- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at Half Price Books full-timePros
I really enjoy how laid back the entire company is, from the store all the way to the top. It isn't unusual for the CEO to randomly pop in and say hello. I've heard it be said that this is a "hippie company" and they really live up to that. Love everyone, be good to the customers, employees, and the environment are the values they live by and it shows.
In addition to the laid back atmosphere, you really feel like you're making a difference. You're helping people learn and you're also learning in return. The feeling of reward is unparalleled in any job I have ever had and I know through talking to many other employees that the feeling is very widespread. It's very unusual to have a job that makes you happy to come to work, but this is definitely it.
And of course, the benefits. The benefits are amazing. You have the option of a normal plan or a premium plan and both are extremely affordable and it covers too much to list. They also offer benefits for same-sex couples and families too. The pay is also amazing for any retail store, let alone one that sells half price merchandise.Cons
There really isn't too much to list. Every store is different and everyone's experience will differ depending on the location and management. My experience has been quite good, as has most of the other HPB employees I know.
If there is one "con" it's probably the fact that there isn't as much of an opportunity to climb up the ladder as there might be at other jobs. Because of the pros listed above there isn't as much turn-over as there is at other retail establishments. However, because the pay is quite good and the yearly pay increase is fair, not to mention bonuses, it's definitely possible to live comfortably as a bookseller.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Keep up the good work. I would consider a pay increase (albiet smaller than for a shift leader) for ASIM's and M.O.D.'s since they're fulfilling those duties as well as being a bookseller, but that's really more a suggestion and not a complaint.RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Half Price Books in September 2013.Interview Details
As a transferring Assistant Manager from one district to another I had two phone interviews with the Store Manager, two email questionnaires, then flew out to meet the Store Manager and District Manager, spent a day working in the store, had an informal interview with the manager at the store then had a dinner interview with the Store Manger and District Manger.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsThere is little to no negotiating within HPB they have strict salary scales for position, location, and size of store. I told them what I needed they told me what they could do and I had to make the decision based on that.Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
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Half Price Books tries to live up to its name and its hippie roots. The bookstore chain sells used and new books, magazines, videos, DVDs, and music. Only about half of the merchandise it sells is new. Its roughly 110 stores are located in more than 15 states, primarily Texas. Its wholesale catalog division, Texas Bookman, reprints classics and other public domain works. Half Price Books has grown slowly but steadily; its stores keep a small-company look with secondhand and employee-made furnishings. The company was started by Ken Gjemre and Pat Anderson (late mom of...