Borders
2.9 of 5 431 reviews
www.bordersgroupinc.com Ann Arbor, MI 5000+ Employees

Borders Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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2.9 431 reviews

                             

23% Approve of the CEO

Borders President and CEO Michael J. Edwards

Michael J. Edwards

(134 ratings)

32% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Coworkers were fabulous people, love of books and music"
    in 24 reviews
  • "They had a nice employee discount"
    in 33 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management didn't have a grasp on the stores as a whole"
    in 27 reviews
  • "Borders kept around 40 employees on Part-Time status to avoid giving their employees benefits"
    in 13 reviews
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    Loved working at Borders

    Inventory Manager (Former Employee)
    Muncy, PA

    ProsAtmosphere and customers were good.

    ConsAsking customers to buy books they weren't interested in.

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEven with all the poor business choices this was an amazing job

    ConsManagement. Handselling books. And the dreaded card of discounts

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe hated you

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    Great!

    Bookseller (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsExcellent place to work if you like books

    ConsVery busy environment Great benefits Good hours

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I loved it

    Replenishment Analyst (Former Employee)
    Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsThere was always something to do, the people were great, the pay was perfect for the job title and we got free books from publishers.

    ConsThe only challenge was that the business didn't keep up with changing market and went out of business.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The end was there all the time

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople I worked with in my store were the best, most dedicated people I've known

    ConsCorporate disconnect, mistakes and desperation, look for them where you are and get out ASAP

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo late

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Training Specialist (Former Employee)
    Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsWork life balance, middle management

    ConsPoor decision making by upper level management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Marketing (Current Employee)
    Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsThe people were exceptional to work with!! Family & Fun enviornment!

    ConsThe workload was astronomical and pay was sub par.

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    Great job

    Cashier/Bookseller (Former Employee)

    ProsThe good thing about working here was being around books, movies and music.

    ConsReally late hours, sometimes without previous warning. Also some unreasonable demands when puahing the rewards programs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork environment, work-life balance, and so on

    ConsThey went out of business

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    Borders, a company struggling to keep up with Amazon and Barnes and Noble

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsGreat company history. The culture was to do things internally and not to outsource... that provided a good sense of job security when there was a ton of work to do !!!

    ConsThe stores and technology used at the stores was old and outdated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCatch up to the competition

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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