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Best Buy Columbia Reviews

Updated April 1, 2018
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  • "Work life balance but its retail" (in 478 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent Company To Work For"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Best Buy (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Very flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Working retail during the holidays


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Columbia, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place for college aged people to get a start, learn about retail and earn a fair wage.

    Cons

    Like most big box retailers they are 100% about the bottom line. They like to try to sell the employees on how important they are and younger kids will buy into the BS and drink the Kool-aid. They promote under qualified people over more qualified because of sucking up and politics not true talent or qualifications.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace input from employees. Just because you are "over" someone doesn't mean you are smarter.

  3. "Best in Blue"

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    Current Employee - Mobile Sales Specialist in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Mobile Sales Specialist in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Discount Products Atmosphere Accommodations Structure

    Cons

    Metrics Sales Competitive Clientele Promotions

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate tracking of services


  4. "Not Bad For Retail"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Imaging Sales Consultant in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Digital Imaging Sales Consultant in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Engaging Environment
    Good Discounts on certain things during certain times of year
    Interesting Customers
    Good Pay for Retail
    Excellent Culture

    Cons

    Management can make or break the environment
    Sales goal oriented, yet no individual bonuses
    Often times management does not align with corporate ideals
    Not so good pay for Sales


  5. "Computer Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great teammates, amazing benefits, worked well with college schedule

    Cons

    Became very harsh and demanding on selling Geek Squad Protection.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up a little about the warranty, and understand that no matter how hard an associate may push for it they might not be able to sell one.


  6. "Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good co-workers and generally fun atmosphere, you get to play with a lot of new technology which is fun, deep employee discounts on some items.

    Cons

    Some managers are overbearing - it's not the worst retail job you could have! Would love to have more opportunities to sit on the job too - standing all day can be tough

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and take into consideration their suggestions for improving the work place. Try not to go on a power trip because you got promoted to supervisor.


  7. "Sales clerk"

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    Former Employee - Mobile Sales Consultant in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Mobile Sales Consultant in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy (More than a year)

    Pros

    fun work environment and great training offered. Nice people to work with and fun prizes to win in inter store promotions

    Cons

    The store was too far from my house. They wanted long hours of work sometimes. They would never give you off holidays as they always wanted the store to be fulled manned for all the sales.

  8. "sales associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Columbia, SC

    Pros

    discounts on accessories were really great.

    Cons

    The morale as employees was really bad. Too much pressure for best buy cards quotas.

    Advice to Management

    Plenty of other great companies who actually care about their employees


  9. "Home Theater Sales Floor Associate"

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    Current Employee - Home Theater Sales Associate in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Home Theater Sales Associate in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment, have a lot of fun while at work. I have a good management team and real room to grow in the company. I have been promoted twice already and am looking at moving into a lead role.

    Cons

    Your value as an employee is almost all based off of numbers, but if you are good at sales then this job is awesome.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the employees holistically not just the numbers.


  10. "Overall not bad. Had it's ups and downs"

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    Former Employee - Computer and Tablet Sales Associate in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Computer and Tablet Sales Associate in Columbia, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Loved the people I worked with. Job was not to bad at all. If you love technology then this will be a great job.

    Cons

    Management was alright. They expected to much out of you at times. Like when your extremely busy they never come out and help when needed.

    Advice to Management

    Relax and just help your employees


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