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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I worked at Better World Books full-time (more than an year)Pros
I worked in the UK division of this global bookseller
Better World Books has a positive impact in many ways - it is a valuable source of income for literacy charities and libraries who benefit from each sale , and is great for the environment.
When I worked there I saw people get chances at jobs and develop who where unlikely to get jobs anywhere else due to lack of experience or other barriers.
As it was a growing start-up , there was room to progress for talented employees in at the beginning, who may not have had lots of experience previously
Lots of lovely , genuine people working thereCons
Salary/benefits for supervisors , support staff and warehouse employees was pretty poor
Some of the senior managers/supervisors in the UK had poor people management skills , where unable to take feedback and where overtly negative to the point you wondered why they did not leave.
Poor or dysfunctional behaviors by some employees was not addressed by managers due to lack of skill/will on the managers part
Books are becoming finite as ebooks take off - no diversification strategy appeared to be in place when I worked there
US CEO, Andy P- although I believe he has now leftAdvice to ManagementAdvice
Keep growing , and reward and actively develop your lower level employees
Change the culture to a more open and honest approach
Promote active listening and open feedback
Diversify!RecommendsPositive OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online – interviewed at Better World Books in March 2012.Interview Details
phone screen with HR, then on-site with 2 individuals. typical HR questions in regard to process, policies, systems, benefits. Second on-site interview was a presentation of top 3 issues the role needed to tackle. 6-8 people attended, included some via phone.
Everyone was very nice and seemed bright - seemed like an "interesting" place to work.Interview Questions
No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
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Better World Books is a for-profit social enterprise that collects and sells books online matching each purchase with a donation, book for book, and with each sale generating funds for literacy initiatives in the U.S. and around the world.
With more than eight million new and used titles in stock, Better World Books is a self-sustaining company that balances the social, economic and environmental values of its stakeholders.