Cashier (Current Employee) – Fairfax, VA – March 4, 2013
A typical day is helping customers with questions and general stocking of merchandise.
Though having worked here for 5.5yrs, I have yet to advance to a higher/different position. I have been promised to be moved to other departments over the years and have seen other co-workers with less experience be moved to said departments or to manager status. I was told that applying for a managerial position would be fruitless for someone with my degree.
Other than the aforementioned review of the company, I have very much enjoyed working here over the years and enjoy the environment and my co-workers.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Baton Rouge – January 12, 2018
Working for big companies is always stressful as they're very uptight about their image. If you just keep your head down you'll do well but I didn't like the feeling of being on thin ice all the time. Also my working schedule was different every week which was hard on a student.
Cashier (Former Employee) – South Carolina – December 17, 2017
I really hate to say this, but taking a job at Barnes and Noble was the worst decision I ever made. The hours were too short or too long, there was no in between. I was forced to work at their Starbucks but the application never mentioned this.
Short breaks, bad management, poorly placed hours, managers took quitting personally
CASHIER (Current Employee) – Midland, MI – November 10, 2017
The overall environment in Barnes & Noble is calm and positive. Both the customers and coworkers are very enjoyable to work with. There is a lot to learn, as most employees are trained in multiple different jobs within the store. A typical day fluctuates a lot seeing as customers come and go and holiday season brings more in than usual.
Calm environment overall
Can quickly become stressful depending on customer flow
Cashier (Former Employee) – Akron, OH – November 8, 2017
I would totally recommend Barnes and nobles to anyone. All my coworkers were really nice and helpful. My managers were helpful also and very nice. The location was a perfect spot for me and they worked with my school schedule.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Kahala, HI – October 4, 2017
Coworkers tend to be friendly. Management differs in attitude depending on individual. Expectations from management to sell memberships at times seems very aggressive. Not at all a job meant for everyone.
Chance to work on people skills and appreciation of the those working in retail.
At times stressful due to high expectations to sell memberships.
cashier (Former Employee) – Stamford, CT – September 19, 2017
workplace culture has become difficult but not necessarily through the fault of the management and more due to the evolving sales culture. The management has to deal with a lot of the stress that trickles down to the lower employees. Its not their fault but the stress is felt on all levels.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Modesto, CA – September 18, 2017
Working here was not what i expected. I was working here and somewhere else and they were very forceful about making me pick them over my other job. When i was hired i told them i was working another job and that there were certain times i would not be able to work there and they said that it was no problem and they would work with me. That turned out to not be the case. It was only a seasonal job so i wasn't that worried when they didn't ask me to continue on with them.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Glendale, CA – September 8, 2017
Fun, fast-paced, cafe inside of Barnes & Noble. Great management team, wonderful coworkers, even got a sweet discount (50% at cafe, 30% everything else in the store) which I was very thankful for, especially during the holidays. Only downside to the position was the seasonal status of the position as well as the longer hours.