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Barnes & Noble Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
1,031 Reviews

3.3
1,031 Reviews
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127 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's nice to get a decent discount on books and have access to the titles (in 49 reviews)

  • The one thing that I can say about this company is that you get a pretty great employee discount (in 90 reviews)


Cons
  • Very limited in the opportunity to grow beyond minimum wage (in 68 reviews)

  • The company had some serious problems that turned a great part-time job into a so-so (in 48 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great job while working in high school

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    Former Employee - Bookseller  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Salt Lake City, UT

    Pros

    nice managers, friendly environment, easy going, company discounts, paid holidays

    Cons

    you run into a lot of wierdos that come in

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Over all good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun and honest company, Loved working there

    Cons

    Pay is not that great, Started me off a minimum wage and had 4 years experience

  3.  

    A great place to work

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    Current Employee - Merchandise Manager  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Merchandise Manager in Tampa, FL

    Pros

    There is typically a great blend of people to work with, providing an enjoyable environment in which to work.

    Cons

    The real downside mostly comes from picky or confused customers who don't know what they want. Amazon being a major competitor is a source of stress as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    i like everything about the job

    Cons

    i don't like everything about the job

  6.  

    So nice to work at, it was hard to leave.

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    Former Employee - Lead Bookseller/Department Manager  in  Brandon, FL
    Former Employee - Lead Bookseller/Department Manager in Brandon, FL

    Pros

    Good environment, not too crazy. Good people to work with. Nice clientele. Had great benefits while I was there.

    Cons

    The pay was comparable to most retail establishments, which is to say, not enough to live off of. No bonus opportunities and advancement sometimes depends on "who you know".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rewards and bonuses for production that can be deemed "Above and Beyond".

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Barnes and Noble was the best work family I've ever had and I don't expect to find better.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Fairview Heights, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Fairview Heights, IL

    Pros

    The management was nice and personal. The hours were very flexible. You get to work around books and book lovers all day. They allow you to work independently and you know you matter to the team.

    Cons

    It was always cold. I had to leave because there are not closer Chicago locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employes to rotate more.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Great Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Book Seller  in  Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Part Time Book Seller in Wilmington, NC

    Pros

    Good management, flexible work schedule, fair with employees, positive work environment, overall a great place to work for college students and older people alike

    Cons

    Hard to move up in the company, can be a bit boring on days when it is slow and I really wish the pay was a bit higher but overall I would definitely say that as far as working for a major corporate company goes Barnes and Noble is on the better end of the scale.

  9.  

    Excellent Company

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    Former Employee - Merchandise Manager
    Former Employee - Merchandise Manager

    Pros

    I worked in the retail side and they were more than accommodating for the 8 years I was employed there. I worked at 2 different locations and traveled to help at several other stores. They are very fair when it comes to employee breaks and how employees are treated. Very good at hiring people who like the product they sell resulting in a very positive work environment.

    Cons

    The pay increase to become a part of the management team is pitiful.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    pleasant atmosphere, great employees

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    Current Employee - Bookseller
    Current Employee - Bookseller

    Pros

    1) Very flexible hours, a willingness to work with you to get your schedule set up
    2) Managers are more your friends than your bosses. Everyone is very personable.
    3) Growth from within. If you're willing to put in the effort, your efforts are recognized.

    Cons

    1) Most entitled customers ever. seriously, they suck.
    2) Sometimes unclear chain of command. Often there are multiple managers working at the same time and it can be confusing as to who it is you need to go to for help.
    3) inconsistent shifts. Not only from hours, but also where you work within the store.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome job for anyone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    fun job if you like to sale

    Cons

    being part-time is how you start off

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