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Ok for in-school employment

Former Employee - Inventory Specialist in Houston, TX (US)
Former Employee - Inventory Specialist in Houston, TX (US)

I worked at Best Buy part-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Flexible hours, no (express or implied) overtime requirements - Makes it great for having a job for a little cash while you are in school. (Yes, it will be a little cash.) Managers and supervisors are a crap-shoot - some are great, while some leave you questioning how they have a job, much less a leadership position.

Cons

Hires almost exclusively high school and college students for the non-manager roles, which means that working on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (particularly the mornings) will entail numerous call-ins or no-shows leaving the rest of the crew to deal with the busiest of days. This also means that there is considerable employee turnover and, while training is not all that intensive, the inefficiency of this model is clear from the onset.

If you don't like working weekends, don't apply - for all intents and purposes it's a prerequisite.

Sometimes the part-time designation is viewed as a benefits-only distinction and you will work 32+ hour weeks (their full-time minimum), which, at first, is welcome if you are looking for some extra money and don't have any major health issues/are on a parents plan/are on a school's plan. However, eventually, it becomes clear that this is a way to get around providing employees who work full-time the benefits of their employment.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Warranty peddling - cut it out - some will buy, some won't.

Stop growing stores in the United States - the big box model is becoming more and more inefficient. Less stores - with less hires and more oversight - could also help to strengthen the brand.

Negative Outlook

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    dont know a good worker from a bad worker

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Best Buy full-time

    Pros

    employee discount!! but that's about it

    Cons

    none decent place for first job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you guys hire all the wrong people

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great job with plenty of pros but a couple cons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southaven, MS (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southaven, MS (US)

    I worked at Best Buy part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -They pay above minimum wage
    -PLENTY of hours during holiday season
    -Very respectful of school hours, other jobs, and just general life.
    -Great treatment from company
    -Plenty of opportunities to get extra hours (volunteer for midnight openings!)
    -Store I worked had lots of drawings for cash or lunch or rewards for selling a certain amount or signing up a certain number of credit cards.
    -Lunches you get paid to go to.
    -They want you to get paid for coming in and filling out paper work. Awesome!
    -ETK

    Cons

    -Management expects you to follow customers around and bother them to buy something. I've heard a few customer complaints on this.
    -Most of the people in the computer section were lazy towards their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a little more polite to customers and respect their personal spaces.
    Watch every department for people who aren't willing to work. There are plenty of people out there who would gladly do the job instead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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