Best Buy Portland Reviews

Updated Nov 10, 2020

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  1. "Great Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Geek Squad Agent in South Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Many different career paths within the company and they are helpful in supporting you whatever you do.

    Cons

    Depending on the season there may be too much, or too little work.

  2. "Good place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Computer Sales Associate in South Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly environment and you learn a lot about technology. Decent employee discount.

    Cons

    Requires constant learning of new technology


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Asset Protection Specialist"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Asset Protection in South Portland, ME

    I have been working at Best Buy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The operations management cares about retaining people for the position and takes lots of input how to improve shrink while following SOP. Training is easy to pick up.

    Cons

    No direct career advancement for position. Newly hired employees are hired at higher pay than the veterans, and won’t adjust pay to keep even. They hire at higher rate to recruit talent, but don’t care as much about retainment. This location has 2 doors, so harder to reduce shrink due to not seeing all traffic coming in. Sales team only sees $ signs for moving up, and not preventing shrink from occurring .

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  4. "HR Manager"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun and Friendly and competitive

    Cons

    Not a good work life balance

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  5. Helpful (11)

    "Don't fall for the employee discount."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in South Portland, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Work with cool electronics -Awesome vendor accommodations -Corporate systems are reliable

    Cons

    -Management is never on the same page as each other -Expected to contact customers in your area multiple times like you're a used car salesman -Workplace drama gets out of control, especially in a larger store with more employees -Employee discount is not what you think it is. IRS states that a discount larger than 20% granted by a corporation has to be reported as taxable income. Example: If you buy a set of speakers for 600 dollars with the employee discount, and list price is 1200 dollars, that is a 50 percent discount. So, the 600 dollars you saved at the time of sale, is later reported on your paycheck on the pay period you purchased the speakers as "Merchandise Rcvd". You are taxed for 600 dollars made. There have been employees in the store that have saved money for large purchases, made the purchase, and then the following check they receive is only 10 dollars, because most of their check has been taxed. Of course, they don't mention this to you at NEI (New Employee Induction) when they first hire you.

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  6. "Good company to work for, especially once you're full-time"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Project Team Supervisor in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits if you're full-time

    Cons

    Can be hard to get full-time employment Customers can be a pain

  7. "Best Buy and me"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - LifeStyles Sales Associate in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The environment is amazing, working with great poeple, management has a lot of local contests to keep things fun.

    Cons

    Revenue goals can be stressful when there isn't enough foot traffic. Also the computers could use some updating.

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  8. "Great Work Environment for the most part"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Topsham, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Learning about new technology, helping customers find what they need/figuring out issues with their current technology, 50% of the time really nice customers, easy to switch positions in store

    Cons

    Occasionally terrible customers, hours can be sketchy, management didn't listen to feedback that other workers would give.

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  9. "Learn people skills"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Teaches you how to deal with different situations and how to talk.

    Cons

    Work weekends and holidays.

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  10. "Other Employees and Management don't care about customers"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Computers and Tablets Consultant in Brunswick, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy for less than a year

    Pros

    Great employee discount, that's about the only thing they have going for them.

    Cons

    Even though the employees aren't on commission they are told to sell sell sell, and don't care about the customers because they could be fired for low sales. I went in with a computer background already and the other employees were telling outright lies to get the sale.

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