Super Easy Job for Teens but No Hours During Winter
I'd like to start off by saying that I worked in a drive-thru only store, and I started at the beginning of fall. I'd also like to say that I departed from the company during winter. This affects my experience from other's. I really enjoyed my time at the store. I thought it was a pretty easy job. Plus, you get 35% off and a free small smoothie each shift. (At Smoothie King the drinks are a size up from what you think they would be. So a small is like a medium and a medium is like a large etc.etc.) The main duties of Smoothie King was running one of the lanes, making smoothies, prepping ingredients and powders, and washing off blenders. Now on to the problems I encountered. Like I said in the title it's a pretty good job for teenagers which I am. That being said the store's employees consisted mostly of teenagers. I don't think I have ever worked in a place that was more cliquey than this job was. Basically if you were new and didn't have the best social skills than you would feel like an outcast. I was pretty shy at first and no one really cared about me or talked to me besides a few people who were really nice and extroverted. In particular it was one guy there who made me come out of my shell there. But even after that I didn't feel a part of everyone there. Some people still gave me a lot of attitude just for being new. Not only that but you couldn't talk about anything without it being spread to everyone in the store. There was actually a rumor that I was fired when I ac
ProsSimple job, Good pay for teens, free smoothie each shift, 35% off, slow during fall and winter, very simple P.O.S system that is easy to understand, very sweet owner
ConsLots of catty teens, little hours during winter, busy during summer, their new shirts are gross material
Fun workplace with an unreasonable (sometimes) owner.
A typical day is opening the store at 8 o'clock. Putting out scoops and ladles, making sure powders and fruits are filled, adding ice to the icebox. Then counting cups and the safe the make sure they match the previous night. Turn on the open sign, and serve customers.
At midday, do the shift change chores, like mopping, cleaning the bathroom, sanitizing blender bowls, and taking inventory of retail. Two hours before close, we do pre-close, which involves washing most of the scoops and ladles, doing the dishes, giving the fruit bar new containers, sweeping, mopping, cleaning the bathroom, and bringing in signs and umbrellas.
When we close, we take out the trash, wash and sanitize the blender bowls, put lids on all the fruits and powders, do the rest of the dishes, and count the drawer and cups. We lock the doors, arm the security system, and go home.
I learned how to effectively manage employees, as well as customers and even inventory. I also learned how scheduling works.
The management is a bit two-sided. The general managers are kinder, and more understanding if you mess up or are late, but the owners will fire you if you don't show, don't call, don't have a doctor's note, or challenge any weird decisions they make.
My co-workers were mostly young adults or teenagers. They're usually pretty nice, but because of the incredibly strict policies of the owners, they usually end up quitting or getting fired.
The hardest parts about this job were the hours, the events, an
ProsFood swaps, work not too difficult
ConsUnreasonable hours, short breaks, multiple events, little understanding for personal life, stupid events (BDSM LGBT masquerade party? REALLY?!)
I feel very strongly that the location that i am at has headed south in so many aspects of the word. I recently returned to my city from a 9 month stint at a residential facility and needed a job to fit the hours because I was no longer going to be going to school. I applied and was offered the job on the spot. The first impression was that I would get $8. This turned out to be a lie. During a few weeks time, several of my coworkers turnef in their 2 weeks notice or had quit. At first, I was confused, but after staying there and becoming the one constantly being called in and working upwards of 37 hours,(my employer doesn’t do overtime) I have been the 3rd most employees person. After only the general manager and someone who has been there since the store opened. During this time, suicidal thoughts became to come back as I felt that I couldn’t use my own brain in the work place even though I already was limited in the household, keep in mind that with this many hours, pressure and intensity, I am only 17. I felt very abandoned at times and wished that my workspace would respect some of my request for new changes for me. As I got the promotion to Team Lead, I was told that I would get a raise to $10. Once again, this was a lie. While I was “under training”, I received $8.50 an hour. A substantial improvement from my previous salary. After completing all of my training, I was informed that I would make $9 for a month at least before I could get to $10, the salary I was promised
1.) Currently, business is steady, so it makes time and work go by quickly. Some employees enjoy keeping the store sanitized and clean. Usually, we take the customers order, make the smoothie, process payment, and deliver the smoothie.
2.) From working at Smoothie King, I've learned the importance in remembering regular visitors. Promptly preparing each customers order. & appreciating a laid back environment.
3.) Management is currently underway since our most recently store manager is away on a Christian event in Alaska. However, due to my relocation back to Charlotte, I will soon be trained to be the manager.
4.) All of my co-workers are young teenagers. Most are either in high school or just beginning college. Since it is their first job, most employees appreciate working at Smoothie King.
5.) The hardest part of the job is difficult customers sometimes. As well as lazy employees. You don't want to step on any toes, but you also don't want your co-workers to think it's okay to be lazy all day either. Difficult customers are expected. I attack all customer complaints with care and plans of satisfying the guest concerns. However, I strongly believe in the terms: " You can't make everybody happy."
6.) The most enjoyable part of the job is how upbeat the stores atmosphere is. I know you are probably thinking, "how can an atmosphere be upbeat?" Well almost ALL Smoothie King's are extremely colorful. A lot of colors almost demand happiness. I love the fact that the environm
Terrible!!! Understaffed and manager never there!!
Manager never was there, never picked up the phone (we called all at once quite a few times!) or bothered to help out. Had us work in conditions such as no air working with no doors allowed to be opened. Rotten molded food in the back that I refused to prepare so we were short stocked. Would continually fib by saying they would be there or putting themselves on the schedule, only to never show up. Very small pay for doing basically everything, with little to no staff to help. You and one other person on a busy day in Midtown with 0 assistance from anyone else. No limit per the amount of customers on the store, which is especially dangerous and hectic considering $5 Friday’s. Terribly poor management and get fired over little things even though they’re the desperate ones who need help and more staff. Pay pennies for a plethora of work instead of hiring the amount of people they need at one time. No break room and you have to work 6+ days a week for over 7+ hours to make any sort of decent paycheck that isn’t even all too good compared to many other jobs in the grocery and food field (so if you’re looking for any decent money doing part time, you’re out of luck). Paid biweekly but don’t mind waiting a week after your pay period to get your check if you get this job, not just a few days. Lack of responsibility and manager barely knows what her employees are doing. Got fired whilst sick, job doesn’t appreciate nor value employees. Turnover rate EXTREMELY HIGH!!! Average amount pe
Very clean environment. Bubbly and friendly coworkers. Very professional management. Followed all laws and procedures. Always there to help you.
I respect Smoothie King as a franchise entirely. The only reason it didn't work out for me is because my energy didn't match the bubbly and outgoing energy of the business and that of my coworker's. Very clean and careful and all about making the guests happy and moving up in the company. They had to let my go because of my shyness and to make room on the schedule for high school summer jobs coming up. I 100% understood that I simply was not working out for them so I was asked to leave on good terms. My only complaint is the pay. They start you out at minimum wage because you make tips daily, but even on a busy day on HWY 190 in Covington, you would only make 4-6 dollars in tips and that would be gone the same day just in gas. They worked me full time and I had no time for another job so I struggled financially working there. The work is constant despite what you might think about how easy it seems to "just make smoothies", there is more to it than you think going in. If I had known just that before I was employed there I can't say I ever would have sought out a job with them. It is good for summer jobs and a little cash for after school, though. Not necessarily good for paying bills or having any extra money to spend on leisure activities or gifts as just a team member, though. Expect a fun, high vibration work environment, not to make Christmas or other holidays/ gifting occasions worth everyone in your family's wild.
Inconsistent management, high employee turnover, low pay
For the majority of my time at smoothie king my manager was never present and spent her time working across the street at a different establishment (not smoothie king). The only time we ever heard from her was when she would log on to the cameras and yell at us when she saw us idle. Typical manager stuff. Pay was absolute garbage, lowest in town. When I applied my manager told me that after training my pay would be increased by $1/hour. However in the several months I worked there I was never trained and never received the pay raise. The seasonal nature of the job (nobody wants smoothies in the winter) makes it a busy summer job but a laid back winter job. Naturally because of this a lot of staff comes and goes, so don't expect to get attached to coworkers. Rushes are busy, dead times are dead. Be sure to stay busy even during dead times, as management doesn't seem to understand that customer activity fluctuates and will ALWAYS find something for you to do. No breaks, no lunch. At my location we were allowed one free medium smoothie per day, but it had to be made and consumed on our own time(i.e. after the day is over). Expect to be called in on your days off to work and be guilt tripped by shift leads/assistant managers into picking up extra shifts.
Hours somewhat flexible
Job isn't really that hard
Always learning something new while making smoothies.
A typical day at Smoothie King starts off with me arriving to work clocking in and start counting my drawer before my shift starts. Then comes my team member, when he/she arrives we start working right away. We have a list of things to do every day before closing the store. So on our down time we do our duties assigned to us.
When customers come in I'm making sure that they're getting greeted by us once they step into our store. When our customers don't know what they want we always guide them towards what they want and towards what are they looking for in their smoothies "Are you looking for a smoothie with protein, fruity, refreshing or all?" From there we help them out and sometimes customize smoothies just for them and what they want.
Our customers are always satisfy with what we bring to the table for them.
I have great co-workers. We communicate with each other very well. When anybody needs something they ask and I try helping them with what I can. I can easily say that Smoothie King is my second family.
I enjoy interacting with my customers and meeting new people that come on a day to day base. Im always glad and open to meet new people.
Smoothie King Corp. always comes up with new rules almost once every 2-3 weeks. Sometimes its hard at first to follow up but you can easily adjust to them. Which at the end of the day is better for us to work and get things done.
Worked my butt off for over a year only to be fired...
I started working at smoothie king in July 2019. I worked very hard consistently and about a year into my position as a team member I asked for a raise and my manager agreed and gave me one. A couple months later, I was told not to show up to another shift and was refused to be given a reason. I was completely thrown off and even reached out many more times and was ignored by the manager.
Overall the day to day work was busy but easy to manage. I didn’t necessarily love working there, but it was pretty standard for fast food.
One thing that I also did not appreciate was the lack of flexibility from the manager. If an emergency came up, he did everything he could to convince you to come in anyways. I found it disrespectful, especially since one of the times my pet had suddenly passed away and he was still begging me to come in.
As for covid... questionable. No one wore their masks in BOH, which is common but of course unsanitary. It took a while for the manager to require masks, much longer than other fast food chains, until I was able to finally convince him that people would
want to visit us more if we did. During that time it definitely became clear to me that my manager only cared about profits.
If you’re looking for an easy part time job, go for it. But don’t expect to be given much schedule flexibility, raises, or respect.
The coworkers are super nice and helpful, management is very understanding and kind, and the actual work is very easy to complete.
As far as coworkers, I’ve yet to meet one coworker who was not up to par or just “hated” their job. Everyone has an upbeat attitude, everyone is a team player, and everyone comes to work wanting to do their best.
Management would have to be the best management I’ve ever had; they’re very understanding about your personal life when things come up. They are VERY flexible with work hours and allow time off when needed. The managers are very kind and friendly when it comes to you needing help or being unsure about something; they’re always there to listen and help!
The work load is very manageable and easy. The smoothie tickets tell you exactly what to put in and how to blend it. Cleaning is simple; clean as you go, wash dishes, sweep, mop, deep clean different areas depending on the day, etc… It’s a very simple and effective cleaning process! Prepping food is very easy to do and it’s quick to pick up. Most parts of this job can be learned within a two week period which is great for first time workers!
Overall, this is an amazing place to work at and would make a great first job for anyone!
ProsFree Smoothie, Flexible Hours, Fun Work Environment, Clean Work Environment, Simple Work Tasks, Easy Training
ConsNo Health Benefits, Occasionally Very Fast Paced Work Environment
Questions And Answers about Smoothie King
What is the best part of working at Smoothie King?
Asked Feb 19, 2020
The bond the staff has built!
Answered Jul 3, 2022
Easy going. Good job to work.
Answered Jul 2, 2022
If you were in charge, what would you do to make Smoothie King a better place to work?
Asked Feb 5, 2018
I would have better hours for sure and have at least 3 people on shift for opening and closing.
Answered Aug 24, 2020
Yearly corporate training in store
Answered May 24, 2020
What questions did they ask during your interview at Smoothie King?
Asked Aug 15, 2016
Asks availability, expectations for wages and hours. Work history, ect.
Answered Jul 4, 2022
How would you respond to a rude customer? What is your availability?
Answered Nov 28, 2020
What is the most stressful part about working at Smoothie King?
Asked Jan 12, 2018
Higher up Management making people quit with bad attitudes. Also the low pay you make 9$ an hour and shift leads only make 10. Managers make 12!
Answered Jun 28, 2022
Poor management and training, overall lack of caring for management and lacking in growth despite what is told.
Answered Jun 27, 2022
What tips or advice would you give to someone interviewing at Smoothie King?