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Best Buy San Jose Reviews

Updated June 3, 2017
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  • Somewhat of a hard work life balance (in 431 reviews)

  • I wish I could have been a full time employee (in 500 reviews)

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  1. "Pacific Sales Sales Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pacific Sales Representative in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Pacific Sales Representative in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee Discount, Don't have to wear a blue shirt, pay grade is higher then the rest of Best Buy sales people

    Cons

    Micromanaging, customer issues that deals with appliance delivery and installation, dealing with people attitudes because something didn't go their way, bartering prices

    Advice to Management

    Less micromanaging and more freedom


  2. "Favoritism"

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    Current Employee - Computers Sales Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Computers Sales Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really the discount that is about it

    Cons

    favoritism in management, seniority is pretty much everything

    Advice to Management

    stop with the favoritism it is ridiculous how someone who had 8 months experience in computer department trying to go full time in computers was passed over for a full time camera associate who knew nothing about pcs nor had any experience selling them. Might just be the store I'm at Im currently trying to transfer to another store.

  3. "Home Theater Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Home Theater Sales Associate in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Home Theater Sales Associate in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot of useful knowledge about all home electronics that are still current.
    +++ OFTEN PROMOTE WITHIN
    Pay was just okay then great! Matched trying to keep me at the store.
    --- worked in C.A., started at $11.75 at part time, within a year full time Leader at $14.50

    Cons

    Schedules are created two weeks in advance, with limited requests off accepted. They will accommodate to school & military life, nothing else.
    Micromanaged constantly.
    Sales are the biggest factor, customer service close second. If you don't make the sales, it doesn't matter your customer service score (nps).
    Busy work if nothing else to do.
    -----one of those type jobs where if you don't have a customer they expect you to have a rag & wipe down every single TV

    Advice to Management

    Two things:
    1) Stay off your phones (MANAGERS) unless in break area. It was ridiculous the amount of times to ask an employee to put away their phone to look up & see two other managers standing there on their phones.

    2) If there is a busy day then it slows down for a bit, I learned it was best to give walkies to two associates & send them on a break. After 10, radio them back & let the other two take a break. I found it boosts their motivation much better than handing them a rag to "keep active & stay busy."


  4. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Multi Channel Sales Associate in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Multi Channel Sales Associate in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good system, nice people, fair employers.

    Cons

    None that I had in my experience.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  5. "Good Place for college students"

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    Former Employee - Best Buy Mobile Sales Associate in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Best Buy Mobile Sales Associate in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A real friendly atmosphere where everyone gets along. The pay is decent enough to pay small bills, refueling your car, and some books. The work experience you get is very good too because of the large amount of traffic that comes in through the doors. The benefits are on point!

    Cons

    Dealing with some of the customers can be pretty tough especially if they have been having a bad day

    Advice to Management

    Great job. I didn't have any problems with management


  6. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate and Customer Service Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate and Customer Service Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The coworkers are amazing. They're always willing to help no matter what the situation is. The perks that comes with being a Best Buy employee would be the discounts and the services that you can call.

    Cons

    Not flexible with timing. As any retail store, you get the retail experience, both good and bad. Management can be horrible and depending on who you know, that's what carries more weight in your placement here.

    Advice to Management

    You would want to mentor your workers better. Treat them as people and lead them, not give orders and looks. There are team leads who fill that void, but do not micromanage them or the people under.


  7. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Computing and Tablet Sales Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Computing and Tablet Sales Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best buy is a very big industry, great employee accommodations, and great management staff.

    Cons

    many task that are not listed in your job description are given to you, but not a big issue at all.

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. "Sales Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Good employee discount and scheduling is well worked with.

    Cons

    Structure of management can sometimes be unorganized

    Advice to Management

    Try not include personal favorism into the work place.


  9. "Seasonal Worker"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Home Theater Sales Associate in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Home Theater Sales Associate in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with technology, company discount (cost + 5% on most items), little supervision, break room probably has a couch with cable TV (at least mine did).

    Cons

    Expect to work on and around the holidays, with little to no time off. The pay isn't great - usually starts around $9-10/hr. Expect to work late (10 pm) if you are just starting out.

    Advice to Management

    Offer bonuses to departments/individuals for selling products and/or achieving goals. Don't just give us a pat on the back for working hard and making you more money...


  10. "Good for students"

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    Former Employee - Mobile Wireless Sales Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Mobile Wireless Sales Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible for students. Stepping stone for higher positions.

    Cons

    Sometimes the environment is very boring, but you can expect as much as it is retail.


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