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Borders Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.9 432 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

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)

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

    Borders General Manager (Former Employee) San Antonio, TX

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

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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 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 (Former Employee)

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

    ConsAs 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

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

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    A great first job

    Cafe Seller (Former Employee) San Rafael, CA

    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 Senior ManagementNothing I could say to the management would matter now, since Borders is sadly long dead now (requiescat in pace).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic people made this more than a retail position!

    Seasonal Lead (Former Employee) Roseville, MN

    ProsWonderful management and employee benefits.

    ConsHard hours, had to work holidays.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWish we could have saved Borders!

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

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    Bookseller/Barista (Former Employee) Apex, NC

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

    ConsI can't think of any cons, none.

    Advice to Senior Managementgreat management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    i miss it, what else is there to say

    Book Seller (Current Employee) Portland, OR

    Prossome of the funnest and most knowledgeable people to work along side.

    Consdoes not exist anymore, one bankrupt corp.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosfun, energetic retail environment where you are face to face with hundreds of people a day.

    Conslow pay, retail work. open weekends and most holidays

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    A great place to buy your books

    Team Leader (Former Employee) Westbury, NY

    ProsThey had an awesome atmosphere. The staff was friendly. Its just a great place

    ConsThere are no cons to this store.

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

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