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Fun place to work

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Former Employee - Bookseller  in  Greenwood, IN
Former Employee - Bookseller in Greenwood, IN

Pros

Good pay, fun environment, interesting materials-always something new and different coming through

Cons

Sometimes a little boring, dealing with unhappy customers because they didn't get the offer they were hoping for

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Never fall in love with your job

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in San Antonio, TX

    Pros

    Discount, Co-workers,Benefits, Profit Sharing Bonuses

    Cons

    I've heard that it is WAY different in other districts, so keep in mind this has been my experience in San Antonio. I LOVED HPB for the first several years of my time there. The last year, and the higher up on the ladder I went, the less I loved it. Co workers and I half jokingly said it was kinda like a marriage where you gave and gave, and did your best, but you never seemed to get anything in return. LOTS of micromanagement, and mainly not being given the resources we needed to get the work done that they expected of us. You would get tons of vacation time, but never be able to take it. The quality of life sucked. I would only recommend working HPB in San Antonio if you a) have very thick skin b) are not afraid to work very, very hard c) don't have a significant other or children and d) can live off minimum wage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are very out of touch. The market is changing, your customers are changing, and you have not worked in the stores on a daily basis in years. Before you implement procedures, YOU need to do them, or let the ones in the stores make those calls.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Most Convoluted Place On Earth

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good hours
    I really loved this job while it lasted. I enjoyed being around books and a majority of the customers were really great to work around. I came home with funny stories every day and left with a smile at the end of my shift.

    Cons

    Where to begin! Here's my story. I interviewed at Half Price and they asked me to leave the job I had currently with no notice because they were short staffed after multiple employees had left. I agreed and 2 weeks later they fired me under the pretense that I didn't like my job. I later found out that right after I left they received a transfer from a different store who had called while I was an employee and wanted to work the sections I had. So they fired me 2 days before Christmas!! I have never been so hurt in my life. It took me 2 months to find work after that!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch your stores very carefully. Because all your managers are stupid and do not care about your employees. They completely go against everything that company was built on and stands for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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