Given the current climate & the constant reports on here, does anyone have any concrete knowledge of which stores are under threat of closure in the near future?
Topics regarding layoffs at Follett
This might be one of the worst situations we've found ourselves in but I still have faith. We are a huge company. If I'm not mistaken, there are around 12000 people still working here. And too many people still rely on our materials for us to just... — read more
The writing is on the wall. The Sears folks brought their magic to Follett and now we are nearing the end of Follett.
Software makes massive profit. Family is so greedy that is not enough. Listening to egomaniac from B&T and the promise of cheap offshore labor to squeeze even bigger margins. Quality and customers will suffer. You will cost shareholders millions... — read more
The entire problem is the "bookstore contracting model" is obsolete. The internet changed the rules. The publishers are changing the rules with digital. Access is just a program that was created in 2006 to take advantage of students and benefit the... — read more
Brilliant leadership move. TL will run the cash cow dry. Watch the exodus of knowledge start to march out the door.
Does Follett give severance pay if you are cut lose ? Does anyone know what we could potentially get ? Is it a percentage or a flat amount ?? Asking for a friend....... lol
What are the reasons and implications of this? This sounds super sketchy to me. I'm sure they'll tell us it's to "take the burden off SMs" or some BS like that, but knowing Follett, I feel like there are more nefarious reasons.
I was told by my rm that if your store does less than 1m (some strange calculation they are using, not based on what you did the previous fy) you are looking at 1 ft employee and 1pt at 50hrs a month (approx 12hrs a week). Has anyoneelse heard this?... — read more
are all getting letters. Schools have two options: Go 100% Follett Access. Start paying Follett a fee to run the store. The ship continues to sink.
On July 2nd I received a letter from Follett stating that my 90-day "temporary" layoff was being extended. The very last line in the letter said that if I'm not called back in the next 90-day period I should consider myself permanently separated from... — read more
follett operated a retail shell game. They'd use the cost of acquiring a new store to offset the costs of existing stores. They'd heap re-model costs, management costs, training costs on the the new contract All of the labor came in the form of high... — read more
How can RM's and above have sales expectations of the managers when they dont even buy their own kids course materials in our stores? Many years ago my RM was sending their first kid to college, in conversation my rm told me they purchased their... — read more
There are major organizational problems with the company, from the E.L.T. to store level. We have mid managers who have little experience and leadership goals that are not clearly defined. Performance evaluations can be spotty - and considering how... — read more
Between the bonus and the second stimulus check it's going to be a great Christmas.
I hear from long-time Follett employees, who are now gone, talk about how it was a great company years ago. What exactly was the turning point or person(s) that made the company turn into such a poorly-run, morale-defeating company? I'm not trying... — read more
What’s the story? Little birdie mentioned it.
Looking through the Follett Jobs website, I happen to notice postings for positions that could have been filled by someone recently laid off, not that I would ever go back to that sh–show. Why am I on that site anyway you may ask? I am bitter, I am... — read more
I guess COVID-19 is the straw that broke the camel's back. Initatives to aid students during Rush are produced and implemented mid rush with feedback requests for their performance. Group kick off calls state the SLA isn't important so OMS orders... — read more
what a nightmare. 1/2 the ebooks don't work, the majority of professors send the students direct to the publishers, what the heck is the Course Materials at the home office doing to help us out? It is obvious the professors have lost faith in us... — read more
Layoffs and store staffing reductions? Store closures? Senior management jumping ship? Or do you suspect most big changes will happen after this full academic year, over the summer? Does Follett wait to see if more campuses reopen in the spring?
Working at Follett is worse than serving two consecutive life terms in Shawshank.
I was part of the home office Easter M—acre in 2013. I see little has changed! Also hearing Follett is doing nothing about addressing diversity/inclusion/racism in the organization. Almost no non white people as directors/department heads/senior... — read more
It’s just a matter of time. Campuses are noticing that the company is in trouble. Lack of help in the stores, their student’s having to compete for textbooks (SODA orders for other campuses), and etc.... They see how the company is thinking and... — read more
RM informed me I’ll be getting a spreadsheet of what positions will be allocated to my store. Are we about to let some more people go?
I’m leaving this company as soon as possible. Abusive
‘This rush can be deemed as cruelty to human beings. I’d like to see the big wigs run a store alone, with the outdated technology, instant gratification expecting students, sh–ty attitudes from a few unrealistic faculty, incompetent temp agency and... — read more
With all the layoffs for the past few years, reductions in my stores why does FHEG have two presidents. One manages physical stores and the other eFollett? That makes no sense at all and cost the company double money and also inconsistent strategic... — read more
Entire IT completely outsourced to India.
Company went down in flames for rush. Stores were not staffed, stores lucky enough to get temps found they got paid better than the regular staff who stuck with the company through all this, curbside app got rolled out after rush started so it was... — read more
Haven't heard too much about Textbooks. Are they in operation? Are schools still purchasing new books?
Stores that didn’t turn a profit last year had a letter sent to their school. The letter stated that the school implement Access or Follett was pulling out of the contract at the end of 180 days. The 180 days will be up at the beginning of... — read more
Rosensweig says economics and the need to “stay alive another year” have driven the push to resume in-person classes for universities across the country. Institutions are still reeling from the billions of dollars associated with moving to an all... — read more
Walmart reported blowout Q2 earnings on Tuesday, led by a 97% surge in online sales. That comes after Walmart’s online sales rose 74% in Q1. The chain, which was criticized years ago for being too slow to beef up its online presence, has been on an... — read more
Temps? Have been told to find staff and direct them to the temp agency??? Why are we recruiting for the temp agency? Isn't that what a they do? And then for every employee we find we can then pay the temp agency double the salary of what we pay the... — read more
Curious what sorts of sales you're seeing. RM said to expect a 30% drop in text sales. Does that seem realistic? Really worried about how things are going to look financially after rush. Do we expect people (ASMs, PT) to be laid off again?
With COVID restrictions the temps only need how to speak and count from 1 to 10. Greeter at the door. Let 10 people in. Backdoor/curbside pick up. Last 5 digits of order #. Dont need to get versed in ct and soda and pos. Takes over a week to go thru... — read more