Shift Lead/ Barista (Current Employee) – Ashburn, VA – March 10, 2016
As a college student I have found that coffee shops are the optimal place to work. Usually we have ever changing and awkward schedules that make us work either really early in the morning or later in the afternoon into the night. At the Peet's I work at I am able to easily change my work availability without really losing hours due to the long coffee shop days (4am-9pm). Coffee shops are also jobs were you have to learn to work with a whole lot of people in a very small space. Not just customer's but other employees as well. I have quickly learned leadership and training skills while teaching RA's, conflict resolution and how to work easily in a fast paced environment. I've learned to work and deal with many different personalities and how to get those different personalities working as a team. Customer Service is an valuable skill that many people never have the pleasure of getting. As far as management I have seen better, however I do not believe this is the companies fault. I believe I just got a lemon and learned how to work around the situation. Peet's has wonderful benefits for it's employees, but no much advancement within the store itself. From what I have seen you tend to get promoted to Shift, but any higher they seem to hire from the outside. All in all a great learning experience and job for someone in college.
great medical benefits, great in store benefits, Pretty good breaks
BARISTA (Former Employee) – Petaluma, CA – December 20, 2018
The things I miss most about this job are the unlimited free drinks and my coworkers. The people made this more than a corporate coffee job, and they are the reason I would return. Management is spotty, regional manager seems disconnected and let the assistant manager struggle without support from a store manager for six months while the shop suffered from health code issues. Promotion is not decided by the team's preference but by the aloof regional manager's impression of the applicant.
Barista and Cashier (Current Employee) – San Ramon, CA – November 13, 2018
To be completely honest this job is pretty fast paced, depending on your store. It is important to know what pace you can work with, along with telling your manager how many hours you can handle RIGHT AWAY. Along with days off, they can get competitive with time off, depending on who you work with.
Barista/Shift Leader (Former Employee) – Alpine Meadows, CA – September 12, 2018
At Peets they put a lot of effort into your training so that by the time you are working the register or espresso machine by yourself you are fully prepared. They also help you with 401K planning with is a plus.
room for advancement, flexible hours for students
too fast paced at times, not very intimate with customers
Shift Lead (Current Employee) – California – June 13, 2018
In the year and a half that I worked for the company I watched 4 managers come through the doors, and two assistant store managers. Four of these six people were unable to be in the bar making drinks as management and were unable to train employees on making drinks. Leaving lower management and team members to train their managers. The turn over is high, and no wonder the pay is low and the hours can be really early. Support from upper management is seriously lacking unless they're promising promotions that never happen. Peet's culture orbits the customer a little too closely, with the customer is always right philosophy. Even when customers are berating staff members Peet's corporate sides with the customer.
Barista/Shift Lead (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – January 3, 2019
I have worked for Peet's for 4 years and feel like it is always changing. I think it is a great company but there is not a lot of room to be promoted from the inside, I feel like they hire management from outside rather than utilizing baristas and shift leads.
Manager (Former Employee) – Lexington, MA – January 8, 2019
The culture of the company used to be so much stronger, you were surrounded by people who cared and really wanted to succeed in that setting. Over the past few years, the amount of culture the company has continues to drop and decline into a soul-sucking corporate controlled beige environment
Faced paced, energetic and fun environment with plenty to learn constantly.
Lead Barista (Former Employee) – Sonoma, CA – February 6, 2019
Great coffee, the best I've ever had. I absolutely loved working here, and I excelled in this position. I helped open the store and quickly became the lead barista. Management was very helpful in training and continuing to help me excel as an expert barista.
Shift Leader (Former Employee) – Palo Alto, CA – January 14, 2019
Throughout my almost 2 years at Peets I’ve watched just in my first 8 months 4 different store managers. They do not know how to hire stable management. I have been completely disappointed with everyone that has been there. They were all external hires that don’t think they need to do any of the dirty work. It’s sad that I was disappointed and regret my job choice everyday I had work. I quit for a few months came back and had regretted it until I found a new job. It sucks the life out of you. The current manager doesn’t know how to properly communicate with the rest of her team as well as the rest of the management. Peets needs to realize who they hire and that poor management leads to a lot of turn over with companies and stores
Poor management, poor training, poor stability, poor work and life balance, extreme negative enviroment
Barista/Cashier (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – January 3, 2019
A typical day at work consisted of working really hard to meet time constraints and expectations that are unrealistic for the busy environment and then being chastised by management for things outside of one's control.
The customers are grumpy and often yell, homeless people came in all the time and stole our tip jars or did drugs in our bathroom.
Barista (Current Employee) – Walnut Creek, CA – February 10, 2019
When I first started working at this Peet’s location it was a happy go-lucky, family friendly environment. The regular customers who come in everyday is what makes the job better. The current management status is at an all time low. Both managers don’t do anything except talk about other employees and make it for a hostile environment. It’s become very caddy and high school. There is favoritism amongst some of the employees and the two managers. There’s no more focus on quality of drinks or speed of service. Training has gone down hill. The managers don’t care about anything except for sitting in the back and don’t help. If you’re looking to work for Peet’s go to a different location.
Cashier, stock closer, Barista (Former Employee) – Granite Bay, CA – December 5, 2018
I enjoyed my time working here. However, everything must be done to "Peet's standards", even if you find a more efficient and higher quality way of producing their product. Management can be quite closed to new ideas, however it mainly has to do with Peet's being so corporate driven. I'd recommend Peet's to anyone looking for a part time job that wants to learn a bit more about the coffee industry.
They work around your school schedule most of the time
If you want to learn something new management is limited
Barista (Current Employee) – Monterey, CA – November 29, 2018
I love working at Peet's! I came as a customer before I worked here because the coffee is awesome. I have learned so much about coffee culture while working at Peet's, they let me express myself through my hair, piercings, and tattoos plus they promote doing latte art. All of my coworkers are hard working and kind. I genuinely love coming to work.
Barista (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – December 9, 2018
Work here if you are a young high school student. If you are a college student, they work with your schedule at first but then have you working 6 days straight. They don’t understand the fact that you have college classes where you need a lot of time to do homework.
Shift Supervisor/Barista (Current Employee) – San Anselmo, CA – November 14, 2018
peets is a really good spot to start out at but definitely not a career path unless you want to work up to corporate. you learn how to make quality beverages, great customer service and how to work with a sense of urgency.
free beverages, long lunches
not the best training in the beginning, you have to take initiative to learn and ask lots of questions
Shiftlead/ Manager on duty (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – October 30, 2018
I had a great time while i was a barista at Peets Coffee and Tea but when I became a shiftlead at my store it was very stressful. Many of my coworkers were unhappy with how the store was being managed. The store was very low staffed and there was no accountability. If the store was properly managed I believe the shifts would have ran smoother.
Barista/Cashier/Customer Service (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – September 26, 2018
I am a morning person so being at the store at 4:30am each morning was ideal. The customers at my location were lovely but for some reason the staff and management are pretty unbearable. Pay is pretty terrible considering all the manual labor involved. Other than my optimal schedule and the customers, there was not much I would brag about....
Pretty good place to work for a corporate coffee shop
Barista (Former Employee) – Seal Beach, CA – May 23, 2018
I worked here before the buy-out. I'm not sure how things have changed. Benefits of working for a corporate coffee shop would be stability and structure, as well as health benefits. Cons would be low compensation, and not much room for advancement.