Borders Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Borders President and CEO Michael J. Edwards
Michael J. Edwards
146 Ratings

Pros
  • Coworkers were fabulous people, love of books and music (in 26 reviews)

  • They had a nice employee discount (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management seemed to be trying every method possible to save the company, but it was to late (in 32 reviews)

  • constant change, not much room for advancement, company went out of business (in 8 reviews)

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  1. general manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Surrounded by books and readers; diverse taskwork;

    Cons

    Last few years revolving door of CEO's, management by fear, and eventual bankruptcy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late. Company dissolved.

  2. OK Retail Experience

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    Former Employee - Bookseller in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    Relaxed environment and flexibility with schedule. It was fun having the opportunity to stay current with trends in literature.

    Cons

    Corporate management didn't seem to know how to best run the company and keep it in business. They were clearly not listening to their associates on the selling floor who had day-to-day interactions with the customer base. Several marketing and product campaigns fell flat because they were tone-deaf.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Excellent work environment!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    Great opportunities for advancement. Supervisors encouraged employees to move up the ladder.

    Cons

    Unstable economy and saturated retail environment at the time.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. They closed

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager
    Former Employee - Operations Manager

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    Books, books, and more books

    Cons

    They closed, that was awful

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. IPT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Borders

    Pros

    Great people who i work with. felt like i was part of the family

    Cons

    went out of bussinne

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Great at the beginning, difficult at the end.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Staff and co-workers were the best aspect of working for the company.

    Cons

    Poor leadership ultimately led to the company's demise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Loved my job here. Still upset about losing it

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    Former Employee - Bookseller/Barista in Wyomissing, PA
    Former Employee - Bookseller/Barista in Wyomissing, PA

    I worked at Borders part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great atmosphere. Made a lot of friends while working here, and honed my skills as a barista at Seattle's Best Cafe. Awesome co-workers, and management was great, overall. This was my favorite job, because I actually had fun at work.

    Cons

    The only con is that they closed.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. A nice experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eatontown, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eatontown, NJ

    I worked at Borders part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I worked stocking the shelves and being that I have a detail-oriented personality, I found great satisfaction in helping to make the retail location look its best.

    Cons

    Store closing at the end of the night could be very tedious as some employees took more time than others to finish their duties. To be delayed in leaving because someone else did not keep up as they were supposed to is one small con. What's a huge con is that some employees would stand and stare rather than help to get us all out of the store sooner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would take measures to make sure that all are held accountsable for their cooperation across departments at the end of each night.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Good employer despite faults

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for moving around inside the organization.

    Cons

    They are no longer in business

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Visual Merchandiser

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    Benefits weren't bad, pay was ok to start and overall not a horrible place to work

    Cons

    It was a difficult transition for the interim person I took over for and they didn't want to let go over the job.

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