More Than Just Milkshakes: Work at Stewart’s and Become a Millionaire


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It’s no secret that Stewart’s is one of the most well-loved places in Upstate NY for those of us on the other side of the checkout counter. But what about for the hardworking employees who provide us with some of the best coffee, milkshakes and sour gummy worms money can buy?

Well, over 60 of those employees are going to be millionaires and about 1,000 of them are working up to $100,000 in retirement balances thanks to the company’s Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP), according to a recent article from the Albany Times Union.

Can you imagine? One day you’re an hourly employee punching the clock and the next day (or like, ya know 30+ years later), you can take a deep breath and know you’re going to be financially stable when it comes time to retire. That’s the dream, people!


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I’ve worked retail jobs –never food, that’s not my thing, and being in the customer service industry isn’t that glamorous. There’s more to it than cashing people out and keeping the floors clean –I’m sure the employees of Stewart’s deal with the occasional most miserable human on earth, some rowdy late-night drunk crowds and annoying teenagers who make their jobs hard and sometimes unrewarding.

But think about it, when your company is thriving (Stewart’s is estimated at a $910 million valuation, holy WHOA), and they recognize so much of its success has to do with its dedicated employees, the company wants to pay it forward and make the work worth your while.

I don’t know a lot about how stocks work or anything like that, but these numbers are impressive for even dummies like me. The takeaway is that Stewart’s is on fire, thanks to its customers who keep the cash flow coming in and the employees who show up every day and make our favorite place even more special.

Who needs to be miserable and work for New York State in a cubicle for the benefits when you can be a partner (yes, they call their employees partners) at Stewart’s and smile your way to the bank? 

If this makes you want a job at Stewart’s, which it definitely should, check out their careers here.


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