Borders Reviews

Updated August 11, 2015
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Borders President and CEO Michael J. Edwards
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Pros
  • The customers, the people that you work with, discounts on books and music (in 26 reviews)

  • They had a nice employee discount (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • upper management, Direction of company & loss of culture (in 32 reviews)

  • not a lot of room for advancement because there is not a lot of people leaving (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Horrible

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    Former Employee - Bookseller/Barista in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Bookseller/Barista in Nashville, TN

    Pros

    You got to take a break on a horrid 10 hour shift.

    Cons

    Never stand idle. They would call you out on the radio

    Advice to Management

    Find a new job


  2. Sorry to see them go

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with. The technology was cutting edge. Learned a lot about eCommerce and OMS technology. Kitchen was top notch.

    Cons

    Company went out of business. Made the great mistake of outsourcing their fulfillment to Amazon and never recovered. They should have never allowed people to lounge around in the bookstore and read for hours.


  3. It was a great job while it lasted.

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    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Borders full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Initially this was a great company filled with passionate employees who really cared about books, and the other products we carried. People who were committed to engaging customers and sharing their knowledge. Upper management had experience working in the stores and really worked to support the sales staff, the atmosphere was one of hard work in a fun environment.

    Cons

    Once the leadership began a revolving door of change and the mindset became one of cookie cutter retail big box stores, the atmosphere became oppressive. Policies were applied with heavy handed rigor even though the company had lost its direction and sense of purpose. Borders went from asking, "Are you curious?" to attempting to force unwanted product into customers hands.

    Advice to Management

    It would have been beneficial to actually listen to the employees, and the customers, before it became too late.


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  5. Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People, books, advancement, salary & benefits

    Cons

    upper management, Direction of company & loss of culture


  6. Poor marketing led to the down fall of Borders

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    Former Employee - Book Seller
    Former Employee - Book Seller
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Borders part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Intellectual group of employees. Discounts of books. Lots of access to new types of music and films.

    Cons

    Our intelligence was not useful for the companies. We were told to recommend books that the company wanted to promote rather than our own personal recommendations. We needed to carry a focus book all the time as a way to start conversations. Many required recommendations were for books that had a mainstream audience. The store lost interest in promoting local music. This was the major downfall of the company. They centralized their operations without allowing each store to market books and media toward their own unique customer demographic. Our store was doing good, but because the company went bankrupt, we had to close down. Also, benefits were wonderful in the beginning. Then year after year, they cut them drastically. Many full time employees were reduced to part-time so the company didnt have to pay full time benefits. Many people lost money in the stock options. The company blamed the online book stores as the reason for their demise. They did enter the online market very late in the game. Also, the internal book inventory service did not allow us to search for titles efficiently. Normally, if we are given clues by a customer on a book or song they were looking for, we would do an internet search. Because of security reasons, the story did not allow internet connectivity but still provided free wifi to their customers. This was before tablets were popular, and before smartphones. It seemed that were supposed to be the brains behind the search, but of course, that is impossible.

    Advice to Management

    They did not care about what each store did to support their local clientele.


  7. such a sad story

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    smart people to work with

    Cons

    everything else. It seems most retail jobs are basically the same now. It's all about selling the goddamn loyalty programs and being a puppet. I'll never work retail again.


  8. Later, much...

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Wilmette, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Wilmette, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Borders full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working at Borders was perfect and frustrating.

    Cons

    Gone. Broke. Extinct. Not to worry.


  9. ok

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    Current Employee - SALES CLERK in New York, NY
    Current Employee - SALES CLERK in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Borders part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Books and decent customers to work with.

    Cons

    Low pay. Not much room for advancement.


  10. Terrible

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Bookseller in Pleasantville, NY
    Former Employee - Cashier/Bookseller in Pleasantville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Borders part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of hours available for anyone interested

    Cons

    Blackballed from working there because I gave my two weeks to the assistant manager, who never relayed it to the manager. Company went bankrupt a few weeks after I left


  11. A soulless piece of meat

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    Former Employee - Bookseller in Bolingbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Bolingbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Borders full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun to work around books.

    Cons

    Management by humiliation Smokers allowed more breaks than non-smokers After 1 year of great service I was given a 00.17 raise Employees expected to prepare special events off the clock

    Advice to Management

    Going on the "warpath" is not inspiring --



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