Thread regarding Barnes & Noble layoffs

thelayoff.com and BN are trying to silence me

I left the company 3 years ago and really feel for the employees on here, I worked in the company as a Assistant Store Manager for about a year and was also the victim of these completely unfair write-ups aka "Improvement Plans" and just wanted to start off by telling everyone one on here that you should NEVER take any criticism that BN had about you seriously.

Here's my story;

I was the newest manager on staff, something smelled fishy about BN the second I was hired. The first was I realized that we did a very bad job at hiring people during the holiday season, the other ASM was hiring people to work the holidays less than a 2 weeks before Black Friday, I remember after the holidays were over we didn't hit our sales goal and when we had our weekly manager meetings I vocalized that I think we should really try to focus on hiring people earlier next year since less than a 2 weeks before Black Friday wasn't enough time to properly train people to work cash registers and the sales floor and customers were getting extremely upset.

My GM's shift reply was "Well whose responsibility is it to train them" to which I replied "Kinda hard to teach soldiers to fight a war when they didn't even go to boot-camp". A week after that conversation is when the write-ups started coming...

At first I really thought was that it was poor performance since I always have taken write-ups very seriously, but after really reflecting on it and reaching out to other people who left the company (or were terminated), I started to realize a pattern on how BN handles employees they don't see eye to eye with. Now trying to find anything to write someone up on is something I'm very used to, it's the oldest trick in the book (I've never took that personally).

BUT what BN's upper management likes to do with people they don't really like is completely falsify facts and statements on write-ups and pass them off as truth to corporate. Basically, a GM could say you've murdered someone on the sales floor and corporate would take is as fact without even a shred of evidence to back it up. Don't believe me? Any of you guys remember what happened to the Transgender Manager in California? She had the exact same thing happen, only exception is she was smart and built a very solid case against BN, and they lost.

How about Demos Parneros? BN claimed that he was let go due to harassment, now whether that is true or not I honestly can't say. But let me ask you guys a question; if BN really is making up lies to validate terminating long-term employees, would you really be THAT surprised if BN completely falsified what occurred with Parneros? Again, I am not defending him or claiming he's guilty, but I have a very deep gut feeling that BN is on the cusp of a huge scandal something that the retail industry has never seen before. Get out now while you can.

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None of my posts got deleted, but thanks for the info. Didn't even know tags work here. Check this out: #deletions

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Post ID: @ZxwCT3v-juva

That could be the reason, check the last bullet on this post @XqwjDwK-ndo from another forum board.

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Post ID: @ZxwCT3v-jeho

I posted a legitimate comment that was removed. I stated that BN stopped ordering supplies and bags.

They fired thousands to save money. But built a float to put in a parade in NY , this past weekend. I guess because I mentioned what kind of parade it was, it was perceived as me being against a group of people. Not true. My point was they’re projecting an image , while treating employees badly.

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Post ID: @ZxwCT3v-jzbo

“Hope Elliott does to you what they’ve done elsewhere!”

Here here !👍🏼

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Post ID: @ZxwCT3v-2pcu

Can’t believe a word BN says...

Lie to employees.

Stock holders.

Press releases.

Hope Elliott does to you what they’ve done elsewhere!

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Post ID: @ZxwCT3v-zcu

Get out now while you can.

OP - What’s your track record of predicting complex business outcomes

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Post ID: @ZxwCT3v-mjb

Barnes & Noble Details Why Former CEO Demos Parneros Was Fired

In a court filing, the bookseller alleges its former CEO s-xually harassed a female employee, bullied other staffers and undermined a potential sale

From WSJ

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Post ID: @ZxwCT3v-otq

Well, sorry you got jammed up, avenger. However, the other ASM was pretty much right when he/she started hiring temps just before Black Friday. This is pretty much normal, and I did the same thing for years. The idea is that, with the payroll most stores have to contend with, Christmas temps would never get enough hours to learn the sales floor. The best you could hope for is that they would learn the POS, and last through the season. If they survived, and you had the openings, you'd take the pick of the litter and offer them permanent positions--which, of course, isn't saying a lot in a company like BN.

It simply takes too long for a new bookseller to learn the sales floor in a couple of weeks of training. It takes months, and the payroll ain't there for months of training.

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