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Barnes & Noble College Bookstores Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
188 Reviews
3.3
188 Reviews
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Barnes & Noble College Bookstores President and COO Max J. Roberts
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53 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    If you're an individual who it matters what the company does that you work for, you may not be satisfied.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores

    Pros

    Easily the most convenient job I've ever had. All of the following may just have been my branch. They were very flexible with my hours.

    Cons

    We were always over-scheduled, massively over-scheduled. A typical 8 hour shift in the middle of the semester consists of a lot of twiddling of the thumbs and aimlessly refolding of clothes. Our management would talk to us like we our idiots, even after 3 years with them. As you gain seniority, you become nothing to them if they know you're not interested in moving up with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In regards to my title, it's disturbing that our education system institutions would pair up with a company that has such unnecessary mark up on products. Taking advantage of college students, especially freshmen, at its finest. My advice would be to simply look at the prices Amazon, Half.com and other venders charge and see how you can become more competitive. There's no reason to charge an extra $80 for the same exact book that would be $15 on Amazon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not a horrible experience but very close, it could have been much better.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    The reasons I liked it were my friends because, many came into the bookstore often and some decided to work with me.

    Cons

    Limited work hours, low wages with policies designed to restrict pay raises for employees, poor training procedures, and serious communication issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I recommend reviewing the management training process, the employee training process, positively changing some key policies on customer purchases, and definitely decreasing restrictions on employee wages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Fun work environment, no room for advancement

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    Former Employee - Bookseller in Sonoma, CA
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Sonoma, CA

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores

    Pros

    Get to work with a lot of fun people, young and energetic.

    Cons

    low pay, no room for advancement within company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    allow workers to grow as employees, as most of them are in college

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worked part time as a barista at the cafe

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    Former Employee - Cafe Barista in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Cafe Barista in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Pretty easy and straightforward job responsibilities, people are nice and fun to work with, schedules are flexible and made on a weekly basis, paychecks every Friday.

    Cons

    Minimum wage, impossible to get a raise unless you work year round and they make you wear goofy aprons and hats.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the goofy aprons and hats and let baristas wear plain clothes like the rest of the employees. Customers will like the feel of a more laid-back dress code instead of the corporate uniform look.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fun work environment, very flexible schedule

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    Former Employee - Bookseller in Binghamton, NY
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Binghamton, NY

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

    Pros

    They hire students and understand the need for a flexible schedule. You get to interact with the books consistently, which is a plus if you don't mind building your reading list to impossible lengths. I had really great management at Binghamton University but I can't speak to the staffing at other schools. They trust their employees and give them a lot of responsibility.

    Cons

    Minimum wage, even after two years. Lots of heavy lifting, but us college kids can generally handle that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores

    Pros

    every work is done in teams and every one feels like its like their home.

    Cons

    less options to grow personally

  8.  

    It's alright for a campus job

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    Current Employee - Bookseller in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Bookseller in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores

    Pros

    very flexible schedule and work with you when you ask for days off
    not a hard job
    very relaxed environment

    Cons

    boring
    little hours
    not a lot of people get seasonal and not a lot of hours given
    don't have a lot of place to grow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give more hours to your seasonal and treat them better and look like you appreciate them

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

    I've enjoyed working here. Great people, great benefits and great experience.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Department Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Assistant Department Manager in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Working with college students and buying at the store level.

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours are long.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    It was okay...

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    Former Employee - Cafe Barista in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Cafe Barista in Gainesville, FL

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores

    Pros

    -35% employee discount
    -flexible hours
    -coworkers are fun

    Cons

    -no tips
    -no raises, bonuses or other benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work structure in this place was very chaotic. Regular employees have to train new employees without extra compensation. Everyone who works there has his/her own way of making drinks instead of following the standard procedures and recipes that are used in Starbucks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Bookseller in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Bookseller in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, great customers, very good inventory. Great discount.

    Cons

    No room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This position cannot be improved and should remain as is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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