Follett Layoffs

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Specialty Retail, Other
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Estimated 2008 revenue is 2.52 billion (USD). Estimated 2008 workforce: 8000. Located in IL

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Go to thread Anonymous45092, Wednesday 10/22/14 01:56:13 UTC

Let's go

As a long term contributor to the forum I am saddened we've been reduced to bowel based retaliation, those of us who warned of the layoffs and restructurings, etc. We use this to combat a disreputable business, now we've been reduced to their level. I think we're better than this, if you want to strike back report shorted hours, report a hostile work environment, don't fix their problems rather give them what they pay for. We try to keep you folks clued in, but we need to preserve the integrity of our process. Thank you for your time.
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Go to thread Anonymous45068, Wednesday 10/22/14 00:56:55 UTC

Maybe this is why your company is outsourcing IT

They say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services -- and, more important, powering innovation. 15% of non-IT respondents say their companies' business users are very or completely satisfied with quality, timeliness, and cost; 30% of IT pro respondents think satisfaction is that high.
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Go to thread Anonymous44870, Tuesday 10/21/14 12:14:02 UTC

Does the 'Illinois Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act' not apply to Follett? Law applies to businesses with at least 75 full time

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Go to thread Anonymous44815 (IT), Tuesday 10/21/14 00:14:05 UTC

Even Infosys employees stated Follett was not a leader

The terms Infosys used, "not leader", "not good", "IT not good, but not just IT", "lagger"
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Go to thread Anonymous44814 (Acct), Tuesday 10/21/14 00:07:38 UTC

Follett is #1 of what? A BS degree in BS, that I agree with.

Propaganda will not pay the lights bills, maybe your bonuses next year, have fun. Like the sun and the moon the truth always comes out.
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Go to thread Anonymous44793, Monday 10/20/14 23:29:56 UTC

Follett is #1

Follett is #1 in posts to layoffs.com.
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Go to thread Anonymous44591, Sunday 10/19/14 00:56:38 UTC

Rush Results

DG "The numbers don't look good Mary Lee" ML"That's awful Don, what are we going to tell the board?" DG "Well, we sold a lot of the inventory that we marked down for no reason in the spring. We will tell them that we have better than expected margins because of our brilliant plan to sell dead inventory" ML "You are so smart Don, we can crow about that and none of the family members will realize we don't have a clue" DG "only half as smart as you Mary Lee, let's just hope nobody asks about the huge sales decline in textbook units" ML "Don't worry Don, we have bullied everyone into believing everything we say".
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Go to thread Anonymous44546, Saturday 10/18/14 12:45:32 UTC

two more gone experienced employees with greater than 10 years experience

Heard two more accountants are gone, not sure if they left on own, were forced out or laid off.
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Go to thread Anonymous44535, Saturday 10/18/14 10:38:00 UTC

Online or in-store: Where’s the better deal?

There has been some speculation among students as to whether the convenience of the campus eFollett bookstore justifies its climbing textbook prices—especially since students have been finding alternative methods of buying their books, such as the websites of Chegg and Amazon. Since students need many books for each semester, searching for alternative websites to purchase them helps keep the cost down. “I feel like we’re already spending a lot of money to be here and I’m paying my way through, so it’s really annoying that they’re charging us so much for books when they’re so much cheaper online,” said Brook Bignell, freshman, undecided major. Bignell needed 12 books this semester and saved around $250 by buying the majority of them through Amazon. “The cheaper it is, the more students are going to buy,” said Brittany Esser, freshman education major. “Not everyone has $400 a semester.” Esser needed eight books this semester. She purchased all of them through the campus bookstore for convenience and wishes she had gone to one of the fast-growing alternative vendors. The campus bookstore does have its benefits, most of which seem to involve its expansive selection of Muskie gear.
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Go to thread Anonymous44336 ((BUYS TEXTBOOKS HERE! (Independent buyer))), Friday 10/17/14 10:19:28 UTC

I WILL BUY YOUR TEXTBOOKS, at the Follett Rate + 25% commission!

I'm an independent buyer, NOT affiliated with Follett. With all the "issues" (changes, closings, layoffs), there are undoubtedly stores with overstock and you are probably scrambling wondering where to sell your books! I have been a buyer for 14 years and will pay you the Follett Bluebook rate, plus 25% commission. I WILL NOT allow myself to get in trouble with Follett, so be prepared to demonstrate you are not a Follett investigator when we communicate (and be prepared to demonstrate you're not illegally selling anything!). My email is nalleyhardagree@hotmail.com and you can contact me with TOTAL and complete privacy and secrecy.
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Go to thread Anonymous44259, Friday 10/17/14 01:38:13 UTC

Over the top propaganda "Follett is the leader"

Do your homework. Since the business deals with text books they should understand what homework means versus magical thinking.
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Go to thread Anonymous44251, Friday 10/17/14 00:42:58 UTC

Follett is the leader

Follett is the leader in the college bookstore industry! Face the facts, the online competitors are failing fast and getting ready for bankruptcy. It is only B&N and Follett and there are many independent stores that will want to benefit from leased operations. It was tough the past two years with several entrants in the text rental market, but they have all collapsed and raised their prices this last rush.
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Go to thread Anonymous44126, Thursday 10/16/14 17:38:04 UTC

Infosys pays 34M fine for visa fraud

Great work Follett. Hire a company that is known to commit massive fraud. I'm sure that is the kind of reputation you want to be associated with. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/infosys-to-pay-34m-fine-to-settle-visa-fraud-charges-justice-dept-to-announce/. I especially love the 'American's are stupid' quote in this article. I guess we are if we hire people with that type of ethics.
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Go to thread Mr. Brown Nose (Merchandise), Thursday 10/16/14 02:25:19 UTC

things seems to be much better with the new management

things truely are better. Less deal wood on the payroll. Productivity is up due to fear. Fewer customers to focus on. Mary Lee is The Man. Coffee better is the cafeteria I absolutely love being a FHEG Employee. Just love the new merchandise in our stores.
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Go to thread Anonymous44010, Thursday 10/16/14 01:29:33 UTC

Sound Familiar? Kmart/ Sears The Store without a heart

K,mart / Sears doesn't care about anybody. A store that's been permanently laying off long term 20, 30, 40 year term (a jail sentence by the way is shorter)employees for sometime now with the only excuse as a dissolved job only then to create a new one for a younger less expensive employee only cares about the money and whats going to keep them alive in the long hall.A store that used to be the heart and soul of the community, has become the place where you drop your kids off for a couple of hours babysitting and then go shop at Walmart and spend some real money. I know this for a fact as I know of an employee that got permanently laid off.In other words Kmart/Sears used up all you had to give now your 40, 50, 60 so now your gone. No partys no Sad Goodbyes.Insurance on the Cobra is now sky high and you can't afford it they say Sign this saying you won't talk about us and we'll let you retire peacefully.Good luck with a new job because statistics say once left go you have a 50/50 chance in 99 weeks of unemployment after that your window is dead. They might as well put you in the ground and cover you with dirt because in there eyes you are dead to the company and everyone else. So this is where they get my title as the store without a heart.
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Go to thread Anonymous43977, Wednesday 10/15/14 22:47:50 UTC


First MLS is posting on the site, and now she hires henchman to spew her propaganda. Of course Follett has to hire a company in an attempt to re establish a half way decent reputation. This site must be cutting close to the bone. All the money in the world won't get Follett back the reputation it had previously earned.
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Go to thread Anonymous43901, Wednesday 10/15/14 11:24:26 UTC

Trust - you fail

We believe that trust is an asset that enterprises must understand and properly manage in order to be successful in today’s complex operating environment. Unlike reputation, which is based on an aggregate of past experiences with a company or brand, trust is a forward facing metric of stakeholder expectation.". http://www.edelman.com/insights/intellectual-property/2014-edelman-trust-barometer/about-trust/
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Go to thread Anonymous43890, Wednesday 10/15/14 09:46:12 UTC


The other part of outsourcing is this: it simply says where the work can be done outside better than it can be done inside, we should do it.
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Go to thread Anonymous43889, Wednesday 10/15/14 09:41:07 UTC

Which Follett Employee are You?

Engaged employees stay for what they give (they like their work); disengaged employees stay for what they get (favorable job conditions, growth opportunities, job security).
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Go to thread Anonymous43885, Wednesday 10/15/14 09:29:36 UTC

Do the right thing

In commerce, many moral failures are due to narrow mindsets that preclude taking into account the moral dimensions of a decision or action. In turn, sometimes these mindsets are caused by failing to question managerial decisions from a moral point of view, because of a perceived authority of management.
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Go to thread Anonymous43808, Wednesday 10/15/14 01:09:02 UTC


I wonder if this would ever happen at Follett.
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Go to thread Anonymous43672, Tuesday 10/14/14 11:31:25 UTC

Engagement and the free riders

The key here is to turn the great majority of disengaged people into engaged ones and make the engaged people more motivated by drastically improving leadership practice, instead of dividing the workforce into two groups and treating them differently. Our experience shows that most – not all – disengaged people do not want to stay disengaged if conditions permit and they do want to be seen in a positive light by their bosses and colleagues and have a successful career. As disengaged people become engaged, those already engaged tend to get even more motivated, seeing that the number of free-riders is reduced and that good conduct is recognized and duly rewarded.
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Go to thread Anonymous43584, Monday 10/13/14 22:38:28 UTC


Follett has hired a PR firm (Edelman)to conduct a survey to gauge their reputation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edelman_(firm). It's interesting to read the tactics they use.
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Go to thread Anonymous43462, Monday 10/13/14 01:57:13 UTC

Home office

What's the atmosphere like these days? Anyone pass Mary Lee in the hallway?
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Go to thread Anonymous43461, Monday 10/13/14 01:57:12 UTC

Home office

What's the atmosphere like these days? Anyone pass Mary Lee in the hallway?
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Go to thread Anonymous43066, Friday 10/10/14 00:15:52 UTC

India - My Motherland, My Pride

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Go to thread Anonymous43043, Thursday 10/09/14 20:55:57 UTC

Strategic competencies...

Strategic competencies = obfuscation through business english of justification for future redundancies, or, I got a bad feeling about this?
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Go to thread Anonymous42965, Thursday 10/09/14 10:33:03 UTC

Continued benefit decline

No more profit sharing!
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Go to thread Anonymous42752 (Schools are not that smart and do not look out for their students), Wednesday 10/08/14 00:31:48 UTC


One such program, includED, through Follett bookstores, gives students instant access to their digital course materials by the first day of class. Limited numbers of hard copies are available to those who need them. The cost for those course materials is included on the student's tuition bill as a learning fee. The University of Cincinnati has a similar partnership with Follett for includEd, said Chris Edwards, the university's vice president of e-learning technology. It is piloting the concept with some chemistry courses this fall.
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Go to thread Anonymous42681, Tuesday 10/07/14 16:20:09 UTC

Have there been any policy, product or personnel decisions that indicate management is getting better?

I don't think so. That being said, if we're hoping the next decision or proclamation is going to be better than the those from the preceding 24 months, you're either delusional or you think this thing has finally hit bottom. Where do you stand? Why? What has management done right?
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Go to thread Christian B. (independent buyer), Tuesday 10/07/14 05:00:38 UTC

Does Follett want to be rid of independent buyers?

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Go to thread Anonymous42626, Tuesday 10/07/14 02:15:37 UTC


Serious question: WHY are so many "top titles" NO VALUE (even though they are 2015's) in the new bluebook?
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Go to thread Anonymous42305, Saturday 10/04/14 17:05:42 UTC

Many of us could have told you POS would be red right out of the gate.

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Go to thread Anonymous42281, Saturday 10/04/14 12:27:38 UTC

I had to laugh

The ORPOS project is RED! Turned it off during rush. Put it in as an indicator of success. New leadership and same old results on projects. Perhaps new management should start criticizing themselves. Also, that off shoring model is working really well. Come on Follett family, do you really want to move American jobs offshore just so you can save a few dollars (maybe). The Follett founders would be ashamed.
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Go to thread Anonymous42261, Saturday 10/04/14 04:55:19 UTC

When is the last time your store wrote off bad inventory? My store is overloaded. It's gonna hurt when they decide to take it. wonder when?

Hiding bad inventory?
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Go to thread Anonymous41972, Friday 10/03/14 00:10:27 UTC

September results available soon

September results should be available early next week. I will share how are store is doing, you do the same. The real measure of the fall rush.
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Go to thread Anonymous41813, Thursday 10/02/14 10:59:39 UTC

Loaded with Inventory

I have never seen so much inventory in my store. OMS to the rescue - don't think so. Is inventory up in every store? Carrying costs and shipping costs to other stores will kills us.
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Go to thread Anonymous41527, Wednesday 10/01/14 02:32:00 UTC

new resources and talents help Follett

I am new to Follett and compared to my last company (kmart) there is a lot to fix, I thought kmart was bad. You should appreciate the new resources and talents they bring to the table to help Follett instead of being so critical and unwelcome.
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Go to thread Anonymous41185, Monday 09/29/14 11:28:35 UTC

A whopping 5k downloads of Brytewave!

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Go to thread Anonymous40929, Saturday 09/27/14 21:41:23 UTC

Rumors running wild

So many rumors contracts in peril.
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