2013 Lowe's Store Staffing Changes
Wade

Weems, VA

#41 Nov 15, 2012
NewBee wrote:
Changes will have to come.
Because it as it stands, department managers do not have time to complete all that is ask of them and work the sales floor.
It will come in the form of department managers stepping up as managers or moving out or down at which time the remaining will be salaried and cover more than 1 department and will get more csa's (part timers)
And all team members will learn how to work all cutting stations, do details in any department, complete a pse lead, sign up and register a MyLowes, complete a credit app and operate all power equipment or be gone.
The upcoming economy along with the health care plan going into effect is going to make this mandatory to keep the doors open.
So the choices are get on board or get out
The above are the minimum standards that have been in place in my store for years. If anyone cannot do these tasks after 6 months you won't be around much longer.
happy

Springfield, IL

#42 Nov 15, 2012
It's all true and Larry Stone and Mike Brown and the others that left seen the writing on the wall and that is why they left. We are now like Menards and selling candy and chips and barbque sauce. It's time for Nibby to go. he has done to Lowes what Nardelli done to Depot. after earnings the board of directors need to fire him the next day. Where is the pricing that he stated would make us the low price leader. They keep taking but there is no giving. He keeps grasping trying to make cost cutting changes to change and to be profitable. Hey Nibby who is going to take care of the customers, It certainly won't be a My Lowes card. Time for the board to wake up and stop this madness.
kysoul

Eddyville, KY

#43 Nov 16, 2012
What happens to the smaller store <19 million we have a Admin ASM and three floor ASM's with a total of five Dept Mngrs are we gonna loose ASM's as well. Mind you it would not be a lose being that the dept mngrs do ten times more work than those lazy ASMs anyway. I just hope they dont take our HR she is so great at taking care of all our work issues. We are also lucky to have a great Manager as well. Im just getting tired of doing my job and a ASMs and not getting squat for it.
Bird

New York, NY

#44 Nov 16, 2012
"Larry Stone and Mike Brown and the others that left seen the writing on the wall and that is why they left"

I believe this 100%. This is probably how it went down......



LARRY STONE- "Hey Mike, did you see this new LEF thing?"

MIKE BROWN - "Nah, what's it involve?"

LARRY STONE - "Nibby plans on taking everything away from the employees including commissions, life track award points, every bonus, SOS discounts, he is gutting the whole works, putting I-Phones in place on a dinosaur system, Creating a new posh position for Ricky, planning on slashing staffing, and he is projecting huge sales increases as a result".

MIKE BROWN - "Ummm....I hear the Bonefish bite really well in the Seychelles this time of year, the wives could enjoy some shopping, maybe take a tour of Asia afterwards..... Let's get the hell outta' here".

LARRY STONE - "We're there dude".
Skeptical of Promotion

Mooresville, NC

#45 Dec 4, 2012
So just wondering if there's been any real updates here? Is this ASM cutting thing true? They going to make us DM's step up even more than we have to now? We will be Salespeople, zone recoverers, Coaches, Sales Managers, and what else can we be the personal whipping boys/girls at? I want to promote to ASM - however if they cut them all - well then that is going to change things.
OhNoHeDidnt

Lakewood, OH

#46 Dec 4, 2012
Does anyone truly think the company would create a rotation program for ASMs with the premise of building operational strength and cut it 6 months in? Most markets have completed no Admin training. We just cut everyone other than the Admins? Common sense says this is just another topic started to create chaos in the stores. I do see less ASMs in the future, but not until the Admin portion of the training has been completed.
Unhappy

Winder, GA

#47 Dec 4, 2012
Pedro Rodriquez wrote:
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The only way you could run with less ASM's would be to redefine their jobs. We don't see them or the SM now...maybe it wouldn't make a difference.
If you require ASM's to work 60 hours a week you are hurting them and their family life. Studies have shown that productivity decreases with more than 50 hours a week. To do this would be wrong and unfair to them.
Maybe, if we can get rid of the redundant and useless activities that they seem to do we could get more productivity out of them. That is where I would start-let's look at their tasks and ask this question, "what would happen if we eliminated this task?" In my last mfg job we had a manager out for 6 months-he generated a report but since he was gone no one generated the report-turns out, no one missed it. It was a task "we'd ALWAYS" done but turns out it was not necessary to the success of the company. There were lots of things like this that went away because we "challenged" the validity of the activity. I don't think that would happen at Lowes because management doesn't think, I mean, think like that. They just do what corporate tells them.
I would also re-institute team leads and have them do some of the day to day managing of the dept. Right now we do not see our DM-he is too busy managing another dept that is constantly short of help. You could have a team lead be the point person that would be in charge when other management is absent. I would make them a working lead but they would ensure tasks are done. Right now there is no one to make some decisions-things pile up or don't get done.
This is a plus for the company-it is a training ground for future DM which would make sense.
I agree about the Team Leads. I was a Team Leader in electrical for 2 years. I made all the decisions on my DM,s behalf when he wasn't there and delegated tasks when needed. I did the mamaging in the department when he wasn't there. I think it was a mistake taking Team Leads away.

Since: Oct 11

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#48 Dec 4, 2012
Our ASM's were due to rotate starting Jan. 2013 but that has changed, as of last week.
DMxMD

Laredo, TX

#49 Dec 4, 2012
Pedro Rodriquez wrote:
Our ASM's were due to rotate starting Jan. 2013 but that has changed, as of last week.
The rotation is not the whole store or all stores all at once. There are ASMs that are new in position and ones that have been in the same position for years. All they are doing is saying to the long timers, "look, you've been over zone 1 for 3 years. It's time to learn a different area, move up, or move out so someone else that DOES want to develop can get the experience you are hogging."

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#50 Dec 5, 2012
Dept Mgrs go away. Stores Add an ASM to their team. Team lead type position comes back to be point of contact for ASMs.
DMxMD

United States

#51 Dec 5, 2012
Sounds a bit far fetched also considering the development focus for DMs lately. For DMs, I could really only see them combining a few departments. Hourly supervisors are always targets for cuts. Just ask anyone that has ever worked at Target or Walmart, but you can't do too many cuts all at once. Target usually eliminates one team leader (DM) position per year.
Spanish Mike Alvarez

Schnecksville, PA

#52 Dec 9, 2012
Breaking NEWS!!!

Rumoured New store staffing:

***NO MORE ASMs***

Store Manager (Salaried)
Merchandising Manager (Salaried)
Service Manager (Salaried)

Department Managers (Salaried + Key Carriers)

The rest of the positions are hourly.

High volume stores get extra (Managment Trainees - Salaried) to assist.
Devils Fan

Hamer, SC

#53 Dec 9, 2012
My dog just shit on the couch! Guess that's what I get for playing Black Ops 2 4hrs straight without doggie breaks.
Quiero goya frijoles

Mooresville, NC

#54 Dec 9, 2012
Spanish Mike Alvarez wrote:
Breaking NEWS!!!
Rumoured New store staffing:
***NO MORE ASMs***
Store Manager (Salaried)
Merchandising Manager (Salaried)
Service Manager (Salaried)
Department Managers (Salaried + Key Carriers)
The rest of the positions are hourly.
High volume stores get extra (Managment Trainees - Salaried) to assist.
Yo Mexico usted estamos baboso
luv the funnies

Schnecksville, PA

#55 Dec 9, 2012
Devils Fan wrote:
My dog just shit on the couch! Guess that's what I get for playing Black Ops 2 4hrs straight without doggie breaks.
I nominate this one for best post of the month!
DMxMD

Laredo, TX

#56 Dec 9, 2012
Spanish Mike Alvarez wrote:
Breaking NEWS!!!
Rumoured New store staffing:
***NO MORE ASMs***
Store Manager (Salaried)
Merchandising Manager (Salaried)
Service Manager (Salaried)
Department Managers (Salaried + Key Carriers)
The rest of the positions are hourly.
High volume stores get extra (Managment Trainees - Salaried) to assist.
Yeah, I'd love to see a store just stop doing everything the Admin does right now overnight. That would be interesting. It has been said over and over again, there are no plans to make DMs salaried. They do not, and would not meet the legal requirements. Even if they did, most that we currently have are not prepared for for that level of real management. Going to a Menards like structure over night would be impossible. You have to hire a much different group of DMs to run a store like that, which would take a lot of time. Since corp has not sent down any direction to us to focus on weeding out DMs that could not step up to the next level, I can only assume there are no plans to do anything like that.
skyridge

Alamogordo, NM

#57 Dec 9, 2012
There are no legal requirements, where did you get taht from??????????
Butterbeans

Bowling Green, KY

#58 Dec 9, 2012
DMxMD wrote:
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Yeah, I'd love to see a store just stop doing everything the Admin does right now overnight. That would be interesting. It has been said over and over again, there are no plans to make DMs salaried. They do not, and would not meet the legal requirements. Even if they did, most that we currently have are not prepared for for that level of real management. Going to a Menards like structure over night would be impossible. You have to hire a much different group of DMs to run a store like that, which would take a lot of time. Since corp has not sent down any direction to us to focus on weeding out DMs that could not step up to the next level, I can only assume there are no plans to do anything like that.
You are a complete idiot most DMs work rings around the lazy ass ASMs
DMxMD

Laredo, TX

#59 Dec 9, 2012
skyridge wrote:
There are no legal requirements, where did you get taht from??????????
There are legal requirements to be classified as an exempt employee according to the FLSA.
DMxMD

Laredo, TX

#60 Dec 9, 2012
Butterbeans wrote:
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You are a complete idiot most DMs work rings around the lazy ass ASMs
I'm not talking about who can cut glass or band tile better. I'm talking about running a multi-million dollar business effectively. As a company, we've trained our DMs to be CSA+'s, not MODs. No offense intended, because we do have DMs out there that are ready for the next step, but the overwhelming majority of DMs in the company would not be ready or interested in being a salaried manager.

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