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If you have to work retail, it's not bad.

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT

I worked at Barnes & Noble full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Nice to be around books; coworkers were pleasant, hardworking; customers were usually appreciative. As a full-time employee I received health benefits, a 401K, and paid time off. Opportunity for promotion was available if you could drink the kool-aid.

Cons

Pay was terrible; schedule was erratic; usually had to work weekends and frequently evenings. Management attitude was inconsistent depending on the latest hot button from HQ. Expectation was to provide great customer service, but often without sufficient coverage. Then mgmt would question why you couldn't handle everything perfectly.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Increase hourly pay; treat employees with more respect; set reasonable objectives.

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    good for a starter job

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    Current Employee - Bookseller in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Bookseller in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule - was easily able to finish school and maintain employment. Great co-workers - really almost all became close friends.

    Cons

    Lower salaries, typical retail job otherwise. it is helpful to have an external interest in books to make recommendations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Part-Time Bookseller

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    Former Employee - Bookseller in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to work if you like books. I worked here as a part-time bookseller for several years while attending school. If you work full time and are good at your job, there are advancement opportunities. They're pretty good about raises. Very flexible scheduling.

    Cons

    Relatively low pay at first. Stores sometimes close, and you have to try to find a new job at another of their stores.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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