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Half Price Books President and CEO Sharon Anderson Wright
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    Former Employee - Bookseller in Corpus Christi, TX
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Corpus Christi, TX

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    Pros

    Nice discount, insurance is great, pay is not bad for retail. Flexible hours and day off requests.

    Cons

    They keep shrinking the amount of sick time and vacation leave available. They sent us a lot of 'new' stuff which is just stuff they bought cheaply from random distributors. And they MADE us put it out before anything else even if there was no room. I'm talking like fifty puzzles a week, when no one bought them.


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    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Half Price Books (Highland Park, IL).

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    First there was a brief phone call asking me to come in.

    Interview consisted of two managers. It was pretty casual. Clothing was also casual. Both managers were pretty nice and at the end asked if I had any questions for them.

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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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