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Updated Sep 9, 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in Richfield, MN

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

    Pros

    Very flexible work environment. Awesome coworkers. Working on high profile high impact projects.

    Cons

    Stuck in our ways for the time being.

    Advice to Management

    Find new ways to innovate.

    Best Buy2012-08-16
  2. "Working for Best Buy was an awesome experience. I was able to transition into may assignments and leadership positions."

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    Director of Design in Richfield, MN
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy

    Pros

    The people at the corporate office are great to work with and will go out of their way to welcome and educate new hires at all levels. Best Buy is constantly evolving to stay ahead. New design leader is an awesome needed addition to help change inside the company.

    Cons

    Constant change leads to very tight and unfortunate timelines for design team. Business drives everything and sometimes forces poor discision making by leadership to appease CE vendor community.

    Advice to Management

    Really need to do something now with cloud based retail for media. You have run this business in the ground by not making good decisions in the past with Napster and Cinema Now. Best Buy should be a leader in this arena driving traffic to the website, but it is like Best Buy doesn't exist. You need a design driven process culture and a well tenured leader in this area.

    Best Buy2012-04-23
  3. Helpful (1)

    "they are slow to make decisions and do not hold leaders accountable"

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    Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy

    Pros

    good benefits. focus on values and individual strengths ROWE Results Oriented Work Environment Great campus locations with good facilities. Bank, Health club, coffee shops cleaners day care and food court.

    Cons

    Now one seems to be held accountable for the area so decisions are made by large committee. The budget process is long and multi-layered even for trivial funding requirements. Senior management create an environment for the different business units to be silo-ed and self serving.

    Advice to Management

    Hold the people accountable for the areas they have the responsibility to manage. If they can not manage and be accountable for the success or failure of their area, get people who can.

    Best Buy2012-04-04
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Lots of opportunity amid the chaos"

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    Senior Director in Minneapolis, MN
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy

    Pros

    Opportunity to switch disciplines or functions, flexible work schedules, very nice people, beautiful corporate campus make it a place with very good work culture, its a fun place to work. In many jobs, you have considerable freedom to control your own performance and career destiny.

    Cons

    Because the general feeling is "anyone can do anything" you'll experience a lot of the Peter Principal where individuals have reached the limits of their capability. A general lack of strong intellectual thinkers; being "too smart" is sometimes a detriment in an environment where many senior leaders came up from the stores with limited outside experience and sometimes limited education. Poor performers don't get... fired because company wants everyone to feel like family and there are often unclear objectives or evaluations are based more on interpersonal feelings and personality than true objectives and accomplishments

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    Best Buy2011-10-29
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Category Killer; Corporate Swamp"

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    Marketing Director in Richfield, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy

    Pros

    Good salary and compensation. Recognized leader in the industry. Good learning and professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    It's a good old boys network dominated by folks who spent their careers in the stores. Lots of good non-retail senior management have left or are leaving. Not enough diversity. Not enough women in sr. leadership positions.

    Advice to Management

    Add a little color to the corporate headquarters.

    Best Buy2008-11-10
  6. "Interesting work in a fast paced environment"

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    Director in Richfield, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy

    Pros

    Work for a market leader

    Cons

    You are being chased by somebody all the time

    Advice to Management

    Keep finding ways to encourage employees to innovate and keep the customer at the core of our business

    Best Buy2008-10-06
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Best Buy is a great place to work for the right kind of person."

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    Director in Richfield, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buy

    Pros

    Best Buy prizes the individual's ability to contribute within a team environment. By this I mean, that you an individual can move up very quickly, but not without the proven ability to work within the highly matrixed team environment.

    Cons

    Lack of structure and process can make it difficult for some people to find their place within the fast changing environment.

    Advice to Management

    Be more upfront and honest about why things happen.

    Best Buy2008-08-27
  8. "Work hard and get rewarded for it"

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    Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy

    Pros

    They are progressive regarding employee engagement. Viewpoint is taken very seriously.

    Cons

    Very hard core pressure to produce. There is a gap between what they strive to be and where they are.... this causes some tension for those leaders who are ahead of the curve.

    Advice to Management

    Keep striving to practice what you preach

    Best Buy2008-08-05
  9. Helpful (9)

    "Best Buy...not so much"

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    Director in Richfield, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy

    Pros

    If you are in favor and have a senior leader backing you, BBY is very proactive at development. The leaders (Brad Anderson and Brian Dunn), I believe, are very ethical and committed to their employees. There are many smart people and a commitment to creativity.

    Cons

    Best Buy is split into four groups: Retail, Corporate, Consultants and Subsidiaries. The retail group is dominated by excessively competitive types who regularly violate their own ethical code to achieve career objectives. There is a great deal of hubris in this area and it will eventually lead BBY to ruin if left unchecked. The Corporate group are smart and capable, but for the most part also obsessed with... whether they will be around in a month and their next career move. Senior leadership inked a deal with Accenture that gave too much control of key operational areas to a single entity, leading to a predictable level of conflict between expectations and deliverables. The integration of BBY's subsidiaries have been a failure, largely due to the lack of an effective merger and acquisition strategy, and the unchecked interference by one or all of the other groups above.

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    Advice to Management

    1) Need a strong, ethical leader running retail. Those guys work hard and drive comps, but they will also unravel the company with the same narrowmindedness that leads to their Big Box success. 2) Figure out how to integrate subsidiaries. It isn't easy, but others do it. Your leadership is not looking to best practices, but relying on their own methodology in a large retail box. 3) What will you do when... Circuit City dies? Where will new customers come from? Why are Costco, Amazon and Walmart still picking up market share?

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    Best Buy2008-08-05
  10. Helpful (2)

    "A great stepping stone"

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    Director in Burnaby, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Best Buy

    Pros

    Company has the potential to rediscover its abilities to succeed, its new stores are awesome......

    Cons

    Bit of an old boys club, leaders are niave in the world outside Best Buy and the opportunities that some of those elements could bring.

    Advice to Management

    Lead dont follow, lead by having a vision not trying to please all the people all the time.

    Best Buy2016-11-20
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