it's just giving customers what they want.
Great company to work for
Management is disorganized and forgetful along with favorites
Mostly women where I work, and I think you can move up easily if you want to. Basically no paid time off unless you work for over a year, and at least 20 hours a week. Scheduling is a bit of a hassle. I get scheduled random days and hours so I never know what the next week will bring which makes it difficult to schedule appointments and things in my own life.
Great company to work for. Amazing opportunities and great enviroment. Realky take care of thier employees.
#tobeapartner is a great community of people to work with. Dedicated, hard working, and efficient.
Great benefits, bad pay, and difficulty moving up.
Great company to work for if you’re a student!
From the outside looking in Starbucks might seem a wonderful company to work for and with, But once you're inside the company wearing that green apron it becomes a living nightmare. The turn over rate is ridiculous, and if you're a seasoned partner you just don't care anymore. And having to deal with the uncalled for rudeness of the customers is not worth the pay and the free coffee. Starbucks used to be a fun place to work and a fun idea, but now they have become a money hungry corporate shell of their former selves. They are trying to please too many people at one time and are coming up with ridiculous demands on their employees. They don't listen to the workers, only the customers. I hope they find their way back to a fun coffee experience.
All of that being said, if you are looking for a part time with benefits to tide you over while you're going to school or looking for a new job then by all means look at Starbucks. But be careful with your sanity and health.
This has been one of my favorite companies to work for! My fellow partners are amazing and we have become a family. I truly have enjoyed working for Starbucks!
I worked at Starbucks for 10 years. My experiences trained me to handle a fast- paced, stressful and super challenging environment executed in a professional manner.
They have amazing benefits.
My experience working for Starbucks has been really fun when it comes to the coworkers and the fast paced environment. However, it’s hard work and there’s a lot of social responsibility especially if you are promoted to shift manager and the pay is not really reflective of those demands. They do offer some benefits such as paid time off/sick time, parental leave, and reimbursement for college classes at their chosen college (ASU).
Everyone is amazing at Starbucks, but the upper managerment can be belittling when moving up in the company.
Good starting job. Not a career.
Overall, good benefits. Opportunity to work up the corporal ladder if that’s something you want.
The manager doesn’t care about his employees at all. I had some traumatic terrible things happen to me and he called me yelling at me cause I couldn’t come into work. Told me that when my son was in the hospital at 8 months old that wasn’t a big enough deal to miss work.
Starbucks is a great place to work in terms of great benefits. You have access to discounts, food mark outs, free coffee, tuition reimbursement program, paid maternity and paternity leave. Stock in the company, a 401k, healthcare benefits. We have it all. It is however challenging in terms of serving the public and dealing with all sorts of customers. But you start with a trainer and they support you all the way and you are always learning new things. There are chances to promote and move up in the company as well. It is just very hard psychical work sometimes.
I think that certain locations can be very female friendly, but there is a lot of underlying fat phobia, illness shaming, homeless shaming and racism. The company does offer vacation time, but the work is physically demanding and requires a lot of patience for being treated roughly by customers.
Once management was shifted I saw a complete turnaround in my store. Leadership was all female and very empowering to see such a strong feminine presence among us.
While there are many women who are store managers I often think I am treated differently because I am a women. Most recently I emailed my bosses direct boss and never heard back, probably because I was "emotional".
Fellow partners were great and I genuinely enjoyed the work I did. Pay was way too low for the amount of work and there were always understaffing issues. Saw discrimination in promoting partners based on gender/sexuality and race.
Great second job to start your own side job because of the flexibility of hours. However wages are low for the amount of work you do. There is opportunity to learn skills and leave for a different avenue or work, or you can develop in the company. It is hard work.
Best perk was the offer for free college online from Arizona state. They reimbursed you after graduation and had introduced a small pay raise and ability for paid sick/vacation time as well before I had left. All for an opportunity elsewhere, but this job was fun and willing to help teach and grow with you.
There is alot swept under the rug. That being said working at starbucks was one of the best times of my life.
Got passed over for management positions. Would rather hire from outside the company
Fun environment but not a long term goal
Amazing place to work if you truly care about people and customer service. I really enjoyed my time here getting to know regular customers and new ones. They offer great benefits and you have a really good opportunity to grow within the company.
Great growth opportunities.
Fun, face-paced, with great benefits & opportunity to advance within.
It's a fantastic full time job. You will build multitasking, team building and social skills with your customers who will also become your friends. This position is perfect for a student in need of a flexible schedule, however can be hard on the body. It's important to invest in your health outside of work.
When I worked for South Central Starbucks I had a negative experience. Shift supervisors play favorites and will keep you in one position for the entire long shift. I once had to clean a bathroom flooded with human waste from a customer who flushed a diaper. I did it because I desperately needed the job. After I had a baby I never got a pumping space. I had to go to the bathroom but I never used any of that milk because pumping in a bathroom is disgusting. I eventually lost my milk supply because of their lack of support. Again, I desperately needed the job so I out up with it. They had already been unfairly looking for ways to fire me when I was new and simply doing as my coworkers taught me. Customers are verbally harassing you and degrading you and the company will not have your back. I worked in another Starbucks location after surviving that place and finally quit because I was tired of the shift supervisor picking me on me. As a mother I could no longer stand being treated like some inferior slave. I never want to work for a place that does not appreciate their employees or have their back. I'll never get those months of my life back that I was forced to stop breastfeeding my first baby boy.
I work at Starbucks mostly for the benefits, but I found a family there and feel very connected to the community.
Starbucks has many great things to offer for women who are looking to grow their business acumen and make a difference in a small circle. I feel that the benefits that the company provides, such as healthcare, education though Arizona State University, PTO, mental health and legal assistance, etc. really do make a difference in my partners’ lives. The difficult thing about the job is the relentless hours required to run an efficient store, the constant demand to do more with less, and the frustrations of managing people that are asked to perform to a world class standard for minimum wage pay. While I do not have children, from my observations it is very difficult to have a young family (or grow a family) and maintain this position. If you do not already have a Bachelors degree, the ASU program is fantastic, otherwise there are limited educational opportunities outside of using company tools to gain business acumen. I have been happy to climb the management ladder at Starbucks for the past 6 years, but barriers beyond store management are many, and the challenges for day to day operations start to seem less “worth it” when there is no clear path beyond.
It’s a great ‘1st job’, it’s a tough job that challenges you to work hard for little compensation.
It’s a great job and fun at times but too much pressure is put on baristas
With the health benefits alone this is a great place to work. Corporately responsible, flexible hours and great benefits. Highly recommended, especially as a part time job. Also, lots of free coffee!
Great company to work for! Excellent benefits. Pay is pretty good.
To be a part time barista it’s a great company. Store managers tend to get over looked.
Starbucks taught me what good work ethic looked like. I loved every moment of working there but moved on to bigger opportunities.
I loved working here, but to be honest the job is actually not male friendly. I personally nelieve in equality for all
low pay, hard workgood coworkers (sometimes), good benefits. ASU tuition
The company itself is very amazing. My specific experience does not represent the company as a whole. My coworkers are just not the best people to work with. I feel very overworked and have been verbally abused by customers.
Starbucks is amazing as far as flexibility in hours if you're not looking for a full time job. But it's becoming harder and harder to get consistent full time hours.
I've worked at two stores, and the store managers are the best supervisors I've ever worked for. Feedback is honest, timely, and helpful. We pay attention to each other and help each other deliver the best customer experience we can. The benefits are incredibly good for part-time retail work, enabling partners to pursue education and other work opportunities.
Providing health insurance and other opportunities, this company is amazing. The salary system is completely insane. This is a job for college students, is the best way to put it. The pay is the main reason this company is not a place you can stay at very long. Also, they want so much out of so little coverage. The corporate side of Starbucks has no idea what it’s like to work in an actual store. The pay is just impossible to live off of. Raises are like a nickel a year, if you get promoted it’s like another $2. Baristas can make more than shift supervisors if they’ve been there longer. The cap is like $15 or something. That’s for everyone. It is very high pace and you HAVE to be able to multi task. If you’re ever standing there not doing anything, you’re defintely not doing your job. I can’t remember a time there was time to just stand around. This location is incredible though. I can’t imagine transferring and having the same quality crew. The partners are amazing and what make every day worth going in for.
As a Store Manager I have to work incredibly hard to achieve results. While you are able to “write your own schedule” district managers dictate that and are inflexible to commutes, family time, or just ability to manage your own decision for what’s best for your store. Constant emails, texts, phone calls including on days off, was once called the day after Christmas by my boss because I told her that a goal she had was unrealistic but we would try and when it was not achieved she called me at home to say it was my fault for saying we couldn’t do it. Customers also treat you like a borderline animal to be leered at, hit on, insulted for slightest inconvenience. As a young woman starting out in my career I threw myself into this company and all it has rewarded me with is a body that’s completly drained of energy after 50-60 hour work weeks standing on my feet. Zero to no ability to promote as current climate in Portland is external highers are better than developing within. Watched more than one incredibly talented 10-15 year tenured partner be passed up for promotions by externals hires who were ill equipped to do the job. I highly do not recommended. I wish I’d been a bartender for a few years instead of walking down this career path.
To much terrible drama
I loved the actual work of making drinks and doing so in a time sensitive environment. With any job, what can make or break it is the people you work with, so it’s not feasible to judge a corporation based on your overall personal work experience at one of their locations. I think Starbucks is a great company. They seem to be very thoughtful and considerate of their partners.
This is A high stress, low pay, low satisfaction job.
Easy job and fun people to work with
Many issues with male workers making sexist and inappropriate comments as well as customers. Management simply “talked” to them without taking disciplinary action. Didn’t feel safe
The company itself is great, my team is awesome, and the perks of working there (free coffee and meal during your shift, free bag of coffee a week, health benefits if you work 20 hours a week) are truly great. The customer volume is super high though so get ready for it to be super busy all the time.
I was sexually harassed and took it all the way up to HR. No one helped me.
Hours are extremely flexible, you will always meet great coworkers and customers alike. Entry level positions pay slightly above minimum wage with bonuses and decent benefits so I can’t complain too much. The retail end is a very stressful position so if you can’t stay on your feet for hours at a time, learn dozens of recipes, and deal with people all day than it’s not the job for you.
Passed up for a promotion more than once, after being told I had the position. Once for a male that only been with the company for two weeks even though I have previous management experience and I’ve been there for three years
Overall was a nice experience. Generally kind people, however, i had a situation. My ex was crazy and stalking me. He came into the store and physically asulted my coworker. My manager rightfully wanted to relocate me but i was blamed for the incident and punished as if I had a part in my crazy ex’s plan to ruin my life. I was scolded heavily and told I was untrustworthy and no longer reliable. My manager treated me horribly after even though I never missed work unless I had a true emergency. I work late hours often and was denied lunch breaks at times because she needed help closing and I was tolerant of it all until I was blamed for that and punished for someone else’s ridiculous actions that I had no part of. So I left after that and won’t work for the company again if that’s how they treat loyal employees.
I loved working at Starbucks! We got 10 minute breaks frequently and free coffee! They thoroughly train all their employees before expecting them to perform and for the most part, morale was high! I would definitely recommend this job to anyone seeking an entry-level customer service position.
The company's motivatipns have shifted over the years; starbucks holds higher value in numbers and sales than the people who make it possible. Customers are to be manipulated into buying the newest over-priced low-quality release and employees are the chess pieces in the game of money. They market the company opposite of that, when really they're sadly hanging onto what used to be Starbucks.
Working at Starbucks on Wall Street has allowed me to understand the needs of customers in the area, effeciency is rated by speed as well a positive attitude in the work place. Professionalism is a must at the Starbucks on Wall Street due to it being such a high stress environment for customers. Reaction time must be above satisfactory and flexibilty from the employer and the employer creates an ideal workplace. My ability to adapt in almost any situation, whether it be professional or casual, my give me the ability to be an asset to the company. Creativity is also encouraged in the workplace which has permitted me to use my artistic skills to benefit the company.
Underpaid and employees are not valued as individuals
Your experience well depend on your manager and what district you're located in. My manager was more of a tyrant than a leader. There was very little support for Store Managers
Fast pace and fun.
Starbucks has a history of not taking sexual harassment by guests seriously. My manager told me flat out that unless they touched us, there was nothing that could be done. We have regular guests that say explicit things to employees. We are supposed to just laugh it off and smile.
They are striving to be more progressive in the way they go about treating their “partners” with things like 100% paid maternity leave for 6 weeks and 10 weeks unpaid. But, when you return to work after having said child, if you are trying to breastfeed for health reasons, you have to clock out for that if you plan on resting/bathroom break on your ten and eating on your half. In that way, their policies need some work.
As much as I enjoyed my time with the company and found a lot of wonderful relationships with some of the partners I had on staff with me. I found that working for Starbucks was highly unproductive; there was a lot of in store and district drama among partners. The upper management often times was ineffective in dealing with issues such as harassment/bullying within the work place, and that there were times that upper management and partners were the causes of a lot of issues and it was almost impossible to deal with it. There was a lot of cleaning also involved with the job. And alot of the 'perks' like college wasn't applicable to partners who already been to school.
As a whole, the company was pretty great to work for. The problem came near the end of my career there when I, who had been full time since I started in 2012, found myself with less and less hours every week. I was told that they had to make labor cuts which I would have understood if they hadn't also been hiring employees as fast as they could. They stopped valuing me as an individual which was something that was always really important to me there.
The job can, and often does, have odd hours. It can be thankless work. Especially in a time when the new CEO blames baristas for a fall in sales and stock value. The core beliefs of Starbucks and the free coffee are great but your time will greatly depend on the team you happen to be a part of. I’ve had three store experiences so far and am about to start my third. In one store I had to deal with misogyny. A leader was blatantly bigoted and despite multiple female partners coming forward, no action was taken while I was there. I still am unsure what became of that partner.
The store community and coworkers are fantastic. The distric could use some work about actually dealing with harassment issues and safety concerns. My store manager is amazing but my district manager isn’t a woman I would go to for help in anyway.
I generally enjoy working here. If you enjoy customer service, you will do well. The benefits are good and are offered to part time employees.
Honestly its a great company to work for but unless you're a college student/single young adult or in managment its doesn't pay enough to raise a family.
I have worked for 5 1/2 years and hate the favoritism that is displayed. I work my hardest and will do my store managers duties for him, and cover any shifts he needs covered. I volunteer, stay later, come in early and it’s like I don’t exist. If I miss one thing, all of a sudden I’m visible and the worst person in the world! I’ve been a shift Supervisor for 3 years now and shifts that just got promoted a week ago are making the same amount I am! I’m just done with this company! Store Managers get by with everything! With sexual harassment, drugs, and everything! You call corporate and nothing gets done!
The only major complaint I have about my company, is that we are constantly having to buy our own tampons for work use. Some people forget them, or they get damaged or lost. It happens. They should be available for women to use, and we should not have to constantly be using our personal finances to provide them to everyone.
Great benefits, fair pay, and a generally great environment. While this may differ depending on the store, my experience has been Starbucks promotes a safe and stable work environment and listens when workers speak up.
Obviously my personal experience creates a biased opinion of the company but I never felt appreciated for the continuous effort I put into the company. I waited on a promotion for 3+ months and felt completely dimissed on all parts to move up with the company. Management changed 3 times while I was employed there and it was hard going through that much change in a 8 month period.
I think Starbucks as a whole is great. They're inclusive and (if my store is any example) give equal opportunities to men and women to my knowledge. It can be difficult sometimes because the company is constantly changing things up and adding drinks and foods, but in general the starting salary was more than I hoped for and I like working there.
They give you amazing support and positive feedback on your work. All the coworkers are like family who always want you to succeed. Everyone is willing to help each other.
Great coworkers, easy organized duties, terrible pay (you can make $5/hr more at freakin Chick Fil A), not great incentive to rise up the ranks and at times very uncertain scheduling
Once reaching a position as a supervisor, I began to see that the company wasn't like I thought it was. They offer so many benefits, like discounted Healthcare, initiatives to earn a degree (if you don't have one already), but when it comes to the pay, the amount of work it is, and how management deals with in-store problems, it wasn't worth it to me. A lot of the time, I felt like I was being ignored, when it came to problems with my coworkers, and even management all the way to the district level. A lot of the time I felt like I was being pacified, and not heard. There's this level of superficial perfection that managers display and strive to achieve, but as someone constantly on the front line, seeing the moral of your employees lessened by the day, when we never have supplies and adequate staffing, it slowly breaks you. Not to sound morbid or scary, but it is a truth that not everyone who works at Starbucks experiences. Among the worst stores managed in my district, we were falling apart, and all of my baristas and I could see by management's actions, that we felt like didn't matter.
Starbucks is a wonderful place to work if you don’t wish to go to school, have a second job or have a social life. They offer vacation hours after a year, however, management won’t let you use them. They demand you work the hours you’re scheduled but won’t schedule over 32 hours for risk that they will have to write up the manager for your overtime. The tips are taxed but you won’t make more than 35 a week from tips. Local coffee shops typically give you 50+ a day, minimum.
Starbucks was a great company to work for but it hasn’t grown with me. While appearing politically correct they have taken away many “perks” like performance reviews. For what I have suffered, I haven’t been equally compensated.
starbucks was friendly and a great experience
Great starter job though management could have been more strict. Being on a team at Starbucks is awesome and fellow employees really make or break the experience. It was frustrating because of the lack of discipline and respect of some employees. Otherwise a great working environment!
It’s hard work with great benefits
I was breastfeeding my baby and there was no where to pump or even if I could pump no where to store the breastmilk. My boobs would be so sore and feel like rocks.
Only complaint I had was that they really don't have any private place to pump if you are a breast-feeding mother. I always had to go out to my car rain, shine, 15deg, 112deg. It didn't matter. Once in my car, I had to find a somewhat private place to pump which was not always easy in my location. The only in-store options were the back room which had a window in the swinging door and no lock or the single stall bathroom while customers knocked for 20 minutes. I worked in seven different stores in my area durring my time at Starbucks. They were all the same In this regard.
This company will care about you only as long as you permit them to take advantage of you. Expect to be shuffled around from store to store in the district, to have your concerns about the treatment of your supervisors ignored, and generally to be given directives about customer service and speed that completely contradict each other. Working here is a daily struggle in cognitive dissonance — but nothing retail can throw at you will surprise you anymore. Neither will cleaning the nastiest things you can imagine.
I’m sure corporate tries very hard to make this a great company to work for; however, I found that it truly depends on who you work with, your manager, how many staff members are working (often had to cover several positions due to understaffing and high turn over rates), and customer volume.
I've worked for Starbucks a little over a year and they never cease to amaze me. They really do cherish their employees and do what they can to make things right for them. It's one of the only companies I've ever worked for who really takes my opinion to heart and listens. There's always going to be bumps in the road (it's work) but they really do show that they care.
Over worked and under paid. As long as you are not trying to survive on your own (rent, utilities, car payment, living costs) it’s a great place to work.
They blatantly started a man with less experience at a higher salary, and when I asked about it my boss shrugged and said "someone else did that before me."
Starbucks feels like home. The management really tries to make every store feel like a family. The way the employees are treated pours over onto the customers and that's why they keep coming back.
I loved the company and most of the people. Great company for young people.
Every time I've worked at Starbucks - all of my managers were female - including the regional director! They were extremely respectful and only wanted to see you succeed. Wonderful place to work and conscious of women's issues.
Flexible while going to school or looking for another job. Plenty of upper management growth opportunities, but the better perks do not trickle down to the lower employers, even if you had been there for over five years, like extended maternity leave, ability to have a steady schedule.
Fun but highly stressful. Having to smile even when people are rude to you, is not normal. But it is expected.
I love Starbucks and the culture they try to encourage. Unfortunately they don't raise their actions to meet their words in regards to giving employees the ability to foster customer relations. If they could actually make the work environment positive and well staffed it would be more accessible and reasonable to expect the employees to give spectacular customer service to their customers.
Great company to work for when it comes to building relationships! Our job is serving others and helping build better communities. Challenging and fun in different ways that keep an interest in the job.
We used to be known as a company set apart from other corporations but now we are falling in line with all of them. They no longer put the partners first nor the customers. I wish to stick around to help be the difference and be a quality partner. Hopefully things will get better. I have been with the company for 15 years next year. I just want to be proud of my company again.
Great place to work
I've never been as proud to work for a company as I am to work at starbucks. My store, while run by a man, is still mostly staffed by women, and my district is run by a woman. We hire veterans, we help LGBTQ+ adopt, and the company gives us free drinks and a free item of food each shift. I have access to health insurance as a part time employee and a 401k. Starbucks is truly a wonderful place to work; all inclusive, gender and sexuality.
Starbucks is overall a good company to work for. My experience has been okay, but last year I really had a problem with them. I was on maternity leave to have my son soon, and have been with the company for 3 years already. There was a bonus of $500 that was given to partners who've been with the company for 2+ years and I did not receive it only because I was on maternity leave. I thought this was so unfair and it was very sexist in my opinion.
Working for Starbucks Coffee Company gave me a lot of flexibility during school and comfort within the work environment such as, equality. Giving the best customer service to guests makes me feel accomplished at the end of a busy day. Being a Barista can be a lot of fun, it teaches you to be multi-tasked with customers, co-workers, and beverages. As an employee you are offered education, discounts, great benefits, and etc. I highly recommend working for Starbucks as for there is so much more to build your skills and expand within the company.
I loved it. I love that they care about corporate social responsibility, and I got to volunteer to read grants for their lieracy and environment program. My day to day was supportive and encouraged learning. I worked with great people.
I loved meeting new people every day at work
There are plenty of women in management positions but I do not recommend working for Starbucks. They do not properly train and will not retrain unless they deem necessary which is rarely and randomly
How could a company like Starbucks allow the corporate culture to deteriorate for women? I watched as moms and women over 50 were disregarded and even forced out. Who succeeds? The women who are willing to put their families second to their careers, hire nannies and be completely available for 7 am to 7 pm. Its simple - you can be a mom or work for Starbucks. They frown on women in the corporate office attempting to do both.
Respect and integrity amongst peers travels a long way.
As a majorly progressive company who prides itself on supporting it's partners you are failing miserably. It is not okay that we have to leave our children so early. Yes I know we get 12 weeks off but most of that is unpaid and with us being paid well below a living wage most of us cannot even take that off. The fact that most of us have to pump in our cars of in an open backroom that is also used as a store room is unacceptable.
It was a great experience in my early 20s that taught me a lot
Working at Starbucks has its perks... They pay for you to finish your degree through ASU online (a top rated school, and a program I've personally completed with much gratefulness), the hours can be flexible, it's a fun work environment, you get to meet so many people and build many relationships. What is unfortunate is the recent remodeling of the labor structure that has left many employees feeling overworked and burnt out. We are expected to increase sales and perform better, but with less people. This is virtually impossible and has made many partners feel unsatisfactory, when in reality we could be much better if we had more of an investment in labor.I love the company a lot and have been there for over five years. I've made many connections and have been well taken care of in the benefits realm, but find it hard to advance and grow at this point.
Great company to get you started there is some opportunity in development and staying relevant but they are supportive in mid level development
No work/life balance! Great coffee benefits.
It has been my experience that entry level jobs are equally unsatisfying for both genders, however Starbucks is among the best at trying to keep things equal, by offering paid family lead for either parent, adoption assistance, & other support programs. The problem lies with representation in corporate management.
The company is sinking.
Starbucks has been a great place to work as a part-time barista and full-time college student. They put a great emphasis on respecting each other and equal rights.
Starbucks doesn't pay well but, they throw so much free stuff at you that it takes a while for you to realize this.
It's a fantastic company that actually listens to their employees.
Worst job I've ever had. They will work you to the bone and provide no support. The pay is pathetic.
They do not treat women fairly. Men can say the most sexually explicit things and if you say anything right after even they will only get mad at you. They have no compassion for abused women. I was raped and my boss knew about and she still wrote me up. There is a total double standard. The men can do and say anything they want and not get in trouble but believe me you will get slammed for doing anything remotely the same
Starbucks is a great start for a young professional looking for experience. The mission statement and values of the corporation are very heartfelt. The pay is not a living wage.
generally, the flaws at Starbucks stem not from sexism but from an overall need to maximize labor efficiency which always hurts low wage workers.
Worked for a lying, sexist boss who played favorites. Corporate likes to make it sound like it cares about its employees, but it is a lie. I've never been more miserable than when I worked here. Working here exposed me to the worst in humanity.
Mileage will vary store to store. On a district level you can find a lot of female leadership, but this decreases the higher up you go.
Management opportunities are far and few, salary is dismal, extremely fast paced environment, no real support from upper management but they have high performance expectations.
Working for this company has wore me down. You can show all the initiative you want but personal preference will be used when a manger promotes someone .
Starbucks treats everyone equal no matter what gender, race, sexual preference or disibility but like most hourly jobs they don't have paid time off till after a year (then it is less than a week), don't have flexable hours,the pay is only $9.50 and hour with a very small race every year. You can move up to shift manager assistant manager or manager but that is it interms of moving up in the ranks. No special programs or leanacy for parents .
However they do offer good health insurance, 401K and will pay for your education (but only if you go to the online school they partner with). So if you are considering a career with Starbucks I would look for a career at their corporate office (unless you want to be a store manager some day that is).
Friendly and to women, but definitely blow back from other women when you (a female) succeeds
I've been working for this company for too long it's not the company itself that can be kind of sexist but the managers of the stores I've found that men are found to better candidates for promotion despite the fact I've worked for the company years longer then them and they preform there job at a lower level then me. Trying to get promoted as a woman at Starbucks in my area is like jumping through an endless series of hoops and being constantly lied to as well as having to deal with backhanded compliments. I had to have a meeting with the RM to get promoted which my manager never facilitated like he said he would while my male coworker never had to have a meeting with the DM and got promoted before me despite being told for months I was next
Great benefits for part-time workers!
Having recently returned from maternity leave, I'm thankful for the flexibility Starbucks offered me (although that largely has to do with my manager and not necessarily the company itself). My only complaint is the lack of private and comfortable space for pumping. I understand stores do not often have space for this, but pumping in the back storage room while people come and go for supplies is uncomfortable. Perhaps Starbucks could choose buildings with slightly bigger back rooms in the future to allow for more space.
Overall, this company is one of the best when it comes to promoting diversity & supporting all partners. As a barista, it is difficult to get time off needed for family while still getting adequate hours to support said family. In addition, as a returning mother who breastfed, it was a constant fight to get enough breaks throughout a shift to pump.
It is MUCH easier for men to move up over women. I have seen many women(myself included) get passed up for a higher position for a male employee, who are sometimes much newer than myself. I have had two female store managers, and they both preferred male supervisors to female.
I really love working for Starbucks. As a mother, it gets difficult being as flexible with your schedule as you are sometimes needed to be when you are in a leadership role. Otherwise I highly recommend it! There are a lot of reasons why I stayed despite work-life balance conflicts.
Starbucks is the first place I've worked (and I've had many jobs before) where I felt like being a woman doesn't hinder my chances at moving up. My manager is a female, my regional manager is, and so are many of the higher ups that we've met. Also, my manager is Korean, and my assistant manager is Latino, so it's clear that Starbucks does not discriminate based on gender or race.
Working for starbucks has been a whirlwind for me. I love being a barista and learning about the coffee culture. I also love my coworkers and the way that I could be anything I want and they will still always accept me for who I am, gender, sexuality, religion, etc aside. The downside of working for starbucks is paid time off is very rare, you have to work there for a year before you start earning any time. Pay is just OK... barely gets me by. But it's better than most other coffee chains. Female leadership is equal opportunity and I love that. There is always room to grow for everyone no matter what color their skin, the gender they identify with, or the lifestyle they live. Overall good company but could definitely pay more and provide more benefits.
My manager was a woman who worked her way up, I never felt like I was held back for being a woman.
Our store manager was completely sexist, he talked down to all the female members of staff while lauding the work of the male members. He promoted incompetent males over capable females. One of the male members he promoted at multiple complaints against him, even formal complaints for bullying.
I almost lost my job due to the fact that I had the courage to report a legitimate sexual harassment complaint against one of my supervisors. Despite his deplorable behavior towards me, he kept his job, received no corrective action, his behavior didn't change AND I received a final written warning.
The only issues I have had here so far (it's only been like two months) have been with my manager but they're unrelated to bigotry or any of that, and I don't blame the company for her mess ups. It's a great place to work! They will respect your name and pronouns and sexuality and everyone is fun to talk to. I love it!
Women have equal opportunity to promotions. I only wish that corporate maternity leave and benefits were equal at all levels of employment.
They call each other "ohana" because they are family and none of them get left behind . Best location I've ever worked at. Everyone is treated equally it is like going to work and hanging out with your siblings . Yes some argue but most of the time they enjoy each other's company and enjoy the job . BEST location ever !
Worked for Starbucks have for years all just licensed finally got hired at the big one thinking finally i will be able to have the family life ive dreamt of,.. Not. Within my short time at the big dog I found out my manager is a elderly woman who needs to retire and take her old attitude with her. Everyone of the team members was or did already leave or interviewing for jobs when there suppose to be working a shift. Thats how awful an environment and manager that Starbucks has. I understand im a single parent so child care amd respect major. Dont you ever feel you pay me more than what i get from spending with my child. THAT JOB IS #1 ANY OTHER JOB INCLUDING STARBUCKS IS SECOND. when you pay me 9 bucks dont assume you own me or that i will show next day, i mean get real! Your suppose to be international and a big dog pay your employees a living wage!!
The manager (a lady) just really sucks, besides that my job makes me completely happy
Starbucks is a fantastic company to work for, however any argument suggesting Starbucks couldn't afford to pay an even higher starting wage is incredulous.
The main problem with bring a Starbucks barista is that you are flirted with and sexually harassed but the Barrie of the job does not allow any helpful protection or response to happen.
There are a lot of women in management. That is very encouraging. It can be a hard job to balance with a family, but it is workable. There are networks for women in other markets, but not in SLC. All in all, Starbucks is very female friendly. I'd like to see Women in business networking opportunities come to Utah.
Starbucks is the best company I've ever worked for.
Starbucks works hard to be open and accepting of everyone, regardless of gender, race, orientation, etc. More sick time/vacation time, and scheduled merit based pay raises would make it an excellent long term career opportunity.
Starbucks positions itself in the public eye as a champion of work-life balance, but that ethos does not transfer through the enterprise. Supply chain is a broken organization rife with implicit bias against women, especially mothers. The parental leave policy has finally caught up with competing employers in Seattle, but only because of intense internal and external pressure to change the policy. I would not recommend Starbucks' supply chain careers to any mother, and would proceed with caution into other departments.
The biggest slap to the face is that "Seattle Support" people get three times the maternity leave...they also have more stability in schedules. If the North Star Agenda says "I'm the most important partner" then why are you showing preference to the people not working your floor. Also, no paid time off for adoption? Ummm, as an adoptee, let me ask you, did I need my mother any less...or did I maybe need her more? Very dissatisfied with this decision.
The district in Minneapolis is nothing like on other states. There is something wrong with their set-up. There were zero meetings, and when I tried filing a report against my boss for discrimination, the DM told corporate it was invalid. The store was robbed and everyone was given the day off with catastrophe pay, but the DM told me I needed to work a different location that day because I was originally scheduled.
Fast-paced, high-stress customer service work with few benefits and high turnover. Company often misrepresents pay and advancement opportunities, and has little respect for it's employees.
Pros: exciting, high energy, free food/drinks, tipsCons: low pay rate, hostile customers are the norm
I truly enjoy what I do but I don't get paid enough to do it
I am perhaps biased as I was fired after reporting sexual harassment to my manager. The manager swept it under the rug. I went over her head to make sure a report was properly filed and I was fired for allegedly creating a hostile work environment. I do not know if this is indicative of the company as a whole but the manager in Rocky Hill, though she is a woman herself has less than an enlightened view on gender issues. She even told me that men should make more than women when discussing a female relative of mine who is the bread winner. And that may be the "culture" where she is from. But frankly if your culture oppresses me I have no sympathy for it.
DM plays favorites for advancement opportunities.
Starbucks provides so many perks if you know what's available to you. Cup-fund for crises. Free counseling and financial counseling. And a great HR department. But on a retail level you might end up with a great manager or you might end up with a manager with shady practices. However, you do have the option to transfer stores if you end up with a manager that doesn't treat you fairly. It appears there are a lot of women in management positions, but I wish some of our training directly engaged biases in the workplace.
Starbucks is amazing. Once you work at one, you know everyone. It's awesome. Pay could be fixed for a bit more but overall a great place
Starbucks is making efforts to improve maternity paid time off.
Starbucks is an amazing place to work, regardless of gender.
Starbucks has been my home and career for only two years, but I couldn't be happier to be a part of this team.
Starbucks has been extremely understanding of my particular situation. I am a young single mother and they have gone above and beyond to make my employment easy and I am so appreciative of all of their help with flexible hours, helping me to get as many hours as I can, and being great emotional support for my daughter and I.
Starbucks does a lot of good, but they don't make enough of any effort to care for their employees, especially women. Opportunities for pay raises have been cut in recent years, and being promoted can be nearly impossible. I finally quit after asking for the opportunity to interview for a management position that became open. I was a supervisor with previous management experience at another company and had been with the Starbucks for three years. My request for an interview was denied and I was told, "maybe when you get more experience." A man was hired for the position, who had never worked at Starbucks, never worked in the food service industry, and had less managerial experience then me. And they made me train him to do the job I wanted. If Starbucks wants to truly be a pioneer of human rights, they should start with the females in their employ.
Starbucks doesn't pay employees accordingly. A brand new partner can be hired on making the same amount as a 3 year partner.
The main manager was incredibly disrespectful. He basically forced me to quit basically forced me to quit because of my disability and pregnancy. He constantly singled me out no matter what I was doing. I felt belittled and sad the entire time I was working there. I asked to switch locations because the job is great but he refused to let me. So I had to quit.
I work for a company that respects all of its employees equally and treats us really well! It's the perfect job to become well rounded, move up in the company, and make good friends!
There are many benefits to working for Starbucks. You meet a lot of interesting people, there are plenty of opportunities to promote, plus they provide decent health benefits and educational opportunities that no other company does. However as with any customer service jobs....people can be cruel and rude
Everything that was good when I started my ten year journey at Starbucks was gone by the time I left. No more incentives, no more room for personal growth or development, no more working towards employee satisfaction. The regimented schedule had made for less satisfactory new hires, and those that were great were made robotic. All of the upper level females in my region were fired and replaced with male outside hires who then hired their favorites from their previous jobs, thus cutting off my projected path. I was forced to leave and left with nothing.
Routinely abused by customers and staff. Company only cares about the bottom line.
Starbucks has great medical coverage for part time partners. The stock partnership available to its baristas and supervisors is a great incentive to work there. The company needs to focus more on its workers wellness so that they don't feel over burdened in creating the good customer service the company demands.
Everyone could do A LOT more for women. Or did we all decide that we don't need mothers to succeed?
Starbucks is a pretty fair company for women who don't have children. For mothers, especially single mothers, they are not the best company to work for.
The company mismanaged a situation where I was threatened with violent sexual assault by another coworker who also took hits at my sexual orientation. After waiting a month after my report to address the situation, I became the one under investigation, not him. When he finally 'flipped' in public they only suspended him, blamed me for the whole thing, informed me I might face corrective actions for refusing to return to work with him after he verbally abused me publicly at work. After all that, and finally finding he did abuse me and other workers... the company rehired him just a couple months later to run one of their stores. This is not the first time Starbucks has mismanaged a sexual harassment case and fired or punished the victim.
Very hard to be a lactating mother. It's almost impossible to pump and whe I ask I feel embarrassed, singled out, and unsupported.
Starbucks is a great place to build customer service and team work skills. It is not a great place for a full time, even at the management level.
This Starbucks is full of great people, however, the management team is extremely lackluster. Many women on the job have children. When management was given their schedule availability to work around daycare and school times, it was hardly respected. In fact, in many cases, we were told that we would "just have to figure it out" Often times we were forced to help each other out by picking up ones kids from daycare or school etc. These are valuable times a mother gets with her children, and they were ignored and disrespected. It's disheartening coming from a company that boasts how great it is to its employees
Starbucks is the perfect opportunity for (typically young people) who want to continue education for free and need health insurance. Love this company!
Overall pretty satisfied with Starbucks' efforts to be female and family friendly. I would like a better area to express breast milk, an area is available to me but it's not very big or comfortable
Great place for young people to learn work ethic, hard ground work and patience in communications. Customers - not so much.
The women friendless aspect of Starbucks will vary store to store. The store where I work had a female DM, a female Store Manager, and two female shift supervisors. On the cooperate level, I could not tell you one woman who is in the Seattle offices. What I can tell you is Kevin, the new CEO, looks like the "Keven Seacrest" type from Bojack Horseman. Needless to say, generic. I am not looking forward to some of the changes he has put in effect this far, such as the addition of soups to the menu.
The company is great, just need better pay for all that the supervisors do and they need to hire within instead of outside hire.
Starbucks in CC, TX has been mostly an enjoyable experience. Female maternity leave is easily achieved, managerial staff is very helpful with scheduling, and hours are flexible. Perks are common including free food, free drinks, and a 30% discount on purchases in store. However, because most of the people working with the company are younger college age adults, problems with immature behavior or cliche-ish groups forming can be problematic.
Starbucks is good for in-between work. But nothing for longevity. They don't develop you into the company. They leave you pretty stagnate.
At the Store Management level you have very poor work life balance. The expectation from your subordinates and higher ups is that you will get the job done if needed, sometimes at the detriment of your own well being. During times of high efficiency, you will be able to delegate and rely on a great team that you've built but at the end of the day, when something goes wrong you have to be there to fix it. It's negatively impacted my health and relationships.
Was sexually harassed by a female, company did nothing.
Friendly people! Easy to learn and always busy!
Starbucks at the retail level is very competitive and very hard. It's unsuitable for employees who are (single) parents. Benefits are subpar compared to expectations of the workplace.
Starbucks, at least from the equality standpoint, is most definitely a front runner in the industry. Specific individuals have their own ideals, but company wide policy is administered wherever you go. Scheduling and time off is pretty much awful, though, so not the industry for individuals who have families/other commitments.
Starbucks is very equal when it comes to promoting and positions, which is awesome! But it's awful when it comes to maternity leave and any support when it comes to that. They would rather you just not have children.
I was sexually harassed and stalked by a shift supervisor. I reported it to management, and had to talk to a Starbucks lawyer for hours on end. I had extensive text evidence and my coworkers were witnesses who additionally corroborated my statements about the stalking. Starbucks took an entire month, and never ended up decided anything- never did anything. The guy ended up quitting (kept not showing up to work without even calling in) and this situation culminated in my car being vandalized by said individual. I was terrified to come back to work so I quit and got two weeks of shifts covered. This was thoroughly the worst experience I have ever had. Starbucks was negligent and completely awful to me, though I had worked there for 3 years and this shift supervisor was a transfer that had worked at the store for a month.
Waste of time
This is a great job for college age students. We get plenty of benefits, free school, and decent pay. This is a fun fast paced environment. However, this job is challenging to turn into a career. Only strong hard working people can become managers and even then it is highly competitive. It is possible but challenging and management has a lot of responsibility on their shoulders. Managers deal with a lot of stress and only a few of them can handle the stress of the job and excel. Those who can handle the job are amazing.
During my time with the company, I saw many women passed over for management positions, and a very unfair compensation between women who had been with the company for years vs. men who got hired into management positions. I also felt expectations for women were higher than men. I think the company has good intentions at the top, but there doesn't seem to be a good communication to the district and store managers of those ideals.
Overall, the cleaning initiatives, world and community outreach and education programs for employees were quite excellent.
I can't imagine working for a company as big that thinks so much about each individual employee. I've worked for the company both under and without Howard, and his humanist touch to our everyday view and policies creates an incredibly welcoming, unquestionably safe, and inclusive work environment that I just never ever want to leave. Thirteen years and I'm happy to say I never want to work for another company. Ever.
I worked at Starbucks for over 6 years. This company embraced my school schedule and provided many incentives to work there. I only quit because I obtained a job related to my degree. I love the company and consider it a second home.
Women are paid much less to do the same job as their male counterparts
The company overall tries to represent itself as being very "equal" and "fair", and it's possible that at the corporate level they are. Unfortunately, it doesn't trickle down to its senior and district level management, a lot of whom are men. Store managers are not even considered for promotion unless they are willing to relocate, which isn't always possible if you have a husband with a job and children in school. After the birth of my son, I was relegated to pumping breast milk in my car for 8 months, due to there not being any private areas of the store.
This is fast food. It's a skeleton of a coffee shop, very empty for those who seek more. The job expects a lot to give you the minimum to live on. The benefits are decent. The clientele leave you exhausted with how much you have to bend over backward for them. It is the culture of the store, and you have to get away from people who want everything done as quickly as possible in order to regain your pride.
Starbucks lacks female leaders in relevant leadership roles. They have very poor continuing education benefits if you already have a bachelors degree. The offering is not even enough to take one graduate course. Salaries are below market - in fact the upgraded salary ranges for a bunch of roles this year but did not actually adjust salaries to match it. They don't really give good incentives to stay at the company long terms.
Starbucks is a great job for those entering the workforce. Also a great for someone wanting college opportunities as they offer free full admission to Arizona state university online. Insurance, stock, tuition, free coffee, 401k. Decent starting pay for those with little work history.
Loved the work environment and the customers
The legal department is Toxic. Harassment and discrimination takes place on a daily basis.
An awesome company to work for, especially when you need part time!
The corporate office is very female friendly.
It's a fabulous company to work for, they also pay part of your adoption costs (which is fabulous!). While a lot of the district managers are female, it seems like their are a lot of male executives. However, Starbucks does make it a point to buy their products from small businesses, and I believe they also strive to buy from female owned businesses. Overall, I really enjoy working here.
Starbucks is excellent company to work for. I have been a partner for almost 4 years and I truly feel like the company I work for appreciates me .
Overall women are well represented in senior leadership, however they are not treated fairly.
Starting wage is barely more than minimum wage and is definitely not a living wage. Thats fine for a 16 yr old but I'm 25 and struggling
Starbucks inspired me every day to become a better version of me.
Curvier women are not allowed to wear the same things as thin women and are constantly shamed for it. The managers randomly and without warning "pinch and snap" female employee pant fabric in order to find out if the pants are approved. This happens with different managers so I believe the district managers encourage this type of behavior
Great job, kind of falling company. Worried more about the business rather than the employee.
The company should devote more time in training partners in each roles of the store and should give time for newer partners to properly shadow experienced partners.
As a new mother I feel very unsupported. The LOA was insufficient, in pay and time off. I also don't feel there are a lot of women in leadership roles beyond store manager. There are very few opportunities for development and growth.
Starbucks is by far the most amazing company I have ever worked for. The company cares about its 'partners' in a way that I have never before seen.
Starbucks aims for equality and a place where everyone feels welcome. That said shifts are hard on employees and everyone is very rushed at their jobs. What could have been a layer back and enjoyable job where I am free to be friendly and spend time focusing on customers is too frequently rushed and leaves no room for error or more than a profunctuary connection with customers. My suggestion would be to make sure there is at least one person for each of the positions at all times (Batista, POS, Customer Care) at minimum. There should never be a point where things are not getting done because there are not enough work hours slotted to cover all areas. I understand people can frequently multitask however, from experience, when workers are rushed they miss or skip details to make ends meet. Also full time should be 40 hours. Not 20+ hours.
Great people, corporate policy in regards to pay and scheduling are awful.
Great company working to be profitable through the lens of humanity, however, the top executives are mostly men...mostly promoting each other. And the unwritten mindset is that if Howard is in the building, you are in the building.
Starbucks would do well to offer a living wage to it's employees rather than restating the benefits package every time the subject comes up. Free tuition and medical insurance availability aren't really benefits, when you automatically qualify for Pell Grants and can't afford the insurance premiums because you're making less than $14k a year and can't get a 2nd job because the needs of the business require you to have a very flexible schedule if you want more than 20 hrs a week.
Although Starbucks is a wonderful company to work for, their weak salary packages create an atmosphere where great employees leave to get the compensation they deserve. Starbucks, you need to pay better.
Starbucks has been a great starting career for me; I've been with them for 6 years now
District and store managers were unprofessional and disloyal to ethical values of company. After a year and a half of employment, I was guaranteed two raises ( one was a result of a new starting wage for new employees, all seniors needed a raise as a result). After both raises, I learned I was making less money than a male coworker who had only been with the company for a few months. Secondly, a female shift manager with over ten years experience and aspirations of becoming a store manager herself one day, was denied multiple opportunities to advance her career, while by her side a male was hired for the same position and given advancement opportunity within months without any experience in the field.
Not very woman friendly, unqualified white middle aged male was promoted before qualified & competent woman. No nursing/pumping room/spaces. Very little family leave. My advice to Starbucks is to give a minimum of 12 weeks full-pay family leave postpartum & childcare pay, or at the very least, living wage for lower level management.
Starbucks provides great benefits such as health care and offering free College at ASU. Many of my coworkers and I are still working for this company only for those benefits. Everything else is a complete nightmare. between the 20 to 60 cent annual raises and the high-school drama between baristas and managers Its great for a 16 year old, but anyone over 20 and with half a brain will be miserable.
This is a great company to work for if you are a full-time employee. Many opportunities for growth, learning, team building, etc. They understand sick days / maternity leave as a company as a whole.
However, if you ARE NOT a full time employee in the department I was working in, it was hell as an outcast. I'd heard that a bunch of contracted workers considered it to be awful and I myself must agree. They will out and call you a "Contingent worker" and always refer to you as such. You are not allowed to intermingle at any company events, you are not allowed to participate in any learning opportunities, and the team i was specifically on would brag about their benefits / vacations and not care about your needs / struggles because you were only a temp. It was like being singled out of an elitist club.
I'm sure its different in other departments but I would never recommend working for the team that I did, and being sure you know what the culture is like before you on board as a temp.
I think the most frustrating thing about working at Starbucks as a barista/shift manager is that the pay doesn't even come close to the cost of living in a city, even with a roommate(s), being on medicaid and food stamps, and working additional jobs as a single woman. It would be impossible to be a mother and have to support another person or child. While, the schedule is better now that clopens (closing late and then opening early the next morning) are technically not allowed (though they still happen) and it is published at least one week out, it is still not a good system. If you need a shift covered, it can be hard to do even if you try several days or more than a week in advance. You often don't know if someone can take it until the day of. If you can't get it covered or an emergency arises, there is often backlash for calling out. It is a place that is equally inhibitive of people who are barely making enough to survive no matter the gender so there's at least that going for it. :/ Unfortunately, there are just more women statistically working in menial service jobs and that is true for Starbucks too.
I have had two male managers and one female manager in the almost four years I have worked for Starbucks. The first male manager I had lied to me about pay rates and deliberately paid me less than a fellow new hire who was male. This male employee had no coffee experience and very little work experience. I had 4 years of coffee experience and 4 years of food and retail experience. It was gender discrimination. They don't pay well, but they do have great health care. You do not get paid sick days until you've been there for a year, even then they have to accumulate before you can use them. My female manager is amazing and fosters a great equal working environment. I don't want to insinuate that Starbucks approves of paying women less, but it is a problem that it can happen.
It's cliquey. If you aren't going out and doing things with the right person, you don't go anywhere.
Starbucks is not afraid to promote women. They treat women fairly and are very flexible.
Horrible environment to work in. Micro-management is how the company is run and very unprofessional upper management with no communication skills. Promotion is not for those who are skilled, hard-working and knowledgeable but for those who are mental-midgets willing to work (if you will call it that) for little pay , and be controlled by upper management.
The best thing I can say about the company is that they have equal opportunity promotions and that they have a tuition reimbursement. Other than that, store management is terrible. They let employees who consistently break the rules stay on and the district management is too overworked to care. Over the years they have taken away a lot of perks that employees truly appreciated.
I think in any food service job where you are serving customers it can be hard for women. Starbucks can't control what the customers say or do but they can stand behind the women working their rather than expecting them to be mistreated or accosted in inappropriate ways. Especially with younger female employees.
Starbucks is a good and bad place to work. I could write a novel, but it has nothing to do with being a female in the workplace. If you're looking for a job SOLELY based on "is this a good place for me BECAUSE I'm a WOMAN", then, yes: Starbucks is a great place to work. Promotions (regardless of gender) are encouraged. Basically, if you express interest in being promoted, you most likely will be. There are MANY women in Upper Management. If you're looking for an Upper Level position, as a female, this would be a great place to work.
My personal experience with Starbucks was this: My coworkers were respectful and great to work with. There were many women in managerial roles. The job itself was extremely enjoyable.The only thing that seemed to be a disadvantage for women were the male customers. It is part of your job as a Starbucks partner to encompass a "second home" environment, and be kind to the guests that come through. Some male customers take this the wrong way, and things can sometimes get a little creepy for you. Otherwise, I loved working for Starbucks. I would have stayed much longer if the hours were less sporadic and the pay was more substantial.
I'm the only female out of 10 employees and am treated differently.
A very lovely, female-friendly workplace.
It was a great job...but only because I was a single woman with no family or kids and could take every opportunity that came my way. They were hardly understanding of school and my promotion to shift took a year longer than it did for any male I knew- even men who had write-ups on their record advanced at a faster pace than I did. This environment where men are promoted fasted (look at Starbucks, most employees are women, most managers are men) makes it an environment that puts women down and often pits them against each other. So good place for some things, very short sighted in others.
I believe this is a good, solid company, and that the leadership team (almost entirely men) truly do aspire to lead a company that is ethical and equitable. That said, when it comes to ensuring opportunities for women, and promoting deserving women with strong leadership potential, I have seen men favored for promotion over women (when, as a colleague very familiar with their skills and work ethic, it was clear the woman was the stronger candidate) time and time again. This is very discouraging.
Further, through a limited sample (people within my own team), I have observed significant pay inequity between male and female "partners" (what Starbucks calls employees). This was not something that I became aware of until becoming a hiring manager. I was so very disappointed in my employer when I saw this gross inequity in pay. Again, I am talking about qualified, hardworking female employees making significantly less (30 - 40%) than their male peers with similar experience, skill level, and contributions to the team. I acknowledge that this is not a Starbucks specific issue, and that the male/female pay gap is a real, pervasive issue*. That said, I just EXPECT MORE from a company that is so proud of how well it treats its partners, and takes bold steps to be involved in social initiatives (strong effort to hire vets, supporting programs to offer jobs to people with disabilities, etc.). I expect this company to take a stance on this. I expect this to be an issue that is, at the very least, acknowledged by company leadership. In my years with the company, I have not once heard leadership address this issue. Leadership has failed to meet my expectations for pay equity for female employees.
Step up, Starbucks. Put deserving, qualified women in leadership positions. Provide equal financial rewards to female employees. Be a corporate leader and be the first company to do a large scale gender study, and provide all employees with market adjustments to close the gender pay gap.
* In 2014, The Institute for Women's Policy Research ("IWPC") conducted a research and concluded that women earn 79 cents for every dollar earned by a man in almost every industry.
I am in the entry level position, by choice. My second career. Here for health benefits. Company non-discrimatory. Does not matter if one is woman. man, race, gay, bi, whatever. Cannot speak for advancement, b/c not an interest for me. Can speak up about hiring of individuals who do not have any customer service back round or interest. Seems like they are just hiring to fill positions. Very poor training. Understand why people just never show back up for work.
For both men and women, it is hard to make a living wage working a Starbucks. The company spends so much on "benefits" that actually don't apply to most of the people working for them. For example, the company gives stock to its employees, however those employees need to stay at the company approximately 2 years before they have access to it. It's difficult to make ends meet in those 2 years to ever see that stock and most employees quit before then, forfeiting the money. Stock then isn't a benefit to most of Starbucks' employees. Not to mention, if an employee works in an urban area, there is no increase in wages to compensate for the cost of living or parking/transportation fees. Base pay is determined by the state one lives in rather than cost of living in the area. This is more so a problem for women since we see more women in low-income jobs. The schedule is incredibly hard for families to plan around without slashing their working hours. I wish that was all, but I could probably write a whole expose here.
Corporate is totally out of touch with the store level. The store experience as an employee ends up being wonderful or miserable based on the store manager and supervisors. Unfortunately there is very little oversight to ensure store managers actually are good managers.
I work for the corporate side of the company, and can see that the company is making incremental efforts to allow us to "have it all". I've worked for amazing women leaders, am pleased at the facilities and support provided to me as a mom, and see many growth opportunities within reach. There is room for growth in terms of flex/telecommute options (technology issues inhibit this), better maternity/paternity leave, and pay in comparison to the market.
I think so. It's a good business where it is very equal opportunity for everyone. I like this job and I am looking forward to advancing my career in it.
The pay is terribly low for the amount of work they expect you to do. In the town where I was working was a horrible atmosphere because the people that have been working there for longer function as a closed group and wanted to treat the new ones badly. The hours were terrible I was schedule all the time either to open at 4:30 am or closing time which is also very late.
Starbucks was one of the best jobs I've had. The benefits are endless and employees are treated with respect and dignity by the company. Customers - that's another story. If you're willing to deal with creepy ass male customers, then this is the job for you. Starbucks does a great job representing diversity in employment and causes they support. A great job for any woman in any stage of life. Most managers I've worked with are extremely generous with scheduling - 99% of the time it's easy to fit work easily into a busy schedule.
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