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Whether it's about compensation and benefits, culture and diversity, or you're curious to know more about the work environment, find out from employees what it's like to work at Barnes & Noble.

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64 English questions out of 64

September 1, 2021

What is paid time off like at Barnes & Noble?

Pros

Nothing, don't work here unless you want to waste your years with horrible pay & time off. Don't be enticed by the B&N discount either since you're just giving your pay back to a store that sells overpriced items.

Cons

The salary increase could barely be called an increase, more like pocket change. The company also has a lack of quality of work life balance with only a few holidays off and blackout days during the holiday season that prevents employees from taking time off at all.

The company also has a lack of quality of work life balance with only a few holidays off and blackout days during the holiday season that prevents employees from taking time off at all.

September 1, 2021

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February 1, 2021

Does Barnes & Noble offer massages?

Pros

- Coworkers and management are friendly and from all different age groups, don't feel super pushed to upsell anything unreasonable - Encouraged to have conversations with customers about books or media you enjoy, feels less like working and more like getting to know people sometimes - Huge employee discount

Cons

- Pays more than minimum wage in my state, but still is nowhere near livable. Have a coworker who has been working there for years and has just now gotten a $1 raise. The amount of work you do and are trained to do isn't worth the amount you're paid. - On your feet constantly, especially as a bookseller you'll be running around the store at all times. - You'll get scheduled for 7 1/2 hours sometimes so you don't get an extra break. Breaks are relatively long, but sometimes scheduled strangely. I've had a 15-minute break in the same hour as a 30-minute break at the start of my shift, then I'm out on the floor for 4 straight hours. - If you're trained to do almost everything in the store, you'll be pulled in every direction. If you're scheduled in the cafe, sometimes that's just on paper so they can put an extra person on the bookfloor and leave whoever is in cafe to close by themselves. - Great employee discount, but no free drink aside from water in the cafe. - Shifts can either take up a whole day or be extremely short.

Great employee discount, but no free drink aside from water in the cafe.

February 1, 2021

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April 23, 2021

Does Barnes & Noble offer relocation assistance?

Pros

The employee discount is great, especially at the cafe. It's a close environment, and everyone is easy to get along with.

Cons

If you're not a manager, it can be difficult to get many hours. I'd say the average is 15-20. It's good for a college student, but if you're trying to support yourself, you can try asking for more hours. There's not a great benefits package either. Guess that's why most everyone is part-time.

There's not a great benefits package either.

April 23, 2021

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October 22, 2019

Does Barnes & Noble offer dental insurance?

Pros

Flexible schedule, borrow books, great interaction

Cons

low pay, poor coverage at times

low pay, poor coverage at times

October 22, 2019

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April 28, 2020

Does Barnes & Noble offer family leave?

Pros

Good benefits, good gas reimbursement, work independently.

Cons

PAY! I was hired at 50% lower rate than those hired 6 months after me, and I didn't get paid to train them.

Advice to Management

Be honest especially when you make a mistake and actually look out for your employees.

Good benefits, good gas reimbursement, work independently.

April 28, 2020

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