How many jobs were lost due to Ron Jo...

How many jobs were lost due to Ron Johnson?

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Way to go Ronny boy

United States

#1 Jul 28, 2012
From what I have researched, it seems to be 50,000 plus. Has anyone seen or heard what the total #'s are?
Betty

Lewiston, NY

#2 Jul 29, 2012
Your negative forum posts reek of desperation ... get over jcpenney and get on with your life.

PS - 50,000 layoffs would have been half of the companies entire staff, including store cashiers. The company would have closed down by now if that were the case.
GeorgeMason

Escondido, CA

#3 Jul 31, 2012
So far it's been over 6,000 firings, and counting.
laid-off

Tucson, AZ

#4 Aug 1, 2012
Betty wrote:
Your negative forum posts reek of desperation ... get over jcpenney and get on with your life.
PS - 50,000 layoffs would have been half of the companies entire staff, including store cashiers. The company would have closed down by now if that were the case.
its easy for you to say,but when you have been laid-off after a decade of dedicated service and in your fifties and can't get health insurance it's not easy getting over it.
karla

Olympia, WA

#5 Aug 2, 2012
Betty must be one of the few that they didn't screw yet. They did it to me and I'm 55, widowed, and they gave me 3 hrs a week to pay my rent with. No job, no insurance, no home...Maybe you need to be homeless, Betty, before you stick up for the foul.
jewel

Kingman, AZ

#6 Nov 18, 2012
I too am a former customer service associate . Had 5yrs in the same dept. received my seperation papers on may 2nd , just 5 minutes before I was to start my shift , I had no idea this was going to happen . JCP had great customer service . I received many diamond awards for customer service but was told my dept. had been elimanated and there was no other positions open . They kept many young employees with less than one year service and very inexperienced . I am 63yrs old was making pretty good money , had paid time off and I never dreamed this could happen at jcp . they laid off most of their experienced staff, dropped the dress code and people were comming to work looking like they just climbed out of bed . This is just wrong .
TeresaB

Garland, TX

#7 Nov 27, 2012
I think I was in the very first round of layoffs. I had been with JCP for almost 11 years and had no idea it was going to happen. Actually, our jobs went to Lenexa. Had no idea that the layoffs were going to be so bad.
Some managers were forced into retirement at the end of the year last year.
Question: Do you believe that Ron Johnson has messed up the company so bad that it can't come back?
Thanks!
virginia

Oklahoma City, OK

#8 Nov 28, 2012
I was one who had commission taken away! I have almost 40 yrs experience in Fine Jewelry. I was All-Star. I gross about 50% less now. I stay because right now I have insurance and PTO. Company says I want you to do the same things you always did, prospecting, all the paperwork involved and be positive and upbeat. People would say well you still have a job but what a price to pay.
virginia

Oklahoma City, OK

#9 Nov 28, 2012
Betty wrote:
Your negative forum posts reek of desperation ... get over jcpenney and get on with your life.
PS - 50,000 layoffs would have been half of the companies entire staff, including store cashiers. The company would have closed down by now if that were the case.
Have you been in a JCP store lately? I have shopped on my day off and not seen ONE person except for 2 cashiers
pat

White Oak, TX

#10 Dec 6, 2012
I was one of the first to be let go due to the "new jcp"
Well today I'm at the competitive store and its ashame to see jcp customers
and they state they don't shop there anymore. Poor James Cash he created a great
Company and its now going down the tubes
Soon to be laid off

Stamford, CT

#11 Dec 17, 2012
Betty wrote:
Your negative forum posts reek of desperation ... get over jcpenney and get on with your life.
PS - 50,000 layoffs would have been half of the companies entire staff, including store cashiers. The company would have closed down by now if that were the case.
She said laid off. Open your eyes. They've replaced a lot of employees with ignorant cashiers that they don't properly train. The top talent is leaving JCP either through lay offs or having to leave because of loss of pay that has already hit them. I should know. I am one such ex-commissioned associate who has been looking for another job since February when all of this went down. I am all for change, but the old JCP was working. Believe it! Aisles may have been cluttered and the mess that customers would see upon entering the store may have been uninviting, but showing the customer the coupon and that savings made the sales possible. It's all in what the customer perceives. Yes, they mark things up to mark them down, but where they have prices now for the old things that they have been selling for years as an every day low price is what they were basically selling for minus the coupon. So, they are still paying more. RJ should have taken two or three smaller JCP stores and tested them before completely engaging the whole company in a total overhaul. What a mess he has created.
Soon to be laid off

Stamford, CT

#12 Dec 17, 2012
virginia wrote:
I was one who had commission taken away! I have almost 40 yrs experience in Fine Jewelry. I was All-Star. I gross about 50% less now. I stay because right now I have insurance and PTO. Company says I want you to do the same things you always did, prospecting, all the paperwork involved and be positive and upbeat. People would say well you still have a job but what a price to pay.
You know exactly how it is. Finally, someone who knows how I feel and echoes my sentiments. Good luck to you.
Ex-jcpPlanoHQass ociate

Dallas, TX

#13 Dec 19, 2012
I would say ol' Ron John's strategy, and later, ignorance and stupidity, have been able to reduce the staff at the Home Office in Plano to roughly half of what it was. I made it through three rounds of layoffs there and found something else. In my new role at a different retailer I have never been happier. Ron and his new cronies in Plano gave little thought to the fact that the workloads that would be left for those who were "lucky" enough to keep their jobs would become so large that people would leave on their own later. One round of layoffs at the Home Office was done just two weeks before annual bonuses were paid out. Once those bonus checks cleared the bank there were many resignations. People had new jobs lined up. Not sure why they couldn't have waited two to three weeks and some jobs could have been saved because it was common knowledge in the hellhole known as JCPenney (not "jcp", Ronnie) that every year it was like clockwork: annual bonus checks hit on Friday, and by Monday you had invites to no less than a dozen "going away happy hour" parties for people who were quitting. When I left, morale was terrible, there was little to zero thought leadership coming from c-suite or what was left of middle managers. JCPenney is now saying that an issue that is affecting their business strategy is having an adequate amount of talent... No kidding... Because the now people who still work for Ron Johnson's "retail twilight zone" are starting to wise up... and even if JCPenney WOULD go out and backfill to need, they would have a very difficult time attracting top talent given their unstable situation. It's alway nice to go on a cruise, but if you're offering me tickets to aboard the Titanic, I'm going to have to pass.
bob haller

Pittsburgh, PA

#14 Dec 27, 2012
Ron is very proud he has cut ONE BILLION in costs, largely by firing long term experienced employees and hiring small numbers of poorly dressed teenagers. Ron gutted customer service...
Thanks RJ

Pittsburgh, PA

#15 Dec 28, 2012
As for Betty,she must be one of RJ's followers.are you hitting the pipe with him?Wake up!! Disgruntled employee,yes.Head in the clouds ,no. I am so thanksful that I do not have to go thru another holiday with his leadership. After 25 years with a great company gone south RJ did me a favor. The ones left behind are suffering with truckloads of markdowns that never hit the floor & unhappy management working with part time employees that dont have loyalty.We had to work our way up in the company.Wise up people.Do you think RJ gives a flying F about the little guy. It's called 5 & out. Thanks ALSO for leaving us with no insurance & a STELLAR severance. For the most part I am very happy to be out of that hellhole but it is ashame that a great family company has fallin. Good luck to those left.
Jcp employee

Mobile, AL

#16 Dec 28, 2012
Thanks RJ wrote:
As for Betty,she must be one of RJ's followers.are you hitting the pipe with him?Wake up!! Disgruntled employee,yes.Head in the clouds ,no. I am so thanksful that I do not have to go thru another holiday with his leadership. After 25 years with a great company gone south RJ did me a favor. The ones left behind are suffering with truckloads of markdowns that never hit the floor & unhappy management working with part time employees that dont have loyalty.We had to work our way up in the company.Wise up people.Do you think RJ gives a flying F about the little guy. It's called 5 & out. Thanks ALSO for leaving us with no insurance & a STELLAR severance. For the most part I am very happy to be out of that hellhole but it is ashame that a great family company has fallin. Good luck to those left.
Are they starting up layoffs and severance packages again? It seems like that's what you're saying?
bob haller

Pittsburgh, PA

#17 Dec 29, 2012
Jcp employee wrote:
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Are they starting up layoffs and severance packages again? It seems like that's what you're saying?
probably not it would cost bucks and right now they dont have the money thanks to RJ:(
EX-JCPenneys

United States

#18 Mar 20, 2013
Betty wrote:
Your negative forum posts reek of desperation ... get over jcpenney and get on with your life.
PS - 50,000 layoffs would have been half of the companies entire staff, including store cashiers. The company would have closed down by now if that were the case.
DEAR BETTY, 43,000 to date. Not too far from 50,000. Truth hurts, you can't handle it huh.
JCP

Irvine, CA

#19 Mar 21, 2013
Well according to Business Insider, JCP reported

The company's annual report from the year prior stated that it employed 159,000 full-time and part-time employees as of January 28, 2012.

That's 43,000 fewer workers or a decline of 27 percent.

Here's what JCPenney had to say about the job cuts in the 10-K filing with the SEC:

As part of our cost reduction initiatives, we have significantly reduced our corporate and operations headcount, including management level employees, and distribution and field employees.

These reductions, combined with our voluntary early retirement plan initiated in 2011 and voluntary departures of employees, have resulted in a substantial amount of turnover of officers and line managers with specific knowledge relating to us, our operations and our industry that could be difficult to replace.

We now operate with significantly fewer individuals who have assumed additional duties and responsibilities and we could have additional workforce reductions in the future.

In addition, our business has shifted towards a decentralized management structure that distributes significant control and decision-making powers among our senior management team and other key employees, some of whom are located in satellite offices.

These workforce changes may negatively impact communication, morale, management cohesiveness and effective decision-making, which could have an adverse impact on our operating efficiency.

This is just amazing that JCP even specifies their own problems. RJ needs to go.
ex- employee 2011

United States

#20 Mar 21, 2013
This sounds like SELF DESTRUCTION on purpose to me! They shoot themselves in the foot and try to say it wasn't their fault. There had to be a pre-plan in effect to bring this Company down very quickly in order to sale off for real estate purposes. Even the home Corporate Office land is prime real estate pickins according to Ronny boy. What Ron can spend in one day flying at the Comapany's expense was my full time salary for 2 years of hard work for a family of 5 living modestly. Good thing I had my own Business and another job on the side.

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