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RoyceRuiz
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Posted Mon Apr 14, 2014, 11:07am
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...to work at Starbucks?

I don't want to delve too deeply into my personal situation but in short, I'm returning to school for a few years for grad work, leaving my normal (M-F 8-5) job and need to work part time.  There are very few good coffee places to work that are worth driving to for work and quite simply none of them can compete with the total compensation that Starbucks offers (benefits for my wife and son, flex spending accounts, daycare deferment, transit payments, etc.)  Due to these circumstances I am strongly considering working for Starbucks.  The problem is that I can't drink the stuff.  How do I serve a product to people who are paying good money that I think would be better served being poured down the sink?  So the question is, if the situation were right, would you work at Starbucks?
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Posted Mon Apr 14, 2014, 11:45am
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RoyceRuiz Said:

none of them can compete with the total compensation that Starbucks offers (benefits for my wife and son, flex spending accounts, daycare deferment, transit payments, etc.)  Due to these circumstances I am strongly considering working for Starbucks.  The problem is that I can't drink the stuff.  How do I serve a product to people who are paying good money that I think would be better served being poured down the sink?  So the question is, if the situation were right, would you work at Starbucks?

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I don't think that question even needs to be asked does it, it's about you and your family.... I would if I were in your situation. It's a job and an honest one, I can't see why it's even an issue, it's not harming anyone, so of course you should.

I may personally hate their product, but no one forces me to buy it and I certainly don't hate the people who work there..oh and to answer the second question, to serve it, I "think" you press a button, smile and say "enjoy your beverage sir/madam" or something like that..
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Posted Mon Apr 14, 2014, 11:50am
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Thanks for the reply, I suppose it doesn't need to be asked in the sense that I will ultimately do whatever is best for my family.  At the moment this seems to be the best option.  I suppose what I am really asking is if anyone has any alternate suggestions.  For now, it seems like the best thing for my situation.
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Posted Mon Apr 14, 2014, 12:00pm
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Sure, why not?

I understand not wanting to serve something you wouldn't want to consume, but it's also a product the customers want.  If it weren't for Starbucks those people would probably drink even worse...
If you need the employment and they give you what you want it's worth a shot.  Learn the people skills and other things that job can teach you, and concentrate on doing that well.  I don't care if you only plunge toilets, mop floors and scrape gum for a living - as long as you do it with some pride in your work I think that makes you a valuable member of society.

Also note, sometimes you know you are in a dead end job that doesn't lead to any satisfaction.  When that happens you should take notice of why you have issues with the job and learn from those issues, whether they be your issues or the employer's.  Learning both the bad side of business and what to avoid is sometimes just as important as learning the good.
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Posted Mon Apr 14, 2014, 12:36pm
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DanoM Said:

Sure, why not?

I understand not wanting to serve something you wouldn't want to consume, but it's also a product the customers want.

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+1 on this. From all you said in your opener, this is a good job for meeting your needs. Heck, there are worse places to work, that's for sure. I don't eat cheese...I've just never liked it. I do most of the cooking at my house and guess what? I make my wife cheese sandwiches. I serve my wife really god coffee too...and guess what? She still like Starbuck's!  Not nearly as much as she likes my coffee but, she does like it, and she goes there.

 
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Posted Mon Apr 14, 2014, 1:22pm
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RoyceRuiz Said:

...to work at Starbucks?

I don't want to delve too deeply into my personal situation but in short, I'm returning to school for a few years for grad work, leaving my normal (M-F 8-5) job and need to work part time.  There are very few good coffee places to work that are worth driving to for work and quite simply none of them can compete with the total compensation that Starbucks offers (benefits for my wife and son, flex spending accounts, daycare deferment, transit payments, etc.)  Due to these circumstances I am strongly considering working for Starbucks.  The problem is that I can't drink the stuff.  How do I serve a product to people who are paying good money that I think would be better served being poured down the sink?  So the question is, if the situation were right, would you work at Starbucks?

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How do people work at jobs where they make bombs for the federal government to kill people?  Pesticides they know will harm animals?  Etc?

Serving coffee you do not particularly like, however which many millions do, is not the end of the world, especially considering that the majority of people in the world absolutely hate their jobs and that Starbucks likely is not that bad of a place to work for.  You do mention all the benefits.  Geez, if those were around when I was in college and afterward ...

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Posted Mon Apr 14, 2014, 1:55pm
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Serving coffee you do not particularly like is not the end of the world

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It is if you're Nick Cho. LOL!

 
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Posted Mon Apr 14, 2014, 2:36pm
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Thank you for all of the responses.  I'm glad that others in my situation would be willing to work at Starbucks as well.  One bit of good news, the Starbucks that I am going to be working at is equipped with a Clover that serves Starbucks Reserve.  While I have never had Starbucks coffee from a Clover I have had other coffee from one so maybe I can get something drinkable from that (not sure but maybe).
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Posted Mon Apr 14, 2014, 4:09pm
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RoyceRuiz Said:

Thank you for all of the responses.  I'm glad that others in my situation would be willing to work at Starbucks as well.  One bit of good news, the Starbucks that I am going to be working at is equipped with a Clover that serves Starbucks Reserve.  While I have never had Starbucks coffee from a Clover I have had other coffee from one so maybe I can get something drinkable from that (not sure but maybe).

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Yeah...well I wouldn't get your hopes up....although if the Clover can do hot water only, I suppose that would be drinkable.
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Posted Mon Apr 14, 2014, 4:12pm
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DavecUK Said:

Yeah...well I wouldn't get your hopes up....although if the Clover can do hot water only, I suppose that would be drinkable.

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My hopes aren't up too much. I don't suppose they might let me bring in some of my own beans. (I don't think so)
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