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Next Generation Management!

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Store Manager
Current Employee - Store Manager

I have been working at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores

Pros

Great store teams
Great Regional (at least my region)
Fairly good home office support
Bonus structure for store management is very achievable
Very good work life balance
Very good benefits
Senior management has goals and they are achievable if you work hard enough

Cons

Pay is based on store volume and not really your performance
To move up in this company, you will have to be willing to move
There is a sense of "cliqs" between regions. If you are new to the company, people are friendly for the most part but you can feel like an outsider
Lack of payroll (like most retail now a days)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You guys are doing great! Continue to work on cutting expenses other than payroll and lets find away to reward our full time management!

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    Great opportunities and great support

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores

    Pros

    Senior management is has been there for a long time and are committed to the company. They understand the business in a way that executives from other companies often do not. They provide a great framework from which to draw support and do not bury store management in unnecessary work. They extend an a high level of trust to their managers because they are confident that they have the best talent in the right places. The buyers at BNCB are just phenomenal. It is obvious that they understand their support role in helping you achieve your goals and they really execute on your behalf.

    The company recognizes high performers and people who consistently do things the right way. There is plenty of opportunity for internal talent to move up in this company for interested individuals.

    Cons

    Honestly very few cons. Work hours can be horrible during rush periods, but that is balanced out by the very easy schedule during the rest of the year. You are tied to an academic calendar, so you get lots of days off and most campuses get to leave early on Fridays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. Keep expanding. Keep showing this industry what's next.

    Recommends
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    Decent place to work but underpaid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager
    Current Employee - Department Manager

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores

    Pros

    All in all it is a fun place to work, not an overly difficult job and there is opportunity for growth if you can play into how the company wants you to act.

    Cons

    There is a huge pay difference between the department manager and supervisors as compared to the store managers and assistant managers. Department managers are given direct control over there departments and are expected to make sales goals, meet payroll, etc. The store managers then get a bonus for meeting store sales goals, but no recognitin is given to the department managers.

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