Thread regarding Big Lots Inc. layoffs

Wave two has begun

I received the call on my day off, at home. A conference call letting me know that today is my last day of employment with the company. They sent some documents to my email after the call and it included a chart of severed employees, no names given of course. The chart shows 394 eliminated positions from temporary lead assistant to STL. Adios Big Lots.

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I was on the July layoff, the call came from my DM but it was a 3-way call, a person from corporate was on to do the dirty work.

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I haven't seen much action on this thread. If there were really a few hundred people laid off, I'm sure they'd find their way here, just like they did in July.

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Effective Today: Bruce's Boys have removed the Corporate Care/Survey phone number from the bottom of all of our receipts. He wanted to make even MORE job cuts at Corporate, so decided he no longer wants to employ people to answer customer calls all day. So now, much to the dismay of many of our Senior customers who don't have or can't afford internet, they will not be able to have their voices heard. Many of the folks are the same ones who can't get Rewards Cards because they don't have e-mail addresses. So, maybe, we'll have them send their comments and complaints via snail-mail directly to Bruce's corporate office. We'll write Bruce's street address and office number at the bottom of their receipts! Bottom Line will read: "ATTN: TIGHTWAD Thorn"

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Post ID: @9dqm+138kBbDf

Yep, former manager, Bruce and/or his puppets have put a freeze on "non-emergency" spending till after Feb. 2nd (This includes all floor-care, non-emergency repairs, new equipment purchases, etc.). Reason is to "maximize our 4th Quarter income/profits for our stockholders." This is also why the 394 management personnel were let go BEFORE the Quarter ended. Bruce's OBSESSION with maximizing income and profits, at the expense of required staffing and fully-functional equipment, are going to lead to the ultimate "implosion" of our company, within the next couple years. Many outsiders see this coming, so they are not investing in Big Lots, and they are not applying for the 1938 "career" jobs that are currently posted on www.biglots.com. BRUCE MUST GO...SOON!

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I was one of the managers let go on July 29 2019, after 26 years of service, I still stay in touch with members of management who still are employed at Big Lots. The work load is overwhelming, company still pushing rewards, recovery standards are in the toilet! I was in my former store last week, that had the remodel last year. Both restrooms are out of order, floor service has been cancelled till February! Request for bathrooms to be repaired was denied till February! Cant wait till Big Lots broadcast their sales for the fourth quarter and total sales for 2019. As a shareholder I am deeply concerned how Big Lots operates, I believe if all the shareholders knew how shady Bruce Thorn and his other cronies are changes wound made!

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So, NO corporate announcement at all about this (Jan. 2020) round of lay-offs. 394 management employees let go, and no one has the GONADS to talk about it...except ONE guy! Those of you reading my post, who don't have the guts to speak up, are complicit in Bruce's blood-letting of folks HE THINKS are making too much money. With a little research, you can discover that it is Bruce and his "blood buddies" (board members) who are bleeding the company dry. Over the past couple years, they have not only purchased many common shares (re-invested in the company), but they have also voted to GIFT themselves thousands of dollars worth of stock at a cost of $0. This info is readily available on several financial websites. When are the rest of you going to stand up to this Dictator??? HIS "god" is the Almighty Dollar! He doesn't care about us and our families.

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I can’t post the number here but I can tell you that it came from Columbus, OH. On the call was my DTL and the Regional HR leader.

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Post ID: @2gzv+138kBbDf

What was the phone number they called you from

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