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The company that brought you the Frappuccino has been making headlines recently. From announcing plans to open locations in Italy by Spring 2017, to a new roll-out plan that tightens the company’s reward program rules, there’s no question that Starbucks is amid a company facelift of sorts.
In recent years, Starbucks has also made big changes in the realm of employee perks and benefits. We must say, working at this company seems like a pretty sweet deal, whether you like your coffee with sugar or not.
Here are our top 5 perks that the coffee enterprise offers:
Each week, employees are allowed to choose either a pound of coffee beans (whatever blend they prefer), a box of K-Cup® Pods or a box of their favorite flavor of Tazo tea, to take home. Employees are also entitled to a 30 percent discount on all Starbucks food and drink.
Stocks on Stocks
Employees are entered in to the company’s “Bean Stock” program, which offers them shares of the company through Restricted Stock Units (which become actual company shares over time).
So long as employees stay employed for one full year (fully, without breaks or prolonged absences), they’re eligible to receive the first 50 percent of the stock grant after that first year, followed by the second half after their second year working for Starbucks.
Once the employee owns the full share, they are permitted to do whatever they want with them.
Partially having to do with the stock ownership and partially in an effort to make everyone in the company feel more united and equally as valued, Starbucks management refers to their employees as “partners”.
Reaping the benefits (package)
Starbucks offers extensive benefits packages that are customized for each employee, called “Your Special Blend.” Options include things like bonuses, 401 (k) matching plans, health/medical/dental plans, and even adoption assistance. The best part about the packages? Both part-time and full-time employees are eligible.
Starbucks will pay their employees’ college tuitions. Yes, you read that correctly. Through 40 different online programs at Arizona State University, employees who are juniors and seniors in college can earn their Bachelor’s degree on the company’s dime, while freshmen and sophomores are eligible for their tuition to be partially paid for.
There really isn’t a catch, as employees are not required to stay with Starbucks after they earn their degree. Plus, employees that are already in pursuit of a degree at another online institution can apply to transfer their credits to Arizona State and be eligible for Starbucks’ program.
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