Starbucks was established by three partners, Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl and Gordon Bowker on March 30, 1971. They opened up a coffee store at Seattle's Pike Place Market. The name of the store was picked up from the name of the whaling ship, Pequode's chief mate Starbucks. The actual growth of the company started only after 1984, when Howard D. Schultz entered Starbucks on 1982 as a director, holding marketing and operations portfolios. Over the years, the coffee stores retail chain became a global name for premier roasted beans, espresso coffee, handcrafted coffee and specialty coffee.
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As of September 30, 2012, the retail chain has spread to 61 countries with 9,405 company-operated stores and 8,661 licensed Stores with over 95,000 part time employees. According to the company's annual report, the retail chain also foresees a 13% increase in the number of coffee stores from the existing 11,100 stores in US through 2017. The company got registered with NASDAQ on1992, and headquarters at 2401 Utah Ave. South Seattle WA.
Starbucks Careers and Achievements
With the value of all "employees" are equal "partners", Starbucks aims to share a common goal and mutual success with all its employees. The Fortune Magazine has ranked the retail coffee house chain as "The 100 Best Companies to Work" on 1998-2000 and 2002-2012. The company is also rated as the "The Most Ethical companies to Work" for a sixth year in a row.
In addition, the company's hiring process does not discriminate among the applicants and offers equal opportunities to all candidates, irrespective of race, nationality, religion, race, political affiliation, age, marital and veteran status, gender, disability and other basis.