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Former Employee - Project Manager in Mishawaka, IN
Former Employee - Project Manager in Mishawaka, IN

I worked at Better World Books

Pros

Generous vacation; Independent work environment

Cons

Transparency is lacking; Little opportunity for growth; Little training for ambitious employees;

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Management is young and inexperienced. They should be allowed to learn more management skills and techniques in a college setting. Promotional opportunites should be based on credentials. The most hard working and educated should have the opportnities to move up within the company. Management should be more truthful with employees. Deception and lying will be exposed. Reviews should be performed much more regularly. That is, at least, once every six months if not more frequently.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    A good company , but room for improvement

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    Former Employee - Bit of Everything in Dunfermline, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Bit of Everything in Dunfermline, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Better World Books full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I worked in the UK division of this global bookseller

    Better World Books has a positive impact in many ways - it is a valuable source of income for literacy charities and libraries who benefit from each sale , and is great for the environment.

    When I worked there I saw people get chances at jobs and develop who where unlikely to get jobs anywhere else due to lack of experience or other barriers.

    As it was a growing start-up , there was room to progress for talented employees in at the beginning, who may not have had lots of experience previously

    Lots of lovely , genuine people working there

    Cons

    Salary/benefits for supervisors , support staff and warehouse employees was pretty poor

    Some of the senior managers/supervisors in the UK had poor people management skills , where unable to take feedback and where overtly negative to the point you wondered why they did not leave.

    Poor or dysfunctional behaviors by some employees was not addressed by managers due to lack of skill/will on the managers part

    Books are becoming finite as ebooks take off - no diversification strategy appeared to be in place when I worked there

    US CEO, Andy P- although I believe he has now left

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep growing , and reward and actively develop your lower level employees

    Change the culture to a more open and honest approach

    Promote active listening and open feedback

    Diversify!

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Great for career development if you're high initiative. Startup transitioning into playing with the big boys.

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Better World Books full-time

    Pros

    Performance contributes to significant environmental and social impact
    Room for growth in the industry
    Professional development opportunities abound for self starters

    Cons

    Growing pains in transitioning from startup to structured organization
    Margins on used books do not currently allow for salaries you'd expect for the work put in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to value your people and all your stakeholders will be taken care of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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