Starbucks was founded by three former students of the University of San Francisco namely Mr. Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl and Gordon Bowker. They were inspired to sell a high-quality coffee bean which was taught them by Alfred Peet, a coffee roasting entrepreneur. Originally the company name should be Pequod, which was after a whaling ship from Moby-Dick, but it was rejected by some of the co-founders so instead they named it after the chief mate on the Pequod which is Starbuck. The first store was opened in Seattle’s Pike Place Market in 1971. The store only sold roasted whole coffee beans and did not sell any brewed coffee. In 1984, the company purchased Peet’s, where they get their green coffee beans. By 1986 the company already operated six stores in Seattle and begun selling espresso coffee. The owners sold the Starbucks chain to their former employee Howard Schultz in 1987. In that same year, they opened its first locations outside Seattle in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Illinois. By 1992 Starbucks had grown to 140 stores with a revenue amounting to US$73.5 million. In 1996, Starbucks opened its first location outside North America, which is in Tokyo, Japan. By 2003, Starbucks opened its first store in South America and first store in Russia in 2007. They introduced a loyalty program to all their regular customers in May 2008 which they offer some perks such as free Wi-fi Internet access, free refills of brewed drip coffee or tea.
Careers at Starbucks
Starbucks calls their employees as partners. The company believes in treating their partners with respect and dignity and they are committed to doing business responsibly to earn the trust and respect of their customers, partners and neighbors. Here are some job positions offered in their manufacturing and distribution centers.
Quality Assurance Technician
You are responsible in ensuring that all product quality information is provided to all necessary parties. Maintaining a clean, organized working environment and product quality. Adheres to Good Manufacturing Practices set by the company.
You are responsible in supervising day-to-day distribution operations. You will ensure that the department operates within established budgets, forecast, and control expenses.
You will be responsible in operating product packaging equipment in a roasting plant. You will participate and maintain a set schedule to meet team goals and budget standards.
You must be able to work flexible schedule set by the managers/supervisors, can stand or walk for 10 hours and lift items up to50lbs consistently. Able to pass warehouse/logistics testing.
You can check this link to view the latest job available at the company http://www.starbucks.com/careers/manufacturing-distribution
Manufacturing and Distribution Centers across United States
• Kent Flexible Plant
• Carson Valley
• Bay Bread Bakery
• New French Bakery
• Evolution Juicery
• York Roasting Plant
• Sandy Run
• Augusta Plant
Average Salary for some of their hourly paid employees
• Barista $8.80/hr
• Shift Supervisor $11.12/hr
• Lead Barista $ 9.51/hr
• Sales Associate $9.21/hr
Average salary for some of their full-time employees
• Manager $ 54, 068
• Product Manager $96, 530
• Store Manager $45, 285
• Assistant Store Manager $ 33,959
Why join Starbucks?
Starbucks calls their total pay package as “Your Special Blend.” Their eligible partners who work for 20 or more hours a week will get a wide range of perks, benefits and special assistance. The company might also include bonuses and discounted purchase options; they also offer adoption assistance and health coverage for you and your dependents. Starbucks also gives opportunity to their eligible partners who want to complete their bachelor’s degree through their Starbucks College Achievement Plan. Most of the previous and current employees of the company said that they will recommend the company to their friends because of good work environment and great benefits. Mr. Howard Schultz, CEO of the company gave 88% approval of the survey made.