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Way too stressful for a part-time job

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Former Employee - Barista, Cashier, Bookseller, Nookseller in Riverside, CA
Former Employee - Barista, Cashier, Bookseller, Nookseller in Riverside, CA

I worked at Barnes & Noble

Pros

- friendly co-workers
- discounts on books and cafe!
- great experience for retail and food
- paid every Friday !

Cons

- managers overworked their employees
-There is no room for growth opportunities to move up
- seniors play favorites
- customers are sometimes not treated respectfully
- managers don't listen to their employees
- stressful
- lack of respect
- only hire girls

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Managers place a very high expectations on their employees--making them work hard for less pay. Employees make mistakes too, we're not perfect, but we should not be constantly reminded of our mistakes, and not recognize all the hard work and effort. There is a huge lack of respect in employees from their managers.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not so great

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    Former Employee - Barista in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Barista in Skokie, IL

    I worked at Barnes & Noble part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Great co-workers
    -decent discount (books)
    -get paid every friday

    Cons

    Where I worked, management just doesn't seem to get it. I had told the cafe manager that I can only work to a specific time on Sundays and still schedules me beyond the time that I'm available. Even when I notified them that I have summer school pretty much the whole summer, the next week I get asked if I can open up my availability. Management never asks whether or not I'm doing okay in my first, showing some concern would be nice. Also, right off the bat there was a favoritism, a high school graduate with no work experience gets a bookseller job while those with years of experience end up in the cafe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with other employees, not just fellow managers. How are you going to expect sales if your employees feel like they don't even belong there.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO
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    Enjoyable work environment, but had problems

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    Former Employee - Bookseller in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Irving, TX

    I worked at Barnes & Noble

    Pros

    Great environment, good co-workers, recognition for hard work done, potential advancement

    Cons

    Poor pay and hours. If you want to advance you have to "climb" the ladder, no skipping positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to skip positions in advancement. I would make a terrible Head Cashier, but a great salesfloor lead.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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