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Powell's Books Reviews

Updated September 5, 2018
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  1. "Part-time dream job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Powell's Books part-time

    Pros

    Great environment, supportive coworkers and management, very active workers' union, easy work.

    Cons

    Typically everyone starts as part-time, and can't interview for full-time unless a position opens up. Also, the starting pay (while totally appropriate for the responsibilities you have as an entry-level employee) is low, especially if you live in inner Portland.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "BIPOC Be Wary"

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    Former Employee - Bookseller I in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Bookseller I in Portland, OR
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Powell's Books part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Casual. Flexible Schedule. Book checkout privileges. Steep store discount.

    Cons

    I was the one of only two people of color at my location. Casual anti-black corporate office. Difficult to secure full time position. Outed abuser as head of department in Downtown location.

    Advice to Management

    Hire diverse corporate administrators as well as sales associates and upper management. Require constant company-wide training from local queer and trans organizers of color leading intersectional anti-racist workshops.

  3. "Cool People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Powell's Books full-time

    Pros

    Great people, loved the discount

    Cons

    Not great pay or benefits


  4. "Powell's Books"

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

    I have been working at Powell's Books full-time

    Pros

    Employee discount, pretty good middle management, supportive union.

    Cons

    Low pay, employee safety takes backseat to sales more often than it should.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees more.


  5. "Generalist 1 Position"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Powell's Books part-time

    Pros

    Powell's had a wonderful working environment. The staff is knowledgable and friendly. Your hours are set when you are hired so you do not have a new work schedule every week. Great benefits. The management cares about its employees. I saw upper management everyday at work and even worked along side them.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to move from part-time to full-time. Full-time positions are very competitive and often go to a part-time employee already employed at that specific store.


  6. "Love Powell's, but can't afford to work there."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Powell's Books full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome to be surrounded by books and you get a nice discount.

    Cons

    Pretty much everyone I've met working at Powell's is overqualified and underpaid. Company owners don't see the need to increase wages to track with inflation and cost of living in Portland.

    Advice to Management

    Your workers are your greatest asset. They deserve to be paid a living wage.


  7. "Working at Powell's"

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    Former Employee - Customer Support Representative in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Customer Support Representative in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Powell's Books full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are the number one pro at Powell's! Everyone's nice, they're very accommodating and take good care of their employees.

    Cons

    The pay, while OK for the level of responsibility, is not great and there's little room to advance into serious jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Take eCommerce more seriously.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Bookselling"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Powell's Books full-time

    Pros

    The people you work with are amazing.

    Cons

    The people you work for are not as amazing.

    Advice to Management

    Stop creating an atmosphere of fear.


  9. "Good Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Powell's Books part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Workers Union, Family-like staff

    Cons

    there is a corporate vs. staff tension

    Advice to Management

    Try to include all of staff no matter the age or experience


  10. "Bookseller"

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

    I worked at Powell's Books full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful, supportive community plus free and discounted books!

    Cons

    Can't think of any. This was a great job.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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