There’s a spontaneous middle of the week conference call today (Wednesday 4/18) with DM and SM. Call me paranoid; it could be nothing, but I’m concerned...
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I've been hearing about the problem for quite some time now. Over here in NY stores have been shutting down left & right. The company's finances has been trickling down over the years ever since the digital era came into play. It was a matter of time... read more
So, instead of solving one of the real issues, such as reducing corporate pay, spending less on secret shoppers and signage, bringing back full section specialists, Barnes & Noble laid off people who are in charge of getting books on the shelves. And... read more
What is happening with CBDMs?
Big meeting coming up in May ... Beware current full timers with benefits.
So it looks like if you got fired BN is now outsourcing your position to something called Premium Retail Services. Guessing this will expand to other parts of the store in the coming months.
I just read about the company saying layoffs won't affect customer service. That's incredibly untrue. Customer still hasn't received their order because there's no RM to process them. He wants to speak with a manager but they are covering a cafe... read more
I'm a former Barnes & Noble Receiving Manager let go during the recent layoffs. I have not been back to my old store, nor have I any plans to. But I am curious to know if any other RMs have paid their old stores a visit, and what shape they found... read more
so am I to understand that our severance is going to be in one lump sum?
Does anyone else feel that they were screwed over with the severance payment? I was taxed at an outrages rate due to it being a lump sum. More than 1/3 of the severance went to taxes. Instead of giving the option for smaller sums over time, B&N only... read more
I was told what, two weeks ago now, that I would get my severance package and W2 "any day now" in the mail. After finally getting a hold of a live person in HR on the phone today, I was told "oh you should have received it by now." So they're going... read more
I was a HC with 15 years experience. Was informed by HR today that I am not qualified for the severance because I was on leave (taking care of an ill family member) at the time of the layoffs. Has this happened to anyone else? Tired of so much... read more
When sending back your Severance Release Forms, have you sent them back by Priority Mail, Certified Mail or just regular First Class?
So, I'm curious if any current ASMs and MMs are looking for other jobs? Pretty sure at least one ASM and one MM are at my store. Does this bode well for the company let along the individual store?
how many have not received the packed yet that helps you plan your near future. was told we'd have it BY today. Or is it just us in the far corner of Wa. state that are invisible. Would also like to know why some got it overnighted to them too. how... read more
... more than actually looking at facts of how you help the store. If you had any kind of "lead" title (beyond kid's or cafe, right now), you are gone regardless of pay, hours etc. I I was an RM, who worked in every area of the store and I was "let... read more
I am not management, but I am now the only receiver so I communicate with them a lot. They (SM, both ASMs) have told me that soon the job postings will go up for part timers to replace the hours lost from the four leads and RM lost on Monday. The RM... read more
I think different stores are handling the situation differently when it comes to the receiving end at least. I am the store shelver and so far this week, we've had 1 MM, 1 ASM, myself and 1 other part timer basically taking on the role of receiving... read more
Our payroll has been cut back so much in recent weeks that as a ( former ) full timer, I was 1 person doing the work of 2 people. Does that mean they will have to hire 2 part timers to do the work of 4 people?
This seems to keep cropping up- there was no WARN violation committed. It only pertains too more than 50 employees laid off- per location. Which did not happen. To think that BN didn’t have a legal team reviewing their moves for months to ensure they... read more
Does anyone know if Barnes has violated this Act ? I'm not a lawyer, but it says that companies must notify their employees 60 days prior to layoffs of more than 500 employees, and by my calculations Barnes just laid off at least 2400 employees (over... read more
The general release section seems exceptionally broad including releasing from federal civil rights, disabilities, and medical leave acts. I also have many questions on the value of the severance package given that I worked full time for the majority... read more
Was anyone else working part time and laid off? I wasn't costing the company anything in insurance, and I was barely above normal pay. Management had talked about the lead position going away and I wish I requested to be bumped down at the time... read more
Anyone know how many CBDMs have been laid off?
Am I reading this right? Is there a non-compete clause in the paperwork for severance?
So can you collect unemployment after severance or is it instead of severance? Is medical included in the severance package?
Does anyone know which (if any) B&N stores (non-college), namely in California (and especially in Northern California) were not affected by the lay-offs? Or how to find out?
Does anyone know how long our medical is good for or has it expired already?
The reason b&n have lowered the staffing so abruptly is to: Increase the productivity of the parttimers and the remaining managers. You need stupid people to keep the ships together while the management golden parachutes out with their stock before... read more
So, I have a question for any store management people reading this stuff. Exactly how well are you handling everything? Are you scared about your own position (esp. if you are one of two ASMs at a store)? Are you concerned about how this will affect... read more
Inside they nicely included a list of all the receiving managers who got canned. No names, just ages and position. I counted the list. 903 And that's just receiving managers, I can only imagine what the other tallies are. -_-
Does anyone know why the MM title changed to "Sales and Inventory" and what that means for them going forward. I know my MM has been in the back doing receiving all week, since they let the RM go and the other one has been up at the register since... read more
I’ve worked at B&N for 16 and I’ve seen a few things, to quote the insurance company. Starting this job was the most fun thing I’d ever done for myself. I loved shelving! Then I did cash registering and waiting on customers. Can’t count the managers... read more
My husband is an ASM - he has worked hard to get to his position and been with BN for 12 years. I have read posts here that the ASMs are next in the lay offs and I just checked BN jobs and there are only 2 ASM positions posted ??? That is scary... read more
As a part timer who is up alone by the cash registers I'm feeling depressed. I'm just not as good at the head cashiers when it comes to selling memberships and It's hard to be motivated when all these people you liked were laid off. I'm going to... read more
I was a head cashier. Last fall I applied for my store's vacant merch manager position and was turned down, never quite getting a straight answer as to why, besides that I lacked leadership experience (despite having been a HC for two years). At the... read more
I don't know if all stores have community relation managers but ours does . Use to be the business he/she brought in counted as part of the stores sales. Now it does not (well 10% does) So if we have a large institution order rung up then hours are... read more