Fun and challenging but tough at times
Barista (Ancien employé) – Newmarket, ON – 12 juillet 2019
Great place to work (depending on your location, which makes a lot of the difference) with easy (albeit a lot of) tasks.. Its a lot to learn at first, but once you get the hang of it and get confident it gets VERY easy. It's nice to get to know your regular customers, and if you're like me you can constantly try to get better at bar (making drinks quickly) or serving customers.. or even multi tasking
Some locations are stupid busy (like the one I worked at) which is kind of fun i suppose. Some employees develop little cliques and exclude you, which is very very annoying and disheartening to staff morale. Some people also get all the favourtism and get all the good hours (like never opening or never staying passed 1pm or 1:30).. so watch out for that. Head office is constantly trying to implement new policies and procedures but you can tell theyve never worked on the store front before. Management (store level) sometimes has to be PUSHED to schedule properly and hire more people.
Once you establish a routine and get to know your regular customers the job is very rewarding and fun. Some customers even give you presents lol.
My advice is come to do a job first, and if you make friends you make friends. Trust your instincts.. when I quit it turns out that no one was really my friend or acquaintance and just talked to me because they had to. People at sbux are two faced.
Fun job, easy tasks, rewarding to get to know your regulars, free drinks, AMAZING benefit package, discounts are good (30%)
Long hours, can get very busy, known to be understaffed, some brown nosers