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19 September 2011 @ 12:12 pm
Now that it is over, I'm curious what the various positions made on average.  Anyone know baseline salaries for Sales Managers, General Managers, and District Managers?  Were they different based on cost of living?
Anyone want to share where they may or may not have hid their "stash", I would be shocked if a lot of employees didnt "find" some product for themselves at the very end when it went down to a dollar.    

Mine, if i would have done it, would have been  in a very simple spot really, im assuming every store had the same bargain fixtures? If you managed to do it, you could retract the bottom parts of them that could be used as extra shelves.  I could have just put them and took them out in an opening or closing shift. 

Did anyone have or many not have  any clever spots?
17 September 2011 @ 03:51 pm
So how long do ya' think this board will remain active? Certainly a great place to vent but now that the company is OOB it all seems kind of moot.
15 September 2011 @ 02:12 pm

Borders Books - R.I.P.

It's Over.  Just lock the doors. 
The landlord wants the lights left on.

LATE UPDATE:   Barnes and Noble appears to have acquired Borders.com internet business and other intellectual property.  Click here for report.

According to a report on  Ann Arbor.com  Borders has filed with the bankruptcy court a motion seeking court approval to pay Mike Edwards and his top three cronies $125,000 each bonus.

The final insult.   Such a disugsting company.  Such disgusting low-life people.  They have no shame.

Ok well it seems its close to the end with all the 90% off signs and the "fake" 4 days left weekend over. So whats the timeline?

1. When will the doors lock to customers?

2. When will everyone except keyholders get the short end of the stick on hours?

3. Can non key holders expect to still be on the schedule at all next week?

Will some brave GM step up with answers?

08 September 2011 @ 01:02 pm
Hey everyone.

So I've moved twice since the begining of this year and when I started to collect my things for unenployment I realized I can't find any of my old W2 copies. Does anyone have a copy of the website they used to hang in the back where we could go to get another? Anybody else run into the same problem?
03 September 2011 @ 10:54 am
Borders employee sues company.

Details here:  http://news.yahoo.com/ex-employee-sues-borders-over-mass-layoffs-233100427.html

We'll see if anything comes of this.
01 September 2011 @ 12:20 pm
I finished killing the computers, servers, thin clients and network that rand the California Distribution Center.  The building is empty, all that is left is the empty racks and machinery and the liquidators.  It's all over.

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We operate in 12 states (NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, PA, OH, MI, IL) so many Borders ex-employees are probably already familiar with us.  
Because we are confident that many of the skills developed at Borders will align with our customer-facing roles, we have created a landing page specifically for interested individuals: http://cfgcareers.com/borders .

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23 August 2011 @ 04:03 pm
If you belong to that group on Facebook do not even try to make any kind of observation that can be construed as "negative" or you'll really hear about it. I still don't understand why a general comment on the way things work (have worked) at Borders is read as someone being "angry". There was even a post that suggested that this board was the "negative" one and they didn't want to see it go down that path. People should be plenty angry about Borders and all that has transpired there -- it really has nothing to do with negativity.
19 August 2011 @ 04:59 pm
Over on the Borders Class of 2011 and Before group on Facebook, someone just posted about a BR+ promotion we'll be doing this coming week:
This coming Monday through Wednesday, BR+ customers receive an additional 15% off their purchase if they a) print out and show the coupon they will be receiving or b) present their card, say they are plus members and mention the email. Like Steve said, the onus is on the customer to get their discount.

They said it came through store email, can anyone validate this or add to it? I'm off today or I'd check my own.
19 August 2011 @ 10:26 am
Hell, if KT can do it...

How much product do you think is left in your store? Complete sections gone, yet?
18 August 2011 @ 05:10 pm
The TNDC loaded the last pallet yesterday. The DC in now emply. We've been working 10 and 12 hour shifts these past few weeks in order to get everything out. I've read several post about lack of product. Not sure why that is because we've been processing in excess if 400,000 a day. No telling how may trucks we filled on a daily basis.
17 August 2011 @ 03:19 pm
In a BSS that is doing really well numbers wise for this whole process. Figured I'd give my POV, test the waters for what else is going on out there.

It took a while but we are finally getting those massive daily shipments our liquidator promised us at the beginning. As I said the other day, we started getting pallets from the return center (or possibly product that didn't sell from stores that closed in an earlier round).  We are also getting product from the warehouses still--the boxes are no longer sorted, except for bargain. Not really surprised, but as someone who was never so quick with the sorting to begin with, well, its a good thing I only have to worry about general vicinity now.

Getting huge deliveries from the liquidators of 'augment' product: candles, perfume, blankets, stuffed animals, puzzles, games, toys, ugly bags, Vera Bradley...?

Our Liquidator still expects us to keep up displays--better sales numbers for him. At first it was really hard to even pretend to care, but now its something to do as the thing that ate up most of my time in the store (customer service) is completely moot.

We are starting to get customers from further away. Its been a long time since I've seen most of our regulars.

We are sort of adjusted to this new routine now. Its easy to loose myself in the routine and forget for a moment here and there that this really is the wind down. The fact that 325 means three lindor balls in a register is about to become a completely obsolete piece of information.

How is everyone else faring? 
17 August 2011 @ 11:25 am
 To keep up the churn, here's a thread for you to say what you're doing post-Borders - or, if you're still there, what you think you'll be doing.

I think it was in Norm Feuti's (excellent) book "Pretending You Care" that I first heard this: working in retail prepares you ... for more work in retail.  I - and probably others - would be interested in how you escaped this catch-22.  Or didn't.

PS: To our moderator - thanks for showing up, and sorry I questioned your existence, corporeality, interest, etc.  Please continue keeping an eye on the joint!  I mean, I'm an anarchist and all that, but even my old darling Jean-Jacques Rousseau would probably think the Ing-Kay Oll-Tray posts deserve a scrubbin'.
17 August 2011 @ 10:35 am
I can't have that "thing" that is known as King_Troll have this community board under hostage any longer. First, don't believe the clues they are giving you about who they are-just remember that disgusting freak who worked with you and lived with their grandmother most of their life(as the idiot who calls himself King_Troll). Remember what the zoo stated, don't feed the "trolls" and they soon go away.

Write away-about anything. Trolls will be deleted and forgotten by all good society.
15 August 2011 @ 09:01 pm
 Don't know if anyone from this store is on the forum.

But I wanted to thank whoever packed up the books from store 564.  I was unboxing product from the returns center today and everything from that store was all sorted and wonderful. "A whole box of YA? Why thank you!"

Of course, I will so take the crazy unsorted book product any day over more "augement." So many ugly blankets, not to mention that the first few pallets of that we got had been sitting somewhere dank and putrid. So gross.

But again, thanks to whoever did that--it means someone cared about how they did their job even when they were closing. And I really appreciate it.
13 August 2011 @ 05:38 pm
So now that the whole "going out of business/liquidation" thing is nearly over with, maybe we should just use this community to talk about books.

What are everyone's favorite books and why?
12 August 2011 @ 04:38 pm
 I am soooo sick and tired of seeing all this garbage rolling in the back door (perfumes, stuffed animals, fleece blankets) as well as these sleazy liquidators running the show. Can't wait till it's all over and done with.
06 August 2011 @ 11:13 pm
I saw a sign at the Palo Alto, CA location that said they are hiring temp workers for all shifts.

Do you think it would be worth it to work there? I'm in school but could use some extra $.
Does anyone know if new/temps get minimum wage (~8 ish) or is it a few bucks higher?

06 August 2011 @ 01:21 am

Don't know if this has happened to any other Borders employees, but I did not get paid last Friday (July 29). My last work date was July 12 and it was suppose to be my final paycheck, but it never showed up at the store or my house. I confirmed the store turned in my hours.  I've contacted Borders HR several times through different avenues, and nothing has happened. I can't even get them to return my phone calls any more. Has this happened to any other current or former Borders employees? What recourse do I have if Borders refuses to pay me? And maybe this is a warning to other Borders employees - maybe you shouldn't make any firm plans for that final paycheck, because they may screw you like they apparently have me.

05 August 2011 @ 11:39 am

Notes: Borders Exec Team 'Terminated'

Borders has "terminated" its senior executive team. Company President Mike Edwards and CFO Scott Henry were dismissed effective July 29, according to an SEC filing. Holly Felder Etlin, managing director of AlixPartners--which has been providing financial restructuring and bankruptcy reorganization advisory services to Borders--was appointed temporary company president. Glen Tomaszewski, Borders v-p, chief accounting officer and controller, will serve as treasurer.
02 August 2011 @ 11:28 pm
It has been mentioned in a post/comment before, but I just wanted to remind you all that there is a facebook page out there with almost 6,700 current and former Borders Group employees. Personally I think it's fun to read about all the different stores and see how people in other departments function. There are people there from corporate on down. Great place to reminisce!! Fun times :)
On April 23, someone posted a link to a public Brierley.com website where anyone could look up any Borders Rewards member by Rewards card number, e-mail address, or phone number (last 7 digits only).

That public website is still there today. Modifying an account is now disabled but lookup still works. Was this site ever taken down after it was revealed here, or did someone mistakenly put it back up?

(This post is member-locked to discourage Google, Bing, DukGo, etc. from finding it.) Not anymore -- see first comment by rufinia

ETA, August 2, 11:50 am: The web form at Brierley.com is no longer publicly available. You just get a blank page now. Thank you, whoever got this fixed.
31 July 2011 @ 06:36 pm

Liquidators will promise the world to try to get people to
not quit but what’s the real story about the closing bonus? From any stores that closed how much did you
receive, was it 2 weeks pay? 1 week pay?


Was it taxed into a smaller amount that you expected?


Did the liquidator make any other promises to keep people
from not quitting?


31 July 2011 @ 01:09 pm
Thought you all might like to hear what's going on in our world. We are working 10 hours a day plus another 8 Saturday. Next week we've been told to be prepared to work Sat & Sun. Keep in mind that the DC is not air conditioned. Outdoor temps are approaching 100 degrees and it's that hot or hotter inside. Oh yeah, we've got fans but that doesn't mean you will have one or that it will blow on you. We don't get any extra break time due to the overtime or heat. If we're lucky, we do get a bottle of cold water. Lots of "stuff" still in the warehouse and it has to be gone by the 15th of Aug. We are all feeling the liquidation pain.
29 July 2011 @ 11:43 pm
Will we get anything if were part of this current mass-closing; any word on severance?   Some say yes and some say no!