Barnes & Noble Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Pros
  • The Employees discount on books and coffee (in 42 reviews)

  • Employee Discount; Cafe Discount (in 108 reviews)

Cons
  • You are expected to complete too many tasks for minimum wage (in 79 reviews)

  • Little possibility of moving from part time to full time - hours are being cut back to avoid paying healthcare (in 61 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Part Time Book Seller in Tanasbourne, OR
    Former Employee - Part Time Book Seller in Tanasbourne, OR

    I worked at Barnes & Noble part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They were very flexible when it came to hours and the discounts on books were great.

    Cons

    Typical things you have to deal with when working a retail job. Customers doing gross things to the bathrooms, etc.


  2. Barnes and Noble Management

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble full-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits package, and 401k

    Cons

    no real room for growth, salary raise or bonus unless you are a store manager


  3. Worthwhile Company and Products

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble full-time

    Pros

    Shared love of reading, fun work environment, great products. The company works very hard to try new things and remain relevant in the internet age.

    Cons

    There are a lot of initiatives, and all of them are equally important - this makes it difficult to do any one thing well much less everything.

    Advice to Management

    Take advice from the workers at the stores and don't infer it as being negative, but rather as the employees wanting to improve processes and the company as a whole.


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  5. Good place overall

    Current Employee - Bookseller in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Bookseller in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, flexible with hours and a nice, laid-back environment

    Cons

    They don't pay very well


  6. Not terrible

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barnes & Noble part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great employee discount
    Ability to move up in company by completing training and position curriculum
    Friendly and competent coworkers and management

    Cons

    Part time employees no longer receive benefits
    Part time hours suck
    Pending on store location business can be terribly slow

    Advice to Management

    Ensure everyone is on task and not slacking
    Work more frequently on employee curriculum if employee wants to move up in company


  7. Senior QA Automation Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior QA Automation Test Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior QA Automation Test Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good life and work balance. All depts are open to question. Coworkers are cordial and helpful

    Cons

    This a billion dollar revenue company but runs like a start ups. Benefits are not par with the market.


  8. Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Okay place to work. Depends on the store.

    Cons

    Supervisors are horrible if they have no training.

    Advice to Management

    Take a breath. Please.


  9. B&N

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Framingham, MA

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Team Atmosphere. Fun Co-Workers. Multiple Roles to Fill. Great Customer Service.

    Cons

    Crazy during Winter Holiday Season


  10. Staying with the times

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barnes & Noble part-time

    Pros

    The commitment to diversity
    Discount on merchandise
    Fun employee culture!

    Cons

    Inconsistent scheduling
    This is a declining industry


  11. Book Seller

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barnes & Noble part-time

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

    Pros

    Great staff and lovely work environment.
    Job requirements were very easy to do.
    Great benefits working for the company: Barnes & Noble

    Cons

    Selling books a dying breed can prove to be difficult at times due to the lack of the constant flow of customers. Can get boring.

    Advice to Management

    Think of more creative ways to get more people in the store, a lot more needs to be spent on advertising.



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