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  • Somewhat of a hard work life balance (in 431 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (14)

    "Amazing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, amazing management. There will always be something to do and you will find yourself learning a lot.
    also great if you are going to school.

    Cons

    Retail hours, so expect to work holidays. Also it takes initiative if you want to move up to a ARA role. Sometimes things can get a little hectic.

    Advice to Management

    Management is amazing and you can always rely on them to handle issues out of your control as a employee. Pay is fair and the store feels like a big community.

    Best Buy Response

    Jun 26, 2017 – Recruiting Brand Manager

    Thanks for your candid feedback.


  2. "Winter Seasonal Hire"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Salesperson in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Retail Salesperson in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work near the latest in electronic gadgets

    Cons

    Lots of pressure to sell extra stuff, e.g. Geek Squad Protection, paper, ink, etc

    Advice to Management

    Dont pressure the employees to sell stuff. Let them provide customer service instead

  3. "All In for the Blue Shirts"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best Buy has managers who are available to answer your questions and make sure you have the knowledge and confidence to effectively and efficiently do your job. You take trainings that are helpful at keeping you up to date on changes in the company and all the latest technology and services that are offered.

    Cons

    My only con is that I'd like for there to be more inclusiveness for the customer service team during market trainings.


  4. "Production Coordinator, YellowTag"

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    Former Contractor - Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun work environment, with lots of amenities

    Cons

    Left due to economy and downsizing, but always loved working there and the people.


  5. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a good company to work for. Love the benefits

    Cons

    Not too much. There are a lot of people so it's kinda craxy

    Advice to Management

    Train better and don't treat the associates like kids.


  6. "Great company for promotion via cronyisim or nepotiism."

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee discount on products. If you're White or Asian great company for advancement.

    Cons

    If you're any other colored person expect it to take years to get a promotion while your White and Asian coworkers get sky rocketed to all management positions in the store.

    Advice to Management

    The hiring process needs to be more involved with more managers when the interviews are conducted, currently one or two managers are involved in the hiring process which allows for favorite people to be hired. The people who get hired are in the click groups which most of the time tend to be White people and Asian people hiring their own favorite employees of the same race. In my current store which resides in the most populated and employed workforce which of Black and Latinos yet from the top to bottom there is but one black supervisor and two Latino lead. The time frame which an Asian or White person gets promoted to manager or supervisor is ridiculous when completed to anyone of color and most people of color just move on to a different job or leave the company. What this means is that is within two to three years a person of color is still a sales associate while they keep applying for promotions however a White or Asian person will be at their job for the same amount of time and become a department manager within that same time frame. It took our Black woman supervisor s, achievers winner for most of her time here in the seven years of constantly applying just get that position yet her counterparts which were under performing employees get rewarded based off of their skin color and click status in the company. My


  7. "An easy company to get hired by, but, not an easy company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Microsoft Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Microsoft Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Simple work that never felt too strenuous. If you had a strong supervisor who stood up for you and made sure you're department was getting aptly supplied with staff and resources and supported you on sales it works out greatly. Also work very well around a hectic schedule whether it be school or family.

    Cons

    On the flip side extremely numbers driven to the point where even the managers got tired of hearing their own voices drilling sales practices into your head. If you did not meet sales metrics they did everything they could to make you not want to meet them by verbally accosting you in front of other managers or employees.

    Advice to Management

    Try and form a stronger culture around team work and positive reinforcement. The typical business practices of old like yelling and punishing your employees does not boost morale or sales for the store. And it does not help to pit employees against each other masqueraded as freindly competition in a sales environment where there is no commission , it just hurts the metrics in the long run.

  8. "I loved fixing computer"

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    Former Employee - Computer Tech in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Computer Tech in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy part-time

    Pros

    If you love helping people and fixing computers than its awesome.
    Supportive management.
    Good discount.

    Cons

    One bad manager.
    Not enough hours to live on.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes it's not the employees that are causing issues. When worker moral slows look above the employee.


  9. "Good retail experience but poor work/life balance"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meet and work with great people from all aspects of life. Good employee discount. Well rounded customer and leadership experience.

    Cons

    Job stability. Work/Life balance is poor!

    Advice to Management

    Don't promote due to popularity. Results matter! As a leader be professional and don't gossip!


  10. "Flexible schedule, horrible management, OK discounts"

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    Current Employee - Geek Squad, Consultation Agent in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Geek Squad, Consultation Agent in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, Good discount, discount is ok, not that special

    Cons

    Paying scale is a big mess. Most of the times you dont feel respected


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