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Best Buy Part Time Retail Sales Reviews

Updated January 10, 2019
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  1. "Loved Best Buy"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AT&T Retail Sales Consultant in Fullerton, CA
    Former Employee - AT&T Retail Sales Consultant in Fullerton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy full-time

    Pros

    Loved working there. Great environment. Good people. Awesome Discounts. And management cares about you overall growth

    Cons

    Not a very flexible work schedule as a full timer


  2. "Must have drive for sales"

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Augusta, GA
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Augusta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Non-competitive work environment
    Friendly coworkers
    Great discount
    Early access to the latest tech

    Cons

    Customers can be rude, they expect to little or to much of you.
    Management can get caught up in numbers games and forget their own ethos.
    Part time hours can be scarce.

    Advice to Management

    Put your employees on a higher priority to contribute to better morale.

  3. "Generally a good place to work for young adults with not much job experience or training"

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Consultant in Bowie, MD
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Consultant in Bowie, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty good place to work if your just entering the workforce, Truly opens you to the world of IT and sales. You'll have a lot of fun working and competing with your team members, learning about new products and interacting with (some) customers. Fast-paced environment makes shifts go by faster and you'll typically be doing a lot of walking which certainly beats standing in the same spot for prolonged periods, an unfortunate requirement of several other retailers. Considerable discount on accessories, smart home devices, appliances, and protection plans. May be able to strike a deal with management on open-box laptops depending who you talk to/how well the store is doing financially.

    Cons

    Unrealistic availability requirements. You might have to be available all week and only get called in to work 10 hours. Frequently understaffed, you may be the only person having to serve multiple needs of several impatient customers at once. This is not particularly managements fault but more so the fault of a disconnected labour board. Unrealistic sales goals, Unrealistic emphasis on credit card applications. You'll probably be working all of Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving weekend, The week leading up to Christmas Day, Labour Day, Memorial Day, and most government/national holidays besides Christmas itself. No discount on major platforms like PS4s and Xboxes, Apple products, mobile phones.

    Advice to Management

    Connect with your team and actual ask them about themselves from time to time, not every conversation must be sales driven. Teach sales associates the techniques they need to meet goals as opposed to just increasing them. Occasionally going on the floor to help sell/experience what your subordinates are dealing with helps raises moral and keep people on track. Frequent competitions for ALL departments (including AP and warehouse) will help keep people motivated. Using lottery tickets, food, and other cheap, last-second ideas as rewards will serve to motivate no one and will only waste time. Gift cards in my experience are the only effective way to promote good performance. We know your bonuses are large enough to include these things and if they cause the store to meet its goals it is certainly in your best interest to do so.


  4. "Opens doors for me"

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Waxahachie, TX
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Waxahachie, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great education and training, great interactions with other people

    Cons

    Pay sucks for retail, you bonus as a store so you have to hope everyone else can do there job so you get paid......


  5. "Great place to work as a college student"

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Consultant in North Canton, OH
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Consultant in North Canton, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Pay: The pay starts out pretty good. (Most people start around 10-13 an hour depending what department you work in.
    -Flexible Hours: Managers are pretty good at scheduling you around school, other part time jobs and family matters.
    -College Tuition: Once you hit full time, you gain access to college reimburstment.
    -Overall good work environment: Most managers are very friendly and give you a lot of advice and training.
    -Great Benefits: Paid Time Off, monthly bonuses, stock options, 401K, Insurance

    Cons

    -The sales environment can get pretty intimidating at first since there is a lot to learn.
    -Managers sometimes pressure you to achieve goals. Not achieving these goals can lead to action plans and cut hours.
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    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Amazing, Innovative Company"

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Consultant in Greensburg, PA
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Consultant in Greensburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, fantastic management.

    Cons

    None, honestly, this company is awesome.

    Advice to Management

    Continue being innovative and engaging!


  7. "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are great, the job itself is easy

    Cons

    Favoritism among management, TONS of unethical practices by management with no repercussions since they police themselves, if you're female, prepare to have managers try to seduce you, inconsistent hours

    Advice to Management

    Don't drop the soap

  8. "Great place to work for if at the right location"

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Consultant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Consultant in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The employee discount was great, and the lack of commissioned sales made it lower stress. However, having worked in two different locations, the culture was very different, where one was laid back, and the other high octane.

    Vendors give you all sorts of freebies, and there are various contests hosted by companies like Intel, AMD, Microsoft, etc. I have won several free high end computers, computer peripherals, and other accessories from contests and vendor promotions.

    If you are working in sales, there is not that much job mobility, which is why many people prefer to move into mobile phone sales or Geek Squad, the latter of which certainly has better pay.

    Cons

    Pressure to sell insurance, credit card apps, and other targets
    Bonuses are store based, and generally out of reach for the market
    Culture can vary significantly by store


  9. "Micromanagement Hell"

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Consultant
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Consultant
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers (mostly)
    Upbeat environment
    Lots of opportunities for learning

    Cons

    Rude customers
    Micro-management out the wazoo
    Management willing to side with rude customers just for positive ratings
    Unrealistic expectations
    Corporate only cares about numbers

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the actual sales employees. They run the company. Don't just put up ever-changing goals, and only say something when they DON'T meet them.

    I can tell Mr. Joly cares, but he needs to work a day in the average sales consultant shoes. Try pulling an undercover boss thing.


  10. "Okay"

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in East Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in East Brunswick, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Decent pay
    Good environment to learn the ropes of sales

    Cons

    not very exciting
    limited hours
    pretty boring job when the store is empty

    Advice to Management

    create a more stimulating environment