Is this the End, Starbucks?

It appears that the hostile work environment I work in has taken its toll on my fellow co-workers, as well as me.  My manager wants to fire or demote me; problem is I have done nothing for her to be able to do that.  Never late, no-no-shows; always follow standards (even those she does not know).  I have been in contact with several corporate Starbucks employees working to smooth things out.  It seems to be that I will be forced to leave this fine company because of one manager who gets personal gain out of making her employees suffer.

She has broken labor laws, employment laws, non-discrimination equality laws and that’s just the legal side.  Let’s not forget the moral codes she has violated.  She has murdered the very ideas of Howard Schultz, namely to live your dream, to love your job, to not allow anyone (or in this case, any thing) to take that dream away.  My manager has successfully squelched my desire to work at Starbucks, at least at this location.

I still plan to explore my options within the corporation in San Francisco, in Seattle.

She is losing a great employee.  I’m loyal, smart, kind and knowledgeable about Starbucks’ practices and Standards.  With just months in the company I was promoted and then offered promotion again.  I have been recognized by baristas, shift supervisors, assistant managers, store managers, district managers, and regional directors and as high up as the Vice President of Starbucks West for my abilities, knowledge and said dedication.

From the beginning, I was told that there were such managers within the company.  My very first trainer warned me of these managers.  I could not believe him, my managers in California were so wonderful, so smart, kind and understanding.

You were right.

I will go more into detail on the situation once things have been settled.  Once paper work is signed and everything settled.  I love Starbucks as a corporation.  I believe in their values, I believe in their mission.

  • Provide a great work environment and treat each other with respect and dignity. (Violation)
  • Embrace diversity as an essential component in the way we do business. (Violation)
  • Apply the highest standards of excellence to the purchasing, roasting and fresh delivery of our coffee.
  • Develop enthusiastically satisfied customers all of the time. (Dream on)
  • Contribute positively to our communities and our environment. (Not nearly enough)
  • Recognize that profitability is essential to our future success. (But not exclusive!)

As I have said, the proper avenues have been examined and called upon.  I’m doing this to the book, letter by letter.  She will not be my downfall.

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