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Borders Reviews

Updated August 23, 2017
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  • The company went bankrupt otherwise I would still be there (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Working at NISO"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Borders full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, generous vacation and personal time. Freedom to self-manage. Exposure to fascinating community of information and library specialists.

    Cons

    Self absorbed executive director. Projects bottlenecked waiting for his approval. While he was a deep subject matter expert, he was not a great manager and insubordination (staff yelling at meetings, for example) were common.


  2. "Great Place to Work Until it Wasn't"

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    Former Employee - Operations in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Operations in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at Borders full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing, dedicated colleagues. Great location to raise a family.

    Cons

    Look at the track record of the last 3 CEO's. Enough said.

  3. "Bookseller"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Borders part-time

    Pros

    Ability to interact with customers who are enthusiastic about literature. Great management and room for advancement as well as adequate wage increases.

    Cons

    The company started closing locations before closing entirely which was very disheartening for those who had committed themselves to their positions.

    Advice to Management

    Very little advice to give. Management was always very helpful and attentive to the needs of the customers and employees. I'm sure that it was very difficult to compete with other companies in the same industry and it seems rather unfair for me to critique the company's resolution.


  4. "Assistant Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Borders full-time

    Pros

    Company moral, surrounded by books

    Cons

    Pay rate could be better

    Advice to Management

    More preparation


  5. "Downward slide"

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    Former Employee - Merchandiser in South Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in South Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Borders (More than a year)

    Pros

    This WAS a great store

    Cons

    Could not stay in business due to not keeping current

    Advice to Management

    Should have updated


  6. "Cashier"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Borders full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best big-box bookstore in the US. Sadly missed.

    Cons

    Should have done a better job adapting to the rise of online commerce.


  7. "Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great co-workers made it wonderful place to work

    Cons

    CEO turnover was constant in the end

    Advice to Management

    Should have kept the LT employees who new how to run a bookstore

  8. "Store GM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders full-time

    Pros

    Great people and fun environment

    Cons

    The company went bankrupt otherwise I would still be there


  9. "It was a fun place to work, though plagued by typical retail pitfalls"

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    Former Employee - Bilingual Dental Receptionist in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Bilingual Dental Receptionist in Silver Spring, MD
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They had good benefits. The atmosphere was relaxed and coworkers were generally friendly.

    Cons

    'Cloping' >>a term one of my coworkers coined to describe back to back closing and opening shifts. Generally scheduling was a big con. The schedule was released weekly and was subject to change each week, so advance planning was very difficult. This may have been a large reason the store I worked had almost a 100% staff turnover--including the GM--during the less than 2 years I worked there.

    Advice to Management

    This is moot since the company no longer exists. I worked there between 2004 and 2006 (that was not a valid option in the drop down menu for 'last year at employer', but the company went out of business in 2011.


  10. "Out of business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders full-time

    Pros

    Books, location and consumer interaction

    Cons

    Out of business for use


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