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Updated April 30, 2015
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  1. 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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    -no tips
    -no raises, bonuses or other benefits

    Advice to Management

    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.

  2. Fun and fast pace

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people you help get their school books

    Cons

    It was seasonal and if your not a student parking sucks

  3. cafe server

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores

    Pros

    good hours and mangers good with time off

    Cons

    none like the job good place to work

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great co-workers, but typical uphill battle

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The 401k match was nice and so was vacation, as long as you met the requirements. It was a pretty easy job and it was easy to work while going to school because you could have a gap in classes and work a 3 hour shift.

    Cons

    Raises were horrible. Only .25 a year and no comission. There's no real motivation to work your hardest because it's not like you're going to get a better review than anyone slacking off.

    Advice to Management

    Make a more specific raise system. Allow for more overtime when needed. Bring back the quarter raise for cross training.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Good for a corporate run bookstore

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    Former Employee - Textbook Manager
    Former Employee - Textbook Manager

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Because BNC is more careful about the stores they add to their portfolio, their stores have not suffered from recent economy problems the way FHEG stores have suffered. As a consequence, you have enough staff, mostly, to get the job done. Most any idea you decide to implement is fine, although sometimes you have to tell the district manager that it was the professors' idea to keep books in the store later than the corporate timeline, rather than admit the idea was your own because the corporate timeline is unquestionable, but customers can trump it. As an hourly position, it's nice to be limited to 40 hours most week, and it's nice to get overtime those few weeks a year they allow you to work extra hours.

    All employees except one were welcoming and competent and a joy to work with. I would have gladly stayed for a decade had I not received a better offer.

    Cons

    However, when one key guy left in shipping and receiving, he was not replaced, and it was a struggle to get along without his expertise and, despite losing 40 hours a week in the shipping/receiving department, the workload did not diminish. This put a huge strain on the remaining shipping/receiving guy.

    Being limited to 40 hours per week makes it difficult to get things done. Being non-salaried and non-bonus-eligible was very difficult to accept.

    In my store, the assistant manager was the former textbook manager, which led to problems where a dysfunctional assistant manager would go to him to override me, and he blithely went along with it. My assistant textbook manager was completely out of hand and would receive no discipline from above. Nothing I tried to reach her worked. She carried out vendettas against associates she did not like, almost resulting in the loss of jobs of good employees.

    Advice to Management

    Work for two weeks in the jobs you've eliminated to see if they can really be eliminated. If you have to keep filling in for 5 months, then the job was really necessary; that second shipping spot needs to be filled with a dedicated associate. Also, stop allowing the Assistant Store Manager to override the Textbook Manager. Do not allow the dysfunctional Assistant Textbook Manager to go to the Assistant Store Manager instead of the Textbook Manager. And do not allow the ATM to carry out any more vendettas against good employees.

  7. Very chill environment, but low pay

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    Current Employee - Cashier in Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Cashier in Lynchburg, VA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I got great discounts-35% off on merchandise and 25% off on textbooks. They treat their employees well with that benefit. Also the hours were very flexible and they are open to change in schedules.

    Cons

    Hourly pay is extremely low. Definitely not enough to live off of, not even for a college student.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to have closed containers of water behind the counter. Sometimes I get lift headed and can't work properly without it.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Started great over time kinda got worn out.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great connection with client, working atmosphere pretty okay once familiar with the process, and room for growth

    Cons

    Store manager sometimes unreliable and unorganized. Upper management goals very high with little training. Staff hiring and firing is very high for part timers. Pay very low for full time workers and days off very limited.

    Advice to Management

    Training is key to success!!

  9. Great place for college students.

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    Former Employee - Bookseller in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Works with class schedule, flexible hours, no weekends in most stores.

    Cons

    need to employee more people. Most jobs are temporary lasting 1-2 months.

    Advice to Management

    hire more people.

  10. Not for book lovers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Access to all of the great books, great for interacting with people from all over the world.

    Cons

    Very low wages, no room for growth

  11. Nice if you are looking for work on campus.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good discounts on cloths and books, both of which can be really expensive.

    Cons

    No room for growth and not likely to get any kind of raise. Difficult to get more hours.

    Advice to Management

    Allow pay increases. Just because most of us are college students doesn't mean we deserve lower wages, it doesn't hurt to offer a little bit of a raise every so often.

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