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Barnes & Noble College Bookstores Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible hours, positive atmosphere, on-campus (in 41 reviews)

  • I was able to have a very flexible schedule since I was still in school at the time (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Working on your feet for minimum wage isn't the best time (in 66 reviews)

  • Very low pay for a manager level position within the store (in 43 reviews)

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  1. "Assistant or Department Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good hours, not like regular retail.

    Cons

    In recent years, things changed in California and now advancement is tough because the hierarchy out here hires friends more than promoting from within. It used to be better, but once a group started getting hired from another retailer, they only concentrate on getting their friends into new positions or newly opened positions. Don't expect to take advantage of the "we promote from within" speech. It won't happen much anymore in southern California, unless you're friends with the right people. We've lost many really great, experience people who had no future after years with the company. Many others would have stayed, but saw no reason.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a closer eye on what's going on in your stores. You are losing many great people because they are frustrated and go elsewhere.


  2. "I am enjoying my time"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bookseller
    Current Employee - Bookseller
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Easy job
    - big discount on textbooks and other items
    - room to grow
    - programs to advance to new jobs within the company
    - decent health care

    Cons

    - low pay
    - keeping new employees as seasonal lets them get away with avoiding raises
    - benefits like healthcare kick in after 40 hours which is hard to get

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees better raises, maybe they will stay around. I've seen many good employees leave because they have not been given a raise since they started 2-3 years ago. A raise shows that the employee is appreciated and avoiding this by keeping employees at the seasonal level is terrible

  3. "You can't move up"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bookseller
    Former Employee - Bookseller
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great friends & co-workers
    Discounts
    Easy Schedule
    Great for First Job

    Cons

    You will never get promoted even though you are working so much more harder than the slackers & doing all the work.

    Advice to Management

    If you see someone hauling the giant load, maybe give them a best seller application.


  4. "Not bad, but not great"

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Bookseller
    Former Employee - Cashier/Bookseller
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores part-time

    Pros

    Pretty easy going in terms of workload, and the discount is good. Schedule is very flexible, except when there's a big sports event. If you're looking for an uncomplicated job, this could be a good match.

    Cons

    The pay is minimum wage, and they make it next to impossible to get a raise. Depending on where you live, it's not enough to make it worthwhile. Additionally, they're very strict about what you do when you're behind the counter, even if no one is in the store. On weekends when it's empty, it would be nice to be able to do homework, considering that this is a college bookstore and most employees are students. More often than not, there's nothing else for cashiers to do, so it's a lot of standing around and waiting, which is mind numbing. Most employees don't stay for more than a few months.


  5. "Textbook Sales Associate - Seasonal, Part-Time"

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    Former Employee - Textbook Sales Associate in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Textbook Sales Associate in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    One of the best jobs I've ever had. Busy at times but room to advance. Great employee discounts too.

    Cons

    Didn't pay much, but even on the busy days, I never left exhausted and loved the people I worked with.

    Advice to Management

    None at the moment


  6. "Assistant manager"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Rochester Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Rochester Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its a good company, keeps you busy as there is lots to do. Very easy to learn on the job.

    Cons

    Pay is mediocre, other campuses your have to pay to park, so you are paying to work. Should have parking built into salary.


  7. "Very Structured and ridgid work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is always something to do; you will not be bored.

    Cons

    The management style is very rigid and structured. Management is very quick to point out every mistake you make, big or small; it borders on being petty. If you're someone who needs a lot of hand holding or doesn't work well in an extremely structured work environment, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Pointing out every mistake and reprimanding employees sets them up for failure. Work with your employees to assess and performance concerns instead of disciplining them.

  8. "Nice place to work"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible with employees schedules

    Cons

    Extremely hectic during rush and beginning of classes


  9. "nice work if you can keep it."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores full-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed the low impact sales environment. having a small team to work with and helping college kids and hospital patients was a satisfying part of the job.

    Cons

    retail is a shrinking market, and it's shrinking faster in the college demographic, you might not be able to hold a job like this anymore.

    Advice to Management

    listen to your staff more, don't let college concerns eclipse the concerns of your staff.


  10. "Excellent student employment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, positive atmosphere, on-campus

    Cons

    Potential for reduction in work availability mid-semester


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