- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I worked at Waterstone's part-time for more than a yearPros
One branch I worked at had great management and my colleagues were passionate about books. This created a nice atmosphere.
Pay was above NMWCons
One of the branches I worked at was poorly managed and had a high turnover of staff. Was not dealt with.
Not enough trust in staff.
Internet connection was poor.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Better rewards staff and branches which are performing well.RecommendsNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied in-person - interviewed at Waterstone's in September 2014.Interview Details
Arrived 5 minutes early for interview. Manager, who was on the phone, ignored me for 15 minutes to complete his call to the Area Manager. His opening gambit was to proceed loudly swear about how great the sales were in "his shop". Spent another 5 minutes printing out forms for me to read. Explained that recently the interview system had changed to the effect that all interviewees would receive the same questions, be it for temporary bookseller or managerial positions. After typing a couple of my responses onto his computer he claimed that my answers, "wouldn't cut it" and that I would have to start again. Upon which I walked out.Interview Questions
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Waterstone's customers find the company as refreshing as a cool drink of water. A leading bookseller in the UK, Waterstone's operates about 295 storefronts on high streets and at university campuses across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. It also has stores in Belgium and Amsterdam, as well as an e-commerce site. The company's flagship, on London's Piccadilly Street, is the largest bookshop in Europe and has floors dedicated to fiction, children's literature, and academic subjects, among other genres. Strapped by competition from the e-book industry and...