LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — If it’s been some time since your last employment, you may find relief at your local Starbucks.

The coffee-chain giant, which has nearly 1,000 locations in Southern California, is looking to hire 400 new employees, with fifteen percent of the open positions at management level.

Kareem Causey, who says he knew nothing about coffee when he joined the Starbucks team, was hired as an assistant store manager due to his experience in the hospitality business, after moving to Los Angeles from the east coast three years ago.

“I was told from day one that an assistant manager is just a training position to get you ready to become a store manager and have your own store,” Causey said.

Today, Kareem is store manager at the West Los Angeles Starbucks, located on Westwood and Missouri. He aspires to one day become a district manager.

“It’s my store,” Causey said. “It’s my baby, it’s my home. It’s my second home.”

Starbucks says the openings are due to new stores that have opened in Los Angeles County.

“We’ve had new stores open in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Downtown, San Fernando Valley, some other suburban communities,” recruiting manager Katie Daly said. “They all look a little different. They all have different flavors and new things to offer.”

Additionally, Starbucks is said to be offering rather competitive benefits along with their job openings.

“We offer full medical and affordable coverage for any partner who works over 20 hours a week, with access to medical, dental and vision coverage, 401k, life insurance,” Daly said. “It’s a comprehensive benefits package.”

But the benefits don’t end there.

Starbucks is including tuition reimbursement, as well as stock.

“At Starbucks, we want our partners to be their personal best for us, but (also) in whatever they choose to do with their careers,” Daly said. “Literally, we’re partners, because we all own stock in that company. That’s our beanstalk program that allows us to be shareholders.”

If you’re interested in learning more about career opportunities with Starbucks, visit the Starbucks Career Center.



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