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Barnes & Noble College Bookstores Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Extremely flexible hours, great atmosphere (in 33 reviews)

  • Great Employee Discount especially during Employee Appreciation Week (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • minimum wage with very small raises (in 54 reviews)

  • Low pay, substantial amount to learn on the go for a part time job (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "All things considered, its a friendly, accommodating, relaxed place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff and management.
    Very accommodating with scheduling, especially if you happen to be in school.
    Books. Obviously.
    In general, a relaxed work environment. Lets be honest, retail is retail, but if thats what you're looking at, B&N is a great option.

    Cons

    Mediocre pay. Thats a given working retail though.


  2. "Bookseller"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome environment, great managers, discounts, flexible, on-campus, ability to move up in the company

    Cons

    the wages were low and only could get a raise after 6 months


  3. "Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Your on a college campus so it is always filled with students and faculty. I loved getting the awesome discounts as well.

    Cons

    Pay!! They do not pay their employees what they should be paid. Most associates all start at minimum wage and barely work

    Advice to Management

    Give raises or incentives


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  5. "Bookseller"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fun, wacky coworkers. I also like the effort they make to take into account the needs of the employees

    Cons

    Very low pay, we need to raise it above 7.25!

    Advice to Management

    Pay more!


  6. "Decent Student Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bookseller and Cashier in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Bookseller and Cashier in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are so much fun, and they made me stay for as long as I did. The employee discount is also pretty decent.

    Cons

    Management is terrible; home office has zero interest or knowledge of their clientele in each store and they are hard to get a hold of. Pay is terrible at barely minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    Actually care about your employees and their thoughts and opinions, as they are the lifeblood of the store.


  7. "working"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Textbook Manager
    Former Employee - Textbook Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores full-time

    Pros

    laid back environment with great co-workers

    Cons

    could work with professors more to streamline ordering


  8. "Great place to work for a college student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bookseller
    Current Employee - Bookseller
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The hours are very flexible, which is great for a busy college student. My bosses are very nice and friendly. The tasks are varied, as we sell clothing, textbooks, and other items, as well as sell clothing at sporting events. Coworkers are all friendly and easy to get along with. It is fun to interact with most students as well as prospective students.

    Cons

    When I first started, I often felt like I was bothering my bosses when I asked questions, but this has gotten better. The technology we have is terrible and often freezes or doesn't work when we need it to the most, which holds up lines and makes customers angry. Customers also get angry about the high prices of textbooks, but there really isn't anything we can do about that. It is necessary to have a thick skin to work at a college bookstore. We are also a bit disorganized as we often don't know the inventory we have on hand or where it is, and our website is almost never updated. There are times when we are very slow and we have no tasks to do, so my bosses make us do menial tasks like vacuum or sweep the already clean floor.

    Advice to Management

    The poor technology and high prices of textbooks are the downside to working for a large chain, as we do not get to choose either one. I would suggest that management look at getting better computer programs and finding ways to lower the textbook prices. For the local managers, I would suggest letting employees do homework during slow times, as it is a waste of time to do menial tasks that are just meant to keep us busy, and almost every other campus job allows us to work on homework.


  9. "Enjoyable, but low pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 part-time

    Pros

    I love working here because of the family. It definitely feels like a happy environment and very close. Very easy to manage with a school schedule or part time for parents.

    Cons

    It gets stressful at times, the pay is very low and no chance of raise unless you are hired as a part-time employee. It's uncertain how long as a seasonal employee it takes for that to happen. 30+ hours during rush with no overtime for seasonal and temporary employees


  10. "Records Management Rep"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Records Management Leader in Basking Ridge, NJ
    Former Employee - Records Management Leader in Basking Ridge, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company with strong values and market stability.

    Cons

    Not found in all my years of service.


  11. "Not horrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bookseller and Cashier in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Bookseller and Cashier in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discount on supplies and apparel

    Cons

    Retail, on your feet constantly, not the most exciting place in the world



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