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Barnes & Noble Atlanta Reviews

Updated July 3, 2017
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Pros
  • professionalism, great environment for book lovers, 30% employee discount (in 262 reviews)

  • 30% off discount on books with 40% off during employee appreciation week (in 77 reviews)

Cons
  • Lot of hard work expected for minimum wage (in 153 reviews)

  • got less working hours due to a vast number of seasonal part time hiring (in 140 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Barista, easy job"

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    Current Employee - Barista in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Barista in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling through a Dayforce App. Half of drinks, and a decent discount on merchandise. Easy tasks to learn, not a difficult job at all.

    Cons

    Standing up to eight hours, short breaks. Not much room for growth, small yearly raise.


  2. "Stay away from BN college stores"

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    Former Employee - Bookseller and Cashier in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Bookseller and Cashier in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barnes & Noble part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employee discount is significant
    Get to know a lot of people and make friends
    Most coworkers are a pleasure to be around
    Flexible-ish hours

    Cons

    Management is inefficient and treats underlings poorly
    Arbitrary tasks
    Some customers feel extremely entitled.
    Favoritism from management
    Little to no opportunity for growth

    Advice to Management

    Try to actually care about your employees' circumstances

  3. "Not bad, but could be better"

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    Current Employee - Cafe Barista/Bookseller in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Cafe Barista/Bookseller in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble part-time

    Pros

    They have a zero tolerance for sexual harassment. It's more organized than other companies. People are generally professional and friendly. You get a good amount of breaks.

    Cons

    I understand everything has to be clean and fresh, but there's a lot of wastefulness. The left over food and beverages should be given away to charity or at least to the employees. Everything is thrown down the drain or into the garbage. For such a big company, it shouldn't be so hard to get a raise or move up. More people from the outside get into managerial positions faster than people who have worked their way up through the company. Baristas are the first people called to cover someone on the book floor, but they are not paid more for doing both jobs.


  4. "Bookseller"

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    Former Employee - Part Time Book Seller in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Part Time Book Seller in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barnes & Noble (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working with people every day in the store. A very stimulating environment.

    Cons

    The only thing that I disliked was the system to log books into our database, it could have been streamlined.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to properly train your employees and not have them guessing in any scenario.


  5. "Great Part-Time Work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barnes & Noble part-time

    Pros

    Awesome employee discount, best coworkers, laid back atmosphere, you're working in a bookstore/coffee shop!

    Cons

    Typical retail cons: irate customers, re-shelving stinks, closing sucks

    Advice to Management

    Stop making one person close by him/herself!!


  6. "cafe server"

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    Former Employee - Cafe Server in Snellville, GA
    Former Employee - Cafe Server in Snellville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barnes & Noble part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    the people were great, there was a great team energy. the discount was decent and sometimes you would get books for free

    Cons

    the management was terrible, it was very clear the cafe was the ugly step child of barnes and noble. Turn over was terrible.

    Advice to Management

    appreciate your employees. they are working hard.


  7. "I loved working for Barnes & Noble"

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    Current Employee - Part Time Book Seller in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Part Time Book Seller in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked with a great group of people that were very diverse, interesting and knowledgable. The management was great and everyone pulled their weight.

    Cons

    Pays very little. If they payed a decent wage I would definitely still be there, but I just wasn't making enough. Would be an excellent side-job or job for students.

  8. "Good retail job for experience"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barnes & Noble (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a fast paced retail environment. Benefits are great! They take care of their booksellers.

    Cons

    Nothing different from other retailers, never enough people to handle all the customers in the store.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the middle management concerns.


  9. "Pros and cons"

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    Former Employee - Book Seller in Palmetto, GA
    Former Employee - Book Seller in Palmetto, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barnes & Noble (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing discount on books, music, movies, and in the cafe.

    Cons

    The store that I worked at had poor management and made daily operations frustrating.


  10. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment and great people understandable for college students who have a certain schedule. Get raises easily through the company every review.

    Cons

    I mean there is always a downside of a big corporation. They will always be on you as if they know how to run the store 100% percent better than you all by themselves but don't let that deter you from working here

    Advice to Management

    Management is Great, Corporate however, stay by your employees and know that they are doing the best they can. Be leaders not bosses and you will see an increase not only in sales but in customer service ratings


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