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Pros
  • "The employee discount is great and I love the accommodations(in 1863 reviews)

  • "Fun to work for and all around enjoyable(in 314 reviews)

Cons
  • "Hours are long and tough to manage work life balance(in 502 reviews)

  • "New full-time employees PTO hours are extremely small(in 563 reviews)

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  1. "I LOVE working for Best Buy."

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    I've worked at 3 locations now over the last year and a half and I've always enjoyed the company I work for. I've felt genuinely appreciated by the management I've met at all of the stores. The pay is pretty good and the bonuses are nice when business is nice. The employee discount is great and I love the accommodations. Tuition reimbursement, 401k plans, discounts on insurance, etc.. They have vacations for those who...

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    Cons

    Right after I was promoted to be in leadership (at the 11 month mark), the store I transferred to was told we were closing. Some stores dont get enough hours to balance out with the traffic we get in the doors...it can get overwhelming sometimes. Working on Thanksgiving is horrible and often management will make exceptions for stupid reasons.

    Advice to Management

    N/A. Each store has different situations needing different management styles.

  2. "Mobility department is cool but you really have to pay attention to detail."

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    Current Employee - Apple Master - Mobility in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Decent pay, not stressful, PTO when full time,

    Cons

    Working all holidays, working every weekend, you may end up with more responsibilities than your job description.

    Advice to Management

    It would be better if there was some balance so all associates aren’t working every holiday and every weekend. There definitely needs to be some alternating scheduling so employees aren’t burnt out.

  3. "Decent discount"

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      Current Employee - Computer Sales Associate in Birmingham, AL
      Neutral Outlook

      I have been working at Best Buy for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Discount on most goods including electronics

      Cons

      Job can be treated like a commission job by your supervisors, when that's not how you are paid.

    • "ok job"

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      Former Employee - Geek Squad in Birmingham, AL
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Best Buy part-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Former geeksquad. great for teenagers of course, or extra income on the side.

      Cons

      High turnover. Corporate mindset. Low pay for a tech work.

    • "Pretty Good Place to Work"

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      Current Employee - Inventory Specialist in Birmingham, AL
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Best Buy part-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      I really liked the people working there. Coworkers seemed to be higher quality than typical people you would expect in a retail environment. The working environment feels professional and responsible where it needs to be, but it is also relaxed as well.

      Cons

      The work can be tedious and frustrating at times. Scheduling can be unpredictable for certain positions.

    • "Enjoyed Working There"

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      Former Employee - Sales Manager in Birmingham, AL
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Best Buy

      Pros

      -Fun work environment overall. Great employees to work with and team environment in store. -Pay is very competitive and fair compared to other retailers -You get to work with exciting products and keep up with the latest and greatest CE Technology -They promote a culture of growth and development. Provide many tools for training, training here is better than any other retailer I have worked at especially for...

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      Cons

      -Not a great work-life balance. Hours aren't quite as bad as they are for managers at other retailers, but still not great. -Very political. Promotions often do not weigh as heavily on performance as they do who you know. Not saying performance has no weight, just it doesn't help as much as who you know. If you can get in well and talk the talk it doesn't necessarily mean anything if you get the best results. Often...

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      Advice to Management

      Continue to foster a fun environment that encourages growth and development and back it up. Work on rewarding and promoting more heavily for performance than people who talk the talk or are friends with upper management.

    • "Ups and Downs"

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      Former Employee - Project Team Lead in Birmingham, AL
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Best Buy full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      The company has good intentions The Treat most of their employees fairly

      Cons

      Pay scale is not on board with others in the same business no career path for a merchandiser

    • "Work environment"

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      Former Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Birmingham, AL
      Recommends

      I worked at Best Buy part-time

      Pros

      Great discount, hours flexible, vacation time off, shifts aren't long and demanding, meet great people, learn a lot of knowledge

      Cons

      Advancement, pay not negotiable, a lot of training periodically, things changes rapidly, learning a lot of material in short notice.

    • "Incredible Opportunity"

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      Former Employee - Sales Lead in Birmingham, AL
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Best Buy

      Pros

      -Sales training! They teach you techniques and skills that will impact your career -Feeling of making a true impact! You can see how your efforts impact your location, and it gives you a sense of accomplishment -Development! I can't stress enough how much I learned under my General Manager. He empowered me to take risks, reap the rewards, and gave me the tools I needed to grow and develop my own team -Employee Discount...

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      Cons

      -It's a little hard to balance work and life through the holidays, however this is just how Retail is. I feel that my store leadership did the best they could with what they were given.

      Advice to Management

      Please continue to breed Best Buy Culture! I really love what Best Buy stands for, and I will take these lessons, and opportunities with me from now on.

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      "Good but not Great"

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      Current Employee - Sales Lead in Birmingham, AL
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Best Buy

      Pros

      Good pay Nice discount Paid training

      Cons

      Spotty hours Slow business no customers

      Advice to Management

      Stop hiring so many people for a more cositant and more postive environment

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