BookHolders

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BookHolders Reviews

Updated June 24, 2014
Updated June 24, 2014
13 Reviews
2.3
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  1.  

    Good job for students

    Current Employee - Clerk  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Clerk in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at BookHolders part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule which is good for students like me.

    Cons

    The store is only busy during the beginning and end of the semester so the hours are very low during off season.

  2.  

    Nice coworkers - crappy workload

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    Current Employee - Clerk  in  College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Clerk in College Park, MD

    I have been working at BookHolders part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The coworkers are nice, along with some younger management. The location is convenient right on Rt. 1 across from UMD.

    Cons

    Working for subminimum wage (6.15/hr) is ridiculous given our workload. 6 or 7 hour shifts of lifting heavy boxes and bins or standing at a computer for hours on end with no chairs or stools is crazy to me. The amount of physical pain I've experienced in the last two months is ridiculous. At one point I walked around campus for 5 hours handing out fliers in 20 degree weather and got a bruised toe and was limping for a week... and they were only going to pay me for half of the work I did because of "errors" in the recording system. We deserve a lot more credit/compensation than we're given for the amount of work we do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more appreciative and understanding..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Easy work, toxic environment.

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    Former Employee - Clerk  in  Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Clerk in Tampa, FL

    I worked at BookHolders part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The work is easy, and some of the underlings are nice to be around. Flexible hours for the most part.

    Cons

    The management promotes negative attitude on a subconscious level. Long term exposure to such attitude displayed by management leads to adoption of negativity, leading to an unpleasant work environment in general.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the happiness of employees more and try to be more up-beat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice coworkers, incompetent bosses, bad pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at BookHolders part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people I worked with were great and during rush I could get 40 hours a week if I wanted it

    Cons

    The management was terrible it was frustrating to work for someone when you knew you could do so much better. On top of this the seasonal nature of the work gives horrific hours when not season (like a single shift every other week). On top of this it is minimum wage but only after you earn $500 before that they pay you less than minimum wage and there is no real chance at upward mobility. I felt bad for people who worked there for 2-3 years and still were making minimum wage....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire your managers and promote from within

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Worked part-time while in college for extra spending money

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Assistant  in  College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Warehouse Assistant in College Park, MD

    I worked at BookHolders part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Worked as part of a small team; semi-flexible hours; tasks responsibilities were not hard

    Cons

    Retail store-level management was not very experienced

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Underpaid. Underappreciated. Company is Drowning.

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    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Store Manager in College Park, MD

    I worked at BookHolders full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    mid-semester store hours are nice.
    Relaxed dress code.
    Good job while in college.
    Staff comprised of college students allows one to make good friends and have good time

    Cons

    Store management is asked to give 150 percent, work 80-100 hour weeks (12 weeks out of the year) but receive no appreciation for their hard work .
    Bonuses are a joke and are never on time.
    Upper management has anger issues.
    Upper management micromanages beyond a tolerable point.
    Overall company is poorly managed. Staff recommendations are brushed off. BookHolders's archaic website is symbolic of the issue with the company, it hasn't been update in years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade your archaic webpage, it doesn't compete with your competitors. Say "thank you, we appreciate your hard work" to your managers when they deserve it. Hire an experienced CEO to take over the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Long hours, minimal support from upper management

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    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at BookHolders full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There is a relaxed environment where you can wear jeans to work. Really laid back environment when not in "rush" period. Potentially could work only 35-40 hours during non-rush period.

    Cons

    - They don't follow through with their promises for bonuses
    - 60to 80 hour work weeks for 16 weeks out of the year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have a management "retreat" at a lakehouse where people have to share rooms or sleep in a dusty basement on a sofa couch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Ok I guess. Could have been better. Maybe in the future.

    Former Employee - Stock Clerk
    Former Employee - Stock Clerk

    I worked at BookHolders part-time

    Pros

    Decent prices.. Decent selection of books......................................................................................................................................................

    Cons

    Not in the best shape. .............. ........................... ................................................................. ..........

  10.  

    They really don't like women with brains

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BookHolders

    Pros

    Provides an opportunity to get textbooks for cheap if you know what you are doing.

    Cons

    They are sexist and think women should just look pretty, not make any sort of decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    No part of this job felt legal or safe.

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker  in  College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in College Park, MD

    I worked at BookHolders part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You're surrounded by all kinds of books.
    No one really supervises what you're doing.
    You'll basically be left to your own devices to fill invoices.
    Since you're a contractor, you can pretty much start working right after your interview.

    Cons

    The warehouse was a basement filled to the rafters with books, one exit, and very poor ventilation.
    You're not an employee but a contractor, which is a nice way of saying that means they can pay you less minimum wage.
    The only time anyone from outside the warehouse communicated with anyone was when orders were sent to be filled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking advantage of naive college students. No one who's ever worked a real job would fall for this. It was an insult to even consider working there longer than I did.

    Doesn't Recommend

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