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How long is your training? Is it hard to memorize all the drinks?

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  • Honestly it depends on the store because my experience was amazing. I formally trained for a week, I did all the book learning along with hands on learning. I was assigned a partner who trained me and basically quizzed me in different things that we were learning. I recently finished my first month, and I'm super comfortable in the store. The partners at my store are really supportive and help me when I need things, they're really positive and willing to help. I usually only feel dumb because of my own expectations of myself. I still feel pretty rough on bar, but it's getting better. The hardest part is sequencing drinks, especially during a rush when you're pairing mobile orders and drive thru orders and cafe orders and trying to remember when each came in and get them out on time, but if you have the right team, they will help you out so much. RELY ON YOUR TEAM.

    PS, yes I am posting during the COVID19 pandemic, but our store is drive thru and still open so I'm not lying about this timeline

  • I've been working at Starbucks for 3 weeks now and I'm still considered a trainee. At my location, I was told they have a 3 month probation period, which they basically consider a 3 month time period to train. My first shift I watched modules and read the manual the whole time, but by the second shift, I was shadowing a staff member and helping clean around. I still haven't been trained for bar, and spend most of my shifts as a cashier; you learn to write the drink codes pretty easily (my store doesn't have the sticker system yet) and I've been told that if you remember the codes, it's just a matter of time before you remember drink recipes (since popular drinks are repeated so often). I've also been shown some drink "flashcards" with the recipes but there's over 40 drinks and more with different combinations so it hasn't helped me at all at this point. During busy hours I'm never left alone at the cash register and all the staff so far have been patient and willing to answer my questions. When I have spare time, I like to watch whoever's working on the bar make drinks so I can start getting used to the recipes/method. When I order my drink at the end of my shift, I have to make it myself (our store policy) so in some ways I am training on bar, but of course someone's always guiding me if I've never made that recipe before. I like to order a different drink each time so it's like I'm learning a new recipe every shift. At my location, if you're not vocal about learning, they're not going to teach you so you really need to take initiative to learn, otherwise you'll be stuck as support staff (aka refilling creams and sugars, taking out trash, wiping tables, etc.) I feel comfortable at how much I know at this point, but obviously I don't know everything, which is why they give the 3 month easing time so you can get used to everything. Practice makes perfect, and don't be afraid to ask questions!!

  • My training was four days and if I'm being honest it could have been a lot better. I kind of feel like I was just shoved into it. There isn't even an actual training program or anything, it was just people showing and telling me what they were doing as they were doing it. I had never used a cash register before and was told to take orders with no previous knowledge on my second day. So basically I cried on my second day of training because I had no idea what I was doing and it was extremely embarrassing and humiliating (I was also on my period which didn't help). Starbucks is not the place for you if you have social anxiety or just anxiety in general because the training is not that good and you're put under a lot of pressure. My sixth shift is tomorrow and honestly I still have no idea what I'm doing. It's impossible to find the drinks in the cash register system thing and remembering how to make them is a whole other story. The only thing I can do successfully is brew coffee. I have nothing against Starbucks in general or the people I work with but new employees could definitely benefit a lot from better training or an actual training program before actually starting.
    I did not intend on my answer being that long I guess I just had a lot to say. Again I have nothing against my coworkers or Starbucks in general. I think this job just isn't for me. Good thing I'm only working there for the summer (I never thought I'd be this eager for summer to be over though).

  • Mine was about 3 days. 🙄

  • About 1-2 weeks, usually only train until 5 PM

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  • I trained for 1 day and its been really really great I've been called useless, and I've had moms give me really nice looks whenever they see me struggling behind the counter.
    I'm on my 3rd day and I'm just learning as I go andfor an hour, I didnt have another member and I did ok but then a rush hour and ididnt get to pull inventory. I hope you guys are doing well and if anyone of my coworkers is reading this? well I tried Rip sorry I'll do better tomorrow.

  • 2 weeks books and 2 weeks behind the bar training when I started. It's not hard once you start making drinks to remember what's in them all. Otherwise you always have people there to help you if you might forget one.

  • My training for shift supervisor was a little bit hard because they skipped barista training.
    Typically you train for a week and then your set free.

    You won't feel comfortable in any position for at least 3 months.

  • 3+ months, yes, very difficult.

  • 5 days. No.

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