Thread regarding Lowe's Cos. layoffs

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The test being done currently in 4 different stores has been very successful so far. 9 or 10 department managers per store will be let go, not offered another job but let go. Installed sales will no longer be what it is, yes HR will disappear from every store. ASM will be cut to 2 or 3 a store. It will happen, it is happening. For the ones who have been here a while you know when they came in and did away with zone managers, opps manager, admin and sales and made 3 or 4 people ASM, that is going to happen but on a larger level. May not be this year but it is coming. Is been in the works for years. get ready

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HR's are so needed in the stores. In our store, our HR is for the people and HR takes care of us all all aspects of our job and family life. I doubt they will eliminate this year. but maybe next year so that they an save money. That's what's its all about.

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Just call one of the Chicago stores. I did when all that hit the fan last year. It was a mess. But if it's calmed down over there then it could be a for sure thing going forward.

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I fully agree with doing away with HR and some managers. Main first time store managers are being put in place that don't know what they are doing and the other ASM's do nothing. Favoritism and sεxual harassment are very bad issues to. To much buddy buddying going on. People that work hard but don't miss tail are the ones fired. Store #2974 prime example.

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Having spent eight years at Home Depot before coming to Lowe's almost four years ago, I have seen a trend in both. Man hours in the store are based on sales per man hour, and that dollar amount tends to increase each year. Positions like receiving, unloaders, stockers, and even front end in some cases are not considered as producing sales dollars, but a very necessary part of store operations. Though they are not directly assigned to a sales department producing sales dollars, their hours come from sales and specialty departments. Each year, we seem to have less and less CSA's in seasonal departments that generate the highest percentage of store sales. (i.e. outside garden and OPE). In the past couple of years, the market that I am in has done away with area PSA teams and gone to a combined Market PSA team to cover store resets. More and more resets are now falling to individual departments to complete. Coming out of last winter's Store Managers' meeting was more focus on IMPACT hours and enforcement to Customer Service and depletion of tasking in those hours. The tasks are still there, and have to be done, but with less bodies to do, and less hours to do. The "marathon" staff meetings have been eliminated, supposedly, and the focus is to keep Department and Zone managers on the floor. There will be cuts in the store, yes, and there will also come a revamping of middle management, and the elimination or merging of positions. The good thing will be will be the streamlining of certain tasks that are redundant. Technology will improve, which is a major corporate expense to upgrade, but it will come, and the paper trail will be replaced with an electronic paper trail, which really is good. More and more of a push will be toward Internet sales and prioritizing them. More and more of the installed sales will be transitioned toward PSE and PSI sales. This can eliminate the time that associates spend with one individual customer making the sale, and put the actual sale in the hands of the installer. I suspect there will be the elimination and merging of departments to more of a zone manager with ASM's being cut to basically Specialty, Merchandising, and Operations. Stores will run on what seems like skeleton crews, until corporate concludes they have reached the bare minimum of staffing in stores. Store HR's will probably be cut in half or to about 1/3 at first, but then be reduced to just one or two at Market level. Home Depot was doing this when I left there in 2013, and has gone even further over the years that I have been gone. Lowe's seems to be trending in the same pattern.

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What size stores are these.they always say dept.mgrs. are the heart of the store.all Lowe's is looking for is a bigger pay day.

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This is not true wake up people hackers from depot

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Its all very very true...and broader.

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I worked for lowes as an ASM and in 2011 they did a similar cut . They gave out severance packages to who they cut and a 10% increase to ASM,s who they kept . All OP,s positions were cut and they divided, depts between managers who were left .

Everything was kept a secret everyone was called in the office and learned there faith .

No loyalty for hard work . One of the main reasons why they do things in secrecy, as all employes know they are scared of the unions coming in . Very under handed and corupted Corporate process . So in closing l wouldnt doubt this news .

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Lowes has been cutting in corporate for many years.....

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Has anyone realized that isnt the lowes logo? And this is probly nonsence?

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Are the PSA managers safe?

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The Chicago trials are not new. They started almost a year ago and postings showed that Lowes absorbed who they could for less pay if it was a step down, the rest receiving a severance package. They left the LP, Installed Sales, Freight Flow, Administrative and one Service Manager for each zone.

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Corporate is where the cuts need to be made. Yes, look at a corporate address book. So many of the same last names. Nepotisom is alive and well in NC. They take care of each other.....Walmart is cutting their corporate ofiices....Lowes needs to do the same.

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They are doing this in the Chicago market. It is a test. They are letting go of the Department Managers and they can reapply for position similar to an ASM, BUT THERE ARE ONLY 5 OPENINGS. ONE BEING OVER DELIVERY, INSTALLED SALES AND SOME OTHERS. The test just started and has not had time to see if it is a viable option.

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Yes it is absolutely true. Started in a test market in Chicago. All Dept Mgrs were let go (12-15) per store. Then had to reapply for 5 open positions called Service Mgr. Basically what an ASM does now. Dept positions filled in by hiring part timers. Corporate says it has worked well so will be spread nationwide in the near future.

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I have heard this same scenario from my upper management. So there is quite possibly a very accurate article.

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Lowes Is doing it all wrong! They need to start at the corporate level to many corporate people ! Then go downhill, it's the CSA's an department managers that make the sales an actually give that customer service to make the millions that Lowes makes!

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Is this 100% sure, can you confirm – who is your source.

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