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Indigo Books & Music Reviews

Updated July 31, 2018
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Indigo Books & Music Chairman and CEO Heather M. Reisman
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Pros
  • "I loved the team, the work environment was great" (in 42 reviews)

  • "Great experience working with great people" (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • "Only pays employees minimum wage" (in 63 reviews)

  • "Full-time employment with accompanying perks (medical) are hard to get" (in 37 reviews)

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  1. "Clinical"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Indigo Books & Music full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great experience working with great people

    Cons

    I have no cons in this experience


  2. "Customer experience leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Indigo Books & Music full-time

    Pros

    Calm work environment, staff discount, team environment

    Cons

    Lack of clear leadership, confusing management hierarchy, lack of safety

    Advice to Management

    Clear dilineation between chapter and Starbucks is necessary. Late hours expose staff to safety concerns in parking lot and getting home.

  3. "Poor HR and Upper Management"

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Ontario, CA
    Former Employee - General Manager in Ontario, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Indigo Books & Music (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great staff in the field, you will make good friends here
    You get to work around book

    Cons

    Upper management (regional directors and up) are unable to create change
    I never experienced a time where Human Resources involved themselves in a situation and made the outcome better. Awful department. A real indictment.
    Indigo has come to realize that there is an aura around selling books and that people will stay. The level of pay at many levels reflects this.


  4. "Customer Experience Representative"

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff and get to work in a really warm and friendly environment because customers are mostly book lovers and they have good manners.

    Cons

    Minimum wage is not attractive enough for me to stay at Indigo. And the location I was at was far from home so transportation was a big issue.

    Advice to Management

    No advice beside more compensation


  5. "Good."

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

    Pros

    Great management, great team atmosphere

    Cons

    Need to focus on CER ambitions and getting part-time students more involved

    Advice to Management

    Engage with your student employees


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Home Office Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Indigo Books & Music full-time

    Pros

    Good brand. Paid Christmas party. Sample sales in the Salon.

    Cons

    Lower than average salaries at Home Office. Poor leadership. Million dollar budgets are treated like pennies.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees who execute on tasks (Coordinator, Specialist) better to retain talent and be competitive in the Canadian retail environment. Provide more career growth opportunity to reward exceptional employees.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not a promising career place"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Indigo Books & Music full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    none that I can think of

    Cons

    Poor management. Extremely unprofessional leadership out of the New York office. Many empty promises.

    Advice to Management

    Re-consider your leadership for the Production team in New York

  8. "Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Cash Supervisor in Toronto, OH
    Former Employee - Cash Supervisor in Toronto, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Indigo Books & Music part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Managers were great, relaxed atmosphere, and work pace was good. I enjoyed the people I worked with.

    Cons

    It is a retail environment. Pay is a little low, hours are irregular, and the peak seasons can get a little crazy.

    Advice to Management

    None really.


  9. "Great place for a student to work"

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

    I worked at Indigo Books & Music part-time

    Pros

    Great management, flexible hours, wonderful community culture

    Cons

    -Minimum wage employment, pressure to make sales (naturally) in a retail environment can be stressful at times


  10. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Indigo Books & Music part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Management
    Great people
    Great products
    Great environment

    Cons

    Customer service and therefore comes with the cons of customer services
    long days where you may just be standing around all day with very few customers

    Advice to Management

    The manager on duty will be an indication of how your day is going to go and therefore Indigo should be very selective about who is hired as a manager. Some were great others not at all. There should be consistency in this. Some managers are friendly and make you want to work hard others make you want to slack off.


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