Longaberger fires its latest presiden...

Longaberger fires its latest president | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 68 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from May 13, 2010, titled Longaberger fires its latest president | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

The president of the Longaberger Co. has been dismissed only seven months after her hiring.

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shocker

Ada, OH

#1 May 13, 2010
five presidents in five years? looks like someone's ego won't get out of the way and let the president be president, good luck finding someone who wants to sit on that hornets nest
booo

Columbus, OH

#2 May 13, 2010
shocker wrote:
five presidents in five years? looks like someone's ego won't get out of the way and let the president be president, good luck finding someone who wants to sit on that hornets nest
Exactly what I was thinking...
great investment

Dublin, OH

#3 May 13, 2010
Boy, I wonder who would buy that basket building if Longaberger ever goes out of business???
Greg

Columbus, OH

#4 May 13, 2010
great investment wrote:
Boy, I wonder who would buy that basket building if Longaberger ever goes out of business???
Very good question. It will likely require a major renovation.
Dan Gleesak

Columbus, OH

#6 May 13, 2010
They're just baskets people. How many baskets does one person really need?
Besides, when the economy goes sour, what's the first thing that people stop buying? Silly baskets.
Annee

Columbus, OH

#5 May 13, 2010
More corporate greed - Longaberger expecting to profit in this economy. People are unemployed and cutting back, and the last thing they need are overpriced decor items. Get with the times, Longaberger.
Greg

Columbus, OH

#7 May 13, 2010
My wife used to sell for them. We have baskets galore in the house that even she now realizes that they are clutter.

She has also purchased dishes from Longaburger. Good products, just that they are all made in China with made in USA prices.
Mr B

Lima, OH

#8 May 13, 2010
The company removed the wrong person. No one can work for the infamous, Tammy! I wonder what ever happened to Rachel?
Aaron

Independence, OH

#9 May 13, 2010
These baskets are nothing but good fire wood. Apparently the executives are pretty close to the same thing.
Tom OO Seven

Columbus, OH

#10 May 13, 2010
Tell Tami to hold on to the company and quit spending big money on out of towners.
Chris

Columbus, OH

#11 May 13, 2010
On a positive note, they had put Dresden,Ohio on the map with jobs, etc for a long time. They just need to change a lot of their structure because baskets definitely are not a strong need. They are way too expensive too. As a mother, they are nice for some organization to the house but too pricey.
-Paul

Montgomery, AL

#12 May 13, 2010
Mr B wrote:
The company removed the wrong person. No one can work for the infamous, Tammy! I wonder what ever happened to Rachel?
I've met Rachel. A sweatheart of a woman and very pretty to boot. I've never heard a nice thing about Tammy. She seemed very much in a shell the times I've met her.
David from Ohio

Columbus, OH

#14 May 13, 2010
The late Dave Longaberger was often compared to another Dave - Dave Thomas of Wendy's. Longaberger built a wonderful business, but unlike food, baskets and other home decor items are not something you need or buy on a regular basis. I generally eat at Wendy's once a week, and I know many others do, too. But would you buy a basket every week? Doubtful. And as was noted, in a recession, discretionary items like baskets are the first things you stop buying. Tami is a strong (and strong-willed) woman and a well-respected leader. But the problems Longaberger faces are seemingly beyond anyone's ability, no matter how talented, to solve.
Caveat Emptor

Loveland, OH

#13 May 13, 2010
Five presidents in five years, I suppose you could say Tami is a "basket case".
Concerned Citizen

Columbus, OH

#15 May 13, 2010
Stick a fork in them....liquidation is next.
Sterling Silver

Columbus, OH

#16 May 13, 2010
It is WAY past time for this company to change their business model. Cut the prices by two-thirds and sell them through stores such as Target, Wal-Mart, etc., like most NORMAL manufacturers do. If not, then they need to go out of business and let their workers have an opportunity to find some real jobs. The Amway-Avon-Shaklee-etc. home sales model NEEDS TO GO!
guest

Columbus, OH

#17 May 13, 2010
David from Ohio wrote:
The late Dave Longaberger was often compared to another Dave - Dave Thomas of Wendy's. Longaberger built a wonderful business, but unlike food, baskets and other home decor items are not something you need or buy on a regular basis. I generally eat at Wendy's once a week, and I know many others do, too. But would you buy a basket every week? Doubtful. And as was noted, in a recession, discretionary items like baskets are the first things you stop buying. Tami is a strong (and strong-willed) woman and a well-respected leader. But the problems Longaberger faces are seemingly beyond anyone's ability, no matter how talented, to solve.
Wendy's is sadly a joke since Dave passed. Take a look at their Q1 "earnings", Longaberger will be out of business in 3 years and Tammy can take her "leadership" skills to the unemployment line!
basket casey

Blacklick, OH

#18 May 13, 2010
Do you suppose the three carried their things out in baskets?
-Paul

Montgomery, AL

#19 May 13, 2010
I worked there for a year on the new product development team. Lot's of in-fighting, back-biting/stabbing, direction-switching,...you name it.

Anyway, the company was so top-heavy then that if I wanted to talk to the president (Tammy), I needed to go through my boss, his boss, his boss, his boss, then her boss to do so. Six layers of management and that was just my organization. There were multiple orgs structured the same way.

The overhead to cover that business was completely unbelieveable. The company spared no expense in anticipation of continued growth. Unfortunately, with the consultants receiving so much of a percentage on top of the overhead and the required profit of the products, it is no wonder they are so overpriced.

My wife and I own 5 baskets that are functional in our household. Those were all given to us over the years....we've never bought one. Until the layers of management get thinned out and the company establishes RETAIL outlets to sell their products at higher volumes and lower prices, I can't see this wonderful company surviving long-term. No bashing to Tammy but Rachel needs to be running this company too.

Best of luck. I enjoyed my one year there but am glad I left on my own accord.
Jay

Columbus, OH

#20 May 13, 2010
Tammy has no clue how to run the company...except to run it into the ground. Since Dave died the company has done nothing but sink farther and farther.

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