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Barnes & Noble College Bookstores Reviews

Updated May 25, 2018
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Barnes & Noble College Bookstores President and COO Max J. Roberts
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  • Can only work for minimum wage in NC (in 75 reviews)

  • Low pay, bad management, boring (in 55 reviews)

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  1. "Good Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores part-time

    Pros

    Work around your class schedule.

    Cons

    There is little opportunity for growth.


  2. "Good Job"

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    Former Employee - Bookseller in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Albany, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    (I've worked at two locations, different environment in each, but similar job duties)
    Extra hours for sports events and book signings
    Full-time hours during rush
    Discount at your store
    During employee discount week (2x a year) you get an extra 10% on top of regular discount
    The customers are college students (often classmates) and parents/alum, I enjoyed the demographic. It was rare for me to have older male customers harassing me which has been an issue at all my other retail jobs
    Got to give inputs on visual merchandising and choosing clothes designs

    Cons

    Never saw a raise or a possibility for one despite the fact that I was training incoming employees and managing the store alone (Location A)
    One of the managers was very rude and an overall negative person (Location B)
    Managers talked behind each other's backs (Location B)
    Management frequently changed, they didn't hold their positions for long (Both Locations)
    Many slow days (Both Locations)
    Days where you do a very repetitive task for 8 hours (Both Locations)

    Advice to Management

    Frequently bickering between managers/behind each other's backs

  3. "Great first time job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores part-time

    Pros

    Since it's a college bookstore, it can have more of a personal feel.

    Cons

    It is very different from a normal barnes & noble.


  4. "Textbook Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores part-time

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and managers
    Discounts on books and other merchandise
    Easy to use shift trading boards

    Cons

    Few shifts outside of peak season


  5. "Enjoyable"

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    Former Employee - Bookseller and Cashier
    Former Employee - Bookseller and Cashier
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores part-time

    Pros

    Can be quiet, atmosphere is nice, co workers were generally nice.

    Cons

    Upper Management is kind of out of touch with what is happening in the store.


  6. "Nice college job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexible, understanding, and trainable to all positions

    Cons

    can get fast paced when you're unprepared and the pay is low


  7. "Bad Pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores part-time

    Pros

    easy going, relaxing, not too stressful

    Cons

    sometimes boring, especially after first couple weeks of school, bad pay

  8. "Book Seller"

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    Former Employee - Book Seller in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Book Seller in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The positive thing about the Bookstore is they will work with your schedule and have convenient hours to choose from especially if you are attending school.

    Cons

    The negative is that when hired everyone starts off as a temporary employee during the Rush periods which causes the turnover rate to be high.


  9. "Good Experience"

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    Current Employee - Bookseller in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Bookseller in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible hours
    - Easy to switch shifts
    - Kind bosses

    Cons

    - Angry customers
    - Late nights during rush week


  10. "Store Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible company. Allows you the opportunity to run the store as if it was your own within certain limits. Promotes a positive customer service environment in which we never say no, we just say what we can do instead.

    Cons

    Consistently having to do more with less. Payroll is constantly being decreased despite increasing sales. Little to no pay increase year to year and very little room to advance without a major relocation to another state.


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