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Borders Reviews

Updated 28 February 2015
Updated 28 February 2015
459 Reviews
3.2
459 Reviews
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Borders President and CEO Michael J. Edwards
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145 Ratings

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 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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Employee 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.  

    They closed

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager
    Former Employee - Operations Manager

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    Books, books, and more books

    Cons

    They closed, that was awful

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    IPT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Borders

    Pros

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

    Cons

    went out of bussinne

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A nice experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eatontown, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eatontown, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    I worked stocking the shelves and being that I have a detail-oriented personality, I found great satisfaction in helping to make the retail location look its best.

    Cons

    Store closing at the end of the night could be very tedious as some employees took more time than others to finish their duties. To be delayed in leaving because someone else did not keep up as they were supposed to is one small con. What's a huge con is that some employees would stand and stare rather than help to get us all out of the store sooner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would take measures to make sure that all are held accountsable for their cooperation across departments at the end of each night.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Loved my job here. Still upset about losing it

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good employer despite faults

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Ann Arbor, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Ann Arbor, MI (US)

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for moving around inside the organization.

    Cons

    They are no longer in business

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Visual Merchandiser

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    Benefits weren't bad, pay was ok to start and overall not a horrible place to work

    Cons

    It was a difficult transition for the interim person I took over for and they didn't want to let go over the job.

  10.  

    Loved the work and people. Corporate did not keep up with the marketplace.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    The workplace was fun, interesting and your customers were shared your interest in books.

    Cons

    As in all retail, the hours are tough on the family and a few customers are rude and demanding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    It was okay while it lasted

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Borders

    Pros

    Closed, but did enjoy working there

    Cons

    Closed, sad that is closed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shouldn't have teamed with Amazon.

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