1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 29, 2013 9:11 AM by Schwa

    Little Known Secrets

      Barnes and Noble CEO, William Lynch, gets paid the big bucks (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/24/william-lynch-barnes-noble-ceo-pay_n_1698316.html) while his workers' hours are cut and their benefits are taken away, all the while they are being hounded to do the impossible. In my experience as a bookseller, attempts to help customers, going above and beyond, were met with disdain. See the little-known live journal dedicated for booksellers to communicate their experiences: http://bn-booksellers.livejournal.com/

       

      Their Glassdoor entry isn't particularly encouraging of best practices either: http://www.glassdoor.com/Overview/Working-at-Barnes-and-Noble-EI_IE2439.11,27.htm

       

      Attempts at unionizing are always met with swift tyrannous action: http://booksellersunion.org/

       

      The company, under William Lynch, outright stole the original Nook design from another company, and ended up quietly settling the matter: http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/03/spring-design-vs-barnes-and-noble-all-the-nooks-and-crannies/

       

      If you really want to support your local Barnes and Noble, give a bookseller a well deserved compliment and encourage them to leave this sinking company.

        • Re: Little Known Secrets
          Schwa

          None of what you mentiones is "little known" and the William Lynch "news" was discussed quite a bit on these very forums.  While there is a valid argument against such earnings (see Occupy Wall Street et al), Mr Lynch is hardly unique.  The Spring Design settlement was also well known and discussed as well.

           

          Glass door attracts, well, detractors.  I have found very little useful info there about any company, just disgruntled emplyees.

           

          Livejournal employee blogs, lol.

           

          If you are/were an unhappy B&N employee I hope you find something better.  I recommend something not retail, because I don't think it's much different in most retail careers.