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Half Price Books President and CEO Sharon Anderson Wright
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  • Fun place to work! Great benefits.

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    Former Employee - Bookseller in Frisco, TX
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Frisco, TX

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    Pros

    Great people, good training, awesome discount. Good pay for retail.

    Cons

    The management was disorganized at times.

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    Staff was very friendly and the interview was quite casual, the interviewer was very talkative and upbeat and seemed to enjoy conducting the interview. Almost all of the questions were about what section I would direct people to if they were looking for a certain book or type of book or giving them recommendations on the fly based on popular titles. There were two paper questionnaires as well which I was given to fill out during the course of the interview. One was more freeform and had more recommendation questions, while the other was a quiz on what authors might be found in certain sections and the authors of famous books e.g. Alice in Wonderland.

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Website www.halfpricebooks.com
Headquarters Dallas, TX
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1972
Type Company - Private
Industry Retail
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

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... More

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