possible EXA and MGT layoffs

possible EXA and MGT layoffs

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EXA

Bellevue, NE

#1 Mar 9, 2009
I have heard rumors that EXA's and MGT's are going to be laid off in the next phaze of restructurring. Has anyone else heard anything?
wagger

Janesville, WI

#2 Mar 9, 2009
It's topics like this that should teach me not to visit these forums. A bunch of [likely] false rumors that will stress me out lol.

I don't see how they could lay off too many MGTs or EXAs, I mean, I don't know how you could efficiently run a store with anything less than a store manager and three assistants, UNLESS they do have plans of making a shift leader/key carrier position. They've ticked off ALOT of employees with the MGT overtime cuts(not just MGTs, but EXAs & MGRs who have had to take added responsibility), if they were to cut further, I could see a major uproar.

I could see them getting rid of some EXAs. Let's be honest, now that they cut MGTs hours, EXAs get paid ALOT more. The EXA position was meant to get you ready to have your own store. If Walgreens isn't going to be opening as many stores in the future, why have a "future store manager" in every store?

I would think if they were planning on cutting assistants, they would have put a freeze on hiring assistants rather than have us still hiring them through January.

Admittedly, it has been in the back of my mind about possibly losing my job as MGT. I don't have the tenure that many others in my area have, so I'd think I'd be the first to go. Hopefully that doesn't happen.

I did hear a rumor about Walgreens possibly eliminating the SIMSC position. That wouldn't surprise me. I've seen a few clueless SIMSCs who do more harm than good for their stores, and they get paid more than many other hourlys. It would hurt, but I think it would be better than cutting management again.

Our district has meetings tomorrow. I wonder if any news will come out then?
wagger

Janesville, WI

#3 Mar 9, 2009
"Let's be honest, now that they cut MGTs hours, EXAs get paid ALOT more."

I just wanted to clarify, I'm not saying that EXAs are making more money, but they're making alot more money than the other assistants, so it'd be much cheaper for Walgreens to just have three MGTs at each store.
EXA

Bellevue, NE

#4 Mar 9, 2009
I think that many stores are going to cut hours of operation to 9am - 9pm and managers are going to have to open by themselves four days and close one. By doing this, it would be very feasable to cut mgt's and exa's. I am just hoping for the best. The way that corporate is communicating the restructure program is ridiculous and is creating more harm than good.

Let me know how the meeting goes and good luck
Sonny

Humboldt, IA

#5 Mar 10, 2009
We have a district meeting tomorrow as well, which makes me wonder if they are rolling something out that impacts either the store managers or EXA's.

I agree about the possibility of them getting rid of the EXA position. Hell, I know a few EXA's I would love to see lose their status as EXA. I have one in my store thats been one for close to 7+ years. Has no desire to be promoted, is lazy, doesnt do any extra work that is required, and cant even make a schedule. Yet he collects a larger check them me, while doing half the work. The EXA position shouldnt be a career.

The Simsc...what a waste sometimes. Ive yet to be in a store(5 stores so far) where one can keep the counts accurate. Sadly is still needed, as its too much work to add onto a MGT's already hectic schedule.
visitor

Clayton, DE

#6 Mar 10, 2009
Sonny wrote:
We have a district meeting tomorrow as well, which makes me wonder if they are rolling something out that impacts either the store managers or EXA's.
I agree about the possibility of them getting rid of the EXA position. Hell, I know a few EXA's I would love to see lose their status as EXA. I have one in my store thats been one for close to 7+ years. Has no desire to be promoted, is lazy, doesnt do any extra work that is required, and cant even make a schedule. Yet he collects a larger check them me, while doing half the work. The EXA position shouldnt be a career.
The Simsc...what a waste sometimes. Ive yet to be in a store(5 stores so far) where one can keep the counts accurate. Sadly is still needed, as its too much work to add onto a MGT's already hectic schedule.
I don't think that was a fair thing for you to say "I agree about the possibility of them getting rid of the EXA position". I know a lot of EXA's and I am one and we bust our butts every day. In most of the stores if it wasn't for us getting the work done, it never would. Speak for yourself, we work as hard and in most cases harder, we also take the heat for you when you mess up. I was one of the ones that had planned on making a career at walgreens, and I have a few years of good service to back me. I am scared to death for my job, I have bills, mortgage, and a family. Every day I go to work and do my best and leave greatful I still have a job. I also don't think is was fair what happened to the MGT's, my heart went out to my friends that lost that over time becasue they depended on that money to make ends meet. I would never say "get rid of a position" becasue I know the human consequences, and it is sad.
Another Angry Assistant

Eddyville, KY

#7 Mar 10, 2009
We are also having a meeting for store managers at the DO tomorrow. I have been wondering for a while if they were going to start cutting MGTs and EXAs. At least a month ago, my store manager told me that the way they are doing management yearly reviews is changing this year. The self reviews will be filled out by each manager, and they will not be able to be reviewed by the store manager. The store manager will then fill one out for each member of management. Then, the DM will have access to both, and review them with the store manager. It sounds like they want a more truthful review of how well each MGT/EXA is doing. Possibly to start weeding out the management that is hindering the stores more than they are earning their pay. I have met some awesome EXAs and MGTs that bust their asses and keep the store running better than most. I have also seen many EXAs and MGTs that should have been gone long ago for their performance. All hourly employees have filled out their yearly self reviews at my store--except for management. I just wonder what tomorrow's meeting may be about.
buffaloexa

Niagara Falls, NY

#8 Mar 11, 2009
wagger wrote:
"Let's be honest, now that they cut MGTs hours, EXAs get paid ALOT more."
I just wanted to clarify, I'm not saying that EXAs are making more money, but they're making alot more money than the other assistants, so it'd be much cheaper for Walgreens to just have three MGTs at each store.
True but exa's can be forced to work 60 hours a week.... so in the long run... the pay per hour would be cheaper to have all exa's or salaried mgt's. they would then kill the bonus ... so if u think about it, it would be cheaper for an exa minus the bonus and just schedule them for 12 hour shifts......
wagsmgr

Omaha, NE

#9 Mar 12, 2009
buffaloexa wrote:
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True but exa's can be forced to work 60 hours a week.... so in the long run... the pay per hour would be cheaper to have all exa's or salaried mgt's. they would then kill the bonus ... so if u think about it, it would be cheaper for an exa minus the bonus and just schedule them for 12 hour shifts......


EXA's will NOT work that many hours. Mine was scheduled at 48 hours a week and decided this was unfair to him. He asked the DM who then told me he was to be scheduled at 44. I cannot ask him to stay or expect any extra of him. Give me 4 MGT at 40 hours any day!
buffaloexa

Niagara Falls, NY

#10 Mar 12, 2009
wagsmgr wrote:
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EXA's will NOT work that many hours. Mine was scheduled at 48 hours a week and decided this was unfair to him. He asked the DM who then told me he was to be scheduled at 44. I cannot ask him to stay or expect any extra of him. Give me 4 MGT at 40 hours any day!
exa's in buffalo are scheduled 45 - 50 hours per week, depending on who the store manager is... you would rather have 40 hour mgt's that must leave on time then salaried assistants who can work 45 or 50 hours? and the day is coming when no store will have 4 mgt's.
buffaloexa

Niagara Falls, NY

#11 Mar 12, 2009
- i was talking to a friend of mine who is a store manager and some of the rumors he had heard were laying off mgt's and exa,s to bonus restructuring....to who knows! i think they will make everyone salary, kill exa bonus and who knows....they do that and there is no way im working 6 days between thanksgiving and xmas
new to here

Clayton, DE

#12 Mar 12, 2009
I have not heard anything that is being talked about here in my market area, but there are other rumors. I am an EXA and I am scheduled 45 hours a week, and that is enough. I have a family and other obligations that I also need time for, so extending my hours to 50 or 60 is not fair and could be a legal issue. I think the way we are hearing about the changes needs to be addressed and we should be told more of the truth instead of the outlines. This would give us more time to prepare and decide what we can and can not do. Running us into the ground will not benefit anyone, and will have negative affects on the customer service that our company so proudly boasts about. The store managers need to jump in and help, instead of spending 8 to 9 hours a day in the office. I know they do different things than we do, but I know if a few store managers can find the time to work with us getting things done then the rest can as well. It does not take 8 hours to do one group sheet, or read e-mails or surf store net. The best excuse I have heard so far is my DM expects me to delegate and not do the work myself. Get over yourself, that does not mean sit on your butt all day and look like you are being productive. It takes a team to get things done and we need to support and help each other now more than ever becasue of the lack of coverage and hours. For me, I do not have a problem with 45 hours a week, and I do my job as best I can and I do not complain when we have to do the extended hours during the holidays and I also stay when needed and I have worked many open to close shifts by myself, but it is becasue I do love my job, but I will not tolerate being abused either.
buffaloexa

Niagara Falls, NY

#13 Mar 12, 2009
i agree.. if there are layoffs of mgt and exa positions, fine but the proper thing would have been to warn us ahead of time..... they have known from day one of rewiring that would come to this, but they act as if they were hoping to avoid it and the 4 way test would have been to say , hey its possible that this could happen.... seems that since rein left, the 4 way test and all company moral policy is going with him.
Wagskilledoption care

AOL

#15 Jul 18, 2009
4 way test what a joke. All Walgreens cares about is fattening the wallets of the CEOS and board members...... Sadly I have no other job to go to....... Wagreens has bought the competition
Illinois EXA

Peoria, IL

#16 Jul 18, 2009
wagsmgr wrote:
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EXA's will NOT work that many hours. Mine was scheduled at 48 hours a week and decided this was unfair to him. He asked the DM who then told me he was to be scheduled at 44. I cannot ask him to stay or expect any extra of him. Give me 4 MGT at 40 hours any day!

When store managers begin pulling thier asses out of the office, maybe some EXA's would put in more hours.My store manager is one one of the laziest people I have ever worked with.She does not take service calls,flops her fat ass in the office,eats doritos and snickers all day and then has the nerve to ask me why nothing is getting done.Heres a crazy idea....carry your keys for a change and do a refund.
Kentucky HPS

Murfreesboro, TN

#17 Jul 18, 2009
Yeah, This downsizing means most, if not all, Store Managers and EXAs will be doing more.

They are getting rid of an Assistant in every store and phasing out the SIMC position. Basically, They are merging both into the "Store Team Leader". Both jobs at less pay.

Though it is something i'm looking forward to, just for a change of pace based on the high requirements for MGT in the district I'm going to. Four year degree requirement is absurd, when I already run circles around MGT at my store, while managing Photo.

Its just ridiculous, It just seems those CEO's want new 2010 SUVs, Hah.

I was talking with another Store Manager today, based from what was said at their last Manager meeting, We're turning more and more into a CVS.
miguel

Brownsville, TX

#18 Jul 18, 2009
thats funny illinois exa, cause I used to be on another forum and the discussion was about the sims changes and some guy just kept brown nosing how great his manager was
miguel

Brownsville, TX

#19 Jul 18, 2009
I mentioned about the recent moving of a certain DM to this market,he used to be in El Paso. Supposedly he was doing one of his store managers, chasing skirt you name it he did so the story goes. Now he lost his wife, but get this he married again and moved to Houston to be near his kids. How nice...........BS. Then one of the managers he left behind in EP is known for doing the cosmetician, a bookkeeper, I think a pharmacy tech... oh wait I think thats who he knocked up and ended up married to now.
miguel

Brownsville, TX

#20 Jul 18, 2009
The point is the Sims,AsstExa positions are important while these managers are doing their so called duties. Maybe once the Store Leader position takes effect then a DM wont be needed and some of the wealth can be spread out among the people that actually work for a living.
Illinois EXA

Peoria, IL

#21 Jul 31, 2009
wagsmgr wrote:
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EXA's will NOT work that many hours. Mine was scheduled at 48 hours a week and decided this was unfair to him. He asked the DM who then told me he was to be scheduled at 44. I cannot ask him to stay or expect any extra of him. Give me 4 MGT at 40 hours any day!
Hell,give me two good assistants and one good photo tech and throw the manager to the curb.

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