The news is out that B&N is closing some of its biggest and most successful stores. Sales are not there and the company is just pulling the plug where it can. If your store is one of the ones having trouble with payroll, you too are in danger. .. — read more
I worked with some amazing booksellers and Managers when I worked at B&N. They had a passion for book selling, were knowledgeable and you could tell they loved what they did. The issue I think is that Many District and above leaders were not... — read more
For the stores located in a mall, will they close or will the go to a smaller space? We talk about this often at our store and I'm afraid we'll just close down with slaes being so bad. Do malls renegotiate per year only, or can it be by the month?... — read more
Of all the corporate businesses in retail that are absolutely filled to the brim of tired, beat down, unmotivated and ambivalent employees, none can match the BN crowd. I’m not saying I blame the front line employees. Rather it lies solely upon the... — read more
Just found out from a friend that Barnes members are no longer given an extra 10 percent off of Criterion titles. Twice a year, Barnes has a Criterion sale where the titles all go 50 percent off. In other words, a very popular sale. Now they... — read more
"As of May 1, 2021, we had 4,095 domestic employees, of which approximately 2,761 were full-time and the remaining were regularly scheduled part-time employees. In addition, we employed approximately 6,500 temporary and seasonal employees during peak... — read more
Doesn't anyone find it hilarious that they're giving all these fake promotions and titles? Just to keep people from making waves or worse, quit? I especially liked when they make two store managers co-district managers- like they really need two... — read more
If you know, than you know…I wonder if he will now post on here like the rest of us?
My store manager doesn't even know what's happening to our store. We're barely making enough money for payroll and the rent for this place is ridiculous so I can't see how we can stay in this place much longer. Has anyone heard if your store is... — read more
Wish me luck, there's an opening at a local independent bookstore and I'm planning to apply today. I'm one of those id--ts who are at BN because I love books and I love working with books. As silly as it might seem, working at a bookstore is a dream... — read more
Thank god for my horrible manager. Thanks to her I left BN late last year. Her being unprofessional, rude, and unable to take ownership for all the terrible decisions made it clear that she was way in over her head. She made life a living he-l and I... — read more
I've heard several in New England are doomed to close. The Boston store is on the chopping block, it was rumored to move and downsize but I think lack of sales has ended that hope.
As far as closing stores B&N will review options at lease end. Find out when your stores lease expires. Ask your landlord not your cluster manager or area manager. Private equity companies will always close a store if not profitable or one with... — read more
Nuked another post about a certain store in the company, post did not violate terms of service but any post about that specific store gets taken down. I’m sure the layoff.com gets bombarded by HR anytime theirs a post about said location, hey... — read more
The belts are tightening even more. Store manager says the store directive is to cut hours more because of lagging sales. We barely have coverage now. Is this company wide or just our district ?
If you are in one of the big stores and you're doing badly and can barely make payroll, you'll be one of the stores closing soon. If you're only doing just okay and the company thinks it's worth it, then it looks like you'll be downsizing and that... — read more
Does anybody believe they are truly planning to reopen? Barnes & Noble is closing in Preston Royal Village The retailer couldn’t come to an agreement with the landlord and says it hopes to reopen in a nearby... — read more
Can someone explain what the difference is between an “expert” and a “senior” bookseller? And why a number of actual senior booksellers at my store weren’t chosen for either of these roles? Is this yet another play by BN to force out the actual... — read more
My dream is to finally leave BN and be able to work in a public library. Maybe it’s just that it would suit my temperament better. I recently read an article about what public libraries can learn from BN. Likewise, I think BN can learn a lot from... — read more
This poster said it best ! “ Exactly what these other threads have been saying for months/ years now ! The self entitlement these Mgrs , ASM, Merch , etc. have had all this time ! It’s a NON ESSENTIAL retail job. You’re NO BETTER than the fast... — read more
Efforts you put into the company go unnoticed and are always unappreciated. Nobody at this place cares about employees. There is NO job security no matter what you’re told or who you’re friends with. When it comes down to it, it’s every (wo)man for... — read more
Are all booksellers receiving the $2 raise?
What kind of person finds happiness when wanting others to lose their jobs? I would NEVER wish that on my worst enemy. Some of you seem like petty individuals and you need to do some soul searching. I just don’t understand some of you. I hope to God... — read more
A few people where I work have been denied annual 25 cent raises over the years due to poor performance most of them I know and they are solid booksellers. Essentially they were buried by someone Higher up than them and were allowed to keep their job... — read more
How can we survive with so much drama going on, the restructuring has really brought the tension out. The former department managers are being awful right now and are not taking things well at all. Don’t they realize it was just a formality, a title... — read more
Our store manager has OCD and a short temper, very insecure as well. He constantly messes with our tables and displays, changing them over and over again and if we initiate any of the changes or set a table up he will mess with it non stop, it’s like... — read more
How is your store doing? Are people happy with their $2? Is anyone who didn't get a raise furious? And how is your store manager treating you? Do you think you can stick it out much longer? I don't think layoffs will be happening but I think... — read more
I am ashamed that I stayed here for 4 years, although now when I look back and remember some things, I have a feeling that I have lost motivation 10 days after I got my job here. I stayed so long because I always believed that the problem was in me... — read more
Is it helping any? Seems a bit too gimmicky to me. Yes, seeing a dragon come to life on the cover of a book is cool, but does it really help with sales? Not too many people use the technology - and those that know about it were most likely already... — read more
If you’re still with this awful company. Is your store completely driven by favoritism? Mine is. If you aren’t a twenty something female or one of the friends of the ASM, you aren’t getting promoted. Not that promotions exist anymore. Our store is a... — read more
I moved to another company two months ago. I succeeded after a few months of looking for a new job and I already feel great relief. Only now do I see how much I was undervalued at BN. Here I am paid much more for a similar job, and the environment is... — read more
Curious how the resets have been received by customers now that they are approaching a year since completed. Have the remaining stores completed them as some stores were not done last year. Has it helped increase sales? Any changes to the... — read more
It's got to be a huge joke because I see my store in chaos, nothing getting done, they can't keep the new hires because it's an awful place to work now, the place is a mess, and the only full-timers left are getting yelled at all the time and told... — read more
I know what my store has been doing but I keep hearing about "restructuring" and I think that's a lot different from what's happening here. Can anyone who is really connected to the corporate office explain what is happening? Also how long... — read more
I wasn’t so happy even when I had just gotten a job here and when I thought BN was one of the best companies I could get a job at. Sorry for the trivial question, but I wonder: were you also happier when you gave notice or when they informed you that... — read more
In my store, whatever extra work needs to be done - they come looking for me. Aside from being too tired, that kind of exploitation offends me. I care about this job because I don't have any other option for now, so I accept everything because I... — read more
I think now if you're full-time, they know they can torture you and use you because you're not going anywhere. OMG, this is so true. I often hate being a full timer. It’s an invite to treat you even worse because, c’mon, in their opinion if you... — read more
I've been talking to a few people and there is some speculation that some people who have been with the company for years could be offered a severance to leave. I personally, don't believe the company has the money to do it.