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    Unhappy Job Cuts at Starbucks

    Don't we have several SB employees here? I know of at least one. I hope they aren't affected by this. It sounds like it might just be the HQ:
    http://www.starbucks.com/aboutus/pressdesc.asp?id=832

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    Don't we have several SB employees here? I know of at least one. I hope they aren't affected by this. It sounds like it might just be the HQ:
    http://www.starbucks.com/aboutus/pressdesc.asp?id=832

    This is only the HQ, however, I do know some stores will be closing. I respect the approach Howard Schultz is taking with this. Although I am admittedly biased since I adore the man!

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    I worked at a Kmart that shut down back during their bankruptcy phase. I had been there almost 4 yrs and had moved on up in the ranks. It's very sad when this happens..

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    SB is just revising their management structure; giving them more whips to get more work out of fewer actual working employees. Surely you've seen the picture of the stage coach that ends up with 20 drivers, and one very tired looking horse.

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    Yes, 600 jobs were cut, but from what I'm understanding only 220 people were terminated.

    In the memo referenced as "earlier" in the thread opener, he stated that SBUX had become too beaurocratic and that change would be made. Howard also stated that we would be vastly decreasing new store openings. The positions and people that were terminated were part of store design teams and new store openings. My feeling is that the writing was obviously on the wall for them after the first memo.

    The sad part about this is that while these things were discussed in that memo, it wasn't made blatant what beaurocracy was being terminated. The 220 people were told they were terminated, then given less than an hour to absorb the shock and pack up their stuff. They were then escorted by security out of the building. I'm understanding that they will be allowed in over the weekend to gather any remaining belongings.

    If you own stock or are just interested in being in the SBUX know, here's a good site for keeping up on the scoop:

    www.starbucksgossip.com

    Fair warning. . . although there isn't any foul language, the site is very loosely moderated. Oh, and BTW, we aren't ALL as sour about being SBUX partners as a lot of the folks on there are.

    Although terminations are always painful, Howard is doing what he needs to do to get the company back on a roll.

    ETA: Forgot to say. . . I've been an off and on partner and supervisor for the BUX for three and a half years.

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    I had read a few weeks ago on Slate that Starbucks business may start hurting because McD's was going to start making Capp's. I didn't think it would start this soon.
    I think Starbuck's is a little bit more pricey (at least here) than some of the other coffee shops. But, there are more Starbucks than the privately owned shops so it's more convenient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondieskatz View Post
    I had read a few weeks ago on Slate that Starbucks business may start hurting because McD's was going to start making Capp's. I didn't think it would start this soon.
    I think Starbuck's is a little bit more pricey (at least here) than some of the other coffee shops. But, there are more Starbucks than the privately owned shops so it's more convenient.
    I love Starbucks! I'm willing to pay the price when I have it to finally get sweet coffee instead of coffee that's bitter! I've finally become a coffee drinker thanks to Starbucks and a couple of coffee junkies I know.
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    I hate Starbucks!I think their coffee is awful. bleck. I love love love coffee and I just think Starbucks coffee is bitter and nasty.
    But that doesn't mean I want people to lose jobs!

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    I don't drink coffee or any such flavored drink...tried and tried...("oh it's like a shot of speed") I heard....
    tried it, didn't like it, blah............but still I feel for ANYONE'S JOB!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBean View Post
    I hate Starbucks!I think their coffee is awful. bleck. I love love love coffee and I just think Starbucks coffee is bitter and nasty.
    But that doesn't mean I want people to lose jobs!
    That's 'cause you must not get the Peppermint Mochas, or Pumpkin Spice or Cinnamon Dolce, or Caramel Macchiato's with Whipped Cream on top, and I still sprinkle Chocolate powder on top! YUMMMM!!!
    This is the year to locate Mark Dribin http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ht=Mark+Dribin NamUs MP#876 and Ilene Misheloff http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...lene+Misheloff NamUs MP#6410 and bring them home to their families!

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    I hate to hijack this thread, but since someone else has mentioned McD; why can't they make a veggie burger?

    P. S. I like Starbucks!

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    With the slowing of the economy, it would stand to reason that some of the coffee places, Starbucks, and such, will begin taking hits; McDonald's, and others, will contribute to this slide, especially if their coffee is respectable, and most of all, cheaper. The frills will begin going by the wayside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBean View Post
    I hate Starbucks!I think their coffee is awful. bleck. I love love love coffee and I just think Starbucks coffee is bitter and nasty.
    But that doesn't mean I want people to lose jobs!
    Starbucks coffee, a few years ago, in the report that I read, tested at having over twice as much caffeine, as a "normal" cup of coffee. The people that drink it, are on speed; it gets their motor running at high speed, so they can hit the ground running. It's an addiction.

    I remember having a cup of regular coffee, after having only had decaf for about 5 years. What a nasty reaction, my nerves were all on edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzm1 View Post
    Starbucks coffee, a few years ago, in the report that I read, tested at having over twice as much caffeine, as a "normal" cup of coffee. The people that drink it, are on speed; it gets their motor running at high speed, so they can hit the ground running. It's an addiction.

    I remember having a cup of regular coffee, after having only had decaf for about 5 years. What a nasty reaction, my nerves were all on edge.
    I think that was the day you were so mean to me on the board wasn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBean View Post
    I think that was the day you were so mean to me on the board wasn't it?
    LOL JBeanya, I could threaten that if you don't start behaving yourself, I'm going to go out and drink a Starbucks fourple shot of expresso. That should get my mean genes running.

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