I have been working at Best Buy as a contractor (Less than a year)
Outside of the core hours (9-3:30 or so), hours are flexible.
When you have something you enjoy working on, you have some freedom as to the design.
Most coworkers are friendly and helpful.
All employees are expected by on-call on a regular basis, as well as Black Friday/Thanksgiving.
Pair programming is mandatory (this may be a "pro" for some people).
Employees are meant to be interchangeable, with no subject experts, or long-term work. Due to pair programming employees change focus, programming partners, and even seating arrangements and equipment on a semi-weekly basis.
In order to enforce this, cubicle walls are very low, which results in a very loud workplace.
If you do not speak Hindi, you will miss out on certain discussions. It sucks when your coworkers are joking around or discussing the weekend and you are not able to participate.
Advice to Management
Stop trying to copy Amazon and innovate on your own basis.
Do not treat employees like cogs in a machine, as you will continue to lose a lot of good talent. Stop shifting priorities on a monthly basis.
Lastly, if a coding or development process works for one team, embrace it, rather than forcing them to adhere to an arbitrary standard. Yes, pair programming can help reduce bugs by 15%, but that's at the cost of 50% of your workforce. Code reviews can reduce bugs by 20%+ and do not require one developer to be the "observer."
I have been working at Best Buy full-time (More than 3 years)
Good Work Environment, Greater scope for career growth, Working on newer technologies
Aggressive business nature will make delivery schedules hectic.
The company has a good work culture, everyone starting from the team members and seniors are friendly and helpful
It really has no cons of any sorts.
Time is flexible and a very conducive environment to work at.
Advice to Management
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