Half Price Books Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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Half Price Books President and CEO Sharon Anderson Wright
Sharon Anderson Wright
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Pros
  • the employee discount makes it easy to build an enviable collection (in 12 reviews)

  • ridiculously inexpensive health insurance, great employee discount, quarterly profit sharing (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • As always in retail the pay is low but it''s made up for in benefits (in 7 reviews)

  • The pay is low but above minimum wage (in 6 reviews)

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  1. It's all about who you're with

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shift Leader
    Former Employee - Shift Leader

    I worked at Half Price Books full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, a great place to work. The customer does not come first, the employees do.

    Cons

    low pay, but it's a bookstore so...

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up Boots!


  2. Race to evolve in rapidly changing marketplace

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Half Price Books

    Pros

    Attracts a very eclectic group of people and offers a very generous benefits package. Supports literacy and other local causes at every opportunity. Pretty decent gig as far as retail goes.

    Cons

    The work load can be surprisingly stressful with some extremely demanding customers at times. Technical glitches can abound in the rush to compete with online marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to balance individual store autonomy with the demands of a growing company that a balanced solution. Increased recognition of on the ground challenges and ever increasing work loads. More focus on detailed training of new employees.


  3. Excellent Retail Job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bookseller II in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Bookseller II in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Half Price Books full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very generous benefits package: full medical, dental & vision, 401k, paid vacation & holidays. Generally laid-back working environment. If you have a passion for literature, film or music, this is the kind of place you want to be. Employees are thoroughly cross-trained and are assigned a variety of tasks throughout each workday, which prevents monotony.

    Cons

    It's retail, so the pay is fairly risible. Benefits have slowly but surely been scaled back over the past decade. The laid-back environment can cut both ways; inefficient employees can coast by for years as long as they show up to work on time. The company isn't immune to cliques at the district and store level, which can be alienating for those outside the inner circle.

    Advice to Management

    I think you're still on the right track...the last several years have been challenging in many ways, but morale (at my store, at least) remains high.


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  5. Best job I ever had

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bookseller II/Shift Lead in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Bookseller II/Shift Lead in Madison, WI

    I worked at Half Price Books part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome benefits, great company, off-beat atmosphere. Feels like a community, not just a job, Profit sharing. Environmently conscience. Great donation programs for teachers, hospitals, schools, etc. They really care about their employees, not just lip-service.

    Cons

    A bit on the out-dated side technology wise. And sometimes facility mantainece type issue could be addressed a bit more.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the awesome benefits, and the laid back atmosphere. Keep on growing, but don't turn into a mindless corporate robot.


  6. laid back

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Half Price Books

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with great benefits

    Cons

    More and more work on day to day with shrinking staff


  7. Good and bad

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Corpus Christi, TX
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Corpus Christi, TX

    I worked at Half Price Books

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice discount, insurance is great, pay is not bad for retail. Flexible hours and day off requests.

    Cons

    They keep shrinking the amount of sick time and vacation leave available. They sent us a lot of 'new' stuff which is just stuff they bought cheaply from random distributors. And they MADE us put it out before anything else even if there was no room. I'm talking like fifty puzzles a week, when no one bought them.


  8. Great for a retail job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Highland Park, IL
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Highland Park, IL

    I worked at Half Price Books full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Casual work environment, frequent task rotation, good if you love books, nice discount, insurance package, overall great compared to other retail jobs

    Cons

    Pay is low, shifts are always changing (this can be a plus i guess)


  9. Great company to a point

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Half Price Books (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are outstanding and beyond compare

    Cons

    The business is changing and they're holding on the people and divisions out of loyalty

    Advice to Management

    There's a reason long time employees are quitting. Non-store employees aren't drones


  10. Shift Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Avon, IN
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Avon, IN

    I have been working at Half Price Books full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    This company has great benefits and insurance.

    Cons

    There are no set schedules. You can request certain times you would like off but the schedule open availability.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better and you will get better results.


  11. Not relaxing as most would assume

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shift Leader in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Shift Leader in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Half Price Books (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, including supplemental life insurance and profit based bonuses. Vast array of tasks and jobs within your shift so you're never doing the same thing over and over again.

    Cons

    Pay is low for all that is required of you. You basically work as a retail clerk, a garbage man, a warehouse employee, and a babysitter for one small salary. Corporate keeps cutting back on employee benefits that were unique or unheard of for a retail company. Raises are minimal, you work every holiday, and there is little chance for advancement. Customers are becoming more and more rude and demanding and you must cater to their foolishness and entitlement.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating employees like they should be grateful for having this job. It is hard, grueling work and it never lets up. Stop hiring people in marketing that have never worked in a store. Get more feedback from employees before rolling out ineffective and time wasting promotions and stop changing things that aren't broken with highly expensive piece of crap replacements.



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