SEOUL, March 22 (Korea Bizwire) — Olive Young and Starbucks have been named the most desirable franchises to work for by South Korean part-time workers, a new survey has found.
The South Korean drug store chain is the most popular workplace for part-time workers in South Korea, according to a survey conducted by part-time job search engine Albamon, with nearly 30 percent opting for the company.
Starbucks was the second most popular workplace among part-time workers, with 22.9 percent opting for the American coffeehouse chain, the website learned after asking 2,360 part-time workers and job seekers.
The U.S. coffee giant was knocked out of the top spot by Olive Young this year, after being voted as the most desirable workplace for part-time workers by the survey for two consecutive years.
When broken down by gender, women still preferred Olive Young over Starbucks, while male workers opted for the coffeehouse chain.
When asked about why, over 60 percent of the respondents cited good brand image, while just over 30 percent said it would be more fun to work in their franchise of choice.
Others said employee benefits were one of the key factors behind their answer, while some expected better wages.
Coffeehouse chain A Twosome Place ranked third, while Lotte Department Store, GS25 and Dunkin’ Donuts followed close behind.
Paris Baguette, Hollys Coffee and CU also ranked in the top 10 list, with most of the brands being cafes, bakeries or convenience stores.
Nearly 76 percent of the respondents said they preferred to work for a franchise, rather than an independent business establishment.
Advantages of working for a franchise included uniforms and a training system, as well as employee benefits such as discounts and coupons, while the drawbacks included lack of flexibility, disappointing wages and benefits, and a heavier workload.
Among the 1,878 respondents who had work experience at franchises, over 40 percent had a positive experience, while 11.6 percent said it was more bad than good.
Hyunsu Yim (firstname.lastname@example.org)