Following up on yesterday’s post and comments about company-wide layoffs tied to the job titles of some senior store employees at Barnes & Noble, the following is from the Barnes & Noble section of a website called The Layoff, which has received quite a few comments from Barnes & Noble store employees.
RM is Receiving Manager. The latest Barnes & Noble layoffs were, at least in part, based on job titles. It appears that all store RM’s were fired. The RM was the person responsible for opening all the cases of books each day, sorting them, getting them on the shelves and helping with return shipments of unsold books back to publishers. According to Glass Door, Barnes & Noble receiving managers make an average of $15 per hour.
Here are a few Barnes & Noble employee comments from the last 24 hours:
Our store made 8.3 million last year, on par to do it this year as well, and we still lost our RM. we had been told that stores above a certain threshold would have RMs stay, but not be replaced if they were to leave, but today we were told he had to be let go too.
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Why get rid of the best?
We have lost probably three of the best workers at our store. I know it will not be long to start feeling their absence, simply because they were the driving force behind so many things here.
What was B&N’s thinking on this? Why not target unproductive employees instead of positions?
Talk about digging your own grave.
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I was one of the long tenured RM’s let go. Even taking in consideration the health of the company it was still a shock. I was more worried about the store eventually closing than being fired. A lot of talented, dedicated employees lost their jobs without notice, explanation, or offers to stay on in another capacity. The company decided to eliminate positions across the board instead of looking at each individual store, which is sad since different stores have different issues. I know that there a many former employees like me who worked had and were doing other jobs in addition of their own to help the store and make up for a lack of hours, and none of this was factored into the decision. We were let go even though in many cases we had many more years under our belt than those who remained, just because we held one of the positions deemed not vital. This after many assurances that “We are in good shape” over the past few years after every new bit of bad news.
Try not to blame the SM’s and other management left behind, they didn’t want to fire anyone. There job is now harder. Yes, we would all like to be working in that environment instead of being unemployed, but they are not living the high life either. Maybe your manager could have handled it better, but I believe most were very unhappy about having to do this. This situation was handled poorly, but that is all on corporate. I don’t think we’ll be getting a phone call from the powers that be saying how sorry they are all anytime soon. Good look to all in finding a new position. I know I’ll be looking for the first time in awhile in an area that doesn’t have much to offer. Hopefully our anger and frustration will subside soon.
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15+ years of loyal, dedicated service … POOF!
Just bought a new(er) car so my husband could safely travel back and forth to work, the day after, he showed up for work, was told “Sorry!” and ESCORTED out of the building, all so part-timers can sell cheap gee-gaws and doo-dads. FIFTEEN+ years of loyal, dedicated service and this is how Barnes and Noble treats its long-term hard-working employees? I’m on Social Security and what little he brought in kept us afloat. I’m going to enjoy watching them tank, if we don’t starve to death first, that is…
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Shame on BN for letting go of an employee while they were on medical leave for heart surgery! A company that is truly HEARTLESS!!!! Over 30 yrs of service doesn’t mean a thing!
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Working 10+ years for the company I’ve seen how loyal the employees are. How do the upper management think this is going to help morale, let alone keep up the great customer service when every employee feels a target on their back. Talk about a hostile work environment.
Link to the rest at The Layoff