Borders Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
436 Reviews

3.3
436 Reviews
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Borders President and CEO Michael J. Edwards
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Sorry it closed

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    Former Employee - CSC  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - CSC in Austin, TX

    I worked at Borders full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, the people you worked with were wonderful

    Cons

    Upper management didn't have a grasp on the stores as a whole

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Decent work, but currently out of business

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    Former Employee - Barista  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Barista in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, decent discounts

    Cons

    no longer in business, immature employees

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

    ok

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    Current Employee - SALES CLERK  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - SALES CLERK in New York, NY

    I have been working at Borders part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Books and decent customers to work with.

    Cons

    Low pay. Not much room for advancement.

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

    R.I.P.

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    Former Employee - Training Supervisor  in  Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Training Supervisor in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Borders full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Had awesome benefits, great people. And books - the love of my life.

    Cons

    Made dumb decisions such as updating their cafe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late to make changes

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Disappointing conclusion

    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    I worked at Borders full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great employees, great customers, and of course, the books.

    Cons

    Revolving door management destroyed the culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't rape & pillage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    I really enjoyed working here

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    Former Employee - Bookseller
    Former Employee - Bookseller

    I worked at Borders full-time

    Pros

    The manager worked with my crazy college schedule with no problem.
    To say that this was my first experience working in retail, I felt good about what I was paid.
    I was never just standing around.
    It was always made sure that I had/took my break.

    Cons

    I really don't remember too many cons at all. My managers/supervisors were snappy at times, but as I said, I worked in a very busy location and it was also the holidays. So it's expected and wasn't a problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really appreciated that I was able to keep my identity (Appearance, tattoos, etc) while at work and feel as if this should be something that Borders should keep encouraging.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fun

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    low pay, retail work. open weekends and most holidays

  9.  

    Terrible

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Bookseller  in  Pleasantville, NY
    Former Employee - Cashier/Bookseller in Pleasantville, NY

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

    Pros

    Lots of hours available for anyone interested

    Cons

    Blackballed from working there because I gave my two weeks to the assistant manager, who never relayed it to the manager. Company went bankrupt a few weeks after I left

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A great place to buy your books

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    Former Employee - Team Leader  in  Westbury, NY
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Westbury, NY

    I worked at Borders part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There are no cons to this store.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Workplace

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

    I worked at Borders full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The work atmosphere was enthusiastic and very fast paced.

    Cons

    There was not alot of training for upper management, had to self teach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should of stayed true to your product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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