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Borders Reviews

Updated 17 November 2014
Updated 17 November 2014
448 Reviews
3.2
448 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Coworkers were fabulous people, love of books and music (in 26 reviews)

  • They had a nice employee discount (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • upper management, Direction of company & loss of culture (in 28 reviews)

  • constant change, not much room for advancement, company went out of business (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very family like environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    Very easy going, nice atmosphere. But I did enjoy the good discounts and opportunities to meet new and interesting people such as the writers.

    Cons

    No prospects for people wanting to move up. Management was quite stale. There could have been more training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move on and give others a chance

  2.  

    People who liked to sell books

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glasgow, Scotland

    I worked at Borders full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with diverse but similarly motivated people. Lots of opportunity for 'client facing'. Good variety throughout each day. Long-term opportunities to develop specialist skills.

    Cons

    Low pay for the level of specialist knowledge required. Occasionally required to work unsociable or irregular hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a vision for the future, rather than fixate on maintaining the status quo. Think about what tomorrow's customers would like and be ahead of them in getting there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Miss this job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    My Borders team and I were like family. It took a special breed to thrive there and I am sad to see that it didn't work out in the end.

    Cons

    Continual changes of upper management and unrealistic or dated goals. A failure to adapt to a changing market.

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  5.  

    Great place to work while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Manager in Westbury, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Westbury, NY (US)

    I worked at Borders full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    For someone who loves books, it was a great place to work and discuss with employees and customers about great reads.

    Cons

    Company bankruptcy. Poorly managed by the CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    Fun environment to work in with an amazing team of people. We always were learning new things considering it was a bookstore.

    Cons

    Consider it is now closed, I would say that's the biggest con. Borders rewards was a scam. Upper Management seemed to be trying every method possible to save the company, but it was to late.

  7.  

    Sucked to see it go

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    Great people, fun atmosphere,

    Cons

    Started off well enough but as soon as the company was going under, upper management started to implement changes to try and keep money: cutting hours, eliminating raises, laying people off, removing some benefits, forcing ridiculous policies. I can go on and on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late to tell management anything now. The company no longer exists.

  8.  

    okay place to work. nice co-workers. interesting people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Princeton, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Princeton, NJ (US)

    I worked at Borders full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    lots of interesting co-workers. interesting customers. People from many types of backgrounds work and shop here. Ideal job for readers

    Cons

    lousy pay. mediocre benefits. If you're committed to reading a bookstore is a great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay workers more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nice people, but management was a mess

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Bookseller in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Cashier/Bookseller in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Borders full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Other Employees knowledgeable, fun to work with

    Cons

    Leaders ran company into the ground
    Very difficult to move forward
    Pushed Borders Plus cards too hard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    General Manager

    Former Employee - General Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - General Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Borders full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    solid field management, generous PTO and merchandise discounts,available, operational autonomy. Solid support from peer group as well.

    Cons

    Inconsistent and reactionary upper management. Initiatives were often started and then abandoned before they could be fully implemented. Too worried about the next quarterly result and at the expense of long-term success.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Former Employee - Security Guard in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Security Guard in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Borders as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    One in which I am able to provide my best to my work, develop professionally, and help my teammates accomplish the tasks.

    Cons

    Provides services and solutions to various industry leaders in the field services. I'd be glad to develop myself with such a company in this prospective field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Address how did I use RAID configuration/know raid technology
    2) What do i know about Perl and Shell scripting? How have I used it?
    3) Linux, Unix, and Windows - what do I know about them and how have I used them?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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