Caribou Coffee employment application

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Caribou Coffee logo
The logo of Caribou Coffee.

Caribou Coffee is the second largest coffee retailer in the United States, second only to Starbucks. Caribou Coffee sells coffee, tea and bakery goods. In this article, we are going to take a look at what it takes to work at the second largest coffee retailer in the country.

Company History –
Caribou Coffee was the idea of newlyweds John and Kim Puckett on their trip to Denali National Park, located in Alaska. They raised enough money to open the first Caribou Coffee shop in Edina, Minnesota. In 1998, they sold their controlling interest in the company to an Atlanta-based company known then as Capital Crescent for $120 million. The company Capital Crescent has since changed its name to Arcapita. In the year 2005, Caribou Coffee became a publicly traded company. Today, Caribou Coffee has 415 coffeehouses in 40 states and 126 franchise locations across the globe and provides employment to more than 6,000 people.

What kind of jobs are available at Caribou Coffee?
The entry level jobs that you can apply for at Caribou Coffee are limited to the positions of Team Member and Shift Supervisor. As a Team Member, the candidate will be required to make high quality coffee drinks as well as greet and chat with the customers. The position is very good considering the benefits offered, which are pay increases, promotions, health insurance, 401(k) as well as paid time off. In order to be eligible for Health insurance (dental, vision included), the employee has to work at least 20 hours a week. As a Shift Supervisor, the candidate is required to ensure the delivery of friendly service, quality products and maintain a clean and safe environment. Shift supervisors must also be able to perform all the duties of a team member. The benefits for Shift supervisors are the same as those for Team Members. If you wish to apply for corporate positions, proceed to the next part to know about the online application process.


A Caribou Coffee location
Caribou Coffee on Franklin St in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

How to apply for a job at Caribou Coffee?
Let’s go through the online application process for Caribou Coffee. First, let’s head to the website of the company, which is Once on the website, go to the bottom of the page and click on the “Careers” URL. That will take you to the careers page of the website. On the left side of the page, you will see that the job positions have directly been listed under the “Careers” Heading. At the center of the page, you will see the jobs being categorized into “Hourly” and “Salaried” positions. You can either directly click on a position of your interest from the left side of the page or click on “Learn More” below the job name at the center of the page. You will then be directed to a page listing the requirements and benefit plans of your chosen position. Now, in order to apply for your chosen position, simply scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Apply Online Now”. That will take you to a page that will verify whether you are above at 16 or 18 years of age. Once past that, you will be taken to a page listing each job position and right next to the job position will be a button named “Find Locations”. Click on that if you wish to know how many places are offering employment at your chosen position. You can further refine your search results as the next page will ask you for the state that you wish to work in. You can even search by zip code. Once selected the state you wish to look for the job in, click on “Find”. This will take you to the results of your search. Remember that a login is required to be able to apply online, so click on “Login” on the top of the search fields or the results page for the job search and then fill the information as required in the second box, which is “Create a new user account.”

Below are some details about the entry-level positions at Caribou Coffee –

  • The average salary for a Team Member at Caribou Coffee is $8.31/hr with the highest salary reportedly being $10/hr and the lowest salary being $7/hr.
  • The average salary for a Shift supervisor at Caribou Coffee is $9.42/hr with the highest salary being $11/hr and the lowest being $8/hr.
  • Sample interview question – “What is your favorite drink?”
  • Sample interview question – “What kind of coffee drink would you consider yourself?”
  • Sample interview question – “Why do you want to work for Caribou Coffee?”
  • Sample interview question – “Tell me about a time when you connected with a stranger.”

So that’s all there is to getting a job at Caribou Coffee. The pay is not very competitive but the benefits are very good for the entry level jobs too. The employee satisfaction is largely positive and 55% approve of the C.E.O Mike Tattersfield. So the general consensus is that ‘it’s ok’ to work at. Considering the benefits offered, Caribou Coffee is not a bad place to work at.

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