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Don't follow health standards because they don't care about employees or customers.

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Former Employee - Cafe Seller in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Former Employee - Cafe Seller in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

I worked at Borders

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

It's hard to find a positive about this company and store, if you're a reader than employees are allowed to rent books from the store (yes, the same ones you as a customer end up buying "new".) Employees get a 33% off discount of books and media (the bad part of this is that Borders is usually so expensive that the discount usually just brings it near the range you'd buy it on Amazon, and if you're over the age of 16 then you're probably hoping for the best benefit of your job to be something other than a store discount.)

Cons

Shifts can last all day for a salary that's below minimum wage. Some employees have been romantically involved with each other in chaotic and unprofessional work enviorenment. Terrible HR department-employess have been sexually harassed by customers and sometimes by other employees. Customers can be extremely rude to employees. No opportunities to advance in the company and if there were then it's likely to another position that pays close to minimum wage. "Benefits" like medical and dental are as expensive as if you were to buy insurance on your own. Cafe doesn't have enough employees working at one time to follow health code at all and often do things like handle food with their bear hands, poorly wash dishes, hand customers regular coffee instead of decaf so they don't have to brew it.

Advice to Management

Need to fix their HR department-Out of all the jobs I've worked at in my life, only at this company has sexual harassment been so tolerated. Customers are allowed to say nearly whatever they want to employees, and rarely does the HR department do anything about it. Customers have been known to practically stalk the girls that work in this store in and out of work and almost nothing is done about it. Also, too much in house flirting, dating, cliques, and MTV-esque drama for it to be called a professional work place.

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  1. An alright place to work. Unless you need a day off.

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    Current Employee - Bookseller in Rogers, AR
    Current Employee - Bookseller in Rogers, AR

    I have been working at Borders

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is pretty good, and you get a decent discount. You can also rent books.

    Cons

    It's difficult to get time off.

    Advice to Management

    Give your workers the time off they need


  2. Decent until they went broke

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Avondale, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Avondale, AZ

    I worked at Borders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Nice atmosphere to meet unique customers/employees -Decent employee discount -Contests between districts allowed different stores to be awarded

    Cons

    -Overworked and underpaid. Understaffed, lack of breaks due to hourly cuts, no raises. Loss of benefits. -At one particular location all the staff was buddy buddy with everyone but readily back stabbed anyone and everyone at the drop of a hat. Lots of false gossip and assumptions.

    Advice to Management

    Even though the company was going through a lot of debt and stress, I think it would be wise for them to show more compassion and truly communicate with their employees so that misunderstandings can be prevented in the future.


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