Pier 1 granted temporary order in suit

There are 90 comments on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram story from Feb 14, 2007, titled Pier 1 granted temporary order in suit. In it, Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that:

A Tarrant County judge Tuesday granted Pier 1 Imports' request for a temporary restraining order that would prevent its incoming chief executive's former employer from filing a lawsuit against him, removing a ...

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pissed in ca

AOL

#21 Mar 30, 2007
It is amazing that I just stumbled on to this blog, and that we as employees need to hear stuff like this through this type of venue instead of at WORK where we should hear it from. I'm an Assistant Manager for a store in California.

This Alex Smith is amazing (/sarcasm). He just laid off 175 people! Did you gets hear that yet? Our RM called all of the SMs today and let them know that the entire visual team was laid off yesterday, including 100 other positions in the Home Office. Here comes in our Knight in Shining Armor, Alex Smith, who we need to spend millions to defend, only to have him fire 175 employees higher up the ladder. My RVM got fired, and I am SO angry.. what a load of B.S. this has turned out to be.. what a horrible, horrible business decision.

Pier 1 in going down the tubes. I've been saying this for months. Pier 1 is going to crash and burn because of the idiot who is now running the show.. what a HORRIBLE business decision to lay these people off. They absolutely RUINED our merchandise with the buying department, then they have the gall to lay off the few people who are actually trying to save what little face we have left i nthe market.

Jees.. I can't even imagine working for this company much longer.
JMC

Lake Worth, FL

#22 Mar 31, 2007
I agree with giving the new guy a chance but he is already costing us money in legal fees against his old job.I am glad some of this dead weight is going.As much as it sucks to see people we know go it is for the best.
I dont know of any other sites that has reliable info.This is the best one available.Dont rely on your bosses for info but very diplomatically challenge them with tough questions.I know my rm avoids me because I ask intelligent questions that he feels very uncomfortable answering.
Right now the bottom line is this;If we manage to stay open and survive this purge we will be fine.I do not worry about my job because they need grunts runniing the stores.Its the excess visual people and divisional teams that was weighing us down.If I was ab RM I would be squeezing my butt cheecks every time the phone rang.
In case you did not notice,the company is on its last leg.I thought we touched bottom last year but we are running decreases this year.Dont kid yourself Pier 1 is worse than dead its irrelevant.
getting-annoyed

United States

#23 Mar 31, 2007
when you work retail - and have years of good service and proof that you are a loyal dedicated worker - i promise you can find another job. that being the case - if this company wants the public to believe things are going well it should realize that when you treat your staff badly morale drops. when morale drops people complain (which the public will hear) and eventually quit - it is the right and duty of the work force to stand up for itself.
aha

Flemington, NJ

#24 Apr 1, 2007
this is so sad! They have let go important people in the Canadian Division. I do feel like I'm waking up from a dream. I understand the need to cut excess fat, but some of the people they have let go were very valuable and helped me make great decisions as a Store Manager that impacted my business...
From my understanding the Regional Managers will now have the responsibility of managing the Visual Merchandising for their stores...I hope this won't stretch them too thin....
And I know they will all try and be positive about all of this...so I will try to be for them as well.
JMC

Ocoee, FL

#25 Apr 2, 2007
Things have changed dramatically in the company since you left and what you read is the truth and an outlet to those of us who cant say anything at work because people like you want to make us feel like defeatists.I doubt many shareholders actually read forums to make educated decisions about their stock.
You sound like an RM who has no clue about what reality on the floor is and if you think complaining about losing our health insurance is negative well take it up with corporate.
Its hard enough watching a bunch of fat cats dimantle our company piece by piece knowing they wont have to work a day in their life after they get their severance.If anyone is reaping its corporate VPs.If you dont like this forum you can read the funnies in fantasyland at disney.This is one place I dont have to worry about what I say.
Other than that BEAT IT!!!
JMC

Ocoee, FL

#26 Apr 2, 2007
If you are here as a stock holder looking for tips you have issues.
This is a forum where we can say what we want so dont tread on us.
I actually support what the new guy has done so far but we cannot keep taking away from our tenured associates.
Do you think we work for the discount or for the chance to meet great people?
We provide food and shelter to our families and every time we cut our payroll it puts us in a bad place.
I am disgusted at these old white VPs who will never be held accountable for their actions.They trashed the company yet they get to ride off into the sunset with their pockets lined in money they do not deserve.We are going to be the ones who will pay the bill in the long run.
If you are here because you are concerned with your stock then you have issues.
If you want fantasy go to disney.
These are real associates who can express how they feel without fear of being labeled as having a poor attitude.
If you dont like it dont come back.This place is not for you.
Disgruntled in CA

Walnut Creek, CA

#27 Apr 2, 2007
JMC wrote:
If you are here as a stock holder looking for tips you have issues.
This is a forum where we can say what we want so dont tread on us.
I actually support what the new guy has done so far but we cannot keep taking away from our tenured associates.
Do you think we work for the discount or for the chance to meet great people?
We provide food and shelter to our families and every time we cut our payroll it puts us in a bad place.
I am disgusted at these old white VPs who will never be held accountable for their actions.They trashed the company yet they get to ride off into the sunset with their pockets lined in money they do not deserve.We are going to be the ones who will pay the bill in the long run.
If you are here because you are concerned with your stock then you have issues.
If you want fantasy go to disney.
These are real associates who can express how they feel without fear of being labeled as having a poor attitude.
If you dont like it dont come back.This place is not for you.
Ditto to all that. I was constantly thinking about this all day at work while I tried to switch all the aqua and tidewater candles from the front column to the back island and then all the ember and mango papaya to the front all while I was helping customers alone because my manager had to do truck. I just love not having enough hours to have more than one associate work at a time. It's so much fun... bleh.
Chica in Pennsylvania

Long Valley, NJ

#28 Apr 4, 2007
I haven't been on this blog in a little bit and I must say I that Pier 1 honestly does not respect ANY of their hard working store level employees. I agree with the comments about who they really needed to get rid of Jay Jacobs for his poor buying abilities or non-abilities I should say. The cuts in insurance and vacation are absurd. As a former store manager I struggled with having very little to offer when recruiting new candidates---and now there's nothing. What are you supposed to say oh please come do manual labor for $7.20 and hour, do truck in all kinds of weather, be on flex 3/4 of your scheduled shifts...the list could go on and on. It's such a shame. Companies out there are trying to increase incentives and perks to boost morale and lower turnover and what does Pier 1 do---oh that's rt. the opposite!
Old school Pier 1

Houston, TX

#29 Apr 4, 2007
The Associated Press reported today:

The stock has risen 6 percent since its close on March 29, and gained another 12 cents on Wednesday, reaching $7.28 during afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock traded between $5.61 and $13.25 during the past year.

Really? I'm sitting on 500+ shares of Pier 1 that was purchased between $19-24 per share. I can use my stock certificates for toilet paper!!!
JMC

Ocoee, FL

#30 Apr 5, 2007
Any gamblers out there?If you are then now is the time to buy some stock.Look at it this way.Unless Smith is here to turn us into a dollar store or to liquidate us,any move he makes to cut expenses or make profit will have a positive effect on the stock.He just canned a bunch of people and the stock went up.It does not seem right but this is the activity share holders want to see.Imagine buying those 500 shares now at 7 bucks and we bounce back?You would be sitting pretty in a couple of years.That is if we actually manage to stay open.
Has anyone posed that question to your bosses?Are we going to stay open?Yes you will get a bunch of lip service but we need to let them know we are concerned.Sometimes I think they see us as ignorant sheep which is actually far from the truth.We need to do a better job of cornering our bosses and get them uncomfortable.The VPs are up in their 100 million dollar tower making decisions and see us as a bunch of minimum wage associates who would just as well be off working at Mcdonalds.
By the way for those of you who have not been with Pier 1 that, long that corp office ,in my opinion,is a symbol of the beggining of this whole disaster.It was pure vanity that led them to purchase that 100 million dollar white elephant.It all started there.
getting-annoyed

United States

#31 Apr 7, 2007
my friend and i were just commenting on how they built that monster building in 2004 for some 100 million and ever since then the company has been on steady decline...
ah... there is a moral to this story i do believe.
Jim Kenny

Torrance, CA

#32 Apr 10, 2007
pissed in ca wrote:
It is amazing that I just stumbled on to this blog, and that we as employees need to hear stuff like this through this type of venue instead of at WORK where we should hear it from. I'm an Assistant Manager for a store in California.
This Alex Smith is amazing (/sarcasm). He just laid off 175 people! Did you gets hear that yet? Our RM called all of the SMs today and let them know that the entire visual team was laid off yesterday, including 100 other positions in the Home Office. Here comes in our Knight in Shining Armor, Alex Smith, who we need to spend millions to defend, only to have him fire 175 employees higher up the ladder. My RVM got fired, and I am SO angry.. what a load of B.S. this has turned out to be.. what a horrible, horrible business decision.
Pier 1 in going down the tubes. I've been saying this for months. Pier 1 is going to crash and burn because of the idiot who is now running the show.. what a HORRIBLE business decision to lay these people off. They absolutely RUINED our merchandise with the buying department, then they have the gall to lay off the few people who are actually trying to save what little face we have left i nthe market.
Jees.. I can't even imagine working for this company much longer.
Pier 1 is lost at sea due to mismanagement. The company should look at it's past history to get back on course--management, merchandise mix, and merchandising needs an overhaul.

Alex Smith does not have the background, nor does he understand the uniqueness of Pier 1 Imports overall operations. His decision to immediately fire 175 employees may be justifed, but his own personal financial contract with the company offsets any savings in payroll, and that is totally unjustified. He's just not worth it.
gone

Delmar, NY

#33 Apr 11, 2007
I worked for P1 for almost 8 years as store manager and have many friends in the business this is not the same company it was 5 years ago. The company failed to keep up with the times keeping the interesting and specialty items instead of trying to be like everyone else, with the modern look. P1 had a niche they need to recover that and grow on that level. PS rehire Kristy Allie she was a great spokewoman everyone loved her.
RCS

Guntersville, AL

#34 Apr 23, 2007
A couple of things.....
I am kinda shocked at the amount of angry workers posting on here and the lack of happy ones. Maybe the happy ones have better things to do....I don't know. I'm not complaining about the angry people. Some workers will always be angry and they have every right to voice their thoughts. I am a little confused about people who are afraid to say anything to their RMs. Really? I have a great relationship with my RM. If I were pissed off, I'd let her know.
Anyway, we can't rehire Kristy Alley because 1. she was very dificult to work with. 2. she broke her contract. 3. she split with the company and both sides were left with a bad taste in their mouths.
Smith's firing of 175 employees was a sad day. No one wanted that, but it is common for a company that is having money problems to lay off people and combine departments and jobs. You can expect more layoffs to come. I am honesly suprised it was only 175 people. As for how much we needed our RVMs.....I wish mine no ill will and good luck in her job hunt....but I don't miss her and I certainly can do my job without her. I actually like that now I don't have to gain permission to make visual choices on the floor.
Yes, the 100 million dollars for the home office building was insanse...but we were growing very quickly at the time and needed to move out of the downtown area we were currently housed in. We had outgrown the apt. and needed a house so to speak. BTW....we paid for that building in cash, we own it.
Yes, the issue with stock prices suck, but is it getting better now that Smith has taken over. I don't know if he was the right person or not, but we certainly needed someone from outside the company to take over and bring new life to the company. Also, on the same note as stock....in case you didn't know, Pier 1 was trying to get an outside firm to buy us and take us off the open market. That fell through, but I doubt it is the last we hear about that.
As for Smith's salary, I will actually agree with what people are posting here about that. A promise of at least a 50% bonus on top of his $1 million pay is insane and absurd. I know we had to do what we needed to do to get the right person, but come on.....50%? I can't even imagine getting a 10% bonus. Hell, at this point, I'd take a $100 bonus and be happy I got it.
JMC

Ocoee, FL

#35 Apr 23, 2007
Whoever thinks that smith had anything to do with these terminations is wrong.These had to have been plans in the works for a while.I think old guard weatherly and marvin was keeping this from happening.No CEO in their right mind terminates 175 people in less than a month without knowing who or why they should be canned.At best he signed of on it.The one question you have to ask yourself of these people that were fired is ;Do you do your job any differently now that they are gone?The answer is probably no.They were fat that had to be cut.For crying out loud my rvm would come and move a bunch of stuff my regional told me to move 3 days before.They were cheap labor at best.
As far as the building I believe it was still a mistake and it is but a symbol of vanity.This bind were in right now did not happen overnight.Its been happening for about seven years and everyone was in denial.This building was not necessary and a symbol of Pier 1s lack of forsight and financial responsability.
I dont think Smiths salary is an issue because you have to pay good money to have someone carry the weight of this companies future.I am more bitter at how the people who put us where we are right now are walking away scott free and with a sack of gold over each shoulder.Meanwhile we are cutting off good soldiers at the knees by taking their hours and benefits.Yes I know thats life but it dont make it right.I always said there is money in getting fired.
There are happy associates.I am happy to a certain degree.I have respect for my position and still enjoy doing my job.I am very loyal to my store and my coworkers and am well respected in my division.This site is not comprised of angry people but of people who want to speak candidly about how they feel wether they are right or wrong so dont assume its a bunch of angry workers who hate their job.We all care enough about our job to come here to share ideas and feelings.
Lee

AOL

#36 Apr 24, 2007
Jmc, if I worked for Pier 1 I would fire you this is NOT the forum to voice your angry, hate filled commentary. You may think that you are "just voicing your opinion" but the world wide web is not the place to spout off about your bread and butter. If I based my opinions of Pier 1 solely on your comments I would never shop there, nor would I invest my money there. If you need a place to share your feelings with other Pier 1 employees perhaps you should do it in a non public sight. You know created a "Disgruntled 4 Disgruntled" chatroom. This is a NEWS forum not an "I hate my job sight".
what

Flemington, NJ

#37 Apr 24, 2007
JMC,
First of all, I don't think you are angry. I think you are bitter. What gives you the right to determine who is or who isn't worth their employment? In one forum you defend Stockroom Coordinators saying that yours has bills to pay - and then on another forum you reduce RVM's everywhere to nothing more than "cheap labor" SHAME ON YOU. How dare you generalize the position - oh but wait a minute, you knew all of the RVMs right? All they did was push merchandise around. You have just added insult to injury to any RVM that may have joined or read this forum. I have news for you - they have bills to pay too.
While I agree with the decision for layoffs, I am still empathetic for those who lost their jobs. I did know a great DVM and RVM who lost their job and position respectively. You need to think carefully before blasting your opinions on a forum that is permanent.
one of the 175

United States

#38 Apr 24, 2007
what wrote:
JMC,
First of all, I don't think you are angry. I think you are bitter. What gives you the right to determine who is or who isn't worth their employment? In one forum you defend Stockroom Coordinators saying that yours has bills to pay - and then on another forum you reduce RVM's everywhere to nothing more than "cheap labor" SHAME ON YOU. How dare you generalize the position - oh but wait a minute, you knew all of the RVMs right? All they did was push merchandise around. You have just added insult to injury to any RVM that may have joined or read this forum. I have news for you - they have bills to pay too.
While I agree with the decision for layoffs, I am still empathetic for those who lost their jobs. I did know a great DVM and RVM who lost their job and position respectively. You need to think carefully before blasting your opinions on a forum that is permanent.
I am one of the 175 that have been referred to “cheap labor” or “fat that had to be cut”. Someone that still works at P1 sent JMC’s comments to me and I just had to stop by and read some of these postings…. I understand that this should be a News forum and comments should be based on fact and respect. Be kind people!
JMC

Ocoee, FL

#39 Apr 24, 2007
for your info I am not the one who defined anyones worth.It was not my decision to fire anyone so back off.
Its not my fault rvm positions were not better defined.If they were we would not be having this issue.
If you want to villify me for maybe not respecting their position fine but dont I dont think I have to justify what they did or did not do for the company.
I did not say they were lazy or worthless but just not necessary.Maybe you were upset because you knew them but to our misfortune their position was still not required.In case you are wondering no I dont think of myself as any better or worse than any of the people laid off.If it came to it I think my store is a good candisate to close and I am constantly scrutinaizing my worth to the company.
I am not as bitter as you may think just realisticly concerned about my future.
JMC

Ocoee, FL

#40 Apr 24, 2007
Lee wrote:
Jmc, if I worked for Pier 1 I would fire you this is NOT the forum to voice your angry, hate filled commentary. You may think that you are "just voicing your opinion" but the world wide web is not the place to spout off about your bread and butter. If I based my opinions of Pier 1 solely on your comments I would never shop there, nor would I invest my money there. If you need a place to share your feelings with other Pier 1 employees perhaps you should do it in a non public sight. You know created a "Disgruntled 4 Disgruntled" chatroom. This is a NEWS forum not an "I hate my job sight".
Where is this hate I am supposedly spewing.I have stated before I love my job and respect the position I have been entrusted with.Hate is a very strong word and I think you are wrongfully judging me.Its not like I am giving away company secrets.In case you did not notice these are reactions to aricles written by the free press that everyone can read.Maybe I need a PR specialist but cut me some slack.I have not attacked anyone or blasted anyone.If you want to see true bitterness go to a walmart or toys are us website.Pier 1 has treated me great and I have given it back as well.It is upsetting watching my employer systematically imploding and thats where most of all these comments come from.
I dont feel the need to justify myself to you but I hope our actions in the stores carries more weight than the water cooler talk you are witnessing here.It may be hard for you to believe but we still offer great service and behave as proffesionally as possible.
By the way the world wide web can be used for voicing your opinion.

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