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Half Price Books Reviews

Updated January 19, 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)

  • "Paid vacation and sick time hours" (in 14 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. "Cares for employees"

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

    I have been working at Half Price Books full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very generous bonuses, employee perks, laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    lower pay compared to some other retail


  2. "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.

  3. "HPB is a really amazing place to work."

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - amazing work environment
    - my location hired really passionate book sellers and just awesome people
    -employee benefits were incredible
    -being around books constantly

    Cons

    -salary is not a livable income independently
    -can get repetitive after a couple of years, but even so would go back in a second


  4. "Great starting job for responsible young adults"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Half Price Books full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyable atmosphere. Steady pay for an above minimum wage position.

    Cons

    Slow evaluation system
    Need more efficient system for leadership/personal growth


  5. "More Physical Labor than expected"

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    Current Employee - Bookseller
    Current Employee - Bookseller
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and Insurance package, Interesting Co-Workers and unique titles. The customers are lovely.

    Cons

    Team lifts are not required or recommended, as a result booksellers are pushing themselves too far and are hurting themselves. Many times I had to call off because my body was in a lot of pain. This was not what I was expecting when I applied. Working at a bookstore is far more physical than one would imagine. I'd say the cons outweigh the pros because a majority of the job is quite grueling.

    Advice to Management

    Management is stressed due to being understaffed, this affects their ability to lead.


  6. "Really good for a retail job"

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    Former Employee - Bookseller
    Former Employee - Bookseller

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Good colleagues, Good work atmosphere, Excellent for Bibliophiles

    Cons

    Hard to advance, Not a living wage, Constant Employee turnover

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate employees more.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Expect a lot of work for little pay"

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    Current Employee - Bookseller
    Current Employee - Bookseller

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

    Pros

    fun work, interesting coworkers, more "grown up" than most retail

    Cons

    low pay, insultingly low yearly raises of 3% or less

  8. "Great!"

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    Current Employee - Bookseller
    Current Employee - Bookseller
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They really care about you, good benefits, fun work!

    Cons

    Pay could be better, but it's decent.


  9. "Perfect for people who enjoy people and books"

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    Current Employee - Bookseller
    Current Employee - Bookseller
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Half Price Books full-time

    Pros

    Very good benefits, including matching contributions to 401k. Paid time off includes sick time, vac time, holiday and personal time. Dental, medical and vision.

    Cons

    You are expected to work (this is a con for some) . It can be overwhelming in the summer months because there is so much merchandise coming in that needs shelved, but if you stay focused on how much you've accomplished instead of how much you have in backstock, you'll be ok.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of lazy people who don't want to work and then complain about everything! Looking over these reviews, I laughed for sure. I know all the types. They must not have other retail jobs to compare to. I have several and as far as retail jobs go, this is amazing.
    Have some backbone and clean house of salary suckers who spend more time trying to look busy than to actually being busy. Gossipy, petty, children (of all ages) have no place in this upbeat environment!


  10. "Nice Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Half Price Books full-time

    Pros

    Ability to share your love of books with others

    Cons

    Pay could be a little better