Barnes & Noble College Bookstores Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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Barnes & Noble College Bookstores President and COO Max J. Roberts
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Pros
  • Student workers loved having 20% discount on textbooks and apparel (in 8 reviews)

  • You get a bit of a discount on books, sometimes big wigs come in and buy everyone lunch (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no way to earn above minimum wage even if you have been working 5 (in 14 reviews)

  • Don't look for any growth potential in this part of B&N (in 9 reviews)

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  1. loved it!

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    Former Employee - Department Manager
    Former Employee - Department Manager

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Customers, atmosphere, co workers, paid time off, benefits, medical insures, and fun place to work.

    Cons

    Thin staff, only management has medical benefits, compete with Amazon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Good place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores

    Pros

    I really love it here

    Cons

    I wish I was paid more

  3. Perfect College Job, Not much room to grow

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Worcester, MA

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The managers at my bookstore worked around everyone's class schedule so it never conflicted with academics. Discounts on expensive books for classes. Up to date with all the new merchandise being sold in store, as well as the great discounts.

    Cons

    There was no room to grow and also raises were not given in a timely manner. Sometimes you were scheduled anytime you had a space between classes. things had to be in their place or else it was incorrect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Giving fair wage increases to the sales/cashiers when they have shown a lot of improvement.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5. Love working here

    Current Employee - Bookseller
    Current Employee - Bookseller

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores

    Pros

    Flexibility and room for growth. Bestseller management training program

    Cons

    Consitintley cuts in payroll which pressures employees beyond breaking point

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give time to actually complete tasks

  6. Fast growing company. Food is great

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Shawan at Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Shawan at Hunt Valley, MD

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores

    Pros

    Fast advancement. Great training. Food is excellent and everything is made fresh

    Cons

    Because the company is fairly new changes are constant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to employee needs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. good college job

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    Current Employee - Bookseller in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Bookseller in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Good hours
    - Great employee discounts; especially the 2 bonus discount weeks each year,
    - Positive atmosphere
    - Bookstore events brought in a lot of interesting community members for talks.
    - For a part-time college job, the pay was alright and was above minimum wage for my state.
    - Bad, lazy employees were quickly weeded out.
    - Th District and Regional managers I met had high but fair standards, were friendly, and interested in how each store and its employees were doing.
    - I was given the chance to cross train into multiple sections of the store (GM, textbooks, general reading, tech store, shipping)

    Cons

    None, I look back on my time there fondly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This was a great place to work while I was in college.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. I loved it.

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    Former Employee - Department Manager in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    In my position: fast-paced, varied work days, good management, great co-workers, good pay.

    Cons

    Highly critical yearly reviews. Incredibly long hours during rush. Endless tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept feedback from the field. Don't eliminate key positions. Establish a maximum 60-hour workweek during rushes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great Environment

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    Former Employee - Bookseller in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Danbury, CT

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, good work life balance, book discounts

    Cons

    None when I was there!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great company terrible leadership at executive level.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Reading, team work, longevity, and hours.

    Cons

    Poor communication, leadership, and trust from upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to company values and research the inconsistencies at District ad Regional levels in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Cafe Manager

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    Current Employee - Cafe Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Cafe Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good paid time off benefits. Flexible schedule.
    Promotions typically occur internally.

    Cons

    Work/life balance sometimes suffers due to high turnover.
    Constantly hiring new servers but not allocated hours to properly train them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the stores some flexibility when it comes to procedures. What works at some stores may not work at others. If we are efficient and get the same work done, leave it alone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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