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Great to work for if you're a college student or looking for extra income.

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Current Employee - Bookseller in Pittsburgh, PA
Current Employee - Bookseller in Pittsburgh, PA

I have been working at Barnes & Noble part-time (less than an year)

Pros

enjoyable, active, good environment, friendly people, interesting

Cons

Low pay, meager raises, troubles with scheduling.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    degrading

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    Former Employee - Children's Lead Bookseller in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Children's Lead Bookseller in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Meeting great co-workers and long-lasting friends
    If you are a lead or manager, they will generally try and work with your schedule (if they like you).
    Once in a while, there will be an excellent manager; but this is few-and-far between.
    Most of the workers (non-management) are very talented individuals.

    Cons

    They won't work with your schedule if you are not a lead or manager, despite how many years you have given them.
    25 cent raises, once per year, are the norm. 50 cents is rare. 75 cents is unheard of.
    Managers don't like to work, but they will come down on you for doing the same. And in some cases, throw their extra work on you.
    Small-minded; narrow-minded management who thinks the world revolves around them and the store
    If your job is cut by corporate, they will offer you part-time hours and minimum wage, despite have worked in management for more than 10 years.
    Micro-management and abuse (depending on the store manager at the time).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your workers with more respect. Pay them a livable wage. A twenty-five cent raise per year is a joke. They most likely are very educated and work at the store because they are having a hard time in the current economic climate. If you want to retain your best assets, treat them like you would treat your own management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Barnes & Noble is a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Bookseller in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Bookseller in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Ability to get more hours if you want more. Working in a bookstore is a wonderful experience and the customers at most stores tend not to be as demanding and annoying as customers are at other retail stores.

    Cons

    I have worked in two Barnes & Nobles and they vary greatly in terms of management style. One was more laid back and had been around longer, and had a more streamlined system to get everything done. The other is more chaotic and not organized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to lower management and ideas from employees more. They are the people who know how the individual stores work better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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