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Half Price Books Reviews

Updated March 25, 2019
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Half Price Books President and CEO Sharon Anderson Wright
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Pros
  • "Lots of cool books/merchandise which you get a great employee discount on" (in 40 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, great discount and great pay" (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • "I knew other people who were working a couple of jobs to make ends meet, but working 50 to 60 hours a week for low pay is really no way to live" (in 24 reviews)

  • "Lack of vision from upper-management" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful all around"

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    Former Employee - Bookseller in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Half Price Books full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company culture - employees get along well, managers are responsive and actively working to always improve, good pay compared to similar positions

    Cons

    Three month trial period means not a ton to do in the beginning

    Advice to Management

    Continue to seek input from employees as they are the lifeblood of the operation


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Best of intentions"

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    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Half Price Books full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company genuinely cares about employees

    Cons

    Job is getting more difficult all the time. Company carries a lot of dead weight it can't seem to part with.

  3. "Fun place to gather general knowledge of media."

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    Former Employee - Bookseller
    Former Employee - Bookseller

    I worked at Half Price Books full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, decent pay for the work, benefits, discount, still holding on to the "small business" mentality

    Cons

    Ridiculous tardy policy, slowly becoming just another corporate chain, diminishing benefits


  4. "A great place to work if you love books!"

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    Former Employee - Bookseller in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Concord, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Half Price Books full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent perks for a retail position. I loved all of my coworkers and we worked in a fun and encouraging environment.

    Cons

    Rather low pay for full time work. Customers can be difficult. Sale weeks are really intense.

    Advice to Management

    My manager was absolutely wonderful. He always checked in with us, stocked the break room with great snacks, and genuinely cared about our work satisfaction. Keep up the great work!


  5. "It's retail."

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    Current Employee - Bookseller
    Current Employee - Bookseller

    I have been working at Half Price Books full-time

    Pros

    Employee discount is nice, it's not particularly difficult work, working with books and other media can be nice.

    Cons

    Work can get monotonous, pay isn't great, some strange management decisions.


  6. "Great Work Environment"

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

    I worked at Half Price Books full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Books Books Books Books Books

    Cons

    Crazy Customers, Low pay, Gross books


  7. "Very fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - Bookseller in Bloomingdale, IL
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Bloomingdale, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Half Price Books full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very fun place with a lot to do and some really fun people. friendly atmosphere. good insurance

    Cons

    pay is low, schedule is all over the place

  8. "Best job I've had"

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

    I worked at Half Price Books full-time

    Pros

    I loved working for this company.

    Cons

    I hate that I can't work for this company anymore.


  9. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Store Inventory Merchandiser
    Current Employee - Store Inventory Merchandiser
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Half Price Books full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great discounts, quarterly bonuses and great people

    Cons

    Can not think of any


  10. "Bookseller"

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

    I worked at Half Price Books part-time

    Pros

    Employee-centered company with strong progressive morals.

    Cons

    The pay could be better.