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Terrible

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Former Employee - Bookseller in Nashville, TN
Former Employee - Bookseller in Nashville, TN

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

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

Pros

You are around book. You help people find the books they're looking for. If you are part-time, you may have a lot of flexibility with your schedule.

Cons

The management at my location was terrible. There were a few good ones, but all of the managers that had power over me were terrible. I was an excellent worker. Supervised numerous staff and went well above the minimum wage employee expectations. Eventually I was laid off for numerous unsubstantial reasons with 1 day's notice. Most of the employees were astounded by this. A few even said that THEY should be let go instead of me if they were going to cut anyone. If it was any grace of karma, the store manager was asked to leave his position a week after I was laid off. I'm sure other stores are great, but this was my experience.

Advice to Management

The retail bookstore may be a dying business, but don't let a management concern for the bottom line $$$ impact how you treat your employees. Reward dedicated and hard working employees - if not financially, through job security or nice words.

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  1. A great in-between work experience

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    Former Employee - Part Time Book Seller in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Part Time Book Seller in Rochester, NY

    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

    Excellent discounts, nice atmosphere (for book lovers), somewhat flexible schedule, and a good chance that your co-workers will share many of your same interests.

    Cons

    The pay is very average for a retail store, the customer base ranges from very pleasant to confrontational (as to be expected in a customer service job), and the holiday scheduling in terms of hours on the floor vs. breaks can be brutal.

    Advice to Management

    Share more information with the associates so that they don't have to backtrack with customers who have been given false information because the associates were not properly informed in the first place.


  2. Fair amount of work hours, non strenuous work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Merch Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Merch Manager in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work / Life balance, low stress, fun.

    Cons

    hours change often, could pay better

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keepin' on!


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