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San Mateo, CA

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  • Lot of hard work expected for minimum wage (in 151 reviews)

  • got less working hours due to a vast number of seasonal part time hiring (in 135 reviews)

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  1. "Great coworkers, gain skills"

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    Former Employee - Bookseller in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Bookseller in San Mateo, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you love books or movies you'll connect with your coworkers immediately. You get to work on a variety of tasks and once they figure out your strong suit management places you there most of the time. I felt like my job stayed fresh because of the options and because I was very successful in the positions I was placed.

    Cons

    Depending upon the branch the management can be fantastic people who treat you as human beings (San Bruno, Santa Rosa), or they can treat you as dispensable (San Mateo).

    Advice to Management

    Create a positive work environment by being a leader that your employees will respect and enjoy working with.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Nice part-time job when you're in between things"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bookseller in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Bookseller in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with a medium that actually contributes to society - being able to see the customer light up when you've found the book that they're looking for is a treat. Especially with kids! They are awesome.

    Cons

    Low pay, less hours.
    Management can be a little testy.
    Disconnected from the rest of the stores as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    At my particular store, the upper management didn't have the people skills necessary for the job. They were more about the numbers side of business, and you can't have just that when you're working with the public.


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