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Broken hearted

United States

#588 Feb 10, 2011
Gary Cooper wrote:
Glad I found this site. I am concerned about the age demographic. Anybody have more information on this?
I know that several in my district were over 40 although I am not. Both of us from my store are females with other factors making us doubly ousted from the good ole boys club
Do you think

Grand Rapids, MI

#589 Feb 11, 2011
I honestly don't think age was a factor.
Anonymous

Towson, MD

#590 Feb 11, 2011
also my understanding is by signing and accepting ones package a person is signing away all rights to go after Lowes. The economic reality being what it is, most ex-managers probably sign quickly, leaving no time to collaborate data to see if there was in fact any wrong doing.
Lynn

United States

#591 Feb 11, 2011
Beth wrote:
It is all true...my husband has been in management for more than 13 years and lost his job today...They are selectively laying off - Admin, Operations, Sales, and Zone Managers.
What they are offering sucks for all us families in an economy that is already so horrible...we just lost all our benefits including medical which was extremely important to our family.
My Husband experienced the same, He was a Manager for 10 years. It is a horrible way for a company to treat anywho who has dedicated themselves so much to Customer Service. My Prayers are with you and your family.
Lynn

United States

#592 Feb 11, 2011
I am truly disgusted in the Manner in which Lowe's chose to release employees who had dedicated themselves to benefit the Company. All Lowe's will say are they are Hiring 8-10K New Part Time Employees, yet they fail to mention the close to 1700 Who was treated like Criminals and escorted from Stores where they had worked countless hours. I do hope this shows Lowe's that it is not all about the bottom dollar. They will learn that by hiring Part Time 10 hour a week employees will not increase sales or satisfy Customer Service Needs. Undoubtedly they made a catastrophic mistake.
Unknown

Cumming, GA

#593 Feb 11, 2011
Look at it as a business sense people! Lay off 1,700 senior managers based on a salary of an average of a random number say $45,000 a year, then multiply 8,000-10,000 part time "WE" employees at say an average of some other random number $10 and hour for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and you have a almost a $50 million difference. Would you rather stores shut down and all lose your job or have a 1,700 people lose their jobs. 101 in Business Management, first thing you learn in college for Business Management.
Aye unknown

South San Francisco, CA

#594 Feb 11, 2011
Unknown wrote:
Look at it as a business sense people! Lay off 1,700 senior managers based on a salary of an average of a random number say $45,000 a year, then multiply 8,000-10,000 part time "WE" employees at say an average of some other random number $10 and hour for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and you have a almost a $50 million difference. Would you rather stores shut down and all lose your job or
have a 1,700 people lose their jobs. 101 in Business Management, first thing you learn in college for Business Management.
Unknown will you just let us vent!!!! We all know that it was all about the dollars! Business 101? You, Niblock and Brown must've failed ETHICS 101. We are people with families, major health issues and now financial issues. Yadda yadda with the number crunching game.
Laid Off

Clifton Park, NY

#595 Feb 12, 2011
A better idea would be to slow down the opening of stores. My area has stores cannibalizing each other for business. There is no need to open stores within a 8-10 mile radius from each other. Business 101, over expansion causes drastic results.....

The lay offs would had not happened or been as severe had Niblock and the gang put their sights on the business and not trying to outdo The Home Depot in store count.

They also saw this whole staffing situation become an issue 18-24 months ago. This could have been addressed over that timeframe through attrition. Yet they chose to continue to hire and hire and hire.....

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#596 Feb 12, 2011
Unknown wrote:
Look at it as a business sense people! Lay off 1,700 senior managers based on a salary of an average of a random number say $45,000 a year, then multiply 8,000-10,000 part time "WE" employees at say an average of some other random number $10 and hour for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and you have a almost a $50 million difference. Would you rather stores shut down and all lose your job or have a 1,700 people lose their jobs. 101 in Business Management, first thing you learn in college for Business Management.
Your business model is flawed. You are looking at body count and nothing more. This same approach was launched by Home Depot in the late 90's, only to crash and burn alongside it's non-existent customer service. Once again, change was needed but I would submit to you that the change should have begun long ago when the writing was first on the wall. However, the manner in which this "housecleaning" was executed is unforgivable. Legal? Questionable. Moral? Hardly. Ethical? Not on your life.
Laid Off

Clifton Park, NY

#597 Feb 12, 2011
Nessun Dorma wrote:
<quoted text>
Your business model is flawed. You are looking at body count and nothing more. This same approach was launched by Home Depot in the late 90's, only to crash and burn alongside it's non-existent customer service. Once again, change was needed but I would submit to you that the change should have begun long ago when the writing was first on the wall. However, the manner in which this "housecleaning" was executed is unforgivable. Legal? Questionable. Moral? Hardly. Ethical? Not on your life.
Correct.....under Nardelli.....he successfully ruined Depot by taking those measures.
Lowes Customer

Rehoboth, MA

#598 Feb 12, 2011
I was quite surprised that Lowe's would terminate so many talented individuals without trying to keep them on board. If necessary, Lowe's could have dropped them down a notch thus keeping the talent and still reduced the workforce by severing lower zones or at least the new hire managers. Those 1700 believed in what they did, bought into the program, and they did bleed "Lowe's Blue".
Perhaps the remainder of the cost savings needed could have come from non-performing SM's, or certainly from cutting some of the almost useless DM's. The terminated OP's could have taken over the stores of the poor SM's, even at a different salary package.
"Good luck" to Lowe's in managing the expectations of the remaining employees. Now everyone in the building, including customers, knows how close the Lowe's staff is to not having an employer.
Anonymous

Towson, MD

#599 Feb 12, 2011
Lynn wrote:
I am truly disgusted in the Manner in which Lowe's chose to release employees who had dedicated themselves to benefit the Company. All Lowe's will say are they are Hiring 8-10K New Part Time Employees, yet they fail to mention the close to 1700 Who was treated like Criminals and escorted from Stores where they had worked countless hours. I do hope this shows Lowe's that it is not all about the bottom dollar. They will learn that by hiring Part Time 10 hour a week employees will not increase sales or satisfy Customer Service Needs. Undoubtedly they made a catastrophic mistake.


Lynn i couldn't have said it any better. This business restructure among other things will be a customer service failure.
No Mo

AOL

#600 Feb 12, 2011
Unknown wrote:
Look at it as a business sense people! Lay off 1,700 senior managers based on a salary of an average of a random number say $45,000 a year, then multiply 8,000-10,000 part time "WE" employees at say an average of some other random number $10 and hour for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and you have a almost a $50 million difference. Would you rather stores shut down and all lose your job or have a 1,700 people lose their jobs. 101 in Business Management, first thing you learn in college for Business Management.
My arguement is how they handled it, They could have let people know it was coming so that they could have made other arrangments.
Instead of one day you have a job , next day you dont...

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#601 Feb 13, 2011
Lowes Customer wrote:
I was quite surprised that Lowe's would terminate so many talented individuals without trying to keep them on board. If necessary, Lowe's could have dropped them down a notch thus keeping the talent and still reduced the workforce by severing lower zones or at least the new hire managers. Those 1700 believed in what they did, bought into the program, and they did bleed "Lowe's Blue".
Perhaps the remainder of the cost savings needed could have come from non-performing SM's, or certainly from cutting some of the almost useless DM's. The terminated OP's could have taken over the stores of the poor SM's, even at a different salary package.
"Good luck" to Lowe's in managing the expectations of the remaining employees. Now everyone in the building, including customers, knows how close the Lowe's staff is to not having an employer.
Bingo. I would happily nominate my useless DM for the recycle bin.
Michael

Aurora, CO

#602 Feb 13, 2011
I don't know who is charge up top, but they clearly don't care about their employees. The problem is that Home Depot is kicking Lowe's ass in customer service. Lowe's is so cheap that when you walk into a Lowe's store, you can never find anyone to help you because Lowe's doesn't want to pay anyone to help. Home Depot is flooded with employees and are right on top of customers to try and help them. All of this laying off is going to come back and bite Lowe's in the ass. Just wait. It will be Lowe's un-doing. All of the idiots up top making these decisions don't have clue, but then why should they care? They are making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. I see Lowe's going down the tubes in about 5 years all because of greed and apathy towards their employees, who, by the way are the reason Lowe's is in business. They somehow forgot that their good employees are their biggest assets. There is a lot of back-stabbing going on in this company and almost no integrity left among the higher ups. So all of you big wigs up there, enjoy the ride will you can and take as much money as you can from the company, because it isn't going to be around much longer. Money hungry pigs have taken over the company. You guys are pathetic!!!!!
Andrea

Aurora, CO

#603 Feb 13, 2011
Niblock and Frazzo! What a losing combination. Jim Frazzo is so full of himself he makes you want to puke. What a freaking clown. He came from K-mart. Please! I remember him walking around my store like he was some of god. Really? I think the shareholders need to get rid of both of them. Lets see. Lowe's can't afford to keep middle management, but they can afford Nascar? Does anyone realize how much Lowe's is spending on Nascar? Try over 50 million dollars a year. Tell me how that works. Jim Frazzo is a pompous, incompetent idiot who somehow managed to bullshit his way up to the top. The man is just plain STUPID. He just happnes to be a good bullshitter.
Do you think

Grand Rapids, MI

#604 Feb 13, 2011
Michael wrote:
Lowe's is so cheap that when you walk into a Lowe's store, you can never find anyone to help you because Lowe's doesn't want to pay anyone to help. Home Depot is flooded with employees and are right on top of customers to try and help them. I see Lowe's going down the tubes in about 5 years all because of greed and apathy towards their employees, who, by the way are the reason Lowe's is in business.!!
Michael,
Iadmit there is some problems to be fixed, but in my area of the country (Southwest) you couldn't be farther from the truth.
First, our service is much better than H.D. Second, Depot has next to nobody to help you in their stores. And lastly, your a fool if you think they are going out of business in 5 years and by the way,the customer is the reason Lowe's is in business.
Do you think

Grand Rapids, MI

#605 Feb 13, 2011
I left a company after 8 years when I discovered how unethical it truley was. I came to work for lowes due to its reputation and stature in the business community. Over the past 10 years while some unpopular decisions have been made, I have never been so disappointed in any decision as I was of this last one. Mind you, it's not the decision itself that upsets me, but the manner and timing of which it was administered. We the employees are not the ones that lead us to this point, but 1700 suffered the consequences along with their families. I love my job, but I now question for how long?
Lowes Customer

Woburn, MA

#606 Feb 13, 2011
Do you think wrote:
I left a company after 8 years when I discovered how unethical it truley was. I came to work for lowes due to its reputation and stature in the business community. Over the past 10 years while some unpopular decisions have been made, I have never been so disappointed in any decision as I was of this last one. Mind you, it's not the decision itself that upsets me, but the manner and timing of which it was administered. We the employees are not the ones that lead us to this point, but 1700 suffered the consequences along with their families. I love my job, but I now question for how long?
I hate to say it, but if you work for Lowe's, you probably have a "temp" job, no matter what your job title. The time on board will variy, but eventually, something will get you. All it takes is one customer complaint to the right manager, and out you go. Business conditions in your area will determine if they need you and your group, or not.
I see this as a fault of labor laws in the USA that allows Lowe's [and others] to cut you any time they wish. These are not seniority cutbacks, or performance related, they are we just want you out for whatever reason. In this case it was probably salary level related.
Lowe's managers are a dedicated group, and I don't see the long term wisdom of terminating the best employees you have which would have been your next top tier management group. Making the company weaker by cutting the strongest amongst you, seems foolhardy, at best.
Team Player

Auburn, IN

#607 Feb 13, 2011
Remember now gang...."we are a team..."

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