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Inspired by late-1960s counterculture thinking (and named after a character in the novel Moby Dick), Starbucks began in 1971 as a solitary niche store in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. Today, the company’s stores are utterly ubiquitous—more than 30,000 cafes globally, including the kiosks in airports, train stations, stadiums, and the like. Roughly 40 percent of the coffee shops in the U.S. are Starbucks. Along with grunge rock and Amazon, Starbucks was one of the 1990s signs that Seattle was taking over the world—and like the other two legs of the Emerald City’s conquering tripod, Starbucks is now thoroughly mainstream. And through its chains, Starbucks is an omnipresent presence in modern life. 

On the corporate side of Starbucks, residence in Seattle is a must. If you wish to work in corporate at Starbucks, either apply at the corporate careers site; or else taking an internship at the company may be one of the better ways to get a foot in the door (where sometimes the internship leads to a position). The corporate world of Starbuck can be fast-paced and a little intense, but the benefits and salary are of quality, and there is a low turnover rate. Benefits include comprehensive medical coverage, matching 401(k) investments, and a competitive maternity leave plan. And of course, there are discounts on the merchandise.

Starbucks has shown itself as quick to act, especially for social justice issues. For example, after a racially motivated issue arose in a Philadelphia store, Starbucks acted promptly, closing stores to provide anti-bias training to 175,000 employees. Meanwhile, the company maintains global sourcing goals, supports the hiring of immigrants and refugees, and routinely publishes a social impact report.

Starbucks Corporation

2401 Utah Avenue, South Suite 800
Seattle, WA 98134
Phone: (206) 447-1575

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Public
CEO: Kevin Johnson

Major Departments & Practices

Retail Leadership
Manufacturing and Distribution