Ah Coffee, is there anything it can’t do?
If I don’t have my cup in the morning, I get a little, well, let’s just say the Hulk is nothing compared to me without a cup of Joe for the day. I used to work in a mall and just about every morning (my wallet hated me) I used to visit the Starbucks and rock out a fantastic Venti iced Caramel Macchiato. I had an extra shot of espresso in there, of course, I’m no featherweight here.
If that opening paragraph got your hands twitching and your mind rushing to remember the nearest location, I think you’re the perfect person to fill out a Starbucks application. Lucky for you, it won’t be hard to find one.
In a previous job I had a location in the store, and one in the parking lot! True story, I couldn’t believe it. Anyway, let’s find out how you can start a career here, along with the benefits and salary options coming your way.
Company History & Overview
Starbucks Coffee or Corporation is you prefer, is an American coffeehouse chain based out of Seattle, Washington. Funny story, they apparently have rivals, who would have thought? In the UK, there’s a chain called Costa Coffee that competes with them, but our team is still ahead. Here’s the score:
- Starbucks has 20,737 locations in 63 countries
- 11,910 are in the United States
- 1,496 are in China
- 1,442 in Canada
- 1,052 in Japan
- And finally, 772 locations in the United Kingdom
You have no excuse to say that you can’t find one. Unless of our course you’re that friend of mine who lives in the Midwest and swears he can’t find a single Starbucks location.
This company is known for their coffee, of course, but they also sell tea, pastries, sandwiches, and even tumblers and coffee mugs. Certain locations even sell wine and beers! They’ve seriously got it all.
The first Starbucks opened in Seattle Washington on March 30, 1971. It’s hard to believe it was that long ago. Three partners who met as students at the University of San Francisco decided to make it happen. One was an English teacher named Jerry Baldwin, one was a history teacher by the name of Zev Siegl, and one was a write (like me!) named Jerry Baldwin.
I feel a joke coming on here: so an English teacher, a history teacher, and a writer walk into a bar and one says to the other “hey, let’s start a coffee company!” They all love the idea and next thing you know, they’re rolling in more money that I’ve ever seen in one location.
He taught them how he liked to roast coffee beans and the idea hit them like a Venti Red Eye with three extra shots of espresso. The original name of the company was actually going to be Pequod named after the whaling ship from Moby-Dick, but the name didn’t jive with everyone.
Instead the named the company after the ship’s chief mate and you’ll never guess what his name was! It was Starbuck, which I’m sure you didn’t see coming.
The company started expanding almost immediately after it opened and in 1987 the original owners sold the company to a former employee by the name of Howard Schultz and at that point Starbucks was opening an average of two locations per day!
Things are going good for this company, which means a Starbucks job is not only a wise career decision, but one that could turn out to be quite lucrative. If you’re a coffee lover, or you just like mixing up good drinks, let’s find out how to make this dream a reality.
The world of coffee is roasted, it’s blazing, it comes in various sizes, and it always asks you if you want cream and sugar.
Starbucks may have it down to a science, but like any kind of science, everyone has their own version. Check out our in-depth article on Dunkin’ Donuts for a sweet and savory job option and good coffee to boot. Visit the Panera Bread page and experience a massive menu. Don’t forget about McDonald’s, they serve coffee too.
Starbucks Application Online
If you have sixteen years of time on this Earth, (you’re sixteen years old) then you’ve got a shot at working for Starbucks.
The company is flexible when it comes to the hiring process. You can submit your employment forms online or you can fill them out in person. There’s advantages to both. If you’re looking to go the online route, you need only visit the careers page of the website.
That being said, Starbucks jobs are awarded to those who can showcase a strong sense of customer service and work ethic. It’s hard to convey that with an online employment form, but it’s very easy to showcase these things during a short conversation in person.
I’ve been to Starbucks enough times to know what kinds of people they like to hire, and it’s the people who are always happy, energetic and ready to work. I know that’s you, but the best way to show them is to show up and fill out the physical form, or follow up at the store when you’ve finished filling out the online one.
If you have a specific location that you frequent, that also represents a big plus. If the people working there (the manager especially) knows you and likes your personality, the job process is going to be a lot smoother.
In a situation like that, you’ll have a Starbucks career going to for you in no time!
Benefits and Salary Options
Even the entry-level position at Starbucks, the barista, is one that requires a good amount of training.
You do, after all, need to learn how to make a lot of different types of drinks. Don’t worry though, I had a small stint here and I can assure you that they do a great job training their people, and they have a handy book that showcases all the recipes.
As a barista, you can expect to earn around minimum wage to start, with higher levels of tenure bringing you up to $11.00 per hour.
In some locations there are cashier positions where you simply handle business transactions. These will offer minimum wage pay.
There are also several tiers of management opportunities which bring up to $12.00 hourly pay and up to $60,000 in yearly salaries if you make your way up to store manager. While these could be considered benefits in and of themselves, Starbucks doesn’t stop there. Here is the suite of job benefits for people who start a career with the company:
- Flexible Schedules
- Training Compensation
- Financial Savings, Health and Wellness assistance
- Paid Time off
- Discounted Stock Purchase Plans
- Healthcare Coverage
- Tuition Assistance
- 30% Discount in store
With so many discounts and job opportunities across the 20,000+ locations, filling out your Starbucks application is one of the best career choices you can make.
This company is on the rise and doesn’t seem to be slowing down, so jump on board and grab yourself a coffee because this is the career for your! As always, thanks for reading and best of luck to you in your career!