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    Great place to work -- Could be even better...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Powell's Books full-time (more than 10 years)


    Books are the best. Powell's employees get a great discount and the benefits package is pretty amazing. Some wonderful creative people work here and the ratio of life:work is ideal. Super flexible schedules (up to a point).


    Due to the union, there are no performance based raises. It creates an environment in which high performers are not compensated appropriately and in general tend to make the same, or even less, than slackers. It could be much less, depending on how long the slacker has been there as there are equal-annual-across the board raises.

    The technology is WAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY out of date.

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    Spend the money to upgrade your technology. Reward your high performers.

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    Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Powell's Books in August 2013.

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    I applied online, and they sent me an email inviting me in for a group interview. There were 4 other people scheduled, but only 2 other people showed up for the interview. We were asked 6 questions, and it took about an hour. The order in which we answered was rotated; i.e., we would go clockwise starting from me, and then starting from the person to my left for the next question. The group format mostly seemed like a way to streamline the interview process by allowing them to interview more than one person at a time.

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Website www.powells.com
Headquarters Portland, OR
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1981
Type Company - Private
Industry Retail
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year

Powell's may not be the big dog when it comes to books, but its dog-eared volumes keep it near the front of the pack. The book retailer maintains more than a handful of stores in the Portland, Oregon, area including its flagship City of Books store, which covers a city block and contains more than 1 million volumes. It sells new, used, out-of-print, and rare books; it even sells books that are returned to online bookseller Amazon.com. The company operates specialty stores for cookbooks and gardening, technical books, and travel books; it also features author readings and... More

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