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Best Buy Director Reviews

Updated Sep 9, 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to be if you like a lot of change."

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    Current Employee - Corporate Director in Richfield, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy full-time

    Pros

    Transformation provides opportunities for all roles and as the organization continues to shift more opportunities reveal themselves. It is a great time to be at Best Buy to circulate ideas, thoughts and roll up your sleeves to make things happen. There is an openness to doing so!

    Cons

    If you're not up for continued change and well, more change, then Best Buy corporate is not right for you. Efforts are well underway and that means from month to month or even week to week things won't be the same. Adaptability and ability to see change as a positive are really needed to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to share the vision and as change happens be sure to focus on both sides: those who leave and those who stay.

    Best Buy2014-04-27
  2. "Great people...fun place to work."

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    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people, fun product, good culture and fair treatment. If you are a hard worker and open to learning the business, you can move up quickly.

    Cons

    Compressed margins in Consumer Electronics makes profit tight. Organizational changes happen every year, so job security is elusive.

    Advice to Management

    Find newer, more profitable categories to sell versus just cutting jobs. Big organizational changes each year are too disruptive to the business.

    Best Buy2014-03-17
  3. Helpful (2)

    "High-energy environment, great fit for someone looking for new challenges on a regular basis."

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    Former Employee - Corporate Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Entreprenurial spirit was always in play. The size of the organization made it possible to explore and learn a great deal about other business units, which could often times lead to the next job/role.

    Cons

    Clear cut decision making was a challenge. Too many leaders throughout the organization had "veto" cards that could sneak up on projects that had been previously approved, or were already underway.

    Advice to Management

    Pick fewer priorities and invest in them long enough to unlock the value you sought from the start. Make decisions faster.

    Best Buy2014-01-23
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Ok, but once great company"

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    Former Employee - Director in Richfield, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Built upon a great culture and history. Still feels like a smaller company then most large corporations. Strong commitment and support for frontline employees.

    Cons

    Has become a company of ongoing layoffs which is leading to motivational challenges and loyalty issues of its employees. Consumers electronics is a challenging industry.

    Advice to Management

    Best Buy needs to start to transition from baseline cost cutting to make earnings to developing a strong growth strategy. Needs to invent and strongly commit into new ecosystems and alternate business models to offset decline in traditional retail business.

    Best Buy2014-01-03
  5. "Director"

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    Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A wonderful group of professionals that built the company on their core belief that empowered employees can build great customer experiences and sustainable outcomes for the shareholder

    Cons

    Those core leaders are gone, and the new leadership has a very different approach. right approach for the context, but the triage is not a approach that I would like to spend precious work years in.

    Advice to Management

    You are doing a lot of the right on base execution issues-need to rebuild engine for a more sustainable future. You are seen by most inside as folks looking for fast turn and personal cash out-that approach is catching.

    Best Buy2013-11-25
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Its sad to watch what was such an amazing company as it implodes upon itself"

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    Former Employee - Director Level in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    In years past, it was a company that cared about people, there was great opportunity to be promoted, learn and earn. It was fun. The company culture was awesome - I'd have walked through fire for the leaders we had back then. I absolutely loved it and thought I'd never leave. There is still the opportunity to earn, but watch your back - constant re-organization leaves people unemployed with no safety net anymore.... Competition is fierce and expectations are higher than ever.

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    Cons

    People don't matter anymore. Everyone is a number and they burn through people with no regard. The evolving marketplace is crushing their business model. The 45,000 square foot stores are too large (Big screen and tube TVs are much smaller, software is a thing of the past - no CDs, DVDs, games, etc - that stuff will all be bought digitally going forward - this leave lots of space that is not generating revenue. ... They need to downsize and sublease parts of the stores). However, in the meantime, leaders are tasked with making it work regardless of those circumstances. The competitive landscape has changed dramatically - Shoppers walk in and look at the items, make a buying decision, then order it on Amazon or ebay line for $20 less as they walk out of the store (free shipping and no sales tax). I'm not sure they'll make it through the current difficulty. Corporate is being cut to the bone - some of that was necessary, but it may soon bethat there is no support at all as things get more and more difficult.

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    Advice to Management

    Best of luck to you. The people that were best equipped to help you through this difficult time have been driven out in favor of lesser experienced newbys with lower salaries. They cost less on payday, but they cost more in other ways - lack of execution, inability to engage the employees, turnover, etc.

    Best Buy2013-07-18
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Opportunity with Perseverance"

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    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Energized and innovative environment, where people love to work hard and contribute to the company's success

    Cons

    Large, complex organization that is sometimes difficult to navigate

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the values, but introduce more accountability.

    Best Buy2013-07-11
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Richfield, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fortune 100 Company with potential upside

    Cons

    Stuck in the past need to become creative

    Best Buy2013-05-16
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company with huge potential, but needs new leadership and a direction"

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    Former Employee - Director in Richfield, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team members. Some of the hardest working people I've ever worked with on the corporate campus.

    Cons

    Massive lack of planning and accountability prior to the new CEO joining. Little focus or accountability on financial ROI or benefits realization. "Fire drills" were a way of life, rather than fire prevention and reactive work/tasks. Tremendous inefficiency all around. Many highly paid leaders with few direct reports and little accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the egos and get lean and smart. A realistic strategy would be helpful. It's a whole new game in retail, and just selling electronics isn't going to cut it. What's your story? Once you know that, you can set realistic goals and then work hard to become the best again. Work smarter. You have a big ship to turn around. You need to lighten the load, get more nimble and hold everyone accountable for the... results including the top tier leaders.

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    Best Buy2013-03-05
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Director, HR"

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    Current Employee - Director, Human Resources in Richfield, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best Buy employees have incredible energy and commitment. The corporate culture is focused on innovation, customer experience, field support and work life balance. The new leadership team (over 60% turnover of sr. leaders in the last 6 months) shows promise, but have inherited such a mess and lack of middle-level management commitment to change that the company will take a long time to change.....to turnaround........and to be successful.

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    Cons

    The company's operational effectiveness, financial management, and portfolio management practices are so poor that the company is leaking millions of dollars a day out of so many holes that the sr. leadership is having a difficult time focusing on where to start. The company has an unbridled innovative culture where leaders sign off on projects that are destined to fail, pet projects live on for years when they... should have been killed in the first month, there is limited to know focus on process efficiency, and limited perspective and reaction by middle management that significant change is needed ("We need to do more of what made BBY successful in the past vs. realizing that the markets, customer requirements, and competitive pressures have changed. VERY poorly run company.

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    Advice to Management

    Hubert needs to remove and replace most of the HR function (starting with the head of HR), create extreme focus on talent management and development, enable LSS and other process improvement teams to improve the systemic problems, clean up the architecture issues, and drive business acumen throughout the org. (top to bottom).....his first efforts specific to ROIC education where brilliant....let's drive the message... home. AND hold people accountable for bad decisions...we have too many leaders at the top and especially in the middle that are making poor decisions and leading their teams poorly.

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    Best Buy2013-02-01
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