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Starbucks … It Could be the Dream Job Afterall

March 11, 2011

I had a conversation with a colleague recently that led me to an epiphany.

Said colleague and I were talking about one of my former jobs. Specifically she asked if I’d ever go back to that position. The answer came quicker than I expected, which was, “No. I would NOT go back.”

I almost followed that line with, “I’d rather work at Starbucks than go back to that job.”

While this seems like a dig on working in food service – and I admit I was probably leaning toward that attitude when making that comparison – I quickly realized that working at Starbucks would wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.

Think about it! I’d get free espresso drinks anytime. That’s quite a bit of money back in the wallet for 1 – 2 weekly Starbucks runs. Bryan and I buy about four bags of good-quality whole beans a month for our coffee at home. I don’t know this for sure, but I’d venture to guess Starbucks employees get some type of discount on bagged beans.

And wait, doesn’t Starbucks offer their employees – even the part-time ones – health insurance? Heck, that’s more than many full-time employees get in their current jobs.

So let me get this straight. Not only would I be making a living (granted it may be at 5 a.m.), I’d be getting free coffee, discounted beans, and health insurance? This isn’t sounding that bad.

So the next time someone asks what I’d do if I got laid off, I’m going to respond – in all seriousness – I’ll be working at Starbucks.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 12, 2011 5:38 am

    I’d work there just for the zillion coffee flavors. And I’m not even a big coffee drinker. Fun post!

    • leahsinger permalink
      March 13, 2011 11:32 pm

      Thanks. They have great stuff even for the non-coffee drinkers now.

  2. March 12, 2011 7:16 am

    Great post and I completely agree. I have always said that Starbucks would be my “lay-off” job, which is not to say that I think it would be easy as I’m not sure if I would be able to keep my cook and my memory with people shouting orders at me and trying to figure out all the equipment! I am actually reading right now How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill. It’s a true story about an advertising exec who gets laid off and starts working at Starbucks for the health benefits. It’s interesting.

    • leahsinger permalink
      March 13, 2011 11:33 pm

      That books sounds interesting. I’m adding it to my “to read” list now. I agree with you that the customer service part may wear on me after a while too.

  3. Colette permalink
    March 12, 2011 7:54 am

    Employees get free beans! Can’t remember the quantity, but it’s x number of pounds a month. One of my retirement career choices for sure . . .

    • leahsinger permalink
      March 13, 2011 11:33 pm

      Now you’ve cinched the deal with the free beans!

  4. March 12, 2011 1:28 pm

    Ha! It’s soooo funny you say this. I have actually contemplated quitting my full-time job before to take a job at Starbucks and just write. However, should the economy hit real hard, and I find myself in a position of being laid off, I do believe Starbucks will be my Plan B. Yes, I think I’ve thoroughly considered this. I’m a coffee nut too, so the idea of talking with people all day, discounted expresso and health insurance sounds pretty darn good to me too!


    • leahsinger permalink
      March 13, 2011 11:34 pm

      I’m with you on that being my Plan B job. And I actually considered seriously working there last fall when I nearly left a job without another one lined up.

  5. March 14, 2011 2:49 pm

    Several of my writer friends have suggested this, too… So we’re on the same page as Shari!

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