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Topics regarding layoffs at Barnes & Noble
I wonder how likely it is for someone who has a little more sensibility and knowledge to buy this company to transform the business and get us back on track? Is there any chance of that happening? I doubt there is anyone who would like to buy BN but... — read more
I’ve been thinking about some extra courses that unfortunately cost a lot and I can’t afford them right now. I would love to retrain, fast, cheap and get out of retail completely. I believe there are more of us who would like that. I'm pretty sure I... — read more
Just some friendly advice from somebody who's been trying to leave for years and has finally been able to get out in November - consider applying at independent bookstores. I know a lot of people avoid doing that for a myriad of reasons but what... — read more
Most of us have accepted by now that our jobs at BN come with a not so distant expiration date. What I'm wondering is just how distant it really is. Will BN still be standing three, four years from now or is the impending end even nearer? I don't... — read more
For half a decade, the University of Chicago which has the third largest library in the United States has had robots retrieve and return books from and to bookshelves and the circulation desk. Repeat after me. Booksellers are obsolete.
With what is probably the most horrendous track record of any business, will Regional and Store Managers ever be able to get decent jobs? The company's reputation is stained forever and having B&N on your resume is more of an hindrance than an... — read more
Can the bootlicker who praises BN, please come down to reality? You are living out a fantasy if you think what you say is true. The person is probably from the Framingham, MA store.
A lot of us resent our superiors for bad business moves, but I wonder if there is any “right” business strategy that would put BN back in the game. Honestly, I don’t know what turnaround in business could help this company right now. To invest... — read more
Can't tell whether pretentious managers are more funny or tragic characters to me. They give themselves importance for no reason. I don’t know what these people are thinking and whether they are aware of our position. They act as if our profit... — read more
MIne did and she said she's also looking. The past year has been one huge disaster and there is no way we can survive. Regular customers haven't come back and Covid has been the final nail in the coffin.
Former employee here. Read this in another thread and I can't wrap my head around it. Did Barnes & Noble really get rid of maintenance staff in the middle of a pandemic?
Amazon isn’t to blame for BNs bad management. Steve Riggio bailed and all Lenny wanted to do was be a NY big shot. Hanging with Tony Bennett & being in a parade. They kept hiring poor CEOs who made things worse. As long as they can save a buck ( who... — read more
It doesn’t seem to me like they want to save this company. Moreover, they seem to want to hasten the downfall of what is left of this company. It was only after I entered another store as a customer, that I saw all the misery. The girl who works... — read more
In essence, I think we have succumbed to the competition. Someone here has already singled out all the advantages that Amazon has, which seem unattainable to us because we are miles away: Barnes and Nobles is losing money, and has been for years... — read more
I love how all these posters are claiming BN is a “sinking ship” or a “dumpster fire” waiting to happen. Seriously? It will be YEARS (if ever) for BN to hit rock bottom let alone fail. The future is digital sales and BN is taking advantage of it... — read more
Our SM has ordered us not to post on here or to reveal any company info anywhere, including on the private Facebook group pages. This is anonymous and I feel totally safe posting here. I only write the truth. What do you all think?
Many of us are having our hours cut. It’s horrible and some have resorted to finding other part time jobs. You have to do what’s good for you. BN doesn’t care about any of us and they never will. We’re just a number to them. I recently got lucky and... — read more
I imagine the stores must be dead. Hang in there as they cut your hours further. I am waiting for the going out of business sales.
Who is dreading what's ahead for us in these next dark months? Barnes & Noble is free to do whatever it wants (and always does) and I was wondering if your co-workers know about this page and if you told them about it. I've seen people talking... — read more
BN was my first job which I loved very much at first, however, it is high time to move on. I am applying for a completely different environment and I hope to get that job. However, here I saw that there are those who, after getting a new job, simply... — read more
I was hired as a part-time worker and told I would get between 20 and 30 hours a week. Hours ended up being between 10 and 15 with low pay and little training or possibility of advancement. The store manager had poor interpersonal skills and used... — read more
If you received a GC for Christmas, use it fast. The clock is ticking on BN.
I'll be amazed if we can stay open past return season.
Well, I am a manager and I can tell you if you haven't been looking for something else, you better start fast because you will be in for a shock. Any chance we can get more info on this? I know whoever posted this probably can't share any details... — read more
BEHIND THE SCENES: WORKING AT BARNES & NOBLE IN ILLINOIS Devin McKinley Dec 23, 2020 I was a bookseller pre-COVID-19, so what I am about to share may not be as accurate as it was last January. However, the job itself could not have changed too... — read more
Let’s all be honest here. How many who still work at BN are actively looking for another job? Let’s just do a numbers count and reasons why we are looking to leave. It will show what areas we as employees find lacking and think need improving. I’ll... — read more
Practically no one is shopping and I don't know how we even make payroll. I wouldn't be surprised if some of us are laid off before New Years at this rate.
There are a lot of us who are looking for another job while still employed with this screwed up company. It is easier said than done. Retail workers by any industries standards are considered the same level as fast food workers. Thankfully, after 4... — read more
Less than a week before Christmas and we are as dead as a doornail. If we are lucky we’ll get 2-3 customers every couple of hours. I don’t see us making sales anytime soon - or in the distant future. The hours still s—, but at least I’m using the... — read more
The managers including the the asm and sm use WeChat to gossip about the booksellers. You can’t say anything in confidence to these people without all the managers knowing about it
SIMs (formerly merch managers) will no longer exist going forward from january. the position becomes something else and the number in store is reduced. the only true management positions in a store will be the SM and ASM. everything else is lateral... — read more
"I heard you are closing soon" I can't tell you how many times I hear this now. I've told several, like anywhere you're taking your chances. I've been looking for an essential job because I'm tired of getting my hours cut all the time. This is such a... — read more
ARTS James Daunt: the British bookseller saving Barnes & Noble The ex-banker who rescued Waterstones is now doing the same for the biggest book chain in the US. He tells Will Pavia his plans James Daunt: “There is no difference to book-selling on... — read more
12 days until Christmas. Sales yesterday ( Saturday) were dismal ! I was supposed to work this afternoon. My manager called and told me I wasn’t needed. How can Barnes and Noble survive?!
You would think after this place has been destroyed sales wise that the management would loosen up and allow bookseller's more autonomy in how we merchandise or in general set up our floors and tables But I have found since we have been back they... — read more
I saw on another thread that employees were getting an announcement of their store closing. Were you also told what happens after closures? Will you be able to transfer to another location? Are you offered some type of retention bonus to remain to... — read more
Liquidation plans being put in place. Liquidation sale begins on February. Get out while you can. Don’t wait until after the holiday season.