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Best Buy Reviews in Minnesota

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
388 Reviews
3.4
388 Reviews
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Pros
  • You get a nice employee discount on the items that you can get for cheap on amazon (in 780 reviews)

  • The pay is descent only if you are working for GeekSquad, great discount for employees (in 328 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance only exists under quality General Management which is rare (in 217 reviews)

  • full time position due to nobody moving in current full-time positions for higher ones (in 199 reviews)

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  1.  

    Always wanted to work at best buy and the job was as rewarding as I always dreamed it to be.

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    Former Employee - Gaming Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Gaming Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Best Buy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great perks, fun working environment, stay up to date with what's new

    Cons

    Early early meetings, sometimes slow pace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back commision

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great people and leadership

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    Current Employee - Director in Richfield, MN
    Current Employee - Director in Richfield, MN

    I have been working at Best Buy

    Pros

    Smart, talented employees who generally care, and strong renewed focus on what matters, including ensuring trained staff on the sales flloor. Lesdership is not afraid to tackle tough problems to find cost savings, as well as create new growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Web plafform has been constrained and truly limited opportunities - hope the new west coast team is a start in improving this channel. And with the tightened focus, most teams are expected to follow the plan, with only a few teams focused on strategy which is a big cultural shift from the past.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great business leadership, but some of the fun is missed. Ongoing training would benefit corporate teams, especially to stay sharp on the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Opportunities Exist

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Richfield, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Richfield, MN

    I worked at Best Buy (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Business Casual, Opportunity to learn

    Cons

    Possibility of a reorg/restructure possible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know that while lessons learned about flexible work space may sour your thoughts about providing your employee flexibility - there should be the possibility for a valued employee to be trusted in flexible schedules.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company, good benefits. Does not have good work/life balance

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    Current Employee - CRM Associate Manager in Richfield, MN
    Current Employee - CRM Associate Manager in Richfield, MN

    I have been working at Best Buy full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Fantastic campus
    Great leadership
    Competitive wages

    Cons

    Does not have a great work/life balance
    High turnover last couple of years
    Does not implement good training practices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have better distribution of work. Some people hardly put in a days worth, others are working days, nights and weekends

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Missed Opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Richfield, MN
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Richfield, MN

    I worked at Best Buy

    Pros

    - Really fun place to work - great products, great people (among the rank and file) - lots of autonomy
    - ROWE was great benefit when it was offered, but it was abused by some and I don't blame current management for taking it away
    - The company was very creative an innovative

    Cons

    - The lack of a vision, particularly how to compete against Amazon, is still a problem for the company. It was bad under the old management team, but I don't think it is much improved with the new management team.
    - There problem for Best Buy has always been in execution. So many great ideas are created in the company, but most never got enough traction to see the light of day because of the lack of vision within the company. Everybody worked on their personal projects, but with no idea how the pieces fit together as a whole.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    QA analyst

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Analyst in Richfield, MN
    Current Employee - Senior QA Analyst in Richfield, MN

    I have been working at Best Buy

    Pros

    good money. flexible. nice environment

    Cons

    too much work . please swear at work. lack professional attitude

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better QA process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    They are good to you if you are good to them

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Maplewood, MN
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Maplewood, MN

    I have been working at Best Buy

    Pros

    Every store is different. The management at mine is good. They have been wonderful to me. They work hard to see where you grow best. They care about you and your life. It is like a second family.

    Cons

    Like any job you get lazy frustrating coworkers. They customers can be horrible. Be prepared to get yelled at a lot by customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more appreciation for the warehouse and how much they really do

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Elected to leave after experiences the shift in culture, business philosophy and leadership. It was time.

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    Former Employee - Corporate Leadership in Richfield, MN
    Former Employee - Corporate Leadership in Richfield, MN

    I worked at Best Buy

    Pros

    Some of the best co-workers you can imagine

    Cons

    Ongoing cost reductions have made it difficult to be successful due to unbearable workload. Say goodbye to family time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You said the turnaround would be a multi-year agenda but my firm belief is it is the new norm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    My time at Best Buy Corporate was mostly fun, almost always interesting, often frustrating.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richfield, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richfield, MN

    I worked at Best Buy

    Pros

    - Healthcare benefits are industry standard. They have a decent EAP and tuition reimbursement.
    - On-Site amenities are excellent -- Caribou, Bon Apetit, on-site gym, on-site New Horizon. Gym showers available to non-members who ride bikes to and from work.
    - There's rarely time to be bored and there are many opportunities to learn.
    - The culture is mostly inclusive. They have business networks that promote this. Examples are PRIDE (self-explanatory), BEN (Black Employee Network), and AEN (Asian Employee Network). Anyone is welcome to join any network. I was proud to be a member of a few employee networks and found them to be an excellent way to learn from others' perspective and to be an advocate for those who are unheard.

    Cons

    - The pace is always fast, which can be stressful. There is always a rush to get things done, resulting in errors in judgement.
    - Layoffs in recent years resulted in more work being done by fewer people, so work/life balance suffers.
    - The amount of work makes it difficult to take advantage of the benefits such as working out at the gym, going to school, etc.
    - The company likes to promote from within, but I think they are a bit ageist. I mostly saw young, good looking, employees being promoted.
    - Management is not involved in career development or learning. This might be industry standard, but I found it to be counter intuitive.
    - Departments seem to compete rather than work together to get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees with tenure. These seem to be the employees that are let go first, probably due to pay. However, they are also the employees who have experience with past mistakes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Sales

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    Former Employee - Computer Sales Specialist in Roseville, MN
    Former Employee - Computer Sales Specialist in Roseville, MN

    I worked at Best Buy

    Pros

    You work with great people and learn a lot on the job and about the technology. During the holidays, even though you worked a lot, management would still try to make it fun and have parties.

    Cons

    With everything we had to get certified in before we got on the sales floor you would think they would pay us more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher pay and advancement would motivate the workers more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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