Borders
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17% Approve of the CEO

Borders President and CEO Michael J. Edwards

Michael J. Edwards

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35% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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not too bad, not too great either

Bookseller/Barista (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Borders part-time for more than a year

ProsBeing surrounded by books is always nice!

ConsHours and pay are not great!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Borders operates as a reactionary retailer.

Key-holder (Current Employee)
Highland Park, IL

I have been working at Borders

ProsBorders has a customer friendly atmosphere. They offer great deals to those who are part of the rewards programs. Medical benefits are quite good for those who are full time employees.

ConsThey do not have any sense of promoting from within. Managers are nearly always hired from the outside. There is a lot of micromanaging from the corporate headquarters.

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Cashier (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Borders

Proswell for a student its ok

Consthe company do not do a good job in promoting employees from within.

Advice to Senior Managementtreat you employees right!!!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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part timer benefits, but low pay

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Borders

ProsThe people you would work with are the nicest people ever. There are a lot of creative types trying to make a living doing something else or going to school. It is a good place for part time work or if you have another job with no benefits. The benefits for part timers and nice co-coworkers really keeps me hanging around. Oh and you get a discount on purchases and can borrow books like a library.

ConsIt is full of bureaucracy. Corporate always has some new directive and procedure that you have to adapt to. The managers are bound to enforce it whether they like it or not. The benefits and personal freedom seem to get more limited as the days pass. Pushing people to buy X (whatever corporate focuses on at that time) has really become standard routine where it once was not. It's too bad because personally I hate going to places like that let alone having to be the person I hate. Oh and no matter how much more you are expected to do, you do not get any more pay for it.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to get your staff members a raise every now and then. Push for something more significant than .05.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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SBC - The Unwanted Child

Cafe Supervisor (Current Employee)
Saint Charles, IL

I have been working at Borders

Pros- No dress code for book sellers
- A very casual, laid back place to work
- Every employee can communicate with each other via personal walkie-talkie

Cons- Mandatory dress code for cafe staff
- Upper management did not want SBC/cafe and treats it as an issue rather than a partner
- VERY little support from all over managers/supervisors when it comes to helping out with anything cafe related..... even though every single person has been trained!

Advice to Senior ManagementPractice what you preach to your supervisors and associates.... be a team player!

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Nice place to visit but wouldn't wanna work there

Floor Sales (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Borders

Prosrelaxed dress code, most employees are fun to work with, meet great customers now and then, flexible schedule, average benefits, employee discount is fair

ConsDM offers no constructive advice only negative and never acknowldeges employees, GM is a slob who shows up 3 hrs early in the morning to eat her breakfast in her office on company salary time, one store manager carries the weight of the ineffiient secong mgr, too much to do w/ too little staff , communication is next to nil, employee benefits shrinking.

Advice to Senior Managementit does not take that much effort to type out something in Word and post it when changes are made. No, employees wont call daily to see if changes are made - you have a phone list so use it. Just because you are salaried does not mean you cant run a register anymore. In times of cut backs you can't just ask staffers to step it up. Speak up about the cuts in hours instead of obeying the DM blindly.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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seasonal help

Seasonal Associate (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Borders

ProsDiscount on merchandise and personality driven sales floor.

ConsNo encouragement towards advancement, no feedback on performance, no opportunities for growth.

Advice to Senior ManagementValue the in-store workers, because they are the face of the company to the customers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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