Best Buy Canada Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
184 Reviews

3.2
184 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • employee discount on a wide range of stuff (in 18 reviews)

  • There was a great work environment with fun team dynamics (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Part time staff should be guarantee a set amount of hours (in 8 reviews)

  • service plan is almost always imposed on customers for purely "numbers" driven motive (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Best Buy Canada part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice people, great place to work. Good place to work for college students. A lot of different departments to work in

    Cons

    Short hours if part time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Assistant Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Best Buy Canada full-time

    Pros

    fast paced, great rewards, friendly people, development, culture, values based company, community involvement

    Cons

    retail hours, upset customers, time management, salary managers working 50 hours/week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    time management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best Buy at a glance

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior  in  Beverly Hills, FL
    Current Employee - Senior in Beverly Hills, FL

    I have been working at Best Buy Canada

    Pros

    You'll meet and work with great people within your department.
    It really is a team environment.

    Cons

    Management doesn't seem to know what they want.
    One minute they'll ask you to meet certain criteria and the next minute they'll punish you for meeting the same criteria they just asked you to complete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of hiring managers externally who go on power trips and don't understand the full rules of the store, why not try to train and promote internally?
    A manager whose been properly trained and worked in the store from Day 1 will be more effective than somebody who has experience from a competing name brand.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company to Work for, solid staff, leadership is excellent. Really teach life long skills.

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    Former Employee - Mobile Manager
    Former Employee - Mobile Manager

    I worked at Best Buy Canada full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Leadership
    - Coaching
    - Training
    - Great People
    - Benefits
    - Employee Assistance program

    All in all the company has a great outlook and really look out for their greatest asset which are their staff, as long as you work hard and come to work with a positive outlook and follow the process in place to succeed you will LOVE this organization.

    Cons

    - Manager Plateau
    - Corporate Head Office is in BC

    The only down side of everything is that if anyone is ever qualified to move into a corporate role they would have to uproot their entire life and consider moving to BC. But, if that is the path one would choose then the possibilities are endless and the benefits become greater.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No Advice, they are bang on with everything. Great Leadership

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Environment, great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mobile Manager
    Current Employee - Mobile Manager

    I have been working at Best Buy Canada full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Even if you come from a different background, you are always welcome to share your ideas. So much opportunities to learn and develop yourself.

    Cons

    The Salary benefits should increase as because mobile department don't get any commission like other dealer companies or carriers..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus on e-learning before launching any new services. It will definitely help the associate to present it to the customer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good company gone bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Best Buy Canada full-time

    Pros

    good benefits, good opportunity to network, good office amenities

    Cons

    very poor leadership, no direction or company vision, claim they are people first but actions say opposite

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look beyond your egos and make decisions that benefit the business not your personal agenda

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    not bad for a part time gig

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Best Buy Canada part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    flexibility
    fun staff
    easy to work around other activities

    Cons

    management problems
    high turnover
    lots of uneducated staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    needs to improve

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

    Another Corporate Monolith in Form and Function

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Geek Squad, Agent (CIA)  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Geek Squad, Agent (CIA) in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Best Buy Canada part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Co-workers are empathetic and understanding
    - Application process is straightforward
    - Training is relatively well-structured

    Cons

    - Corporate structure makes lasting change impossible
    - Pay is not equal to work demanded from employees
    - Management often fails to stand-up for employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the departments outside your own (I'm looking at the retail managers who supervise the Geek Squad employees especially), if you don't understand what you're asking of your employees, maybe seek out that knowledge so you won't sell them down the river in the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Change your business model!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Best Buy Canada part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working here is lots of fun, mostly owing to the great staff and interesting products. Customers are of course hit-and-miss. They're sometimes demanding, difficult, and abrasive, but most of the time they're fine. Throughout my time here, managers have accommodated my schedule. Managers emphasize having fun and tend to be helpful. I can safely say that I've learned a lot about technology and sales. The discounts can be very good. You just have to be smart. Of course you get accessories and headphones for fairly cheap. For bigger core items like computers and TVs, if you wait until they are open box and clearance, chances are you will get a ridiculous deal if you talk to your sales manager.

    Cons

    First, and most obvious, the uniforms are horrible. Luckily we can wear our own black pants but the shirt is not comfortable. It's nylon and feels like an athletic suit from the '90s. I'd much prefer a 100% cotton polo without the weird lines that run down the sides (I'm still not sure why those are there). The worst part is that we have to pay twenty dollars for each one, though you're supposed to get two when you first start. They're not always available, though, so you could be stuck with a super-oversized shirt for many months.

    It's no mystery that the company has shifted its strategy in favour of services and accessories. Prices on core products are usually barely above cost so that they can compete with online retailers. A mark-up on cables is not a dumb strategy since waiting to have one shipped to you is often nonsensical. Pushing service plans, though, is a strategy that few customers are comfortable with. Many of the ones that have the decency not to turn your pitch into a shouting match will at least not even bother to listen to you.

    Lots of these customers are jaded by such sales and, from a consumer point of view, this is understandable. I just worry that when certain types of customers are no longer around, the company will lose market share or maybe even cease to exist. I'm not saying that these products shouldn't be available or even that salespeople shouldn't tell customers about them, but technology-savvy in touch customers have heard it all before and will buy into it if they see a need for it. Pressuring them can drive them away until they make their next big electronics purchase through Amazon.

    Best Buy likes to pass around certain gospel truths, such as the benefits of their salespeople not being commissioned. In reality, managers drive us to sell because they make bonuses. The only reason that we're not is so the company pockets some more money and so we can tell customers this to ease some pressure. Most employees will pressure customers just as hard to buy services, though, because all of his or her higher-ups depend on it. When it comes to performance reviews, sales aren't officially taken into account, but they still matter.

    For the amount we put in, we get very little out of it. Pay is close to minimum. I'd suggest that we look to a forward-thinking retail company like Costco, which employees and customers alike love, rather than the Wal-Mart model of exploiting their own workers and their vendors, just so customers can save a little bit of money. No one loves Wal-Mart anymore, they just shop there when they have to. I would argue it's the same with Best Buy. Change with the times and pay us more. They occasionally have prizes and giveaways for us, but the vast majority of this is stuff that can't be sold or it comes out of a fund that we pay into.

    Managers, while great for the most part, are often out of touch with the sales floor. After my first six months, I found I'm teaching them much more than vice versa. I get that management has a completely different set of responsibilities, but it seems like they depend on me to have specific knowledge of regular store procedures. For example, I ask them to assist me with something in our system and they tell me it can't be done, when I know for a fact that it can. I would do it myself if I had permission.

    That brings me to my final point. I've learned quite a bit about the company and daily operations at a store level, both within my role in sales and outside and above it. Yet management is often condescending and talks to me as if I'm a new hire. My strong work ethic is almost never noticed except when my sales are also excellent. Opportunities to move up in the company are hardly talked about and when they are, it's just the position directly up from it, such as from part-time to full-time or full-time to supervisor. Sometimes it's a change in department.

    Management never mentions corporate opportunities for retail employees. In fact, several higher ups talk about my position as if it's obviously dead end and when someone leaves the company then they speak of it as if they're leaving to actually begin a career. With the nature of retail, there will almost always be high turnover, but paying employees more and giving them actual opportunities to do better in life will go a long way for the company. Managers may know that an employee is well-educated and is looking for better-paying work elsewhere, but instead of presenting internal opportunities, they keep their mouths shut, as if they don't care either way.

    I don't know if I can say that Best Buy fails as an employer. They're delivering exactly what they want to deliver, which is a fun, transient, and inconsistent work opportunity for young people that need some extra cash. If you continue to work there after you're done school, though, they'll be the first to look at you funny.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe it's all above. One other thing: RewardZone needs to offer more in certificates or there should at least be more giveaways. When I mention how much they can get back, many customers consider it paltry and don't bother with it. If we expect customers to continue to choose us, then we have to stand out from the crowd. RewardZone, I would like to think, is a much smaller factor than customer service, but realistically I don't think so.

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

    Learned tremendously from this environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandise Manager  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Merchandise Manager in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Best Buy Canada full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The competitive environment, the amazing people, a ton of skills that you eventually develop and be thankful for. Such a fast past environment that you dont realize how much you gain until later on in your career. The network value is tremendous.

    Cons

    Worklife balance, you always feel under compensated, constant changes in the org

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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