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I am a former bookseller who was there for twelve years. I loved the job, but left because I was being forced out. I got a not at standards evaluation, followed by two IPs. The accusations came out of nowhere. I had to leave or else I would have been terminated due to poor job performance. SM manufactured things, ASM and MM went along. SM had favorites who could do anything.

I would like to hear from others with similar stories and also from curremt booksellers who are facing the same treatment.


Jan. 18th, 2016 04:53 pm (UTC)
I, too, was forced out, in 2013. The economy was poor, we got a new manager, and she obviously was trimming staff. I was told I would have to take a head cashier position (which would take away my freedom to work throughout the store) and work more evening & weekend shifts, including holidays, all for the same pay. I chose to leave. I understand that I was making too much ($12/hr!) to not be in a management position (department lead positions had been eliminated and a promotion would require me to work at a different location), but I resent the way I was treated just because I would not sacrifice my family life for the store. I was not allowed to tell my co-workers I was leaving, there was no farewell, and when I finally went back into the store two years later, the manager on duty (a former "friend") ignored me. While initially working at a book store was fun, I do not miss shlepping stacks of books, dealing with rude customers, "upselling" with management always pushing for more, or working an inconsistent schedule that varies from early mornings to late evenings 7 days/week. Leaving worked to my advantage, because I now have a weekday-only job I enjoy that pays more, is less physically demanding, and where I am respected. Unfortunately, the way my tenure at B&N ended has left a lasting bitterness, and I would not recommend B&N to anyone for anything.


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