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Do they let you choose what days and the number of hours to work? I'm a student and I want to know if they're flexible like that.

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I just got hired at the South Miami Starbucks just yesterday. At my first interview, my manager asked me my availability and told me that she wouldn’t call me within the time ranges that I told her, so yes they let you choose days and times. I’m also a student, so I had the same worry.

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Yes they are flexible

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I’m working for one next to a college campus right now. Our manager is pretty amazing with scheduling all of the part time students with such limited availability. Punderstand if you have a 25 person crew and you have seven days a week with 15 hours a day average schedule open 6 to 9.

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I’m working for one next to a college campus right now. Our manager is pretty amazing with scheduling all of the part time students with such limited availability. Please understand its really basic math: 25 person crew - 7 days a week - 17 hours a day - working 5-8 he shifts with an average schedule - open 6 to 9 with 1 hour before open and 1 after close. Morning shift 5-2 Mid Shift 10-5 or 2-8 Closing shift 2-10. this can change due to every store’s location and customers needs. We usually average between 350 to almost 500 students and regulars a day. If your Starbucks is in an airport or Hospital or on a Toll Road it can be even higher. Bottom line is if you have open availability you may get the most shifts simply because you ARE the EASIEST to fill a spot for ANY shift. And let’s not forget that some of the stores are licensed and some of them are franchised and some have to bide by other rules like we have to follow the colleges rules because technically we are the colleges employees and they have different standards like how many students part time we have to hire how many students full-time we have to hire which is nigh impossible because of their classes. have so many full-time and so many regular part time non students, plus special cases like work programs, and such. Not always easy to fill that bill. It’s really hard to schedule somebody who is only available after 3 PM on two or three days a week after 5 PM on two or three days a week and not available before that time at all during the day except for Sat and Sun. Those restrictions makes it very difficult to fit them in a schedule that doesn’t exhaust them for school or vice versa.

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If they have enough staff in depending on your situation I'm sure they might work with you

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They do not honor the promised hours at least my manager did not offer the full time hours, that led me to work at Starbucks. I had open availability and told my manager directly during the interview process, that I needed full time hours. However, I only get 20 hours if I'm lucky and tend to less than 20 hours each week and can't afford my bills. I know I would have been able to at least afford food at full time, but I'm struggling to make ends meet and I had to move on quickly to get a job that offered full time hours and paid more. Furthermore, if you do decide to resign, than please leave as quickly as you can out the door. I made the mistake of finishing one last shift than was guilted into finishing one last week even though I gave notice and each day is torture. I don't reccomend working here at all if you want to make living or keep your sanity. The turnover rate is very high and people were quitting by just not showing up and it was crazy. I wished. I did the same because working there is destroying my morale. I dread my last two shifts and have to keep telling myself that, I need to make it through these last shifts, than I will be free.

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They can be. The issue may be that if your hours are incredibly limited then they may not hire you because they need those who can work more hours and longer hours. Also, if you get hired with that limited availability, you aren't going to get priority scheduling so you may not get the most hours. They're only as flexible as you can be. If you can only work three nights a week and no days you may only get 6-10 hours a week. But, if you can have open weekends with most nights then you may get more.

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They say that you can choose but if you have limited avaiblity you always get the least amount of hours which is not cool.

Answered - Barista (Current Employee) - Colorado Springs, CO

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They are pretty flexible. Just depends who you talk to.

Answered - Barista (Current Employee) - Alhambra, CA

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It depends who Is the manger you can work something out, My manger was cool enough to give me weekends off certain days because I couldn't find a babysitter during Friday and Saturday's.

Answered - Barista/Shift Supervisor (Former Employee) - New York, NY

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