Borders Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
441 Reviews
3.2
441 Reviews
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Borders President and CEO Michael J. Edwards
Michael J. Edwards
139 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Coworkers were fabulous people, love of 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 28 reviews)

  • constant change, not much room for advancement, company went out of business (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    horrible place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    General Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Borders full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Daily updates to policies and procedures as well as constant communication about company priorities

    Cons

    Company priorities could change on a dime

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The end was there all the time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    People I worked with in my store were the best, most dedicated people I've known

    Cons

    Corporate disconnect, mistakes and desperation, look for them where you are and get out ASAP

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Marketing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Marketing in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Borders full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people were exceptional to work with!! Family & Fun enviornment!

    Cons

    The workload was astronomical and pay was sub par.

  6.  

    NA

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Borders

    Pros

    Work environment, work-life balance, and so on

    Cons

    They went out of business

  7.  

    Borders, a company struggling to keep up with Amazon and Barnes and Noble

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    Great company history. The culture was to do things internally and not to outsource... that provided a good sense of job security when there was a ton of work to do !!!

    Cons

    The stores and technology used at the stores was old and outdated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Catch up to the competition

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It was great.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    I liked working around books.

    Cons

    They never offered raises for people who worked there for a long time.

  9.  

    Too Bad Its Gone

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    Working with books and book people was great.

    Cons

    Management often discouraged creativity. Too bad they couldn't stabilize themselves in time.

  10.  

    Was once great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    Intersting co-workers, and great product.

    Cons

    Bad management, desperate corporate machinations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Sales Team

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    I liked working with the books in the store

    Cons

    The management at my location was horrible.

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