Borders

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Borders Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
450 Reviews
3.2
450 Reviews
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Borders President and CEO Michael J. Edwards
Michael J. Edwards
141 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I worked for this company

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Watertown, NY
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Watertown, NY

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

    Pros

    Very laid back atmosphere, staff made learning fun. Great retail experience. Unbiased management put quality staff as top priority.

    Cons

    No corporate promotions, store folded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would have personally enjoyed more training especially in the realm of chain-wide standards.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Co-workers...corporate well you know

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean what else is there to say? You get to sell books for a living

    Cons

    Corporate tries to force you to sell certain titles even if they are no good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let us sell books!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    I worked there for 15 years

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    Former Employee - Book Seller in Flemington, NJ
    Former Employee - Book Seller in Flemington, NJ

    I worked at Borders part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fabulous open environment and customer service focus

    Cons

    They're out of business for 3 years now!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    update your site to remove Borders

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Loved working for Borders. It's a shame it went out of business.

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    Former Employee - Borders General Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Borders General Manager in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Borders full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy going atmosphere. Goals and responsibilities were actually attainable and achievable unlike most retail locations.

    Cons

    Advancement to move up within the company was not easy to achieve.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Sad

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management. Handselling books. And the dreaded card of discounts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We hated you

  7.  

    Great job

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Bookseller
    Former Employee - Cashier/Bookseller

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    president

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders full-time

    Pros

    This company had some of the best employees working for it. It is just a shame that they did not appreciate it.

    Cons

    As this company went down the ceos got worse. They constantly came up with worse and worse ways to run the company while putting all of the onus for success on the stores rather then their own ability to come up with reasonable ideas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A great first job

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    Former Employee - Cafe Seller in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Cafe Seller in San Rafael, CA

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

    Pros

    - They had a nice employee discount.
    - It was a good first job for someone new to the workforce (I was eighteen when I started working there).
    - If you're a bibliophile like me, what better place for a first job than a bookstore?

    Cons

    - I worked in the cafe, where some customers . . . weren't so fun to deal with. That's true anywhere you go, but in Marin County, they turn the level of snobbery and entitlement up to eleven.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing I could say to the management would matter now, since Borders is sadly long dead now (requiescat in pace).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fantastic people made this more than a retail position!

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Lead in Roseville, MN
    Former Employee - Seasonal Lead in Roseville, MN

    I worked at Borders full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful management and employee benefits.

    Cons

    Hard hours, had to work holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wish we could have saved Borders!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    borders

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    Former Employee - Bookseller/Barista in Apex, NC
    Former Employee - Bookseller/Barista in Apex, NC

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

    Pros

    awesome books, coffee, people, the look and feel and atmosphere was great.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons, none.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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