Great starter job, great benefits pay doesn't rise unless your position does.
Barista (Current Employee) – Peru, IL – August 14, 2017
I love the girls I work with, we are like a family. Relaxed dress code, tattoos and some piercings/stretched ears okay, no drug-testing, and you can get insurance, a free Bachelor's degree through Arizona State University, as they are a very progressive socialist company, trying to aid in having people not having to work for low wage jobs. Recycling programs are regular at most locations. Every barista gets a free pound of coffee (or K-Cups/pods or box of tea) every week,
However, the morale is low a lot of the time because we do not get enough labor even though we have PLENTY of customers. They do not put enough partners on the floor, they have people go home early, people scramble for hours from each other, and there's too many people (most with a lot experience) at this location. This is during Jan-Mar and June-Aug. Other times, we have enough hours, but the pay is still low unless you train to become a shift supervisor. At my location, they are not paid much more than a regular barista or "Partner". We have no recycling program at our location, our store is not up to par with many Starbucks locations because it is over ten years old and they keep putting off our supposed remodel.
Bottom line, it's nice, but in larger cities. I'm looking to quit. If I ever came back to work at a Starbucks, it would be in a larger city.
benefits eligibility, free Bachelors degree through ASU if you have the time, benefits, etc.; free pound of coffee every week
low wages, not enough hours, labor low, sometimes bad morale, ASU is very difficult