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Borders Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.9 432 reviews

23% Approve of the CEO

Borders President and CEO Michael J. Edwards

Michael J. Edwards

(134 ratings)

32% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Coworkers were fabulous people, love of books and music(in 24 reviews)

  • They had a nice employee discount(in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management didn't have a grasp on the stores as a whole(in 27 reviews)

  • Borders kept around 40 employees on Part-Time status to avoid giving their employees benefits(in 13 reviews)

432 Employee Reviews
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    Very family like environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsNo prospects for people wanting to move up. Management was quite stale. There could have been more training.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMove on and give others a chance

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    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    People who liked to sell books

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Glasgow, Scotland

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Loved working for Borders. It's a shame it went out of business.

    Borders General Manager (Former Employee) San Antonio, TX (US)

    ProsEasy going atmosphere. Goals and responsibilities were actually attainable and achievable unlike most retail locations.

    ConsAdvancement to move up within the company was not easy to achieve.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Loved working at Borders

    Inventory Manager (Former Employee) Muncy, PA (US)

    ProsAtmosphere and customers were good.

    ConsAsking customers to buy books they weren't interested in.

     

    Sad

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEven with all the poor business choices this was an amazing job

    ConsManagement. Handselling books. And the dreaded card of discounts

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe hated you

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    • Approves of CEO

     

    Great!

    Bookseller (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA (US)

    ProsExcellent place to work if you like books

    ConsVery busy environment Great benefits Good hours

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I loved it

    Replenishment Analyst (Former Employee) Ann Arbor, MI (US)

    ProsThere was always something to do, the people were great, the pay was perfect for the job title and we got free books from publishers.

    ConsThe only challenge was that the business didn't keep up with changing market and went out of business.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The end was there all the time

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople I worked with in my store were the best, most dedicated people I've known

    ConsCorporate disconnect, mistakes and desperation, look for them where you are and get out ASAP

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo late

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Borders Corporate Offices

    Training Specialist (Former Employee) Ann Arbor, MI (US)

    ProsWork life balance, middle management

    ConsPoor decision making by upper level management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Marketing

    Marketing (Current Employee) Ann Arbor, MI (US)

    ProsThe people were exceptional to work with!! Family & Fun enviornment!

    ConsThe workload was astronomical and pay was sub par.

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