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Lowes Layoffs 2017

Market keeps going up and down, there is a ton of uncertainty and people are talking about layoffs in Mooresville.

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have a good idea to believe Rick's email to us. A specialist is important to the store and I am choosing not to believe the 19th or 29th doom. The company needs us and it's in our best interests to get on with the helping of customers. After all, that is what we do best.

An optimistic employee..

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A dedicated manager has been fired after being pushed in a maddening fashion from department to department where they could not make him quit. This is a shame ; he thought he would be will taken care of by lowes as his dedication had been rewarded with many commendations and letters of excellent service to "his customers" Until they fired him.

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I too worked at Lowes for many years, and was an Dept Manager, that did not get the promotion to Service manager though having much more experience then the people that were chosen. Seems to be par for the course once you hit a certain age, they think that you are replaceable. Seeing many stores leaning towards the younger employees. If anyone is interested please contact me at this number to discuss our options. . Thank You!

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The decision to keep dept mgrs had already been made. It is not how well you nterview. It is made on who you know, who you b**w and if you are a yes person. Upper management hate resistance and conflict.

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Your said would be giving severance pay and outsourcing to the laid off employees. That's a bunch of BULL. The laid off employees I know have not received any severance or help in finding other jobs, nor has the subject even come up. FED UP WITH LOWE'S. You let so many good employees go. Yet the CEO'S make millions, let them take a cut in pay and see what happens.

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Lowes has just been added to the sh-- holes of retail places to work. I've been with the company for over 5 years. We just lost some great managers and they were NOT lazy or poor managers at all. Specialists will probably be next, and then Full-time positions could be impossible to get. part-time employees for the most part do not care as much as a FT employee who has been there for years. As it is now, we have CSA on the floor who are covering 3 departments at a time, running around with their heads cut off trying to give the best customer service. It's time to become unionized. The upper mgmt and CEO are a bunch of greedy bastards who continue to take away the perks of what used to make Lowes a great place to work.

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I feel really bad for all the managers. I was a DM for 10 years and I was let go 3 years ago. They got rid of me to save money. My store manager actually said I was the only DM he did not hire just 2 weeks before he let me go. A few months later he got rid of another DM. That DM made alot of money just like me. Customer service will suffer and they are losing alot of great people.

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I find the environment at Corp office to not be healthy.

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I have been with the company for over 12 years as a Part time CSA. We have now started the purge of the Department managers. We have 15 Manager that will be effect. Out of the 15 Department managers they will keep 6 of them. two ASM have already been fired last Tuesday. The folk that do not get tapped for the new position will have a year as a CSA if they do not find a permanent position by then they too will be shown the door. Since we have recently filled all of our specialist jobs I see not much of a possibility for them getting a full time positions since it is district wide. Making hard for folks to find a jobs out side our store. Some of the older department managers know that they will not get tapped and are very afraid of their future. . All department managers are interviewing this week for the new positions. I dread going to work next Saturday and see the friends and yes like family loosing their jobs. Most of fulltime employee think that this a transition and it not going to stop until they cut even more full time positions. Which leave most people that had hopes and dreams of moving up with the company a pipe dream. I just glad many years ago when I was ask to apply for a Management position that I opted out or I would have been in this mess. At one time I was so proud to work for Lowes now I feel ashamed. I look at all the way they could have prevented this but choice not too. Most part time employee lack dedication and I think that we are head for break down at what make Lowes the better choice than Home Depot. That corporate refuses to see is we can't become Home Depot. If we try we will loose to them badly. People come to us for a wealth of knowledge we have even if our price are higher that The depot. If we take that away the customer will shop at the Depot. Why pay more the same crappy service.

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attention to the person who said they deserved this. I work for Lowes and 3 asm were let go from my store. I am here to say they did not deserve this. My managers were professionals, hard working individuals with families and1 had health issues. I am not exactly sure how long they worked for lowes, one a long time and 1 only a couple of years. I can only imagine what kind of employee/person you must be for making such a grievance statement. I wish you well

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Longer you stay at a company, the older you get, the more benefits (e.g. vacation days, etc) you build up and the more family oriented you become. There's always someone younger willing to put the company first and wants your job.

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I don't know what everyone is crying about. I know at our store the firing of our ASM who was with the company for many years deserved it. He was a hard worker and all but he screwed around with the staff. A much younger, married staff person at that. All the while we were all supposed to act like we did not notice. Oh we saw you. So I say good for our store manager for FINALLY recognizing that he was a detriment to our store. Your actions were not fair to the rest of us. So for the rest of you crying about how you lost your jobs, I'm sure they had good reasons.

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Attention sour grapes, it's not about what is good for Lowe's. Lowe's is making a big mistake. Home depot in our town does less than the business we do. It's about the shareholders pockets. Guess what it's the employees who make the company. Maybe they need to change the computer system not the people. I think the service manager idea is bad for business. It won't work. We're already swamped with work and who is gonna be there to answer questions. It's crappie how the medIA new about it first.

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I have been with Lowe's for 10 years, I have always wondered how much money they could save by not going to Vegas yearly for the sales conference and how much they could save by doing away with the racing and football promotions. It's certainly not about serving the customer it's about the stock holders.

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My husband was fired, no severance package, no nothing! Heartless company, Heartless store manager.

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I'd like to know how many Asdistant Mgrs out there, husband and wife or couples that lost their jobs . You would think that the company would atleast have the decency to take this into consideration when making their decision. I guess to them is doesn't make a difference. Dealing with a blow like this is bad enough but to affect the livelihood of and entire family with no income and no medical issurance is just unbelievable. I might add that neither one of us had performance issues and faithfully work hard for Lowes. What we had in common is that we were both salary capped. So it was all about the money........... Maybe next time the ones making the decisions should look at the devasting affect it will have on a family and their dependants.

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This is bull I've been with the company for 6 years now and a Dept manager I work my but off and I got to rather be a ASM or csa5 and after 12 months get fired just found out CEO just got a 1 million dollar bonus for Lowe's this is messed up what about my family and bills they just don't care about the people any more it's all about the money but they will take the customers money..

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I was hired in 1994, worked for the company for almost 23 years. I have been an assistant manager for 15 years, lost my job today. I was told they do not fit the criteria to be an assistant manager for Lowes. 13 store managers later, I didn't fit the criteria with the current store manager who wants everybody to be happy and a cheerleader. And what's funny is I'm the one that trained the store manager when they first started with lowes. But now all of a sudden I'm not Good enough to be an assistant manager. It's all about the numbers people. In getting rid of me how many part-timers can be hired? My advice to everyone else, don't give up the time with your family, don't miss out on the baseball games, don't miss out on the birthday parties, because you're just a number. I thought after 23 years I would've been treated a little bit better than this by Lowes.

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I'm sorry to all those stores whose DM teams lead you to believe it is an overpaid unworthy position. I work in a store where DM's took it upon themselves to run the store in every aspect. We are a store that missed SSEI bonuses on one fact that we didn't meet payroll hours. We made sales, margin, customer focus, and because we were 15 thousand hours short to forecast, we missed every bonus. A small group of people made huge profit for this store. I am sorry to all DM's affected, lazy or not, it's a sh--ty thing for a company to do.

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I am the spouse of a Lowe's DM who was informed today that they must attend a mandatory meeting on 01/17/2017, but my spouse is on vacation, so they left her a VM. If my spouse had missed the VM or their VM was full, they would have never known about a mandatory meeting. Instead of informing everyone by email or store postings, they chose to do it by phone. So, if you didn't get the message what happens if you don't show to a mandatory meeting? I am assuming that you wouldn't have a job at the end of that mandatory meeting. I don't work for Lowe's. but my family depends on that income as much as they depend on mine. This is a very poor way to treat the people that have helped build Lowe's into what it is today, a billion dollar company. I'm hoping that if my spouse's job is cut that unemployment is an option. Us, or anyone that works for Lowe's, can't survive on their spouses income, if they have a spouse. This is going to effect many families, but the one's that will be effected the most are the employees and families that only have a Lowe's income. Way to go Lowe's, I hope that the leadership can sleep at night since there will be many people that won't be able to after their meeting on Tuesday.

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We are all a bunch of family members.....being marched around in a camp....heading for the showers.

You get my drift.

Does our Garden department supply Ziklon B?

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Lost for words,sad,confused,low morale,on edge employees. If Lowe's wants employee's that don't give a sh-- then that's what they'll be left with. We can only keep the faith and pray that our store will not be affected by some silly economy change that will hurt the company in the long run. Sadly when you look at it even hospitals go through this. I've seen our state hospital let go of half the staff in the whole hospital no matter how needed they were and hire part time new staff to fill the positions. Cheaper pay shorter contracts. And to think those staff members were very important to the community. In the end no job is promised. Go in give your 100% live for today with a little bit of tomorrow lingering in your mind. Good luck to all the Lowe's Employees. Our meeting is tomorrow. I'll be on vacation until next week. I hope all goes well.

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The lowes in rosedale queens smfh horrible.... can't find help ASMs are horrible lazy. There is never any help in the aisle. Department managers are lazy to they get paid to do nothing. They need to get ride of all the ASMs and DMs. Including the HR manager very getto and not professional. SmFH. It's funny how they not getting rid of regular associates cause they work the hardest. Everything happens for a reason can't wait for the new clean up. I'm looking forward to it use to work there for 4 years the store is horrible makes me sick. Only one ASM that works you all know who

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This is to get rid of lazy people without repercussions of the law unfairly fired and that. In your stores look around how many of your DMs,ASMs are 100% useless? You lose 1 of them that frees up 50k/yr to your store they can get 4 PT useless people to replace that one useless person. If you work hard and don't cry you shouldn't be worried

I bring a lot of money to my store. If there give us C.S.A. postions, will our pay be cut?

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Our asm of 25 years was let go Friday the 13th and all dm are scared and worried about their jobs. The vibe at our store went from wonderful to horrible in one day. These corporate [email protected]#holes need to realize these people help pay their huge salaries by working their [email protected]#es off.

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I am a DM with lowes. I have been there for almost 10 years, I will not be signing or opting in to anything on Tuesday or whenever they decide to stop being cowards and tell us what the hell they are planning to do, until I know all of my rights. I do not like being bullied or cornered and right now I feel sickened with Lowe's. I do not want to work for an employer who doesn't value the ppl that make the money for them enough to be truthful.

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I don't know ow if this will be useful for any of you, but it may be worth knowing

**What is forced arbitration?

Forced arbitration is arbitration that is imposed as a condition of employment or required for the receipt of a benefit related to employment. Although it is called "forced" arbitration, there is no legal requirement that any employee accept arbitration as a method of resolving claims that could otherwise be presented to the public court system. However, employers often condition valuable benefits - such as getting or keeping a job - on your "agreement" to submit claims to arbitration which otherwise could have been presented to the public court system. Usually such agreements provide that you have no right to go outside the arbitration system and present your claims to the public courts. In forced arbitration situations, your job may depend on accepting such a provision: your only other choice is to not take the job.

** Is forced arbitration bad?

Yes. For a variety of reasons, forced arbitration is generally bad for employees. Forced arbitration deprives you of your right to access the public court system. The denial of that access - without you being able to make a meaningful voluntary choice to surrender that right - is a significant loss.

The public court system provides the protection of a system relatively free from the influence of the employer - a protection often not provided in forced arbitration. Additionally, the court system is open to public scrutiny and its decisions are subject to appeal. In employment cases, access to discovery is critical, since so much of the information you need to prove your case is in your employer's hands. Unlike arbitration in labor or commercial disputes, instead of having a contract govern the relationship between the parties, there are laws that must be interpreted and enforced as they apply to the employment relationship, which make these cases more complex and require judges well-versed in the law. These and many other valuable features of the public court system are either limited or not available in the forced arbitration system.

Lastly, not only are there often much higher costs associated with forced arbitration than with use of the public court system, but recent evidence shows that employees who are governed by forced arbitration rarely file claims. This allows employers who violate employee protection laws to continue to do so without being held accountable for their actions.

**Is forced arbitration legal?

Generally, yes. The United States Supreme Court decided in 2001 that the FAA applies broadly to employment contracts. Most decisions before this limited the ability of employers to force employees to agree to arbitration provisions under the FAA. Since the US Supreme Court's decision in 2001, the use of forced arbitration agreements by employers has increased greatly, as have the decisions enforcing such agreements against employees. However, even this general policy enforcing forced arbitration has limits.

It is important to remember that state contract law governs whether an arbitration agreement is enforceable. So while arbitration agreements are generally ok, a state's specific contract laws may make a particular arbitration agreement unenforceable depending on the facts of that case or contract. A good example of how this works is on the issue of consideration in contract law. One important concept in contract law is that a valid contract must be based on adequate "consideration. This means that in order for a contract to be enforceable the benefit of the contract must be bargained for, in other words each party gets something of value in exchange for something else of value. In the context of arbitration, you are conferring a benefit on the employer by agreeing to arbitrate any future claims, and thus you should receive something of value in return. For instance, if an arbitration agreement is signed as part of the initial employment contract, your employment can be valid consideration - You give up your rights to potential legal action in exchange for a job.

** What are the legal limits of forced arbitration?

The legal limits of forced arbitration are still being defined.

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Hmmm

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I am a dept mgr at Lowes and we were not told anything we had to hear it on the news. Rumor is we will have our jobs for 1 yr.????? ha We have to wait till Tuesday to find out the truth.

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Posting anonymously because I am currently a worker for Lowes and although my particular store seems to break new records every quarter we are going to be losing 7 out of our 13 department heads and keeping only 5. The total of 13 were told to apply for the new positions and whoever interviews best will get the new jobs, and the rest can possibly stay for reduced pay as an hourly customer service associate. This news has not only pitted everyone again everyone else, it has caused a complete break of morale in the entire store. While it's nice they will try and reposition the good workers, but it's still a hardy slap in the face for managers. It's also just a real shame that everyone heard through social media before the company could even tell them this was happening. In the mean, over they past years we've already had our commission taken away, our spiffs, our bonuses reduced again and again, our holiday time is now forced time off instead of paid, and now this... It's really disappointing. As a former worker of Home Depot, Lowe's needs to STOP COPYING EVERYTHING HOME DEPOT DOES! I was fired from Home Depot after 10 years for the exact same b---s--- restructuring about 3 years ago when they terminated 50% of their full timers and fill the positions with part time (yet full time availability was required making it next to impossible to have a second job) positions that paid 15% - 30% less per hour and capped off at 20 hours a week. Corporate greed was one thing I was proud our company didn't succumb to as often as other retailers, but I guess if you can't beat them join them. I was proud to work for the company but after this I'm not feeling too good.... Thanks Lowes for becoming just another retailer like Wal-Mart. I'm very disappointed.

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I have been a department manager for two years in Oslg and I have worked my a-- off to turn the garden center around. I put blood, sweat and tears into my work and only to find out that my job is no longer safe. I have always had a strong work ethic; believing that hard work will pay off. I just now found out before this has even happened yet that the upper management has already picked the five managers that will stay. And upon surprise I am not one of them. But two that were chosen haven't even been in the store for more than a month but just because they know the Asm that is good friends with the district manager who is Steve mills. What is the justice in that? It eats me up inside that they can do something like this and I am really at a loss for words.

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Sounds like sour grapes to me. It's always the same knee jerk reaction - corporate is picking on us, instead of realizing change is designed to improve store performance. Lowe's is on the way to #1, look out Depot.

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So let me get this straight..... They are getting rid of department managers and having full-time employees become part-time employees. How is this going to help with customer service?

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It is time for all working class people to stand together aganist upper managment making un godly pay and bouneses off the backs of the working class. We all need to boycot Lowes and other companies that treat their employs this way and bring back UNIONS.

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One less place to shop. I'm happy to take my business to HOME DEPOT!

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It's time that the CEO is gone everyone should vote him gone. Lowes has gone down hill. The CEO really know how to run down a company. HE has to go

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In my opinion(at our particular store) the biggest loss i see is returns. Revamp and actually follow the lowes return policy, and stores could save an abundance of money and not have to lay off employees. I have seen the most absurd returns, and management says make the customer happy. I am all about customer service, however we have return policies so we dont get robbed blind- if these policies arent being followed why do we even have them. I literally witnessed a customer return and EMPTY bag of fertilizer, as the customer stated the product was wet(however proceeded to use the entire bag) then return the empty bag complaining about the fertilizer being wet. Management said 'give them their money back'. Things like this happen so often and it frustrates me beyond belief. There are much more effective ways than laying off employees, and i personally feel lowes should revisit those FIRST and consider lay offs as a absolute LAST resort.

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If everyone reading this is up for it we should get together groups of customers to boycott Lowe's. What better way for Lowe's management to buckle than to have customers say "we won't ship here til you reinstate jobs". Check it out and see the shareholders lost 8 cents on a share they were promised. Because if this, working jobs are lost. Shareholders and big management are thee problem. Let's stand together!!

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