Should I take a job as a Starbucks barista?

United States
July 2, 2008 6:17am CST
HI all, I just interviewed at a Starbucks within walking distance of my home. I came fully prepared for the interview and was offered a job at the end of the interview. However, I was disappointed to find out Starbucks barista are starting at only $7 an hour. I read that Starbucks is listed as Forbes's 100 best companies to work for, but I'm not seeing how that is possible. The interviewer mentioned that most employees are not even averaging 20 a week to qualify for the benefits. Although, it is not hard to pick up an extra shift here and there. The interviewer made it clear that he would work with my schedule, and his plan was to hire more employees than needed, which means getting enough hours can be somewhat difficult. My last part-time job, I was making 11.50, so $7 is a bit of a pay cut. FYI, I am a nursing student, so it's important that I have a part-time job that will be flexible.
3 responses
• Canada
3 Jul 08
I think it is paramount that you find a job that is flexble; which is hwat starbucks is really offering you. Being a nursing student you'll hvae plenty of time to make money later but you should judt focus on your studies for now.
• United States
3 Jul 08
Yes, they are willing to be very flexible. Almost too flexible as stated by the manager. School is priority, but I am not exactly young, almost 24. I don't want to look out of place working with a bunch of HS students. I suppose I could work there until school starts back and see if it'll be worth it to stick around. Thanks for all the replies!
2 Jul 08
goes to prove my point in the thread about closing stores - they pay poverty level wages exploiting their workers, yet charge through the roof.... DON'T Take it!
• Philippines
2 Jul 08
If you're still a college student, you must first start out with an easy job because you're still not very used to it. But, take heed, it's only the start, don't lose hope. Maybe if you have already worked there long enough, they will increase your pay. And having a part-time job can be very hard, too, you know?