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Portland, OR
201 to 500 employees
1981
Company - Private
Media & Entertainment Retail Stores
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
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Powell's may not be the big dog when it comes to books, but its dog-eared volumes keep it near the front of the pack. The book retailer maintains more than a handful of stores in the Portland, Oregon, area including its flagship City of Books store, which covers ... Read more

Powell's Books Reviews

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
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    I have been working at Powell's Books part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Workers Union, Family-like staff

    Cons

    there is a corporate vs. staff tension

    Advice to Management

    Try to include all of staff no matter the age or experience

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Powell's Books Interviews

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    Seasonal Store Help Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Powell's Books (Portland, OR) in October 2017.

    Interview

    Super easy. I am a skilled interviewee. I am fairly convinced at this point and after looking at other interviewees that age discrimination was in play here. Its a very hard thing to prove I realize but I will be watching in the Powells (if I decide to patronize, after all there is Amazon who is much cheaper)at how many older people are actually working for them. I did not see any at the downtown store. Not the iconic, wonderful bookstore I always thought they were, just like every other employer when it comes to hiring older workers. Disappointed

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