Strand Book Store

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Unsatisfactory

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Bookstore Clerk in New York, NY
Current Employee - Bookstore Clerk in New York, NY

I have been working at Strand Book Store

Pros

The people I worked with and the discounts on books

Cons

No respect from the new owner or management.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Promote and respect long time workers with experience.

Doesn't Recommend

7 Other Employee Reviews for Strand Book Store (View Most Recent)

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    Decent first job for new New Yorkers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Strand Book Store full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, mostly great customers and management. For being retail there are nice benefits, such as health care and fixed raises, but this is only due to the union. You work on your feet all day, but get to move around the floor a lot, which is good for those of us who get bored easily doing only one thing. The hiring manager usually gives recent transplants a chance at a decent job in the city. Plus: access to all the books you could want!

    Cons

    There is not a lot of opportunity for advancement since the store has been increasingly hiring managers from outside. Moving from the floor into certain departments can sometimes be seen as a "promotion," but that's about all you can hope for these days. While most of these managers are good people, there have been a few outside hires that don't care much for learning how to do any of the grunt work. They also tend to be somewhat condescending to their employees. If it wasn't for the union, turnover would be much higher and job satisfaction much, much lower than it already is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust in your employees, they do know what they are doing and are very good at it. This is especially true for co-owner Nancy Bass, who has an incredibly talented and dedicated team of people running her store but believes they are all worthless and replaceable. Create more room for advancement for long-term, able employees.

  2.  

    Customers may love the place, but employees don't

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bookstore Clerk in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Bookstore Clerk in New York, NY

    I worked at Strand Book Store full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The discount is nice (but only on the used books, if it's new or front listed the discount sucks)

    Cons

    If you are still within your 90 days don't expect your co-workers or management to warm to you. Due to the insane turnover rate, you are viewed with a ticking clock until they either let you go within 90 days, until you quit or until you survive long enough to make the union. Also the hours and shifts are horrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your new people and don't just cast them out or leave them on the fringes. Don't make the environment so spiteful and toxic.

    Doesn't Recommend
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