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Starbucks is a coffee shop chain. They serve American-style coffee.

Do Starbucks pay breaks?

No. Most people don’t get paid breaks at Starbucks.

Cafés who pay breaks include Victoria and Albert Museum, the The Breakfast Club and The British Museum.

Last updated 1 March 2024

How we know this

Based on data from 151 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2023 and March 2024.

89% of people say they don’t get paid breaks.

Why this matters

A good job should have paid breaks.

You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

Which cafés pay breaks?

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What people are saying about sick pay at Starbucks

  • Best thing

    I get a decent wage and it's relatively easy work

    Worst thing

    The commute and short breaks


    Starbucks Supervisor, January 2024

  • Best thing

    Certain staff
    Getting paid

    Worst thing

    Being paid the very last day rather than the last Friday
    No paid breaks
    No meal on shift
    Staff can be disrespectful
    Managers say to depend on others but when it comes down to it they can't be depended upon


    Starbucks Supervisor, May 2022

  • Best thing

    Nice team

    Worst thing

    Bad management that doesn’t care about you, guilt tripped when calling in sick and being forced to work while sick, getting yelled at, customers being really rude, super stressful work environment, barely getting breaks, understaffed and underpaid


    Starbucks Shift supervisor, February 2022

  • Best thing

    Meet some lovely people
    Free drinks
    Casual, not too professional

    Worst thing

    Not always treated well, breaks cut short, favouritism etc.


    Starbucks Barista, February 2021

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