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Borders Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
448 Reviews
3.2
448 Reviews
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Borders President and CEO Michael J. Edwards
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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 seemed to be trying every method possible to save the company, but it was to late (in 32 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Miss this job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    My Borders team and I were like family. It took a special breed to thrive there and I am sad to see that it didn't work out in the end.

    Cons

    Continual changes of upper management and unrealistic or dated goals. A failure to adapt to a changing market.

  2.  

    Great place to work while it lasted

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Westbury, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in Westbury, NY

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

    Pros

    For someone who loves books, it was a great place to work and discuss with employees and customers about great reads.

    Cons

    Company bankruptcy. Poorly managed by the CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great merchandise - Poor corporate management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Borders General Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Borders General Manager in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Always informed on what was new and coming out in Books, Music and Video. Able to add a local flair to a point. In the early part of my time with the company, could be very responsive what was going on in the community. Many opportunities to meet people from many parts of mass media and entertainment as they toured the country.

    Cons

    No opportunities for career growth. No training after initial training to work on / develop skills. Compensation while good at first was less attractive after time due to only small increases given as time went on. No holiday benefits unless you worked the holiday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chain was killed by lack of foresight by upper management and former CEO turning the company into just another retailer. Stores lost their unique and local feeling over time.

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

    Loved working at Borders

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inventory Manager in Muncy, PA
    Former Employee - Inventory Manager in Muncy, PA

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

    Pros

    Atmosphere and customers were good.

    Cons

    Asking customers to buy books they weren't interested in.

  6.  

    Great!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent place to work if you like books

    Cons

    Very busy environment Great benefits Good hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great management

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I loved it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Replenishment Analyst in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Replenishment Analyst in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    There was always something to do, the people were great, the pay was perfect for the job title and we got free books from publishers.

    Cons

    The only challenge was that the business didn't keep up with changing market and went out of business.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Borders Corporate Offices

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Training Specialist in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Training Specialist in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, middle management

    Cons

    Poor decision making by upper level management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Alright place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    Most co-workers were awesome people.

    Cons

    The management was often lacking.

  10.  

    Bookseller

    Former Employee - Inventory Processing Team in Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Inventory Processing Team in Nashua, NH

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

    Pros

    Selling and recommending books is a fulfilling way to spend the day.
    You meet a wide variety of people with different interests.
    You are exposed to so many books and authors.

    Cons

    Pushy rewards program.
    It's a retail position, there will always be disgruntled customers.
    Management is sometimes non-responsive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up to date with trends.

  11.  

    Great place to work during college

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders part-time

    Pros

    Great corporate culture of individuality.

    Cons

    Like any retail job, nasty customers, long hours standing

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