Baker & Taylor Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
49 Reviews
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  1.  

    not for me

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    Former Employee - Cls  in  Momence, IL
    Former Employee - Cls in Momence, IL

    I worked at Baker & Taylor full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Easy to get in, above min wage

    Cons

    no notice overtime one day, then sent home early the next. Very repetitive, secluded with no social interaction most of the day. If your not on the supervisors good side, be ready to be bullied and crying. It seems like A LOT of people come and go from this company. There's a reason why. 6-2:30 was too early for me, but CLS is only on that shift.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into your supervisors/workers. Ask opinions. Happy workers make happy customers which make money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    My peers and managers were afraid to voice their opinions and ideas even if the department direction was a failing one.

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    Former Employee - Web Designer/Developer  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Web Designer/Developer in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Baker & Taylor full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good learning experience. managment doesnt value employess

    Cons

    not a good family work life. doesn't understand user experience or the value of it. every blindly follows without voicing solid ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the opinions and ideas of your team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great employees, but favoritism is big

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    Former Employee - General Employee  in  Reno, NV
    Former Employee - General Employee in Reno, NV

    I worked at Baker & Taylor full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You can make an okay wage for this day and age and there is an incentive program. Most of the management team is fun.

    Cons

    Company isn't as stable as it used to be due to the poor economy and the advances of digital technology. Most of management has been there for many years and has their favorite people. Not a whole lot of room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair. Smile. Most of all, be fair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good people. Lukewarm strategy and focus.

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Baker & Taylor full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Run and managed by good people

    Cons

    Has only lukewarm strategy and focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Favoritism at its worst and lack of vision

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    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer  in  Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Bridgewater, NJ

    I worked at Baker & Taylor full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I can't think of any, I was looking for a new job within two weeks of starting there and glad I got out!

    Cons

    Where do I start, filthy office, broken desk furniture and the favoritism I saw between a director and a direct report/manager was unbelievable it was like watching a master and his puppy dog!

    I worked in technology and any suggestions on improvement are met with a resounding NO simply because my manager (the puppy dog) and his boss didn't understand the technology, plus how could you challenge what they did in the past?

    I was a full time salaried employee however I felt I was treated like an hourly employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump all the middle managers and directors, *maybe* that'll help you get things straightened out but I doubt it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    good

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    Former Employee - Warehouse  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Warehouse in Denver, CO

    I worked at Baker & Taylor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    movies. CD. and good people

    Cons

    none this was like a dream job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you get the best products to start with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    They have a supervisor in their CLS department who is verbally abusive, Other departments are fine.

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    Former Employee - Custom Library Services  in  Momence, IL
    Former Employee - Custom Library Services in Momence, IL

    I worked at Baker & Taylor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you like overtime, they have their fair share. Book and video discounts. Good bonus for good work.

    Cons

    Overtime is mandatory and without notice. You have to keep records of your work to fight for your bonus. They have a manager who screams in your face and no one stops her. No union to help you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire her if you don't know who she is just ask. I have been away for over 2 years and she is still sending employees home in tears. Most employees will take overtime if offered, unless they have no sitter ready or a wedding to go to. So, make it a request first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Poor management and no direction in the school market.

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Baker & Taylor full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work schedule tied to school year

    Cons

    Limited database for customers. Limited growth with no room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is non-responsive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Easy going and good pay

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    Former Employee - Merchandiser  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Baker & Taylor part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay for part time job
    Allow merchandisers to work independently
    Good communication from DMs
    Flexible days and hours

    Cons

    Travel depending on where you live
    Low hours during certain times of the year
    No performance evaluation for over 18 months

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regular reviews and raises would encourage longevity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baker & Taylor

    Pros

    Ability to do System Admin work plus 3PAR SAN work, RHEL 6 on vMware, and Data Protector.

    Cons

    Work for a small part of a large company which is becoming unstable.

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