I've worked at a Barnes & Noble for about 5 and a half years now, first as a bookseller, then as a cafe server. My issues with the job may be limited to my location alone, but while I had a great time in the first three years of my employment, my experience has slowly gone downhill in the last two. The hours are inconsistent, I make less money than new hires with no experience (to which they claim they "can't do anything about it"), and the store is constantly understaffed, making the customers angry and the employees stressed. The management does not care about the cafe at all, to the point where we've started calling ourselves the "black hole" of the store. If the store was adequately staffed, I was making more money, and the management cared a little more, I would call this a good job, but all I can say is that for a retail/service gig, it isn't unbearable. Would recommend to high school or college students who need a nice place to work for spending money. Would not recommend if you have issues with anxiety/working in a fast-paced environment.
Good breaks, schedules put out three weeks in advance, good discounts, small annual raises
Inconsistent hours, understaffed, low pay