Borders Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. OK Retail Experience

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    Former Employee - Bookseller in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    Relaxed environment and flexibility with schedule. It was fun having the opportunity to stay current with trends in literature.

    Cons

    Corporate management didn't seem to know how to best run the company and keep it in business. They were clearly not listening to their associates on the selling floor who had day-to-day interactions with the customer base. Several marketing and product campaigns fell flat because they were tone-deaf.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great at the beginning, difficult at the end.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Staff and co-workers were the best aspect of working for the company.

    Cons

    Poor leadership ultimately led to the company's demise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. It was okay while it lasted

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    Closed, but did enjoy working there

    Cons

    Closed, sad that is closed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shouldn't have teamed with Amazon.

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  5. Loved the work and people. Corporate did not keep up with the marketplace.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    The workplace was fun, interesting and your customers were shared your interest in books.

    Cons

    As in all retail, the hours are tough on the family and a few customers are rude and demanding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    Fun environment to work in with an amazing team of people. We always were learning new things considering it was a bookstore.

    Cons

    Consider it is now closed, I would say that's the biggest con. Borders rewards was a scam. Upper Management seemed to be trying every method possible to save the company, but it was to late.

  7. Sucked to see it go

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    Great people, fun atmosphere,

    Cons

    Started off well enough but as soon as the company was going under, upper management started to implement changes to try and keep money: cutting hours, eliminating raises, laying people off, removing some benefits, forcing ridiculous policies. I can go on and on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late to tell management anything now. The company no longer exists.

  8. General Manager

    Former Employee - General Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - General Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    solid field management, generous PTO and merchandise discounts,available, operational autonomy. Solid support from peer group as well.

    Cons

    Inconsistent and reactionary upper management. Initiatives were often started and then abandoned before they could be fully implemented. Too worried about the next quarterly result and at the expense of long-term success.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Nice people, but management was a mess

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Bookseller in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Cashier/Bookseller in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Other Employees knowledgeable, fun to work with

    Cons

    Leaders ran company into the ground
    Very difficult to move forward
    Pushed Borders Plus cards too hard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Review Title

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    Former Contractor - Security Guard in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Security Guard in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Borders as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    One in which I am able to provide my best to my work, develop professionally, and help my teammates accomplish the tasks.

    Cons

    Provides services and solutions to various industry leaders in the field services. I'd be glad to develop myself with such a company in this prospective field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Address how did I use RAID configuration/know raid technology
    2) What do i know about Perl and Shell scripting? How have I used it?
    3) Linux, Unix, and Windows - what do I know about them and how have I used them?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. horrible place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great fun and friendly customers

    Cons

    minimum wage with no possibility of a raise!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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