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Borders Reviews

Updated July 3, 2017
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  • The company went bankrupt otherwise I would still be there (in 15 reviews)

  • From paper chase to the cafe you couldn't go wrong (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "barista"

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    Former Employee - Barista in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Barista in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Borders (Less than a year)

    Pros

    nice coworkers, good music, cool vibes.

    Cons

    horrible pay, company is dying


  2. "Fun while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Retail that didn't feel like retail.

    Cons

    Being forced to sell books b/c the company bought them in bulk.

  3. "Inventory Team"

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    Former Employee - Inventory Team in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Inventory Team in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good People, good employee discounts

    Cons

    low pay, terrible management, high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees


  4. "does it even matter"

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    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Borders (More than a year)

    Pros

    employee discounts and interesting customers

    Cons

    stores go through managers like crazy

    Advice to Management

    none


  5. "Borders"

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    Former Employee - Book Seller in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Book Seller in New Brunswick, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Book discount., no dress code.

    Cons

    Low wages, some lousy managers. During a major snowstorm store opened.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees with some respect.


  6. "Book job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    employee discount, relaxed atmosphere, books

    Cons

    low pay, no benefits, stuff


  7. "Bookseller"

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    Former Employee - Clerk/Barista/Bookseller in Highland Park, IL
    Former Employee - Clerk/Barista/Bookseller in Highland Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Borders full-time

    Pros

    The book discounts were fabulous. The free coffee in the cafe a nice perk but it was pretty lousy quality. It was Seattle's Best which had been purchased by Starbucks. Starbucks was the competing brand.

    Cons

    They were VERY slow on the online rollout with almost NO training on its use. The coffee was awful. Since the only people who bought the coffee were those who did not like Starbucks or just incidentally happened to be in Borders, it was often empty. Management made many poor decisions. In areas like the one where I worked specialty books needed to be available for the demographic and were not.

    Advice to Management

    I left in 2008. Your in-store employees truly knew much more than you did. Even before you went out of business, several years before we began the countdown. Value feedback from your employees more. They have value. Sometimes it's unpleasant but necessary.

  8. "Best bookstore"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders part-time

    Pros

    The culture, people and atmosphere were amazing

    Cons

    it closed down and book release parties


  9. "Corporate Sales Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders full-time

    Pros

    Great working in the printed book industry

    Cons

    Bankruptcy. Company went out of business due to poor decisions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A great beginning that went down hill over time"

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Eau Claire, WI
    Former Employee - General Manager in Eau Claire, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Borders full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Much of the staff was smart and we were surrounded by books and music which was a plus. I had some great bosses

    Cons

    The leadership lost its way once the Internet became a factor. Not necessarily their fault but they made some big mistakes too


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