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Great environment to work.

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Merchandise Manager in Phoenix, AZ
Current Employee - Merchandise Manager in Phoenix, AZ

I have been working at Barnes & Noble full-time (More than 10 years)

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great environment and some of the best customers. There is a book loan program so you can read new and bestselling books immediately.

Cons

The opportunity to advance is very slim, even between districts. Payroll is almost non-exist so managers end up becoming booksellers.

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  1. It is a very good experience there and the people are very nice :D

    Current Intern - Bookseller in Houston, TX
    Current Intern - Bookseller in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble as an intern

    Pros

    It brings me joy to help others

    Cons

    some of the customers leave unsatisfied, Rarely but it happens and that's always upsetting


  2. Treat Employees Well, Poorly Run

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bookseller
    Current Employee - Bookseller

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Paid vacation, even for part-timers, benefits. Easy work, if you can handle retail. Decent pay for a retail job, and you get a raise every year.

    Cons

    Poorly run. Corporate management makes some really strange inventory decisions, and there are a lot of "busy work" jobs. Moving a display twenty feet, then moving it back a week later, insane amounts of inventory that will never sell, not enough of what will sell, bearing the brunt of customer wrath when they find out just how anti-customer sales and coupons can be. Have to sell an expensive membership that doesn't benefit any but the most frequent customers.

    Also, scheduling sucks, but it's retail. Unless you're lucky, you won't have a set schedule. Don't expect to be able to build your life around a routine. You'll be opening, closing, and mid-shifting at random.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to control your inventory, decide what kind of company you want to be (Books, toys) and be it.


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