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Follett

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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 Anonymous8273, Tuesday 04/22/14 03:22:43 UTC

Midsized Firms Can’t Afford Bad Bets

http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/04/midsized-firms-cant-afford-bad-bets/
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Go to thread the artist formerly known as 812 (store level), Tuesday 04/22/14 02:38:23 UTC

Yay! More Kmart/Sears people coming aboard!

Soon, we'll be as successful as these mighty retail entities! All hail, Fmart! But seriously, WTF??
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Go to thread QUiCKQ, Monday 04/21/14 19:11:15 UTC

Follett Ticker

Are you guys a publicly traded company? If yes, what's Follett's Stock ticker? Sorry for dropping this question on this non-investment based board, I was unable to find any Follett board that was focusing on the investment aspects. Thanks!
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Go to thread Anonymous8230, Sunday 04/20/14 06:35:44 UTC

Let's see is we can get some follow up questions asked. Maybe the interviewer had not heard about the Mary Lee we know

http://bluesky.chicagotribune.com/originals/chi-mary-lee-schneider-follett-bsi-20140414,0,0.story
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Go to thread Anonymous8189, Saturday 04/19/14 00:38:37 UTC

Pre holiday lay offs!

So I heard they laid off some people today in the home office. Anyone know who?
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Go to thread Anonymous8143, Friday 04/18/14 03:41:02 UTC

What about Jay Thomas?

I heard recently that the nicest RM I ever knew in the company was termed back in August or Sept. before the November layoffs. Anyone know what happened?
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Go to thread Anonymous8134, Friday 04/18/14 01:15:19 UTC

Don't blame the past, do something for the present

Leadership quit blaming the previous employees, show some character. They are all gone and for the past 1.5 years the results are all yours. The only thing that matters is your results for the past 1.5 years are the worst, way worse than any year in the past 10 years. 4 months until the peak selling season of the year. You could learn a few things from TC and team.
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Go to thread Anonymous8119, Thursday 04/17/14 23:59:21 UTC

What happened to Kirkpatrick?

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Go to thread Anonymous8044, Wednesday 04/16/14 15:50:42 UTC

Keith Kirkpatrick, Notre Dame

Anyone have any information regarding Keith Kirkpatrick from Notre Dame? Was Store Mgr of the year this past year, but now is no longer with Follett??
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Go to thread Anonymous8007, Tuesday 04/15/14 18:42:35 UTC

Q. What innovations are you working on?

A. One is Faculty Discover (which just launched). Think of it as a TripAdvisor for professors and instructors to discover other sources of crowd-sourced content from textbooks, supplemental materials, Ted talks, and trade show presentations that they might not have considered before. We'll also enable a peer-to-peer sharing tool to rate instructional materials. Last year we made it a priority to help teachers and students prepare for Common Core, the new set of state learning standards. Through our Titlewave database, we started to add information about what books supported what aspects of Common Core so the teacher can search and decide what to buy based on the results.
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Go to thread Anonymous8006, Tuesday 04/15/14 18:41:17 UTC

Q. How did you manage those changes?

A. We hadn’t done a lot of communicating before, quite honestly. So, we spent a lot of time in the first six to eight months talking to our associates about where we are, where we need to go and what they need to do. We also put more rigor around elevating the truly great ideas and then in a very deliberate way, moving forward on a three-year horizon.
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Go to thread Anonymous8005, Tuesday 04/15/14 18:40:23 UTC

Q. What have you done so far at Follett for past two years?

We invested a record amount of capital in our strategic plan this year and over the next three years, which will be more than we’ve invested in the previous five years combined. We took three of our seven locations and consolidated them here in Westchester. We historically operated as two autonomous businesses — the college course materials and specialty retail, and the kindergarten through 12th grade course materials — and now we've come together more than we have ever in the past.
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Go to thread Anonymous7990, Tuesday 04/15/14 13:21:28 UTC

Same old smoke she has blown the whole time she has been there. Keep it up Mary Lee, investing a ton of money and cutting more and more people.

http://bluesky.chicagotribune.com/originals/chi-mary-lee-schneider-follett-bsi-20140414,0,0.story?track=bluesky-ct-head
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Go to thread Anonymous7987, Tuesday 04/15/14 12:24:36 UTC

Mini Mary Lee

It's not a coincidence most of the recent hires and those promoted are white women.
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Go to thread Any mouse, Monday 04/14/14 19:30:56 UTC

Ugh Simona is gone. That is the end of FSS and any technology vision. And bringing back Gatsis a drunk and chauvinist pig!

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Go to thread Anonymous7937, Sunday 04/13/14 18:58:27 UTC

FTX now called Skyo Text and Fan Gear

A fellow ops employee mentioned that FHEG was opening off campus stores. I was an employee at the old FTX (Follett Textbook Exchange SDSU) and none of the 30 off campus FTX stores made money and they were all closed within a couple of years. This is a road already traveled and didn't work out. College store market is moving online. Off campus stores will be high overhead and low margin especially if you are discounting. Does anyone else remember the FTX stores? The off campus stores that Follett has like Purdue and Miami of Ohio are very special markets. http://www.bkstr.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StoreCatalogDisplay?catalogId=10001&langId=-1&demoKey=d&storeId=10479&cm_mmc=%20Redirect-_-VanityURL-_-coastal.bkstr.com-_-10479
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Go to thread Anonymous7902, Saturday 04/12/14 14:26:04 UTC

Amazon pays employees to leave.

Aren't we supposed to be following Amazon? I'll take 5k to leave.
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Go to thread Anonymous7844, Friday 04/11/14 14:10:16 UTC

Hate in my heart

I hate these biased assholes, I really do. I need to leave.
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Go to thread Anonymous7831, Friday 04/11/14 03:02:36 UTC

Temporary Evergreen?

I've seen numerous postings for follett jobs across the country and they are titled " Temporary Evergreen". Can anyone tell me what that means?
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Go to thread Anonymous7735 (Accounting), Thursday 04/10/14 01:45:42 UTC

Anonymous7290 (IT Ex), RE: IT Layoffs

Town hall meeting today not single mention of internal IT successes, but kudos to Infosys and TCS who have over 100 consultants working on POS and websphere. Actually felt bad for IT. Internal IT is done! Impressive moving from 9 ecommerce platforms to 1 going live in June.
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Go to thread Anonymous7678 (Finance), Wednesday 04/09/14 14:43:43 UTC

Just interested

Hey, does anyone know where the newly hired attorney in legal came from?
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Go to thread Anonymous7589, Monday 04/07/14 14:23:02 UTC

Pearson Announces Publishing Distribution Agreement with Microsoft Press CK-12 Teams Up with Microsoft a rich library K-12 content at no cost

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Go to thread Anonymous7583, Monday 04/07/14 02:56:29 UTC

Lawsuit filed

Court case in process in Florida Northern District Court Fair Labor Standards Act Case RFC Case Number: 3:2014cv00079 Filed Feb, 18, 2014
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Go to thread Trying to find some humor in the chaos, Sunday 04/06/14 12:40:04 UTC

Hamsters?

The new office with all the glass offices and meeting rooms is like one huge hamster habitrail. Maybe they should put some running wheels in them and hang water bottles from the walls. It's just a little strange to me.
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Go to thread Anonymous7558, Sunday 04/06/14 11:00:04 UTC

OWBPA - older workers benefit protection act

The OWBPA mandates that an employer provide a list of job titles with corresponding ages to all laid off employees. On November 8 this list was provided to over 40 laid off employees. On November 14 a revised list was sent out to over 40 employees laid off with a request that they sign a new severance agreement and mail back to Follett. Why was this done? Because someone in HR decided to add more employees at the last minutes for reasons I can not state here. Needless to say this action has come back to bite them in the ass!
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Go to thread Anonymous7556, Sunday 04/06/14 04:35:47 UTC

Tell us Mary Lee

How does it feel to be universally hated?
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Go to thread Anonymous7554, Sunday 04/06/14 03:44:01 UTC

FHEG

F= FAILURE H= HATRED E= EGO G= GREED
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Go to thread Anonymous7538, Saturday 04/05/14 20:24:19 UTC

Hats off to Mary Lee, I think it is the FHEG president???

Successful results are not just laying off people, whether senior leadership or staff level employees. Successful results are measured financially, by stock price or by the employee satisfaction. We are close to fall rush and what do you see as our strategy for declining sales and profits. Senior leadership=strategy. Please name a few, because fall 2014 is going to be the same as fall 2013. Laying off 1.5 and then replacing them all with kmart leadership - why? Do they have a competitive strategy?
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Go to thread Anonymous7537 (Merchandise), Saturday 04/05/14 18:22:40 UTC

Hats off to Mary Lee

Tom never turned over a single Sr Management person and Mary Lee must have realized she needed a new team. That team played the system and lived off of perks given By vendors. Only one more to go and after her--things will be more productive on 1 1/2.
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Go to thread Anonymous7522, Saturday 04/05/14 00:50:16 UTC

Question?

Did anyone else receive a packet of papers from Follet delivered by FedEx to their home the day they were laid off?
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Go to thread Anonymous7507 (CIRCUS ), Friday 04/04/14 15:55:19 UTC

WD40 AND DUCT TAPE

don't worry follett will fixed everything with a truckload of RAMEN NOODLES AND RECYLED CONDOMS.
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Go to thread Anonymous7505 (aurora dc, westmont dc, valpo dc), Friday 04/04/14 15:24:09 UTC

FHEG, WHO YOU CRAP'N follett values, give me a break! layoffs and terminations, without any notice. just a number, not a person.

follett could learn a lesson from google, on how to treat their employees. not to mention how to run a company. greed!
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Go to thread Anonymous7504, Friday 04/04/14 15:09:46 UTC

hi

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Go to thread Anonymous7462, Thursday 04/03/14 21:10:26 UTC

Karma

I've heard some serious mistakes were made in the November layoff selections. Now Follett is doing some damage control by eliminating people who were directly involved. Karma's a bitch isn't it.
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Go to thread Anonymous7453, Thursday 04/03/14 18:53:27 UTC

What happened to....

Josh Brauer?
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Go to thread Anonymous7429, Thursday 04/03/14 02:55:28 UTC

When are the next layoffs?

I'm fed up. I'm ready for it to be my turn. Sorry for those that are sad for being laid off. Some of us are being tortured daily and need to be set loose for our own sanity!
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Go to thread Anonymous7412, Wednesday 04/02/14 23:05:04 UTC

Business plan?

What has Mary lee said is the strategic goal for Follett, inc. ? Has the business plan been made public?
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Go to thread Anonymous7408, Wednesday 04/02/14 22:03:07 UTC

Who's left?

Can we (who are no longer privy to the employee directory) get an accounting of RMs, GVPs and senior VPs who are still with Follett and were part of the old regime? According to this board it looks like a random scattering of regionals, HT, JH, CW are the only old timers left.
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Go to thread Anonymous7397 (Stores), Wednesday 04/02/14 15:58:25 UTC

Audrey Southard is retiring on May 16th. Guess she has been forced out too now! Who's next?

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Go to thread Anonymous7372, Tuesday 04/01/14 23:03:13 UTC

A rare thing

So I've been looking through these posts for awhile and I have to admit I do have a certain sense of satisfaction that the senior managers who never gave the little people the time of day (and worse) are getting their comeuppance. And while it is not such a nice thing to call out these individuals by name on this board I am secretly pleased that I am seeing karma work its magic on them...it is a rare thing to behold. It won't put food on my table after being laid off but it does warm my heart.
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