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Demanding work with a great atmosphere and low compensation.

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Current Employee - Merchandising Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
Current Employee - Merchandising Specialist in Indianapolis, IN

I have been working at Books-A-Million full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Flexible hours, great atmosphere, ability to grow within the company, meeting new people.

Cons

Low compensation, sales based, crumbling market.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
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  1. It's ok, if you're good at selling membership cards.

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    Former Employee - Bookseller
    Former Employee - Bookseller

    I worked at Books-A-Million part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can borrow books to read as long as there are enough copies in stock to satisfy demand. The work is easy and you stay pretty busy with stocking shelves or shelf-reading. Plenty of opportunities to move into specialist roles for some extra responsibilities.

    Cons

    Selling membership cards is difficult. When I was there you had to sell 1 card for every $300 in your drawer. If you didn't make your quota, you were written up and discharged after 3 write ups. Most of the customers either already had a card or weren't there often enough to get one. Sometimes customers would become irate after being asked during multiple visits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push your employees to sell more merchandise, not more membership cards. You'll get more respect from your employees and the customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    No opinion of CEO
  2. Don't work here unless you are desperate, or you need the employee discount to feed your book addiction!

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    Current Employee - Kids Specialist in North Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Kids Specialist in North Fort Myers, FL

    I have been working at Books-A-Million part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employee discount 30% on payday, And being able to check out books.

    Cons

    Everything else!
    They don't give raises.
    It's sell sell sell sell discount cards.
    Sell sell sell sell the 'risk free' magazine trial subscription.
    Do tons of projects.
    Then customer service,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GIVE RAISES! HOW CAN YOU EXPECT YOUR STAFF TO CARE ABOUT THE COMPANY IF THEY NEVER SEE THE RESULTS OF THEIR HARD WORK IN THEIR PAYCHECK!?!?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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