More sad news. After a horrible holiday season of miserably weak sales, James Daunt has made a new list of stores to close. This comes after a pre-holiday announcement of store closures which are now in the process of packing it up for good. Other... — read more
Everything that's wrong on the store level is on them. They have no idea what happens in stores and what could improve things, yet they're still the ones who make all the decisions. Any feedback we provide is completely ignored, they just continue... — read more
I gotta give credit where credit's due. I thought it would collapse years ago when I left. Seeing there are still stores around is a shock. Reading here about the treatment of employees and the state of said shops is not a shock, though. I guess no... — read more
Lackluster sales combined with the internet discounts and Covid have doomed the future of the company. We're prepared for our store to be next on the list to get the axe. This kind of bad publicity isn't... — read more
3 more stores annouced they're closing in our state. I know someone in the NY office who said we should all be looking for new jobs.
So at my store they were three opportunities for promotion or so we were told. Tons of people went up for them, than all of a sudden they announced over twelve people were given promotions and raises. I mean what do they do in those interviews? Blow... — read more
The Saugus Barnes & Noble is closing its doors in January. In a Facebook message thanking loyal customers for their patronage, Barnes & Noble announced the impending closure of the bookstore at 444A Broadway (Route 1... — read more
"By segment, retail grew 5.6%, wholesale fell 40.5%, and DDS grew 39.2%. Bartleby generated 120,000 gross subscribers during the quarter, representing 33% Y/Y... — read more
I’m interested in what it's like to work at BN just before the store definitely closes. So, the remaining employees who are there, after they are informed that their store will be closed, what are their responsibilities? Do they need to somehow... — read more
This has become a company where you can only waste your time. I understand, some are there because they need to pay the bills, however, that time is much better used by looking for a new, better job. Time passes quickly and later it is too... — read more
I absolutely respect that everyone should work as well as they can, however, isn’t it a little ridiculous when a manager asks us, part-time employees to work as if a job at BN is an opportunity of the century that is never to be turned down?... — read more
With sales at all time lows and employees abandoning like rats from a sinking ship, those who are left are awaiting news from Daunt when the whole company closes its doors permanently. Many are guessing by Spring. This week's news. Although Barnes... — read more
The company is awful, but right now it suits me to be a part timer here. I lost contact with some former colleagues who were great and willing to help when I first came here. I would love to know where most people went after BN and how are they doing... — read more
James Daunt is on a tour deciding which stores will be closing. It was inevitable, the company had it's moment but if you're still barely hanging on and you see this guy in your store- your time is up.
What's your prediction as it relates to the possiblity of Barnes and Noble layoffs? Any chatter, news or rumors?
What are the “new pay changes” mentioned in the Facebook group? Posts are being declined about it.
I don't want to think about whether my store is next to be closed anymore so I gave notice. This no longer looks like a serious company, but more like a total mess. Working here is miserable! I would say that in this company there is... — read more
That's the point we're at.
Is there a limit on employees buying Pokémon cards?
I joined 5 others from our store and gave my notice. I just wish the lazy and brainless store manager was the one to suffer from the loss, but no, it will be everyone who is left on the floor. I'll miss some of the people but good riddance to those... — read more
I hope the atmosphere in other stores is better than it is in my store. It's depressing. The hardest part of my daily job is accepting that atmosphere. Colleagues are completely uninterested in work, which is understandable, because the morale is... — read more
As the holiday season approaches, I somehow get sadder about what happened to this company. I remembered what the holiday season used to look like here, and now unfortunately I wonder if more stores will be closed by the end of the month. Could... — read more
I just read the biggest B&N in New England, the Boston store will soon be replaced by a sports bar.
Employees are giving their reviews on major employment sites. Bookseller (Current Employee) - Peabody, MA - September 20, 2021 I have never worked for a company that treats its employees so terribly. It's bad enough that the pay is low with no... — read more
Is there a list of all closed locations? If not from the start, then at least in the last five years? I've been trying to find it but haven't been successful yet. I'm curious to know exactly how many stores closed overall and which areas of the... — read more
A new hire came and left after five days. Another hire that came in is completely lost and doesn't know what to do because there is no person to train him. I do most of the work in the store. I wear multiple hats and am exhausted to the max. Even... — read more
I had no idea we were opening new stores so color me surprised when I read that one opened recently in Kingston. I'm thoroughly confused. I thought B&N was looking to reduce the number of locations not increase it. How are we able to afford new... — read more
I knew we were doomed when all of the managers were demoted to keyholders. 2 of the store managers in our area walked out. It's really crazy what is going on. They threw $2 at full-timers and made them keyholders and giving them the work and... — read more
If I were James Daunt, I’d read this carefully. I have been talking to B&N employees from all over the country and they have been airing their grievances in huge numbers. Management has been ignoring employees’ issues and they are enraged and are... — read more
File under: How to get rid of long-term employees that cost the company too much money. Employees from all the stores are complaining about having to clean the store bathrooms. But now you know one of the reasons the keyholders got a $2 raise; so... — read more
A lot of has been made about the retail staff at Barnes and Noble but anyone have any experience with the corporate staff? We briefly had an individual from corporate acting as our cluster leader but he left the position for personal reasons seemed... — read more
So former department managers have become “expert” booksellers at my location and we have this one guy who has been with the company for 20 years who has no clue how to merchandise or concept a table. Like he will just use tables as dumping grounds... — read more
James Daunt is planning to close underperforming stores as well as some of bigger urban stores. Sales have not been coming back as hoped and the inevitable closings are scheduled after the new year.
When most of the long timers left I joined the exodus. I was 59 years old at the time, I just turned 65 this year. I went back to school got an associates degree and now I work remotely at home making $4.00 an hour more than what I made at BN because... — read more
So I came across our building on a realtors website and it’s up for lease as of Aug 12th 2021. Worried we are going to close. I hope Barnes can/will renew it.
Since an independent bookshop opened not too far from us, we've lost at least a third of our business, if not more. Every time I pass by them, there seem to be at least a couple of people there. I thought they were crazy for opening, but I guess I... — read more
It amazes me that some stores are still open. The store where I work (a few more days) is a very miserable place to work. Someone says the stores are just trying to make it to the Christmas season, but the situation is such that I don’t believe they... — read more
BN cannot fulfill orders from their warehouse as of today. Many people have been unable to receive orders on orders placed over three months ago. This is yet another sign BN is ready to fold. Hint: if I preorder a book three months ago, I expect it... — read more