There are many reasons you may want to transfer jobs, and I have been through the process several times – mostly due to relocation and wanting to challenge myself in a new environment. You may be thinking the same thing, even if you work at a major company like Starbucks, probably due to the same reasons as I did; which is likely why you are reading this article.
If you are considering transferring to a different Starbucks location, it is possible to do so under certain conditions: you will need to work there for a minimum of 6 months, and some Starbucks stores will only allow you to transfer if your store is fully staffed. They can also accept transfer requests if it involves your commute time, with the general rule being that you can only apply for a transfer if your commute time is an hour or more.
In this article, I will delve into the circumstances that may drive you to make that decision, as well as how to start the process if you want to do it.
How to apply for a transfer
To consider applying for a transfer, you will need to:
- Go through the barista basics course, pass it, and have a good employee reputation.
- You must complete the transfer form within 60 days before your transfer date
If you want to transfer stores, you will need to:
- Talk to your manager and explain your situation, or talk to your DM (district manager) or SM (store manager) if your manager fails to understand your circumstances. After this, you should look around the area you want to transfer to, get the contacts of the Starbucks stores in the area, and begin calling them.
- If the information is difficult to obtain, you can ask your SM or DM for information such as the contact information of the store or its managers.
- When you narrow down your transfer options, you can then alert your DM or SM and they will create the paperwork you need as proof of transfer. They will then give you the transfer request form, which you will fill out and sign.
- If the request is approved, your SM will remove you from the roster and your new SM will add you to their schedule.
Keep in mind that the transfer process may be as slow or as fast as the management will allow it to be, especially if you plan to transfer to a Starbucks store abroad. In most cases, your application can go from the SM to your branch DM, and then go to the DM of the branch you want to transfer to for their approval.
The process of transferring locations as a Starbucks employee is not a difficult one, but it will require you to fulfill certain conditions to do so, such as being in good standing and having work experience of at least 6 months.
If I succeed in my transfer application, will Starbucks assist me to relocate?
Yes, they can, although you will need to apply for a loan to get assistance in sub-letting a room or paying your rental deposit during relocation. You will also need to have worked at Starbucks for a minimum of 6 months to be eligible for this loan application.
Is it possible to transfer to a Starbucks store in another country?
Yes, you can. In this instance, you will need to work very closely with your DM, as they will put forward your transfer request, as well as explain to your SM why you want to go abroad.