From McHenry, IL — 10/17/2008
The negativity in Follett stems mostly from employees, not management. Instead of focusing on petty issues with such negativity and creating such a miserable work environment with attitudes why not attempt to focus on positive aspects of position and make a change in your attitudes to turn Follett into a wonderful place to be...or find another job? It's always easier to point a finger and find negatives than it is to state the obviously positive. I enjoy most of the people I interact with (and those I don't, I ignore..problem solved). Fairly clean workplace (most warehouses cannot compare to Follett), Airconditioned and plenty of fans for circulation, Freedom to roam to bathroom/cafeteria/vending machines WHENEVER (not just during breaks), independence to work at personal pace, freedom to accept and make phone calls during work hours (not just on breaks), plenty of paid vacation time, Flex hours are very convenient and accepted on short notice, Vueto, allowed to listen to headsets while working (not many companies allow this),option of sitting or standing while working, allowed to drink/snack while working, great insurance benefits and 401k/profit sharing.
As for the supervisors.....I wouldn't want their position. They are responsible for at least 60 people and that includes several moody, inconsiderate, rude, selfish, whiney, negative people who are always looking for ways to complicate supervisor's day...add that to problem orders, indecisive librarians who believe they are Follett's ONLY customer and other negative incompetent assosciates from other depts....on top of paperwork (including emails and time sheets)...I for one, give supervisors a big pat on the back! Imagine having nearly 1/2 of those people breathing down your neck or throwing temper tantrums and complaining about you during a full 8 hour day...every day...five days weekly! Wow! Different point of view, eh? Imagine that and think of how you would react? Put yourself in their shoes....possibly you might wish them a good morning or inquire how their day is going...and sometimes you might find a 'thank you' coming out of your mouths instead of a complaint. For a warehouse where we get paid to put STICKERS on books, we make out pretty good! Follett was built by it's employees, let's not take it down with negativity! When I go into a library that Follett has provided the processing I take pride in knowing that those books were processed by several of my coworkers that I enjoy working with!! Follett has provided me with an income to provide a home for my family, food to feed their growing bodies, health care to heal their med problems, paid vacation time to enjoy spending time with my family, an income to purchase christmas/birthday gifts for my family, and pride in knowing Follett had enough confidence in my abilities that they hired me and gave me the opportunity to be part of their team. It's all a matter of attitude!!