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BookHolders Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Very flexible hours, could almost choose when I wanted to work (except in the beginning and ends of semester) (in 10 reviews)

  • Work with other college students your own age which was great and you can have your hours set around your school schedule (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Terrible pay (As a manager I was paid minimum wage) (in 10 reviews)

  • Tedious tasks and not worth less than minimum wage (in 3 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Part time employee"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BookHolders part-time

    Pros

    Flexible with your class schedule and understanding managers. Easy job if you need quick cash. The working environment was friendly and the work was easy to follow.

    Cons

    Pay is low and the job may get repetitive. The ac in the store was often broken. You may not be scheduled for increased hours during the semester because of less traffic in the store.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the store in better shape and possibly raise the pay. Scheduling process was a mess and hours decrease throughout the semester.


  2. "Decent for college freshmen and sophomores MAYBE"

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    Former Employee - Keyholder in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Keyholder in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Favorable store hours during the semester. Plenty of hours available at the beginning and end of semesters. USUALLY work well with course schedule if you are a student

    Cons

    Underpaid for time spent and work done in store. Slow to follow through on pay raises when promised. Can be very repetitive and mundane

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and reward those who bend over backwards for you. Be more proactive and not reactive. Listen! Be flexible and understanding


  3. "Great Co-workers, Terrible Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Keyholder in Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Keyholder in Blacksburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Worked with some great people.
    -Relaxed dress code (even as a manager)

    Cons

    -Poor Upper Management. Heavily biased
    -Terrible pay (As a manager I was paid minimum wage)
    -Poor work hours during the semester.
    -Managers and long time employees are treated poorly.
    -No benefits.
    -Owner and Brother create a hostile work environment.
    -Managers don't value customers.

    On more than one occasion I heard someone in upper management curse at customers. One told a customer who was upset with their purchase "You're a senior. You'll never buy books from here again so I don't give a (expletive). Get out."

    The company as a whole is designed to be as cheap as possible. This shows when you are in any of the locations. Construction of most store areas are poor and seem unsafe.

    Advice to Management

    -Treat your employees like they mean something.
    -Drag your systems/methods out of the 80's.
    -PAY PEOPLE MORE. (You might see better work results)
    -Stop being so cheap. Sometimes you have to spend more to achieve more.


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  5. "Clerk"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clerk in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Clerk in College Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and good side job during rush weeks

    Cons

    Warehouse needs to be inspected by OSHA I'm pretty sure it's not compliant to safety work environment.


  6. "Great experience"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Park, MD
    Recommends

    I worked at BookHolders (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work at as a student.
    Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Not enough hours per schedule


  7. "If you want some quick cash, work here."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Book Clerk in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Book Clerk in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work with other college students your own age which was great and you can have your hours set around your school schedule.

    Cons

    During the rush at the beginning or end of the semester it's very busy and any other time it's very slow. A lot of new people hired for the rushes and then slowly people are not scheduled as much once it slows down.

    Advice to Management

    Don't really have any. It was a good temporary job to make some extra cash. The environment was good.


  8. "Clerk"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clerk/Data Entry in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Clerk/Data Entry in College Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BookHolders part-time

    Pros

    Great job to make some cash during the rush period

    Cons

    I would speculate some racism in hiring and where certain employees are allocated
    Terrible pay
    Upper Management has a bad attitude

    Advice to Management

    Pat reviews have already covered the company's problems. Please consider them.


  9. "clerk"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clerk in Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Clerk in Blacksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Easy work. Flexible hours. Understanding superiors

    Cons

    too straightforward. gets boring easily


  10. "Clerk"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clerk in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Clerk in Towson, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BookHolders part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Managers are willing to let you choose when you want to work. The work is easy and pay is fair

    Cons

    Management isn't the same as it used to be. It's hard to get in contact with them. Also, the process in which we get paid is iffy. There were times I had to wait a month for my paycheck

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your employees better


  11. "Clerk"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Head Clerk in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Head Clerk in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, got to meet a lot of really cool people, great for any student that needs a job that's on campus.

    Cons

    The beginning and end of semesters is the busiest time while you are also trying to study for finals.

    Advice to Management

    keep a few more full time employees that you know can train the influx at the high demand times.


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