Strand Book Store Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2021

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Strand Book Store Co-Owner & President Fred Bass (no image)
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24 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Part-time Job

    Nov 18, 2020 - Sales Associate 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Positive experience and enjoyable, great!

    Cons

    No cons overall enjoyed my time!

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  2. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Not a magical place

    Apr 12, 2021 - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The union helps protect the booksellers, and helps have a baseline of standards that benefits the managers like paid time off and vacation rules. There are booksellers who are committed to the union and advocate for their fellow workers.

    Cons

    As much as everyone would like to think working at a bookstore feels like being in a rom com, it is hard work and being a manager means you don't have the protection of the union and don't have much power to advocate for yourself to your managers. The environment is very dusty and is rarely cleaned so if you have allergies or asthma it is difficult to work there without being heavily medicated. Because of the fear of bedbugs from used books, they spray the building regularly so if you have sensitivities to strong chemicals that will also be a burden on your health.

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  3. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    work here, but don’t work here for too long

    Apr 5, 2021 - Bookseller 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Amazing coworkers, discount on books, etc.

    Cons

    TERRIBLE MANAGEMENT, union busting, greedy boss, not many opportunities for advancement, etc.

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  4. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Meh. Avoid Working Here.

    Mar 14, 2021 - Bookseller 
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    Pros

    Insurance coverage is pretty good compared to other company offered insurance. Being around books.

    Cons

    Owner makes the culture unbearable. Micromanaging, bad business decisions (like raising all book prices in the middle of a pandemic), and anti-union sentiments (in a unionized store). The owner has frequently mistreated various staff members for years, but because she owns the company nothing can be done. AVOID WORKING HERE, the environment is toxic.

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  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Amazing People, Awful Owner

    Jan 25, 2021 - Manager 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Amazing coworkers, decent discount, historic place

    Cons

    Self centered owner. Toxic work environment

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  6. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Exhausting

    Nov 19, 2020 - Visual Merchandiser in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Same pros as working as a sales associate: discounts and interesting coworkers MARGINALLY higher salary than sales associate Close to no managerial supervision so your workday is less structured

    Cons

    Started as a sales associate and accepted a promotion to the visual merchandising team before realizing it was a massive downgrade, leading me to quit For just $0.75 more an hour, I was subjected to arduous physical labor including lifting loads of heavy boxes off of trucks and running around all corners and floors of the store to distribute merchandise or across town to other locations and back No consideration taken into who is hired for this job in terms of physical ability– I had daily back pain and so did several coworkers who were not fit for heavy lifting Even though the workday is less structured, because there are fewer types of tasks available to do it feels much less varied and much more repetitive.

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  7. 3.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    OK as far as retail job, tension between Union and Management

    Nov 28, 2020 - Visual Merchandiser in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Offer benefits after 90 days, Union Protection after 90 days, cool atmosphere, iconic NY location, great for anyone who loves books

    Cons

    Minimum wage starting salary, tension between Union and management and owner, on your feet all day, understaffed (post-covid-19)

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  8. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Strand Books

    Jul 4, 2020 - Associate in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Union job with union protections. Paid vacation, personal days, affordable healthcare if single. Rarities in retail work. Many good, kind, intelligent people work there.

    Cons

    Owner makes millions a year and doesn't care about the safety, wellbeing, or life quality of her employees. Pay is LOW. Starts at NYC minimum wage. They would pay us less if they could. Sometimes toxic work environment.

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  9. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Terrible owner, good coworkers

    Jan 19, 2021 - Bookseller 
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    Pros

    good coworkers, free pizza sometimes

    Cons

    Bad pay, punitive work policies

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  10. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Cool

    Oct 18, 2020 - Assistant in San Diego, CA
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    Pros

    Easy to work around and with

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of

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