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"Pretty good for retail job"

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Former Employee - Part Time Book Seller in Manchester, NH
Former Employee - Part Time Book Seller in Manchester, NH
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I worked at Barnes & Noble part-time (More than a year)

Pros

Part of the job is to know books- what's new, what's good, what's hot- so if you're a literature fan this is great! It's also very low key, but things change around often enough for it to not get monotone

Cons

Very strict corporate structure, sometimes it's hard to find arguments as to why B&N is a better choice than Amazon and the likes, you are almost forced to push memberships, etc

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    "Good pay for a part time job, not much advancement depending on who the managers like."

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    Former Employee - Nookseller in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Nookseller in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay for a part time job, 30% discount, usually great co-workers, 50% discount on items from the Cafe in the store. They do an employee appreciation period where your discount gets bumped up by a lot. Nooks also come discounted.

    Cons

    Regardless of outselling other co-workers by almost an order of magnitude you may be passed over for promotions if you don't make friends with Managers. Due to high turnover, a lot of stores can get understaffed and overwhelmed. this can lead to things like not getting 10 minute breaks on time, sometimes not at all. This is somthing you need to voice to management.


  2. "Great work-life balance and great to be surrounded by books"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barnes & Noble full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice to work with people who are there because they love the product. Nice to be able to enhance the lives of our customers.

    Cons

    NOOK is great, but there is so much competition today. Amazon and Kindle are household names that are hard to overcome, despite NOOK being a superior product.

    Advice to Management

    Allow customers to get on-line prices in the stores. Customers have a hard time understanding the price differences and they don't care about cost-structure reasoning.

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