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Barnes & Noble College Bookstores Reviews

Updated December 8, 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 80 reviews)

  • "Low pay for the amount of work you do" (in 59 reviews)

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  1. "Bookseller"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores part-time

    Pros

    Flexibility with scheduling and hours

    Cons

    Not much advancement or career opportunities


  2. "Store Manager"

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    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy/Management / freedom to deliver excellent service

    Cons

    Bookseller Pay / Antiquated Systems

  3. "Average"

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    Former Employee - Seasonal in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Seasonal in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, more laid back temp job

    Cons

    hectic with poor management, too many employees.

    Advice to Management

    more organization and structure


  4. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores part-time

    Pros

    Flexible with school schedule and extra curriculars

    Cons

    Slows down after first week of classes and gets super fast around finals


  5. "AWESOME PEOPLE / Unrealistic Pay"

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    Current Employee - Bookseller and Cashier in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Bookseller and Cashier in Orlando, FL
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores (More than a year)

    Pros

    Customer Oriented, Eclectic Relevant Inventory, Innovative Environment

    Cons

    Lowest compensation in retail industry!

    Advice to Management

    Employees are OVERWORKED for what's expected from them. It's unfathomable to start good workers at $9.25 hour. McDonald's pays people better. Your workers are intelligent, hard working and higher intellect than most, and you're salary distribution is top heavy. Not on the store level, but the CORPORATE side. You need to take a SERIOUS, MINDFUL look at how you compensate the very people who keep YOUR DOORS OPEN! If you want a GOOD QUICK REMINDER...GO TO ANY STORE AT CLOSE AND OBSERVE THE MESS THAT EXISTS, ESPECIALLY IN THE KIDS SECTION, OR CAFÉ AND IMAGINE CONSTANTLY CLEANING UP THAT MESS AFTER WORKING A FULL SHIFT! IF YOU WEREN'T AWARE OF IT UNTIL THIS MOMENT...YOU'RE AWARE OF IT NOW! THERE IS NO EXCUSES! YOUR VERY SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON HOW YOU TREAT YOUR EMPLOYEES! DO THE RIGHT THING. OH...BY THE WAY, A $.25 RAISE IS ACTUALLY A PUNCH IN THE STOMACH. IMAGINE WORKING YOUR ASS-OFF AND HAVING YOUR BOSS SAY GREAT JOB TODAY...HERE'S A $2!😔 Overnight workers deserve a shift differential in pay (BTW...average 3rd shift employees make $13 hr), and, HOURLY workers, if turn-around time is LESS than 8 hours...BEGIN the next shift at OVERTIME.


  6. "A lot of responsibility for little pay"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible if you want to work a lot of hours

    Cons

    Minimum wage and a $0.25 raise after 1 year


  7. "Good College Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible, very good discounts on the books and merchandise

    Cons

    Not enough hours, boring at times

  8. "Book Seller"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A create career for someone wanting a paycheck during college without the stress of making it to class on time.

    Cons

    Difficult to be full time while in college


  9. "A decent experience"

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

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

    Pros

    A very nice environment, more of a retail job than a book selling job. Managers are friendly and the rest of the staff is nice. Usually slow except during rush weeks.

    Cons

    They cut hours constantly and some of the managers blame you when they didn't tell you exactly what they wanted.


  10. "Good job for students"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores part-time

    Pros

    Flexible Hours Friendly Coworkers Good managers

    Cons

    Pay is minimum wage, so unfortunately is pretty low