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Management. Favoritism. Toxic environment. Good employees work hard and are underappreciated. Low hours. If you are in with the management team, rules don't apply to you and you get more hours and promotions. But if you're not a favorite, you are treated differently and get pushed out.

Answered February 29, 2020

They conducted 2 interviews, one with the hiring manager and one with the store manager. They usually wait about a week to give you your second interview but they managed to squeeze me in early, so I was interviewed 2 days in a row. Then, it takes about a week for them to contact your references and put you through a background check, after which they will give you their decision.

Answered June 25, 2020

I had a lot of fun here at first, but the scheduling was horrendous. I would get scheduled maybe once or twice a week and if I worked in cafe, I would work completely alone, with only booksellers with little-to-no cafe experience as my backup. Then I randomly got thrown on the sales floor with hardly any training and I stopped getting scheduled in the cafe even though that was job I signed up for in the first place. The managers also put a huge amount of pressure on you to sell $25 membership cards to people who either already have a membership or people who come in to shop once or twice a year at most. It was overall just way too much stress for a job that paid and scheduled me so little.

Answered June 25, 2020

They don't accept paper resumes at the store anymore, due to privacy issues (i.e. not letting your personal info lay around the break room LOL).

But do apply online, then go to your store and ask for the hiring manager. Meet, talk briefly, tell them you've applied and indicate your enthusiasm. It paid off for me. There is NO substitution for putting a face behind an online application!

Answered November 9, 2018

They keep changing it. Right now it's 40% off books, 30% off toys and games, 20% off of CDs and DVDs, 50% in the cafe.

Answered December 26, 2019

Started around 24 per week, then plummeted to 8-12.

Answered June 25, 2020

You can request a day off, but if management doesn't like you, they will deny or ignore your request.

Answered January 6, 2020

I was a part-time bookseller and they were pretty flexible with my school schedule.

Answered July 24, 2020

*To preface, I'm a barista and a male*

If you're scheduled to close then yes. There's an entire sheet of things to do with times that you're supposed to start doing things. This starts before closing time (around 7:45) and we aren't usually able to finish until around 10.

Answered October 29, 2019
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