Recent Terminations Home Depot...what happened to this thread?

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orangeokie

Patchogue, NY

#1 Oct 5, 2010
Many postings in the month of September for this thread and prior months, and I cannot find them. How are threads removed and for what reasons?
Nell

Columbia, SC

#2 Oct 8, 2010
I have heard Home Depot corporate is screening these sites and actually blocking them.
orangeokie

Patchogue, NY

#3 Oct 10, 2010
Was told directly by a district HR that these HD blog sites are definitely monitored by corporate.Probably trying to catch some employee giving our their 'secret' info. Or to try and figure out who is mutinying.
Will hear tomorrow one way or another if unemp is denying or not, my benefits. HD protested of course. Getting my defense ready in case.
If unemp even takes one look at HD and their shenanigans with long term high paid older employees, they will eventually find themselves in hot water. There is a pattern.
Dumbfounded

Laguna Niguel, CA

#4 Oct 11, 2010
Orangecookie:The unemployment Department could care less about HD shenanigans...they have a strict criteria in determining if your misconduct is valid.Thats all.If you are appealing your case go here : New York State Department of Labor - UI Homepage, and find favorable case law similar to why you were termed, and use that as an exsample in your hearing.As far as your complaints of older workers, this is the place to go: The City of New York ~ Equal Employment Opportunity Policy.Any EEOC office in any state is where they will listen to discriminition reports.Good Luck.
FYI - help available

Overland Park, KS

#6 Nov 19, 2010
Orangeokie & others, Help is available for your rights. Class action, & others who cares about what you and others are enduring. There are laws that protect your freedom of speech, as well as discrimination protection.

Email: rainbowsnbeaches76@gmail.com
no more secrets

Palatine, IL

#7 Feb 12, 2011
Homedeephole strikes again----------Larry(kitchen &bath)"RETIRED" Larry(appliances) terminated--both 60's---very few over 40's full time in the store and no over 60's left. Just don't know how they get away with such blatant age discrimination.
Dumbfounded

Laguna Niguel, CA

#8 Feb 13, 2011
Nell wrote:
I have heard Home Depot corporate is screening these sites and actually blocking them.
Home Depot can "screen" or view all they want. They do not have the ability to "block" any sites unless you are trying to access them from a store computer.Why anyone would do that, under your personal log in would be insane...
Dumbfounded

Laguna Niguel, CA

#9 Feb 13, 2011
orangeokie wrote:
Was told directly by a district HR that these HD blog sites are definitely monitored by corporate.Probably trying to catch some employee giving our their 'secret' info. Or to try and figure out who is mutinying.
Will hear tomorrow one way or another if unemp is denying or not, my benefits. HD protested of course. Getting my defense ready in case.
If unemp even takes one look at HD and their shenanigans with long term high paid older employees, they will eventually find themselves in hot water. There is a pattern.


Orange cookie~ Were you successful in getting your unemployment benifits? A friend of mine was able to beat the "working off the clock" termination.Yay!!
Reality check

Brandon, FL

#10 Feb 16, 2011
All I hear is a bunch of unfounded complaints. I was fired because I'm older, I make to much, I was not part ot the good ol'boy network. Truth is you do not have to be apart of any of those groups to be fired. You only have to hang around complain and do nothing to get fired, which I find to be the case in most situations. I find our older generation doing nothing but complaining about the youth and their lack of everything. Hours on end, meanwhile not doing anything themselves, not setting a possitive example, and definitely not trying to mentor them in at a job they barely understand themselves. As far as making too much there is a reason you made that money, but unfortunately somewhere along the way you have forgotten what that was. And for those outside the good ol'boy network simply excel at what you do and stop worrying about everyone else. You are just as much the problem as they are. Here is your reality check, if you wanted to keep your job, it's real simple. SHUT UP AND DO YOUR DAMN JOB.
no more secrets

Palatine, IL

#11 Feb 16, 2011
Reality check wrote:
All I hear is a bunch of unfounded complaints. I was fired because I'm older, I make to much, I was not part ot the good ol'boy network. Truth is you do not have to be apart of any of those groups to be fired. You only have to hang around complain and do nothing to get fired, which I find to be the case in most situations. I find our older generation doing nothing but complaining about the youth and their lack of everything. Hours on end, meanwhile not doing anything themselves, not setting a possitive example, and definitely not trying to mentor them in at a job they barely understand themselves. As far as making too much there is a reason you made that money, but unfortunately somewhere along the way you have forgotten what that was. And for those outside the good ol'boy network simply excel at what you do and stop worrying about everyone else. You are just as much the problem as they are. Here is your reality check, if you wanted to keep your job, it's real simple. SHUT UP AND DO YOUR DAMN JOB.
----------Obviously you are young, opinionated, and ignorant based on your remarks. You are either a candidate for management or already are a manager. You certainly are not part of the solution(shut up and do your job), so you are part of the problem. May the sewers of Baghdad back up in your mouth!
In HDepot

Ashburn, VA

#12 Feb 17, 2011
Reality check wrote:
All I hear is a bunch of unfounded complaints. I was fired because I'm older, I make to much, I was not part ot the good ol'boy network. Truth is you do not have to be apart of any of those groups to be fired. You only have to hang around complain and do nothing to get fired, which I find to be the case in most situations. I find our older generation doing nothing but complaining about the youth and their lack of everything. Hours on end, meanwhile not doing anything themselves, not setting a possitive example, and definitely not trying to mentor them in at a job they barely understand themselves. As far as making too much there is a reason you made that money, but unfortunately somewhere along the way you have forgotten what that was. And for those outside the good ol'boy network simply excel at what you do and stop worrying about everyone else. You are just as much the problem as they are. Here is your reality check, if you wanted to keep your job, it's real simple. SHUT UP AND DO YOUR DAMN JOB.
Reality Check,
I've been in 'retail customer service' for over 20 years, and have been with The Home Depot for the past 18 months. The situations you describe do not 'jive' with the reality I see 'in the trenches' on a daily basis.

To start with, those who argue the 'Associate' is an entry level position and one should not consider it a career, ignore or are not aware of the fact that Home Depot makes big promises in terms of 'making a career'. They tout having an excellent training program, but it's mostly web-based with 'cartoon character sessions' that consist of multiple choice quiz questions, then little if any 'real-world hands-on' training.

Add to that the Home Depot stores (in my region) have cut staff and expect the remaining associates to take up the slack in their department as well as adjoining departments, with little or no additional training or compensation. This is the main reason why a customer cannot find anyone to help them, and why morale among associates continues to decline. If a customer does find help, quite often that Associate is not fully knowledgeable about the product or service, in most cases not because the Associate does not care, but because they simply do not have the knowledge in that particular department.

My department is hardware. Plumbing is adjacent where more times than not, there is inadequate coverage (either someone called in sick, quit or was fired and nobody has been hired to replace them, or they worked 'too many' hours in the past week and were told to 'leave early'). Customers frequently ask me for help in plumbing, and this old geezer does not hesitate to assist even though my knowledge of plumbing is limited. Needless to say, at times both customer and associate end up extremely frustrated. Are there people out there with that knowledge who the Home Depot could hire? Yes, but for $9/hr they are not likely to share that knowledge (and experience) for very long, if at all.
Big Brother

Pickering, Canada

#13 Feb 18, 2011
orangeokie wrote:
Was told directly by a district HR that these HD blog sites are definitely monitored by corporate.Probably trying to catch some employee giving our their 'secret' info. Or to try and figure out who is mutinying.
Will hear tomorrow one way or another if unemp is denying or not, my benefits. HD protested of course. Getting my defense ready in case.
If unemp even takes one look at HD and their shenanigans with long term high paid older employees, they will eventually find themselves in hot water. There is a pattern.
Was there ever a doubt they moniter? but no worries, I don't see them getting that "up close" with targeting employees from here, getting caught would be actionable.
sammysmom

Kingman, AZ

#14 Feb 22, 2011
Reality Check,
I agree with you. Just do your job and don't wait to be told by your DH or FES on what needs to be done, TCB.
bob is gone

Lakeside, CA

#15 Feb 22, 2011
In HDepot wrote:
<quoted text>
Reality Check,
I've been in 'retail customer service' for over 20 years, and have been with The Home Depot for the past 18 months. The situations you describe do not 'jive' with the reality I see 'in the trenches' on a daily basis.
To start with, those who argue the 'Associate' is an entry level position and one should not consider it a career, ignore or are not aware of the fact that Home Depot makes big promises in terms of 'making a career'. They tout having an excellent training program, but it's mostly web-based with 'cartoon character sessions' that consist of multiple choice quiz questions, then little if any 'real-world hands-on' training.
Add to that the Home Depot stores (in my region) have cut staff and expect the remaining associates to take up the slack in their department as well as adjoining departments, with little or no additional training or compensation. This is the main reason why a customer cannot find anyone to help them, and why morale among associates continues to decline. If a customer does find help, quite often that Associate is not fully knowledgeable about the product or service, in most cases not because the Associate does not care, but because they simply do not have the knowledge in that particular department.
My department is hardware. Plumbing is adjacent where more times than not, there is inadequate coverage (either someone called in sick, quit or was fired and nobody has been hired to replace them, or they worked 'too many' hours in the past week and were told to 'leave early'). Customers frequently ask me for help in plumbing, and this old geezer does not hesitate to assist even though my knowledge of plumbing is limited. Needless to say, at times both customer and associate end up extremely frustrated. Are there people out there with that knowledge who the Home Depot could hire? Yes, but for $9/hr they are not likely to share that knowledge (and experience) for very long, if at all.
This may be the most accurate post I have ever seen on this site. I have worked for HD for over 22 years, and In HDepot hit the "nail on the head", so to speak. This is EXACTLY what HD has become--it really turned south with the "leadership" of Bob Nardelli, and has continued with Frank Blake. Power Hours; what a load of crap. Anyone been with HD long enough to remember when the stores had over 80% of it's employees working FULL TIME? "Power Hours" weren't necessary back then--ALL hours were Power Hours. Remember when you had multiple openers and closers in most, if not all departments? Remember when the lot attendants needed 2 pages to list all of them (back when you wrote out schedules by hand, and there was room for at least 10 employees per page)? I have set a goal of retiring after 25 years with HD, and I have less than 2 1/2 years remaining. My main concern for my fellow associates is the false hope that union organization will somehow make the workplace better--I am afraid (in my opinion) that it would only be worse. If that is what the rank and file want to do, then go for it, but you might not get the results you want.
Wondering

San Jose, CA

#16 Mar 5, 2011
Does anyone know if you can retire after 25 yrs from Home Depot and collect any type of retirement?
BeBE

Summerville, SC

#17 Mar 5, 2011
There is no retirement from Home Depot.

If you have contributed to The Home Depot 401K plan then you will have that money, or the Employee Stock Ownership Program.

Other than that you will have nothing.
bob is gone

Lakeside, CA

#18 Mar 5, 2011
Wondering wrote:
Does anyone know if you can retire after 25 yrs from Home Depot and collect any type of retirement?
You should stay at least 25 years, in order to get the 25-year longevity bonus. As soon as you cash the check, retire.
Bleedin Orange

Murrieta, CA

#19 Mar 6, 2011
bob is gone wrote:
<quoted text> This may be the most accurate post I have ever seen on this site. I have worked for HD for over 22 years, and In HDepot hit the "nail on the head", so to speak. This is EXACTLY what HD has become--it really turned south with the "leadership" of Bob Nardelli, and has continued with Frank Blake. Power Hours; what a load of crap. Anyone been with HD long enough to remember when the stores had over 80% of it's employees working FULL TIME? "Power Hours" weren't necessary back then--ALL hours were Power Hours. Remember when you had multiple openers and closers in most, if not all departments? Remember when the lot attendants needed 2 pages to list all of them (back when you wrote out schedules by hand, and there was room for at least 10 employees per page)? I have set a goal of retiring after 25 years with HD, and I have less than 2 1/2 years remaining. My main concern for my fellow associates is the false hope that union organization will somehow make the workplace better--I am afraid (in my opinion) that it would only be worse. If that is what the rank and file want to do, then go for it, but you might not get the results you want.
Yes Nardelli did do a lot of damage but Frank turned the ship around, with Bernie Marcus in full support. I think you forget that Power Hours have been around for a long, long time (under Bernie and Arthur) but there was a number of years that they weren't implimented. 80% full time? Multiple closers? Yeah, there was a time. But that was also when our customer traffic was insane and we needed a lot of people to recover. But those kinds of figures wouldn't make for a smart nor profitable business model today.
Shutit

Wakefield, MA

#20 Mar 6, 2011
Hey Bleedin Orange, yous ound so devoted to that DUMP. Guess what, they would fire you and replace you in a second because to them you are just a number. They don't CARE about you only themselves. Believe me I know. So you really should shut up and realize that Home Dump Hole really SUCKS.
onlytruth

Cathedral City, CA

#21 Mar 7, 2011
Shutit wrote:
Hey Bleedin Orange, yous ound so devoted to that DUMP. Guess what, they would fire you and replace you in a second because to them you are just a number. They don't CARE about you only themselves. Believe me I know. So you really should shut up and realize that Home Dump Hole really SUCKS.
So true, could not have said it better. Yesterdays hero tomorrows bum, so give me a H give me a O and so forth.

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