If you’re into fitness and eating healthy, then perhaps a Jamba Juice application may net you a job you can truly enjoy. So, let’s have a look at Jamba Juice, and see what they’re about.
Jamba Juice was founded in 1990, in San Luis Obispo, California by a cyclist and health buff named Kirk Perron. Nine years later, Jamba Juice bought out another smoothie chain called Zuka Juice, and began a period of very rapid expansion. In 2006, the original owners were bought out by corporate investors in a complex stock swap deal. Also in 2008, Jamba Juice began adding sandwiches and salads to its juice offerings, in a major departure from its original concept.
Today Jamba Juice has about 6,000 employees, and annual revenues somewhere in excess of 250 million US dollars per year. There are roughly 750 Jamba Juice locations in the USA, approximately 60% franchisees and 40% company-owned. There are also a dozen or so international locations in Canada, the Philippines, the Bahamas, and South Korea.
Jamba Juice Jobs
While there are corporate jobs available occasionally, the vast majority of the jobs at Jamba Juice are in the stores themselves. And those jobs are very simply described.
In terms of salaried positions, there are two, General Manager and Shift Manager. The former is in charge of the whole store, and the latter runs a shift.
In terms of hourly positions, there are also two, Team Member and Team Lead. That’s right, the same job category does everything, and then there’s a supervisory version. Make the juice, make sandwiches, run the register, receive incoming shipments, answer phones, take to-go orders, sweep and mop the floor, take inventory, clean the tables, you name it, it’s all the same job category. This is further simplified by the fact that, apparently, everyone starts as Team Member and works up to Team Lead.
Anonymous feedback from current and former Jamba Juice employees reveals a downright mediocre employee satisfaction rating. It’s not bad, but it’s not good. The same anonymous feedback shows that a lackluster 56% “approve of” CEO James D. White.
Getting That Job At Jamba Juice
The Jamba Juice career site is at www.jambajuice.com/careers .
Like the job categories, the site is simple and straightforward, but also not terribly informative. You click on Job Listings. Then you click on Team Members. And you see a total of 10 or 12 listings, for the whole USA. Given that there are always far more openings for hourly workers than for managers, and given that there are 50 or more listings for managers, (if you click on the Store Management link), it seems very clear that Jamba Juice is not listing most of their hourly positions online. In all sober truth, it would seem best to use the enter-your-zipcode store locator at the top of the page to find the nearest Jamba Juice store, and go physically in to the store to apply. There is an application form here which you can print, fill out ahead of time, and take in with you.
And now here are a few tidbits of information that may be helpful –
- Average wage for a Team Member is $8.03 per hour, with reports varying from a low of $6.00 per hour to a high of $10.00 per hour.
- Average wage for a Team Lead is $9.39 per hour, with reports varying from a low of $7.00 per hour to a high of $12.00 per hour.
- Applicants who apply in person often receive their first interview immediately, and then a follow-up interview within three days.
- Applicants who apply online usually receive a phone call within 24 hours to schedule an interview.
- Sample interview question – “Name something you bought recently, and sell it to me in 30 seconds.”
- Sample interview question – “How have you gone out of your way to provide excellent customer service?”
- Sample interview question – “Why do you want to work at Jamba Juice?”
- Sample interview question – “What is good customer service to you?”
- Sample interview question – “Tell me about yourself”.
The last three sample questions here, while they may seem almost painfully simple, appeared in interview reports over and over.
And there you have a summary of the job picture at this well-known firm. The interview process is reported to be very easy and relaxed, and getting hired is apparently not hard. If you’re having trouble finding a job in this troubled economy, filling out a Jamba Juice application may well be worth your while.