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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I have been working at Half Price Books full-time (More than 3 years)


    Very generous benefits unheard of in the retail sector. - 401 K matching - paid vacation / sick leave that carries over each year, earned every paycheck. - 1 hour lunches - Insurance either free or inexpensive (Health / Life / Dental / Vision). Lots of employees hold down the job so that they can get insurance for their spouse / kids. - 50% off most used merchandise (including dvds) - Ability to move up fairly fast depending on availability and competition in the area. A majority of employees are content with book seller position (entry level) due to small financial incentive for increased responsibility. Promotions most likely capped at store manager unless a life-time employee (10 years +) - Fast paced environment - entry level salary is competitive in most districts.


    - Raises are very slow and minimal unless you get a raise due to a promotion. The raises are given as a small percentages of current wage. - As with other retail jobs you will have to work nights and weekends. Unless you are Assistant Store Manager and up there really isn't a fixed schedule for most districts.

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Greenwood, IN
    Accepted Offer
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    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Half Price Books (Greenwood, IN) in August 2015.


    Applied online. Received two interviews that were a couple of days apart. Business casual dress. Both interviews were quite a relaxed environment. The interview questions weren't scripted which was wonderful. I honestly felt as though they were genuinely interested in me as a person.

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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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