adidas laid off all externals aka contractors who work like FT employees with none of the benefits. And worse, there will not be any pay like they are providing retail workers. All this while they role put some internal nonsense #hometeam (you know because we’re at home and we’re a team).
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Quite late to the party on this one, but I wanted to include my own experience as an external employee who was laid off last April after 8 years with the brand to facilitate documenting how adidas treats their [contracted] employees.
As a few have mentioned the lay offs were incredibly abrupt. So abrupt in fact, that I was technically laid off before I was even told. I even attended meetings the day AFTER I was technically laid off because no one told me.
Once I was informed, it wasn't even from my direct manager, but instead through the staffing agency and while I understand this is policy, it's incredibly disrespectful in my opinion.
Unfortunately this is really the way adidas and HR handled external contractors during my 8 years with the company, as second-class employees, not deserving of benefits, developmental opportunities, and respect. They like to pretend that everything's equal and contractors are "part of the team", which is, in fact BS.
Looking back, most of my time with the brand was great, I owe my managers and mentors a huge thank you for the development they provided me, I was able to work hard, produce results, and scored very well on every year end review. Unfortunately, this recent lay-off and the many disappointing experiences with HR over the years have really soured my experience, and in my opinion revealed how little the brand actually cares about it's individual employees.
Thinking of taking on a contract role with adi? I'd steer clear. They will lead you on with lies about becoming a "full-time adi employee in the near future" or try to pay you an extra $1K to make up for the lack of ALL benefits you're missing out on (no health insurance, no dental/vision, no 401K, super-limited PTO, etc.). And to top it all off, when sh– hits the fan you'll be the first person cut loose when sh– hits the fan. Oh, and they won't even tell you.
On the bright side the lay off did allow me to step into a much better role, in a new industry, outside of Portland. Perhaps one day I'll make my way back to the brand, but I certainly won't do it as a naïve contractor.
Thanks for reading!
The possibility of being laid off does come with the territory of contract work. That’s true. However, being decent human beings and doing the right thing comes with any position, FT or contract. A majority of the contract workers were let go and treated as if they had done something wrong. A phone call saying “you don’t have a job as of today” and then an email directing them to drop their laptop at the nearest FedEx store. Wow! Unacceptable. These are super scary times and adidas said, “goodbye, send us your computer.” There was not a statement or a thank you for all the hard work. Adidas HR did not even create a one sheet for resources these individuals could use, but considering that this is a company that launched their Game of Thrones shoes after the Game of Thrones Finale, few of us were surprised. So if anyone wants to pop into these comments and say that being laid off is part of being contracted...they also need to understand that part of being human is not throwing people away without making sure they will be ok. The CEO did not forego his salary and the bad press around adidas deciding not to pay rent in certain markets showed a lot of us...it was not about the people.
The contract employees did not tank the company, they were not responsible for the low sales in retail.
Adidas hires contractors to fill critical roles that the company has nobody else owning. Many contract positions remain consistently contacted if the roles is not recognized by the global offices in Germany. So if adidas were a soccer team, the fullbacks, center back and striker would be contracted. The contractors weren’t warming any benches.
Adidas talks poorly of Nike being horrible to their contractors because Nike makes their contract employees wear different color badges. However, now that we’ve seen how adidas handles themselves when it comes to their non-people, nobody should be in a rush to take an adidas contract.
new post on a-live from the board with a subheading of "uncomfortable times ahead" I think we know what that means.
Both Germany and Portland. Externals only employed through the end of March
If you choose to work as a consultant, this comes work the territory. Personal choice. There are pros and cons of being an external workforce. Such practices are normal for any company at such times.
F— you adidas!!!! Money over everything! F— YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!
Have heard of one contract in PDX being stopped. Am an external awaiting my fate...
Is this at Germany HQ, Portland HQ, or both?