Starbucks | Brew a Hot Career at Starbucks |
Published in the July/August 2011 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Flexibility is one of the reasons Air Force veteran Conor Jensen, a store manager in Morton Grove, Illinois, enjoys working at Starbucks. He has been with Starbucks for ten years, beginning as a barista and working his way up the ladder to management.
“After separating from active duty, I was still in the National Guard and was always able to fulfill my military obligations with no issues whatsoever,” he said. “During one summer I was activated three times for training and for a state emergency. All of the other managers in my area were extremely supportive and helped out my store while I was away. Additionally, I went back to school while working at Starbucks, and was able to attend school full-time due to the flexibility of my schedule.”
He said that veterans fit in perfectly with the culture at Starbucks. “The military prepares people from a very young age to be extremely responsible and to take charge of their organization,” Jensen said. “Veterans have a strong sense of duty and a great sense of personal responsibility for their actions. They are self-sufficient and hard working, willing to do whatever is necessary to get the job done.”