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Go to thread Anonymous59287, Wednesday 01/21/15 01:14:04 UTC

I hope Dick is watching what's happening from above to his creation...

Dick must be turning in his grave. This company has gone off the deep end... Might as well rename the company The clothing and shoe warehouse.
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Go to thread Anonymous40976 (Cashier), Sunday 09/28/14 05:25:20 UTC

Sorry, Dick. Wish you coulda stayed around a bit longer.

I recently left a Cabela's store due to many things that I'm seeing here. We were understaffed, to the point where we had fewer cashiers than registers and there weren't enough floor workers to assist. On top of that, some of the managers refused to hop on to help, instead choosing to stand up in front, attempting to direct customer flow, and wail on the radio telling people to come up and help. Senior members are leaving, managers are leaving, everyone seems to be running to the hills and the major attitude from Corporate seems to be "Meh, they're replaceable." Went to the fishing department, one of the hardest hit at my store, and found a couple of 18 year olds working back there. I asked them what they liked to fish for, and they replied "Oh, I trout fish a bit here and there" and "I've been out in the bay with my uncle a few times." Couldn't tell me what tackle to use for most of the fish I asked about, and had never even been out fishing for salmon, one of the most prolific sportfish in our area. The rest of the store isn't much better off. Unfortunately, this seems to be the direction the company is headed, so while I wish them all the best, I see a downward spiral in the future.
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Go to thread Anonymous35765, Friday 09/12/14 14:37:39 UTC

Not Fun

It's not fun working there anymore. Not staffed properly. Long lines at check out. What ever happened that the Managers don't jump on a cash lane to help? Time to get out. Dick is probably spinning like a turbine seeing what his company turned into.
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Go to thread Anonymous35764, Friday 09/12/14 14:37:38 UTC

Not Fun

It's not fun working there anymore. Not staffed properly. Long lines at check out. What ever happened that the Managers don't jump on a cash lane to help? Time to get out. Dick is probably spinning like a turbine seeing what his company turned into.
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Go to thread Anonymous31379 (dc worker in canada ), Thursday 08/28/14 06:35:35 UTC

cabelas nature

i work at the dc in canada they are laying off all 300 of us in dec thru march. they have out sourced the distrabution to the stores to a company in calgary named excell.now thats big bussiness for you. thats cabelas nature.they lost the concept of what dick and jim were doing.
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Go to thread One of Hamburg Sales Staff With Brains (Sales), Wednesday 08/20/14 02:17:45 UTC

Understaffed Hamburg

Yeah, this store is so understaffed that customers are walking out or not waiting to check out because of ridiculous lines and not enough front end help. Peel and Goad must be on Pinterest instead of working on staffing the store. What a waste!!! Szlegia needs to learn how to schedule properly and not schedule certain employees every weekend. There is such a thing as rotation in case she hasn't heard of it.
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Go to thread Anonymous24887, Saturday 08/02/14 04:45:49 UTC

It gets worse.

The senior managers now give us veiled threats about firing us if we don't meet our club card goals. They do this at every meeting. They keep telling us that we got such and such number this time last year. Yeah, we did, then the company "restructured" and we're running a skeleton crew. A very unhappy skeleton crew. I know they said last in, first out. It seems that the opposite happened. The full timers, and people who had been there the longest went. Also, I'm shocked that no one has brought up the tractors, sorry "Wildlife Land Management Equipment", and what role they played in all this, if any. Our store has close to 100 sitting in the parking lot, taking up spaces because we can't get rid of them. We have more waiting to be built too.
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Go to thread Anonymous12535, Wednesday 06/18/14 20:13:31 UTC

It's been a couple months....better off now.

Now that's it's been a couple months since I got restructured, I realize, it's the best thing that happened. I am less stressed, have my nights and weekends off and am enjoying life more. No rude customers or lazy co workers to deal with. Anyone else feel the same way???
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Go to thread Anonymous12360, Sunday 06/15/14 07:34:28 UTC

if they really need help at cash lanes, WHY THE HELL don't they schedule more cashiers instead of pulling the sb op, gifts/gen store, and nics?

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Go to thread Anonymous11075, Saturday 05/31/14 00:54:04 UTC

What a Joke

Anyone get the email they're now building a new corporate building?! How convenient, cut tons of jobs and then build a nice new building for yourselves. They really ARE clueless. I'm sure that won't make anyone in the "field"upset. What a slap in the face!
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Go to thread The Goner (Deli), Monday 04/28/14 16:44:04 UTC

Looks like it's starting again! - Hamburg

Now the deli hours are cut back. Guess soon they will do away with that whole department to cut more. Part timers are also leaving in alot of departments due to lack of hours. Good job management team!!!!!! Maybe you need to figure out how to increase sales. Management in this store is extremely disconnected.
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Go to thread Anonymous7727 (Richfield), Thursday 04/10/14 00:35:39 UTC

Richfield WI

What a joke this company has become. Seeing your friends get let go after busting their ass for 7 years. Seeing your friends get cut to 20 hours a week. How are they suppose to feed their family? Pay their medical bills? Pay their rent? Save for a house? Save for their child who is on the way? Save for their upcoming wedding? They cant and Cabelas doesn't give a rats ass. These layoffs WERE only to please their stockholders and keep the stocks up. A huge part of Milners bonus comes from the success of the stocks. Milner only cares about those zeros adding up on his bonus. We are just a number. Lets keep getting those VOC's and club cards. Lets get pumped up at the childish morning meetings. Lets get ecstatic about winning a free lunch. Lets get amped during the stupid morning group cheers. Lets pretend we are a big family and throw each other under the buss when the opportunity presents itself. Lets keep pumping money into the China child labor camps for our cheap Cabelas branded products.
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Go to thread Anonymous7632 (Firearms Dept), Tuesday 04/08/14 15:01:00 UTC

East Grand Forks, MN

We have a smaller store, but still almost 20 people were let go. Almost all of whom were either there since the store opened in 1999 or the hardest workers. I didn't get let go in Firearms but I would of definitely let one of those guys have my job or gone part time so they could stay. I was approached by one of our Senior managers the other day since he heard I had been applying for other jobs. I told him "Why would I put a bunch of my life into this place if i'll just be let go anyways?" He didnt have anything to say.
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Go to thread Anonymous7221, Friday 03/28/14 10:12:25 UTC

Really People

Let's be real here. Do you really think that a few posts here matter? They do not. Tell your "Friends and Family" and ask them to tell their "Friends and Family" to Boycott Cabelas. Management, Shareholders and Company Officers are laughing at you if this is the best you can do. You were a nobody when you worked there and you're still a nobody. Go ahead and get mad but not at me but at the greed, do something about it.
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Go to thread Anonymous7118, Thursday 03/27/14 13:02:57 UTC


Let's fire the good full time workers, then a few weeks later post several seasonal openings!!! What a bunch of jerks.
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Go to thread Anonymous7094, Thursday 03/27/14 01:24:38 UTC

Cabela's.. World's Foremost BS'ers!!

Anyone who believes this is still the Company that Dick & Jim founded is not really paying much attention. The current management uses the reputation that the Cabela brothers built to mask the true nature of the company today... run by a bunch of Walmart, Revco, Home Depot Retailers, the focus is to cheapen the product, cut the workforce and screw the customers. Ask Consumers Report what they think about CXPs! After 14 years I'm leaving in disgust.. what a wholesale destruction of a Company I have trusted for nearly 50 years. Tee shirts, pretzels, popguns anyone?
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Go to thread Anonymous6715, Wednesday 03/19/14 11:56:57 UTC

Rumor or truth?

Anyone else hear that after the spring rush they are going to start the "restructure" again? In my store there were a lot of depts not effected...such as fishing and camping (ya know the spring time depts). It's been about a month since all of this happened and there is still tons of bitterness from the ones effected and the ones that got to stay. A lot of bad attitudes which is to be expected. But remember to get those club cards and to cut your minute of overtime!
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Go to thread Anonymous6573, Sunday 03/16/14 14:05:52 UTC

Uninformed upper management

The jokers in upper management must have gotten their "business" degrees from a Cracker Jack box. Does anyone else at their store have a ton of discontinued merchandise after the newest role?! What's really rich is they don't know what to do with it! They had a phone meeting on what they think stores should do with it. They don't want to Bargain Cave it all because after their last huge doorbuster Bargain Cave sale their gross margin took a hit. And they didn't realize that was going to happen until after?! Are you kidding me?! Now they're discouraging Bargain Caving things, so merchandise is just sitting idle. This is what happens when you're headquartered in good ole middle-of-nowhere Nebraska- no talent in upper management because nobody will move there for the shit pay they offer!
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Go to thread 1111111, Saturday 03/08/14 04:04:02 UTC


It is so unfortunate that so many had to pay such a heavy price for the poor decisions of a few hogs - what was once the darling of the outdoor industry is now looked upon as a joke - what was once a company founded on active participation in the outdoors via employees and management is now a big box joke. Vendors have countless stories of deceit, late payments, knockoffs and a continuing degradation of quality. And the legendary customer service is now a joke. It all goes back to a management team that has arisen from big box mentality - it is strictly about the dollar and the top echelon making every penny they can personally by a total disregard for the employee base that built the company. Layoffs and mass firings are truly a joke to them and think of it, a CEO who gets a 6 million dollar bonus and then 3,000 people are let go after the founder passes away - in reading the posts and knowing the management team, I can assure you that they are laughing their a's off as everyone suffers - thinking of the next bonus! So very, very sad.
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Go to thread 2 weeks later, Tuesday 03/04/14 23:14:15 UTC

It's in their Nature

Close to one of the people laid off, not a new person at Cabela’s so the last in first out is incorrect. This person also had one of the highest customer feedbacks in the store. Well like by returning customers. Went from Full time to "Seasonal" with leave starting immediately. Today the unemployment office called and stated Cabela's claims they were part time and not full time, cutting benefits. Looked into labor laws, everything they did was legal; however in the world of business their actions were immoral and unethical. Don’t think sportsmen will accept these practices one the word gets out.
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Go to thread Anonymous5617, Friday 02/28/14 19:22:43 UTC

Started with X-mas bonus

Corporate said they will no longer give X-mas to employees, stated the majority does not get them. Yet the department managers on up through management still receive a bonus each year, majority does not rule here! 1/31/14 deadline to sign Arbitration agreement so they would not get sued, 60 plus district managers added to payroll, not needed as some of them can't even make a decision when asked a question, oh I forgot they are all yes men to corporate. This promotion happened on 2/16/14. LAYOFFS STARTED 2/19/14. Guess they had to find someway to pay these people and give them the LARGE bonuses. Helpful hint, Get rid of 70% of upper management, hold them accountable for the work instead passing it down hill to lower grade employees. Also reduce corporate full-time to 30% and 70% part-time. This will give our CEO A BIGGER bonus then Last years 6.1 million dollar bonus
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Go to thread Anonymous5587 (Sales), Friday 02/28/14 13:01:56 UTC

Cabelas does not need so many employees any more...

Cabela's has learned they don't need to provide customer service like they used to, customers will still buy what they came for because they drove 200 miles to get to a Cabela's store, and after receiving little or no customer service they will still wait in long lines to check out. Cabela's employees are hounded constantly by management to push their store credit cards and scam extended insurance policies on their customers. They hound cashiers to get customer's phone numbers, and to "round-up" their purchase to an even dollar amount. This is very important to Cabela's management, above all other customer service. Everyone who works there knows Cabela's has no respect for their employees, but what not so many know is they no longer have any respect for their customers either. They would rather scam their customers with their high pressure add-on programs and credit cards than put that priority into providing customer service, like they used to be so well known for. Very sad what has happened to this company as management has passed from the two founding brothers to a board-of-directors driven CEO whose priority is short term end-of-quarter results.
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Go to thread Hamburg Ex, Thursday 02/27/14 02:05:29 UTC

Screwed in Hamburg

Having the company ask us to sign an arbitration agreement is one of the sleeziest things I gave encountered in my working career. This was all planned out to screw the bottom employees so the could add district managers and justify it. HR at this store is also a waste and non-sympathetic.
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Go to thread Anonymous5234, Tuesday 02/25/14 07:30:19 UTC

Not cool, not cool

Richard passed away and now Cabela’s is trying to quietly lay off employee’s around the country only a few days after his death. Cabela’s has not issued a press release or talked to any media about of this story. The new management is horrible.
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Go to thread Anonymous5053, Monday 02/24/14 03:02:32 UTC

After 72 hours...

Has anyone heard of Cabela's contacting the recently laid-off employees about coming back part-time? I know it wouldn't include enough hours for most, and the loss of medical benefits is a big issue, but I'd hope the stores would seek a continued relationship with these folks. Wednesday was such a frenzy, hopefully management will try and make amends after a regrouping period...
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Go to thread GUNBUBBA (GUNS), Monday 02/24/14 02:49:54 UTC

I heard something about a document folks were asked to sign.

I was up buying some stuff the other day and someone asked me if I had "signed the form"? He said it was an agreement not to sue. Sue who I have no idea and he didn't have time to talk. I don't go back to work for a while and would like to hear any scoop. Thanks
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Go to thread Anonymous5047 (Kansas City), Monday 02/24/14 00:52:26 UTC

Corporate Must Be Porn Stars Because They're Good At Fn People

In our store we were told last one in first one out. Yet some departments weren't even touched, you know the high dollar performing ones like Fly Shop and Camping NOT! They run on nothing but full-timers, have bout 6 combined and none went, yet they let the #1 performer in the ENTIRE company go for the last 2+ yrs for those CXP things! Seriously Tommy what are you thinking?! Thought metrics were important! Let Gun Counter guys go that excelled in VOC's and Club Card let alone knew a ton of shit about guns! You think gun sales were down...wait a month or so and than lets talk....Archery wow our store did millions in that dept alone and they just let go the one guy that knew everything there is to know about ANY kind of crossbow etc there is to know...good luck there...Basically HR told us this was a “restructure” going back to the ways of 2012 were part-timers ran the place...Problem is last year they ran all the part-timers off so now they are really left like the Wal-Mart they are aiming for! Good job Tommy!
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Go to thread Anonymous5046 (GUNCOUNTER), Monday 02/24/14 00:50:09 UTC

Layoffs KS

Cabelas lost a lot of good knowledgeable people with a lot of time in the company....bottom line is they don't care about employees or customers anymore...
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Go to thread Anonymous4499, Sunday 02/23/14 13:50:06 UTC

Cabelas culture....

The job eliminations were not about last in the door, take a look around, who's missing? Highest paid hourly, most have been around since the store opened.... Most are full time who take cabelas medical benefits. District meetings were all about preserving cabelas "culture"....way to go Tommy Milner, your new culture is paranoia!!!
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Go to thread Anonymous5025, Sunday 02/23/14 13:06:26 UTC

Ripped a famy apart

Managers were blind sided along with the effected employees. Many good hard working people gone, while slackers remain. Was never about performance, we were only a number. Funny how a couple weeks ago all employees were asked to sign abitration papers. Hamburg pa store will never be the same.
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Go to thread Anonymous5018, Sunday 02/23/14 07:31:29 UTC

Just took a tent as my severance package since I am going to lose my house. Headed to the hills....

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Go to thread Anonymous5012 (Cabelas Rogers, MN), Sunday 02/23/14 03:45:16 UTC

I guess it's " In Their Nature " to screw people over.

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Go to thread Anonymous4987, Saturday 02/22/14 21:38:47 UTC

Who made decision on which employees to let go?

Does anyone know at what level of management the decision was made on who to keep and who to let go? Some have said on other forums that their own manager did not know they were going to be let go. Cabela's is also getting ripped on other forums and on their own Facebook page for some idiot at some level of high management taking it upon himself to decide to fly the American flag at half staff at all Cabela's stores for the death of Dick Cabela. They definitely seem to have some clueless people in upper management.
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Go to thread Anonymous4977 (rogers ar), Saturday 02/22/14 18:28:35 UTC

My store GM told me it was based on seniority as in the last employee to be hired.

I told him that I had been in the department since the store opening and actually the only remaining fulltime person trained by store opening merchandise team. He then had this look of shock in his eyes as he realized that what he was understanding was apparently not the case. I guess it was done by seniority but the opposite direction - the people there the longest and MOST and with the most seniority were let go. It seems in other cases as well from what I am reading on this site!
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Go to thread Anonymous4934, Saturday 02/22/14 02:14:37 UTC

Cabela's Allen, Texas layoffs

According to press reports from Cabela's they fired full time employees according to seniority. But at the Allen store there were exceptions to that, they fired some good sales employees who had been there since that store opened, yet kept some butt kissers and deadwood who hadn't been there as long. They let some really good sales people go. This will hurt them in the long run. Many Cabela's employees were also long-time Cabela's customers with large extended families that are also Cabela's customers, and this stuff is going to catch up to them. My word-of-mouth talk about Cabela's for the next 20 years sure isn't going to be the same as it has been for the last 20 years, as I have become very disillusioned with the company as I found out what the company was really like. They may have improved this current quarter's financial results by doing this but they may also have done damage to the company's reputation that will hurt them for many years to come. If top level management is as dumb as store level management then this will probably turn out to be a screw up.
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Go to thread anonymous262, Saturday 02/22/14 01:04:08 UTC

Our store laid off 20ish people this week.

Well it was a rough week in Richfield. Watching friends and what I would consider family get walked out the door! The way they picked the people was wrong and nust immoral. Keep the garbage employees and fire the good ones! Makes no sense to me! It is funny how 2 days after the founder Dick Cabela dies the company decides to go postal and let go 700 or more people. I am not sure if everyone knows this but Tommy got a 6.1 million dollar bonusfor last year! I guess someone had to pay for that. I am pretty sure the tractors had ssomething to do with it. Not to mention how rapidly stores are opening. Another 23 in the next 2 years, really? I think that they should step back and take a look at all the lives they are duo ing due to the greed of corporate. My heart goes out to all that were affected! There is something better for you out there!
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Go to thread Anonymous4931 (Sales), Saturday 02/22/14 00:55:19 UTC

The REAL "Cabela's Culture"...

The real Cabela's culture from an employee's standpoint is to push their Club Card credit cards above all other priorities, followed by pushing add-on extended service plan (as in ripoff), and for the cashiers it is also pestering each and every customer for "round up" contributions and pestering them for a phone number. As a new employee you get on board with those programs as your highest priority, and your performance is judged almost solely by your percentages in those areas, and if you are not on board with that you are out of there fast. Customer service is a distant lower priority, although some "Outfitters" still provide skilled customer service. But Cabela's could care less about that if your Club Card percentages are low. Very disillusioning if you previously respected Cabela's, but that is the true "Cabela's Culture".
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Go to thread Anonymous4915, Friday 02/21/14 21:47:40 UTC

X Employee?

There has not been any Cabelas Culture for years. It's all about management trying to increase the ever shrinking bonuses and corporate focusing solely on stock pricing. Every decision made right or wrong involves one of those two things. Employees are like t-shirts, get rid of a bunch and get some more. Very sad day for those who gave so much and now have to suffer. Shame on you Tommy.
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Go to thread Anonymous4914, Friday 02/21/14 21:46:41 UTC

I think the reason is...

Because they are opening way too many stores way too fast given this economy, and also a major strategic screw-up in getting into tractor sales. They spent millions on those tractors and adding sales and support for that and those tractors are just sitting there and not selling and killing Cabela's financially. They are desparately trying to keep stockholders from seeing the results of this screwup and trying to cut expenses any way they can.
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Go to thread Anonymous4912 (Sales), Friday 02/21/14 21:13:49 UTC

Layoffs at Allen, TX store

About 30 layoffs at Allen, TX store. Mostly full time. Many good sales people were lost. Pattern seemed to be to get rid of full time staff that had expensive insurance/benefits, replace with part time positions that receive no benefits. There has been terrible morale problems at this store for a long time now. The "Cabela's Culture" is not what most people think.
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