Thread regarding Kroger Co. layoffs

Kroger co downsizing 2019 and 2020

Is this true, and if it is, how much is Kroger cutting?

What groups and what locations?

Any stores closing?

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Post ID: @OP+11jwdgGI

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Idahi Falls Idaho just announced it's closure for April 7th 2020

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Post ID: @2xqwy+11jwdgGI

Well the results are in and it is time for upper management's bonus. For those of you who were layed off or forced to retire early, unless you signed some agreement to the contrary, you are entitled to a prorated share of the bonus earned while you were working. I can't speak to those who were demoted or fired. The secret is you have to ask. I got this advice when I retired several years ago. I asked and I received. No harm in asking.

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Post ID: @2wlel+11jwdgGI

Has anyone noticed Kroger is going by the "how to k–l off a company" hand book written by Kmart in the late 80s?Same stuff - different day. Can't complain about the mngmt changes at my store. The unit and co mgr had run the place into the ground. Totally agree that the "pork" needs to be cut off at the top. The Cincinnati shift was the worst and beginning of the downfall. "How the mighty have fallen"!

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Post ID: @2ubjg+11jwdgGI

Things aren't much better in Kroger manufacturing. No one has been layed off (yet) in my facility but we have managers who don't seem to know exactly what thy're doing and our maintenance budget was cut in half. Not a great recipe for success in my opinion.

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Post ID: @2tvnf+11jwdgGI

Kroger has no loyalty to anyone except their customers if you can't tell. So if I was you I would get out before it's too late. They allow their customers to be absolutely down right rude and disrespectful to their employees and that's okay because they spend money there. NO! And you wonder why the employees are so rude and never wanna smile. Cuz number 1 we are tired of deal with the rude customers who think they are entitled to everything. 2 who tf wants to do all this work and meet all these goals for the CEO to get the bonus instead of the ppl who met the goals. Kroger needs to learn how to better treat their employees and maybe then they would see a difference. Stop stressing them out and over working them!!!!

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Post ID: @2sece+11jwdgGI

Kroger s—s. They just fired store 17 managers again this week. People that were valuable and with company for 10, 15 , 20 and 20+ years. Managers everyone respected. Managers that worked hard. They are going after people that have been longer with company and that are making more money. Cooworkers are tired of this. No one feels secure and everyone is tired of this s... this is second wave and there will be one more. Than they will go after department managers... They keep cutting hours and a work load is 3x more than it used to be. Not to mention that they pay much less than walmart

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Post ID: @2rznd+11jwdgGI

My advice for corporate for Kroger if you want to provide outstanding customer service keeping all star staff that brings uplifting energy to the workplace. Not come on undercover like a snake pertaining to customer and firing good people that bring joy to the workplace .

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Post ID: @gvcj+11jwdgGI

One problem is that Kroger needs to decide who they are competing with one a Division or even District level.. In Atlanta they are trying to compete with Walmart (pricing) AND Publix (Service and Quality) . That is almost a "No Win", and with Kroger being the only Union Shop" it gives them even less flexibility to respond to market changes in the area. (Job market where in some areas Publix is having to pay 12+ dollars/hr to get employees and Kroger is "stuck" at $9 per the union contract) They should focus on "One at a Time" plan.. At least maybe by District to help promote sales for the local customers

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Post ID: @buse+11jwdgGI

this is what happens when you buy out company going under and put the incharge. like the Dillons

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Post ID: @4fyv+11jwdgGI

We lost most of mgmt in our store. I have zero feelings,and zero loyalty to any of them. I had to deal with most of them on a daily basis, and would give them a below mediocre score.

The thing that Kroger is STILL missing, if you make your employees happy, they in turn will take care of the customers. Mgmt MUST stick to policy, and stop doing this make it right nonsense. Most if not all customers are abusing it, hence it's a money drain.

Kroger also needs to maintain the c-appy outdated equipment they already have. We all know from working with it, it's all a safety hazard.

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Post ID: @3mog+11jwdgGI

Just lost my favorite asm today. He had been with the company for 35 years! They're moving our store manager to another store an hour away. Our other asms all have evaluation meetings as well. If they wanted to absolutely crush everyone's morale they have sure succeeded. I am on the verge of putting in my 2 weeks and I've been here 12 years.

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Post ID: @3rls+11jwdgGI

I hope our new store manager makes some changes to our store and people doing a half assed job get reassigned or demoted. Those doing not even a half assed job get fired. Those not even doing a half assed job get termed rather than allowing them to do what ever the hell they want.

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Post ID: @3eex+11jwdgGI

A coordinator going to a store manager role isn’t a demotion. That’s a promotion. A coordinator is a glorified ASM that oversees a particular department.

But yes, we will be having a rough Q4 selling will the lack of experience in the stores with all the layoffs.

It has yet to happen at the Fry’s division.

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Post ID: @3vwo+11jwdgGI

I was gone the weekend and when I came back one of my more favorable coordinator got demoted to a store manager and 2 local managers got fired.

Everyone's looking at my store manager nervously and even they're feeling some heat, jokingly saying they'd better use up their last vacation up soon.

And our division president was around the area yesterday and today.

This is genuinely upsetting.

The coordinator was decent, he was showing interest in the department I'm currently at and actively asking for our input, which is rare for us.

And I truly think that if they even try to move my store manager to another store or get the can, everyone would flip, customers and employees alike.

I am truly considering abandoning the hell train by the end of the year and reevaluate what I really want to be doing.

Because this truly isn't it chief.

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Post ID: @3kzo+11jwdgGI

My heart goes out to all that have lost their jobs. We all work so hard for all these years thinking our jobs are safe and secure only to have the rug pulled out from under us. I’ve been through a few closings and buy outs and it never gets easier to be in the middle of such chaos and watch people’s dreams ripped from them. This affects the moral of everyone down to baggers. We are a work family and losing a family member is never easy. I don’t think we have seen the worst of it yet. I feel there is more devastation coming and we are only seeing the beginning of it. Maybe the CEOs should take a long hard look at themselves. We need our jobs and a lot of us are struggling on what you consider a great ROP. As the saying goes “I once dreamed of the salary I’m now starving on!” Yet you get a million dollar bonus based off all our hard work. We struggle to get our jobs done in the minimal amount of time you give up. Fight for seniority to get what we rightfully have earned. Watch new hires walk in off the street with no experience get paid Exactly what we had to work for years to make. They get 40 hours, yet never show up on time, call out sick, steal from us, leave early and yet they still have their jobs. And the dedicated senior people who show up for every shift, never hardly miss any work, do their best every day are forgotten or now even fired. You are a big company and my words mean nothing to you. I know karma eventually comes around and one day maybe it will knock at your door.

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Post ID: @3jdw+11jwdgGI

I’ve worked for Kroger Houston Division for 25 years. This company is going down the drain. The only saving grace I have is that I’m an hourly clerk. Who knows if we are going to have the same fate as the salaried managers that were terminated. It is so sad to see so many friends that I have made over the years get layed off. We are expected to do the work of three people. More work, less hours, work short handed, but still deliver “first class” service. 🙄 This company is delusional. It is devastating to see what this company has become. I will not be surprised if they leave Houston like they did San Antonio. My prayers are with those that are losing their jobs and everyone else who is still unsure if they will have a job tomorrow.

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Post ID: @2dup+11jwdgGI

Has anyone heard any rumors about stores closing I heard a announcement will be made soon. At Ralphs they let so many mangers go that they do not have enough mangers left to staff the stores. So makes only sense that store closures will be announced soon. Sad to see the company going down.

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Post ID: @2pvh+11jwdgGI

After 14 years of employment at Fred Meyer 10 of which as middle management. I was let go. Kroger is shooting themselves in the foot. They are getting rid of good employees that they feel they are paying to much. Maybe had they not spent so much money on their remodels and the corporate fat cats not taken a raise they wouldn't be hurting so much. Hope Kroger loses their shirts

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Post ID: @2wjn+11jwdgGI

I have only been with Fred Meyer for 8 years. But since kroger bought Fred Meyer, it has been a down hill spiral. Less employees to do the same amount of work. No extra help for the holidays. When you call in sick, you get harassed. Fred Meyer cared for the Associates as well as the Customers. All kroger cares about is a profit, and giving the higher up managers a huge raise and bonus. While Associates are lucky to get a 25 cent raise. After listening to our long standing customers, kroger has become a less friendly, less caring store for the customers and Associates alike.

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Post ID: @2pcs+11jwdgGI

Considering the fact that Mid-Atlantic last time I checked had 19 openings for Grocery managers, D–g GM Managers, Produce Managers (store leads) etc, this is a dumb move. Kroger cannot keep people as it is. Stores are on skeleton crews as it is. Going to tick customers off and lose more business. Sheer Stupidity.

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Post ID: @2ehg+11jwdgGI

I’m not usually one to jump on the whole corporate hate bandwagon but in this case it seems kind of c-appy and low to make decisions based on people making too much money while the upper level of CEOs etc... make millions in bonuses right before the restructure. Doesn’t send a good message to the entire Kroger Co

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Post ID: @2yiw+11jwdgGI

Well their Dairy in Lynchburg, Westiver Dairy makes milk for Food Lion to keep the doors open. Says alot anout business sense....
Their management suvks and this proves it.

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Post ID: @2bod+11jwdgGI

So much for feeding the Human Spirit ! Kroger once said Customer first but that’s been dropped . By cutting hours and middle management to make a profit margin while upper management keep their exorbitant bonuses is just wrong . There was a time that Kroger stood above these actions taken by their competitors .

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Post ID: @2jqt+11jwdgGI

Kroger Co. CEO Rodney McMullen received a 19 percent raise to $11.7 million, including a $2.7 million bonus that was 7.5 times bigger than last year’s cash award.
Chief Financial Officer Mike Schlotman got a 26 percent raise to $5.5 million, including his $1.4 million bonus that was 563 percent bigger than last year.
Chief Operating Officer Michael Donnelly’s total pay increased 29 percent to $5.5 million, including a $1.3 million bonus that was 631 percent bigger this year.
Chief Information Officer Chris Hjelm got a 34 percent raise to $4.5 million, powered by a $1.1 million bonus that was 560 percent bigger than last year.
Senior Vice President Robert Clark received a $905,900 bonus as one element of his $4.5 million in total compensation. Clark's pay for prior years was not disclosed by the company. He was promoted last May to lead Kroger's supply chain, manufacturing and sourcing operations.

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Post ID: @2kjd+11jwdgGI

I'm in D1 MA as well and I heard they got rid of over 100+ Co-Managers so far across the MA. Our District lost 9 people the last i heard and they're getting rid of all of our Coordinators and making it just 1. So basically they'll be our DM and a Coordinator. They've gotten rid of managers who were there for 30+ years and the ages are all over the place. Some 50, 30, 20, 40. They didn't discriminate against age which I guess is good? It's still completely awful and all of the stores are incredibly emotional and turn right now.

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Post ID: @2adb+11jwdgGI

In my QFC district there have been many store managers and ASMs fired. Thankfully my manager was not one of them, she is the most competent, compassionate, hard working manager I have ever had the pleasure to work for.

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Post ID: @2jvm+11jwdgGI

It’s unfortunate that it’s happening across all the divisions. Never in my life time did I ever think I see anything like this and we talk about Core values I honestly do not think they exercised not one of our core values on our phone conference on Monday. What it boils down to is NUMBERS and how hard can you push your fellow coworkers to work and exceed the expectations for minimum pay! people have families to feed built futures careers with this company missed out on numerous family occasions because there is NO WORK BALANCE and never has been and it’s very sad that those who invested their time we’re now losing their job and they could care less Albertson’s did the same thing years ago and they sank!!! And it’s funny how they made sure that they pushed the associate survey for everybody to do before this phone call came on Monday how ironic !! But I sure am glad Rodney McMullen is enjoying his bonus!! our customers that are losing their favorite managers Or comanagers aren’t going to be happy they can go shop at Walmart and get the same things same delivery service same food items same non-food items that we offer throughout Kroger what is going to stop them now!!!! Look out WalMart here comes your business!!!

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Post ID: @2cio+11jwdgGI

It’s happening in the Smith’s division

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Post ID: @2lag+11jwdgGI

Unfortunately they're letting go of the wrong people. When you see your people drowning you (manager) needs to step in and physically do something! The mangers left in my store are the ones pointing telling me "why don't you have this and that done already" but don't bother to pitch in.

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Post ID: @2xqc+11jwdgGI

California got rid of most Coordinators, some forced to retire , some demoted . Also got rid of some managers & co managers . Heard even more Friday . Also possible store closures. Very scary time.

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Post ID: @2vyr+11jwdgGI

Any word from Columbus division?

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Post ID: @2nur+11jwdgGI

This truly saddens me and shows how Kroger really care about their employees and customers. You have a mandatory call on Monday and then you’re gone the next day! What kind of empathy, integrity, respect, honesty, loyalty is that! Your tenure does not matter. Some getting severance some getting nothing. Some getting escorted out of their stores and told not to ever come back. Some forced to retire immediately. Some didn’t even say goodbye to their fellow employees or coworkers. This is damn right dirty, mean, rude and grimey! Right here at Christmas too!!!! How can you support a company like this? The moral s—s already but they claim they uplift in every way. Please... these hourly employees want more money and working like slaves for minimal wage or $8.40 coming in the door. You can go anywhere and at least make $10/hr. This is BS and a joke. Don’t know the plan but active shooters don’t come the day you have security on deck! This is how this crazy sh– happen! I pray no one does anything stupid. Everybody’s on edge and stressed out! Nott good!

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Post ID: @1poy+11jwdgGI

I work in district 1 mid Atlantic and I was told we will have 1 fresh coordinator instead of separate ones for deli, meat and produce. Also lost 4 store managers and quite a few ASM's and co-managers. Supposedly it will mean more money for on floor clerks

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Post ID: @1sww+11jwdgGI

Michigan Division I am in has gone to three coordinators and have let go of at least five store managers and three co-managers from what I’ve heard. That’s with a new store opening in the coming weeks that’s is already fully staffed and another store closing staffed with no positions for managers when the store closes. I don’t see this being the end of the restructure and lay offs.

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Post ID: @1knb+11jwdgGI

Layoffs started happening in the atlanta division today. It's so sad, and the level of uncertainty and the moral of the flowery branch store is so palpable you could cut it with a knife. Everyone is on edge including those of us that are paid hourly cause it feels like no one Is safe from being let go.

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Post ID: @1vvs+11jwdgGI

All of this exemplifies exactly what is wrong with Kroger as a whole. This is the absolute worst way to go about doing things, all they’ve managed to do is create chaos, confusion, fear, distrust. There’s no true transparency, no true honesty, nothing, it’s just another example of how the more they try to control every little thing, the more damage they cause and the more slips through their fingers. This is endemic. It’s sad, and it’s only getting worse.

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Post ID: @1yuq+11jwdgGI

Cincinnati just lost 100s of years of experience Replaced by kid with iPad.

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Post ID: @1ngf+11jwdgGI

Has anyone heard about forcing the department heads to go to other stores or quit? I heard a store manager told everyone in a huddle that no one was safe.

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Post ID: @1bvb+11jwdgGI

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