Best Buy Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly
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Pros
  • Great Benefit with the employee discount in the stores (in 780 reviews)

  • Great discount plan (yes not as good as it used to be (in 328 reviews)

Cons
  • Not much of a work / life balance as a manager (in 217 reviews)

  • Not a lot of full time openings (in 199 reviews)

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  1. Awesome internship

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Engineer Intern in Richfield, MN
    Former Employee - Web Engineer Intern in Richfield, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cool internship with cutting edge tech. Supportive staff, and an incredible project. Gave real work that would be used in production! Has the opportunity for post internship full time job offers.

    Cons

    As an intern, there are no downsides to a job like this. Best Buy is still transitioning from a hired contractor to a full time tech employee company. It's a good time to get into their Ecommerce department.

    Advice to Management

    Continue this internship program! It has received only positive reviews from everyone that took part in it.


  2. Learn, Grow, Go

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richfield, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richfield, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Best Buy (More than a year)

    Pros

    I think the pay, benefits, and discount are great.

    Cons

    It's easy to get more responsibilities but difficult to turn that into a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Please focus more on employee development.


  3. Corporate Headquarters

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richfield, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richfield, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy full-time

    Pros

    Awesome campus/atmosphere. Lots of amenities. Fun, energetic mood and people. Culture of growth/development.

    Cons

    Although growth/development is promoted, budgets aren't fitted for growth or future-planning. Promotions will likely take forever. We also need to hire more of our contractors who want to work for Best Buy.

    Advice to Management

    Get your department budgets in order months in advance. Also, if you have a good contractor who's interested in a career at Best Buy, hire them. Find the money in your budget.


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  5. Content of work is fun but business is so dysfunctional it became frustrating.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Business Analyst in Richfield, MN
    Former Employee - Lead Business Analyst in Richfield, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, Nice campus, Large workforce of fun people to meet new people, Challenging

    Cons

    A lot of Red tape to accomplish anything, Leadership turnover and constant change of direction, Dysfunctional organization that leads to department leaders building empires vs a unified goal, Reliance on Accenture due to past full outsourcing, Flexibility taken away with less ability to work remote

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be at parity with the competition and start dedicating time for all employees to come up with innovative ideas that would bring a favorable opinion back to the Best Buy brand.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Flexibility

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Merchant Analyst in Richfield, MN
    Current Employee - Merchant Analyst in Richfield, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best buy has flexibility. It is on you to know what you need to get done. There is development and the ability to grow in your career. Corporate campus has a good culture, many amenities. Great benefits.

    Cons

    There are many unwritten expectations, such as working extra hours during holiday season, and belittling tasks that are part of the job.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the entry level employees and help them grow.


  7. A very good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Manager in Richfield, MN
    Current Employee - Corporate Manager in Richfield, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy full-time

    Pros

    Good mix of young and experienced employees who all have good things to contribute, good compensation, good benefits, better accountability than in years past, the bottom line is watched much better than in the past, beautiful corporate office and on-site amenities.

    Cons

    BBY has been prone to massive layoffs as a quick cost saving measure in the past, but that seems to have finally ended - hopefully. They are controlling the bottom line in much better ways these days.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees - especially the experienced ones who actually care about the company and want it to succeed and don't think of it as just a stop along their career path.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Hard work and Responsibility w/o control and accountability

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richfield, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richfield, MN
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    people - there are some really bright people who work at the corporate office. the people really do have talent and want to succeed, however...the exec management has gotten in the way in the past. The good news is that they are making a serious effort to change things around

    Cons

    accountability is lack luster at best. give people with a higher title the ability to make decisions, manager their business and truly hold them accountable when they succeed and fail.


  9. Project DBA

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Database Administrator in Richfield, MN
    Former Contractor - Project Database Administrator in Richfield, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    High scope for learning and implementation of new technologies, creates environments where you can grow

    Cons

    Nothing much, it is always a vibrant environment, holidays are high exposure situations where people never have time to rest


  10. Helpful (1)

    Supply Chain

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richfield, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richfield, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    positive outlook, effective senior leadership, good environment to gain experience

    Cons

    Employee turnover is high. Uncompetitive salaries unless recruited from outside organization. Salaries aren't tied to individual performance they are only to connected to bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Create action plans to mitigate talented employee attrition/turnover


  11. Senior Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Richfield, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Richfield, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced company, access to senior leadership, ability to work in several business units, strength-based organization. Great pay, bonus, stock program. Some of the best people you'll ever work with.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, unrealistic investment to new business ventures, poor management of resource allocation resulting in over hiring followed by layoffs.



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