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"Great place to work"

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Former Employee - Bookseller in San Antonio, TX
Former Employee - Bookseller in San Antonio, TX
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Barnes & Noble part-time (More than a year)

Pros

They care about your future and give you many ways to grow inside the company.

Cons

Hesitant to hire regional managers and above from inside the company.

Advice to Management

Give your employees a chance to grow further than just inside your store locations.

Other Employee Reviews for Barnes & Noble

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Don't Get Too Comfortable"

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    Former Employee - Children's Lead Bookseller in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Children's Lead Bookseller in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Barnes & Noble full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, great co-workers, some fun in-store events, good about taking breaks, exposure to great literature. Good for short-term employment.

    Cons

    No real upward mobility, Very high turnover, Pushy sales tactics with every transaction ( $25 membership, e-reader, donations to book drives, etc.) You will be forced to ask these sales questions and exasperate yourself and customers, Miserable store management (I've seen several cry and many quit), Very little appreciation for dedicated work, Always very short-staffed to save money. You cannot maintain focus on a task because you are constantly pulled to other areas of the store to cover for the lack of employees. If being a bookseller is what you want, avoid being trained in the Cafe. Once you are, you will find it hard to escape being repeatedly pulled there to help. Overall, I didn't have a horrible experience here but it was a complete waste of several years of my working life. My advice is: Don't get too comfortable here unless you are ready to be very unhappy.

    Advice to Management

    Careful scheduling seems to be a key part of how well your store runs. Without it, everyone is stressed. Be kind and employees will work hard for you. Don't take your job too seriously. You work in a book store, not the White House.


  2. "A Great Company If you Work Hard"

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    Current Employee - Merchandise Manager in Frisco, TX
    Current Employee - Merchandise Manager in Frisco, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A Very friendly and nurturing staff. The company can identify talent and help you get promoted very quickly.

    Cons

    Initial low pay. And sometimes the retail environment can get very hectic. Not everyone that works there is friendly so it can be stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Thank your booksellers!

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