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6 Great Months at Barnes & Noble

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Former Employee - Barista in Harrisonburg, VA
Former Employee - Barista in Harrisonburg, VA

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Great people, great books, great place. Overall, it was a really positive working environment, and you could tell that the people you were working with cared as much about literature as you did.

Cons

The occasional bigot will come in asking where your Qurans are so they can burn one. They also really like you to sell sell sell the nook, which is exceedingly difficult to do when you're selling a $2 coffee to a book-lover.

Advice to Management

Don't push the nook so hard -- most people coming to B&N are more interested in books, not eReaders.

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  1. The only job in retail I enjoyed

    Former Employee - Bookseller in Buford, GA
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Buford, GA

    I worked at Barnes & Noble part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, great management, great co-workers

    Cons

    Difficulties obtaining a raise as a seasonal part time employee

  2. Helpful (1)

    A lot of work for little pay and reward.

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    Current Employee - Bookseller in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Bookseller in Newport Beach, CA

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble part-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They have good benefits for full-timers. It's a nice store to work at, and conditions are generally good.

    Cons

    Depending on the managers it can be rough at times. The prices are bad even with employee discount. Hours are inconsistent. Managers often aren't great at their job and pass responsibility onto you.

    Advice to Management

    Relax, be friendly, kind, and encouraging to booksellers and employees. Don't let frustrations with customers get in the way of your attitude.

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