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Not A Smart Company

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

I have been working at Borders

Pros

Good Health Insurance (If you are FT), not worth it if you are PT
Great Friendly People
Flexible Work Schedule
Selling excellent product

Cons

Going Bankrupt because corporate can't figure out how to run a company
too much high skilled work for low pay
Constant Layoffs
No raises for 3 years
Low payroll hours
Relatively a really low class company

Advice to ManagementAdvice

End the suffering file chapter 7 because I really don't think you will be able to pull off the restructuring of a chapter 11 as the execs are not that bright.

Doesn't Recommend

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    Borders operates as a reactionary retailer.

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    Current Employee - Key-holder  in  Highland Park, IL
    Current Employee - Key-holder in Highland Park, IL

    I have been working at Borders

    Pros

    Borders has a customer friendly atmosphere. They offer great deals to those who are part of the rewards programs. Medical benefits are quite good for those who are full time employees.

    Cons

    They do not have any sense of promoting from within. Managers are nearly always hired from the outside. There is a lot of micromanaging from the corporate headquarters.

    No opinion of CEO
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    My experience at Borders was very enjoyable, with a great staff and supportive management.

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    Former Employee - Bookseller/Barista  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Bookseller/Barista in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    If you are a bibliophile, music lover, and enjoy coffee, Borders is a pretty ideal place to work. I enjoyed being exposed to all the new material, as well as being able to share my recommendations based on the customer's feedback.

    Cons

    Borders has become too corporate over the years. This company pushes employees to push titles on customers to create instant bestsellers. I understand they are a company trying to make a profit, but it is really annoying. Also, the stores I have worked at in recent years are often understaffed, which can be stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate needs to chill out and relate better to their employees' needs.

    Disapproves of CEO
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