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Borders Reviews

Updated 17 April 2015
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3.3
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Borders President and CEO Michael J. Edwards
Michael J. Edwards
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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 seemed to be trying every method possible to save the company, but it was to late (in 32 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 Management

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  3. Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good bad healthy fast agile

    Cons

    Slow dirty politics everywhere done

    Advice to Management

    Justice us never enough for us

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  5. general manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by books and readers; diverse taskwork;

    Cons

    Last few years revolving door of CEO's, management by fear, and eventual bankruptcy

    Advice to Management

    Too late. Company dissolved.

  6. OK Retail Experience

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    Former Employee - Bookseller in Deerfield, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Bookseller in Deerfield, IL (US)

    I worked at Borders

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment and flexibility with schedule. It was fun having the opportunity to stay current with trends in literature.

    Cons

    Corporate management didn't seem to know how to best run the company and keep it in business. They were clearly not listening to their associates on the selling floor who had day-to-day interactions with the customer base. Several marketing and product campaigns fell flat because they were tone-deaf.

  7. Excellent work environment!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities for advancement. Supervisors encouraged employees to move up the ladder.

    Cons

    Unstable economy and saturated retail environment at the time.

  8. They closed

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager
    Former Employee - Operations Manager

    I worked at Borders

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Books, books, and more books

    Cons

    They closed, that was awful

  9. IPT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Borders

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people who i work with. felt like i was part of the family

    Cons

    went out of bussinne

  10. Great at the beginning, difficult at the end.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Staff and co-workers were the best aspect of working for the company.

    Cons

    Poor leadership ultimately led to the company's demise.

    Advice to Management

    None

  11. Loved my job here. Still upset about losing it

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    Former Employee - Bookseller/Barista in Wyomissing, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Bookseller/Barista in Wyomissing, PA (US)

    I worked at Borders part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great atmosphere. Made a lot of friends while working here, and honed my skills as a barista at Seattle's Best Cafe. Awesome co-workers, and management was great, overall. This was my favorite job, because I actually had fun at work.

    Cons

    The only con is that they closed.

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