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#829 Apr 18, 2011
Nessun Dorma wrote:
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Quite the contrary, Lowes Lady. If you look at the new management structure, the ASM's are responsible for operations and sales. That responsibility trickles down to the HR as well. A good one is nice to have but hard to find. I see them being phased out because they, through no fault of their own, have become little more than a compliance officer.
You know, frankly, corporate is re-structuring themselves right out of good employees. After all, why would anyone want to go to work for a company with no advancement opportunity? Not everyone wants to be a store manager. Not everyone's talents lie there. So, they are going to get a lot of people who are there for a paycheck, not because they care about where they work. If there is no opportunity to become a HR manager and they do away with a majority of department managers, you are looking a minimum number of advancement positions available for a vast number of employees. Those with education and ambition are going to look else where, that will offer better opportunity. Guess they never stopped to bother to stop to think about the ramifications of that... it will have a trickle down effect... Guess I will watch my stock prices and sell when it is still "high".

Since: Apr 11

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#830 Apr 18, 2011
I should have proof read that better...

Should have said... "Guess they never bothered to stop and think about the ramifications...."
Nessun Dorma

Corinth, MS

#831 Apr 19, 2011
Lowes Lady wrote:
I should have proof read that better...

Should have said... "Guess they never bothered to stop and think about the ramifications...."
Hit the nail on the head.
tired of the crap

Rural Valley, PA

#832 Apr 20, 2011
Nessun, please tell us more about this "stack ranking". From your post and others, it is itimidated that the good folks were let go, and the DM's kept the shit, justifying it by the ranking, or if you were a kiss ass/brown noser, and in with the DM, you kept your job? This is reall confusing to me.

It did play out that way in most of the stores in my district, but I personally have been on the DM shitlist since I came to this District, mostly for speaking out, and standing up for stuff and treatment of my associates that I did not feel was right. I am by no means "one of the good ole' boys", or in any of the kiss ass cliques. From what your posts and the others are saying, I should have been the first person let go in my store, yet here I am. I DO my JOB, however, and do it well, but is sounds like a large part of the 1700 folks let go did so as well.

I have been with the company a looong time, almost 18 years, but I doubt my tenure had anything to do with keeping me either. The other ASM's in my store are kiss asses, and my SM is a wimp, so I know that he did not fight to keep me, or maybe he did, as SOMEBODY has to get the stuff done around here.

Also, as a footnote. Know those of you still with the company got your invite to vote by proxy at the annual stockholders meeting. Do yourselves a favor and go online and READ the things the board wants you to approve and dissaprove. I say we all get together and vote Niblock off the board.

Thanks also Nessun for your posts, they are informative. Wish I had a SM with some of the leadership skills you seem to posess.

Since: Apr 11

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#833 Apr 20, 2011
I too would like to know the details of this "stack ranking". Unfortunately I met my demise on 1/25/2011 due to not participating with the "good olde boys". Seriously, our DM is worthless and the SM I worked for was even worse. None of them had a priority on sales or the Lowe's culture. They were more interested in who is throwing the next party or if they can get away with a 2-3 hour meal period. The amount of garbage that has been covered up by this DM and his "boys" is appalling....
LeadH20Wreck

Orlando, FL

#834 Apr 24, 2011
Nessun Dorma wrote:
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Quite the contrary, Lowes Lady. If you look at the new management structure, the ASM's are responsible for operations and sales. That responsibility trickles down to the HR as well. A good one is nice to have but hard to find. I see them being phased out because they, through no fault of their own, have become little more than a compliance officer.
Right on!
DodgeRammed

Henderson, KY

#835 Apr 28, 2011
Gary Cooper wrote:
does anyone have an email or mailing address for Robert Niblock. I was one of the managers terminated. My story is a one of a kind and I was out on medical and they waited until my FMLA ran out to term me. want to know how I found out? I went to Walgreens to pick up a prescrption and the tech behind the counter tells me my coverage was not active. The next day I get COBRA info in the mail. All the while my store manager is being evasive and saying I am on leave and its a mistake! What i went thru and still am going thru is disgustingly unethical and I want to write him about it even though it may never reach him.
Good luck with that.... I was hit by a truck right outside of Lowe's after I clocked out for lunch, as a pedestrian. I had 3 broken ribs, broken ankle, head injury and blood in my lung... I was out for 3 months and missed open enrollment and couldn't pay for my insurance. I was denied and wrote Rob N. and he sent the email to another and HE denied me too... all the while I'm on FMLA to boot... ha, funny they don't care...

Since: Apr 11

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#836 Apr 30, 2011
DodgeRammed wrote:
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Good luck with that.... I was hit by a truck right outside of Lowe's after I clocked out for lunch, as a pedestrian. I had 3 broken ribs, broken ankle, head injury and blood in my lung... I was out for 3 months and missed open enrollment and couldn't pay for my insurance. I was denied and wrote Rob N. and he sent the email to another and HE denied me too... all the while I'm on FMLA to boot... ha, funny they don't care...
Just wondering, were u incapacitated at the time? Where you weren't able to use a computer at all, or have access to a computer. Just asking. Because the insurance stuff is in myloweslife.com and is available from any computer. So, as long as you had a computer you should have been able to have enrolled. But I have read about a glitch several people did suffer... so if that was the case... well then.... like I said, just asking.
Mike

Jacksonville, FL

#837 May 1, 2011
I have not been able to go to " Myloweslife.com " for over a month. I have not been able to get to the site to login for over a month. I get this message: The security certificate presented by this website was issued for a different website's address.
Rob Niblock

United States

#838 May 3, 2011
I am overpaid, and quite the douche! I almost forgot I have a very small wiener. I could care less about my employees. Just saying. Now go load them code 50's me bitches.
LeadH20Wreck

Orlando, FL

#839 May 3, 2011
Rob Niblock wrote:
I am overpaid, and quite the douche! I almost forgot I have a very small wiener. I could care less about my employees. Just saying. Now go load them code 50's me bitches.
At least you are being honest!! Right Frank?

Since: Feb 11

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#840 May 4, 2011
My experience-Lowes doesn't care about their employees. They have lost sight that their employees make them successful, not just the management team but, who gets the bonuses? Store management and do they share "any" of it with the hourly's who helped them get the bonus? NO, but work hard so you can get your paultry $300 SSEI bonus-if you are lucky.

Since: Apr 11

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#841 May 5, 2011
tonyrodriquez wrote:
My experience-Lowes doesn't care about their employees. They have lost sight that their employees make them successful, not just the management team but, who gets the bonuses? Store management and do they share "any" of it with the hourly's who helped them get the bonus? NO, but work hard so you can get your paultry $300 SSEI bonus-if you are lucky.
Right now I could use that $300.00... It would pay for my son's school books. So I appreciate the 300 dollar bonus. Especially when I came from a job where I did everything and it got to the point where I got nothing and had to beg for a raise. His customers are also my customers at Lowes and tell me on a regular basis how much they miss me being in the office there, that it's gone down hill. So.... I hope every quarter we make SSEI. 1200 a year was a lot more than I was getting before.
to tell the truth

United States

#842 May 5, 2011
when store managers are "micromanaging", it makes the employee feel on edge and inadequate. so..how does that rate with low morale and wanting to sell? not!!! when our store manager is up our "rears" and letting his inferiority complex show..we could really care less if we sell or not! soo..where does that equate with bonus? if we dont sell..no bonus..low morale,low customer focus score,etc. etc.then management blames us for not making plan..its a catch 22..damned if ya do..and damned if ya dont!who else out there can relate with me? a lot of us feel that we could run the store better on our own w/o managers. we are the ones doing the hard work anyway!
dodge rammed

Louisville, KY

#843 May 5, 2011
Lowes Lady wrote:
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Just wondering, were u incapacitated at the time? Where you weren't able to use a computer at all, or have access to a computer. Just asking. Because the insurance stuff is in myloweslife.com and is available from any computer. So, as long as you had a computer you should have been able to have enrolled. But I have read about a glitch several people did suffer... so if that was the case... well then.... like I said, just asking.
I couldn't drive. My mom had to drive me to physical therapy and i was so doped up on pain killers I couldn't even read my mail. I was living on 60 percent pay and let my internet go. I received the post card and thought open enrollment started on Thanksgiving and went to Christmas... I also couldn't pay the 360.00 due. FMLA should've protected me but it didn't in this case. I also agree with you on the comment about bonuses. I liked it better when each department would get a bonus if they did well for their department. It made you feel responsible for your team, department and budget.
Orange Dude

Big Bear City, CA

#844 May 11, 2011
I must say this is quite a funny site to pour over. I have been with Home Depot for 14 years in the So Cal area and I can tell you things are just as screwed up on the orange side of the river. I think HD puts up a much better smokescreen to fool people in to thinking they genuinely care about their people. The truth is that this is corporate America in a tough time and people are going to get chewed up and spit out. I have many friends who have lost their jobs over the past 3 or 4 years for some very questionable reasons. HD has used some very shady practices as well to trim the fat as they say. Recently they dropped the Inventory Management Positions and renamed the position so they could hire part-timers to do the same exact job in half the time. Yes they have put many more aprons on the floor at peak times but the majority of those people are nothing more than eye-candy and are worthless at providing meaningful help. It's the back end of the operation that suffers the most. Those aprons had to come from somewhere and I assure you it wasn't added labor, rather it was just labor shifted from one spot to another. Oh well I have come to the realization that my big box days are soon coming to an end. It's nice to make 40k a year and work the 6-3 shift at the Pro Desk but I really have no more room for advancement unless I want to get sucked into the dark world of retail management. No thank you. The problem many of you suffer from is fooling yourselves into thinking you actually mattered to your company. I have fallen into that trap as well before only to get smacked back to reality when one of my friends is heading out the door for no apparent reason. Many of those people have moved over to Lowe's and of course it's about a 50/50 split on their opinions of if it's better or not. For the majority of them, over time they will probably come to the point of realizing it's the same crap in a different color package. I have been through many ups and downs with HD and the store experience usually hinders on the attitude and integrity of your store manager. Good manager=good experience and bad manager=bad experience. I learned long ago not to get involved in the politics, come to work on time, don't call in too often, stay busy with customers ALL DAY, avoid close relationships with co-workers, don't take things personal, and don't think about work when your at home. For the most part the managers don't bother me because I am always busy helping customers, that's what I am there for and there are always some in the store.
ANITA LITTLE

United States

#845 May 12, 2011
So i have worked for Lowe's about 13yrs. At that time Lowe's had a lot to offer. Now I'm topped out and no where to advance. Now that Lowe's is going more toward part-time employee's what are they gonna do about customer service. Any given day I'm approached over 50 times with question's from my Co-workers because they don't have the Lowe's knowledge that it has took me years to get....Why? cause Lowe's has decided to make a stupid decision that a part-time Jo blow off the street can do what Lowe's full time vets do......So Lowe's must not be focused on the customer anymore. So I say GO DEPOT!!!! And i will be finding a place to work for who knows what the hell they are doing....
LeadH20Wreck

Orlando, FL

#846 May 12, 2011
Orange Dude wrote:
I must say this is quite a funny site to pour over. I have been with Home Depot for 14 years in the So Cal area and I can tell you things are just as screwed up on the orange side of the river. I think HD puts up a much better smokescreen to fool people in to thinking they genuinely care about their people. The truth is that this is corporate America in a tough time and people are going to get chewed up and spit out. I have many friends who have lost their jobs over the past 3 or 4 years for some very questionable reasons. HD has used some very shady practices as well to trim the fat as they say. Recently they dropped the Inventory Management Positions and renamed the position so they could hire part-timers to do the same exact job in half the time. Yes they have put many more aprons on the floor at peak times but the majority of those people are nothing more than eye-candy and are worthless at providing meaningful help. It's the back end of the operation that suffers the most. Those aprons had to come from somewhere and I assure you it wasn't added labor, rather it was just labor shifted from one spot to another. Oh well I have come to the realization that my big box days are soon coming to an end. It's nice to make 40k a year and work the 6-3 shift at the Pro Desk but I really have no more room for advancement unless I want to get sucked into the dark world of retail management. No thank you. The problem many of you suffer from is fooling yourselves into thinking you actually mattered to your company. I have fallen into that trap as well before only to get smacked back to reality when one of my friends is heading out the door for no apparent reason. Many of those people have moved over to Lowe's and of course it's about a 50/50 split on their opinions of if it's better or not. For the majority of them, over time they will probably come to the point of realizing it's the same crap in a different color package. I have been through many ups and downs with HD and the store experience usually hinders on the attitude and integrity of your store manager. Good manager=good experience and bad manager=bad experience. I learned long ago not to get involved in the politics, come to work on time, don't call in too often, stay busy with customers ALL DAY, avoid close relationships with co-workers, don't take things personal, and don't think about work when your at home. For the most part the managers don't bother me because I am always busy helping customers, that's what I am there for and there are always some in the store.
What a fabulous post!! Thanks!
Enjoying My Time Off

Colorado Springs, CO

#847 May 15, 2011
I was one of the Zone's who was let go... and for the last 4 months I have read every comment that has been posted, but until now I have always kept my comments to myself... I am still at ahhh... I cant believe it happen to me... I had been with the company for 15 years.. I started as a cashier and work my tail off.. Proving to everyone and traveling to different states that I was good at my job... I do believe because I wasnt in the good old gang that I was let go.. I can say that I had a good Management team but I feel because I wasnt the manager who was everyones friend I was let go... I felt that if you were a employee you where paid to do a job and if you didnt do the job then you had to pay the consequences.. Because I spoke my mind and I was a STRONG women that stood my ground I paid the consequences.. I had given up so much to make it known that just because I was a woman I could work just as hard as all the men and do my job better .. Now my ex store is stuck with some managers that dont know a dam thing but know how to be friends with employees and have a store go down hill... Good luck to them all... This has been the GREATEST months of my life....So THANK YOU
Mike

Jacksonville, FL

#848 May 16, 2011
I was one that lost my job too. Things can be much better. I am working for a company now that seems to appreciate what I have to offer. Been there three weeks and had a real conversation with the DM. He let me know the district's plans and directions and even asked for feedback. After Lowes that was a nice change.

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