Thread regarding Follett layoffs

Disappointed Text Manager

They keep all of these VP's, Directors, CO's, all upper management but ask everyone at the store level to make cuts. They are taking pay away from the ones that least afford it. Why don't they get rid of some of the ineffectual management? There are 7 VP's and/or Directors in the IT Dept. alone. This IT group s---s. They can't even get CT to work efficiently. This company is way too top heavy. There are only two of us in my store. They said we had to cut payroll. So guess who has to get cut? I am supposed to go on an unpaid leave for two weeks. So I miss a complete paycheck. So what if I have to pay bills. They don't give a sh--. How would they like it if they had to give up a paycheck? Wouldn't do it. They want to cut costs, yet they are still planning on this stupid conference in Florida for all the management. If they didn't have to pay for that, maybe some of us could still do our job. I am supposed to be ordering books, setting shelves, and generally getting ready for Spring. But that doesn't matter, have to cut costs. How can one person run a store? He can't do everything by himself. It was hard enough with two. This company is going under. I, for one, will be glad to help it on it's way.

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One of the problems is that Follett is counting on all of us to work off the clock. We all take pride in our stores and the relationships we have with our schools. So we want to do a good job. But this company sends out an email saying that no one is supposed to work during their breaks, but how can you get things done if you don't. Also, this way if you get hurt during your break, they won't be liable. It is sad that the employees have more pride and loyalty to their stores than the management has to their employees.

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If a store can not be profitable with two people in the store at all times, then we shouldn’t have the contract. With all the stuff happening in this country...I wouldn’t work the store by my self. It is a huge safety concern and the company shouldn’t expect you to.

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In order to meet payroll budget and keep my store hours, I work as many hours as necessary. It isn't the best situation because I am alone for many hours that the store is open, and my store doesn't have restrooms. I usually work +70 hours a week so that I don't disappoint my students and faculty. In spite of comments in this blog, my guess is that I am more of a "rule" than an "exception". However, I am looking for another job; it isn't fair to my family to work so many hours and they are worried about my security. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'll be working in my little store to catch-up on tasks.

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in order to meet payroll budgets i have cut store hours. AND YOU KNOW THAT WILL HELP SALES!

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in order to meet payroll budgets i have cut store hours.

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Vacation time is accounted for in the budget. What they need to do is reduce the payroll budget. Add up all the hours they take off payroll budget with unpaid furlough days and bam they're exceeding their labor goals and they get their bonuses and the family gets their dividends. The fact that they're destroying the source of their income doesn't matter in the short term. You slackers in the store just need to work harder. Now back to it then, no whining!

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One of the things I really don't understand is why I can't take my vacation pay during the two weeks of forced time off. We have worked for those hours. But they say they go against the payroll budget. Seems to me that these funds should be in a different category.

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Even in labor "Friendly" California, an emploiyer can shut its doors and lock out employees. You burn PTO (If you have any), or go unpaid. Check with your unemployement office. You may qualifiy for some benefit (there may be waiting periods that make the process too cumbersome for the benefit offered).

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Look into it, as a full time employee you do have rights.

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State laws vary. Salaried non-exempt and hourly certainly (in most states) can be forced to take unpaid furlough time. Salaried exempt can be forced to take unpaid furlough time but different rules apply. Real morale builder eh?

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Yes, I am a full time employee. Or as much full time as can be. I was promised 40 hours/week when they made us all hourly. But so much for promises. I would be interested to find out if it is "illegal" to make me take unpaid leave.

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Are you a full time employee? If you're full time I don't think you can be put on unpaid leave.

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Going to Disneyworld!!!!

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These are the same leaders that do not have to abide by the travel and expense control that was emailed a few months ago. These jerks have the audacity to travel overseas, across the country, etc like Follett is loaded. Hahahahahaha

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Our store already has part timers as key holders, has for some time already. One person in store so when deliveries come of skids of books and supplies it's delivered into the store for merchandising! Looks like a beautiful hot mess and totally safe(ha ha) for customers. This is what it has come to, chaos.

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Who wants to go to conference? It's not like you will know anyone. I'd rather stay back at the store amongst people I know and care about.

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I am also one of those Course Material Managers turned "Asst Manager" so I too just got my hours cut to 30 hours. Fortunately this all happened at a perfect time as I was offered a full time position elsewhere making 2 times as much. 4 more days! Good luck to all of you!! Never planned leaving but like you said, no one gives a sh--. My boss too has to basically run the store by herself. Good Luck, I could work 24/ 7 and not run out of work.

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My guess if you only have 1 or 2 workers you don't get to go to the conference.

Only important people get to go and have fun.

Back to work with you!

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When you become a cost instead of a team member, your days are numbered. I hope you pick your final day.

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Follett will need to close many stores during the management conference since a large number of stores only have the manager as a full-time employee; unless they want to give store keys to part-time and temporary employees. I imagine that management will make it a requirement for store managers to attend and direct stores to make it happen while keeping a blind eye as to how stores will be covered during the management conference.

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Just curious. If payroll cut to the bone who will run store when managers are at a conference? Will they close stores so people can attend? Maybe an honesty box where students drop money in to pay for things they took? How can they pull a FT person out for days?

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The management conferences are a complete waste of time and money, particularly in light of the current state of affairs of the company. They are meant to be morale boosters but morale would be boosted better by giving a meager pay increase each year. I have never worked for a company on a pay freeze for 3+ years. 1, 2, 3%... Come on and throw us a bone.

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As far as CT Web goes, it's a known issue. In the meantime, setting up one's workstation at the register is known to work wonders for hassle-free shopping. Just tell the customers to ignore the profoundly sh*tty appearance of the register when you have 50 cartons of books from Follett or MBS.

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