Thread regarding Weight Watchers International Inc. layoffs

Thousands got laid off today! Via phone call!

Thousands of us service providers were let go today! Our severance? Lifetime free WW membership. Big woop.

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Post ID: @OP+14X2R6vq

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Nj ny tonight channel 2 at 7 story will be on inside edition. Will have fired employees

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Post ID: @esuw+14X2R6vq

I am absolutely disgusted with the way WW treated MANY OF THEIR LONG TIME EMPLOYEES! I have been a member since 1997. I have acclimated myself to the many changes that Weight Watchers implemented until they changed to WW. Too many little changes for me.....it wasn't broke so why fix it? Even bringing Oprah and Kate Hudson didn't seem to help. Just wasn't the same for me do I stopped going to meetings even tho I LOVED my leader! And finally last week I said "Screw it"...I'm done all together! Then I read about the massive firings and today I happened to run into my leader. Learned a lot! Glad I quit WW! There are other weight watching programs out there and not the ones on TV. Personally I think the CEO should resign and I hope WW folds!!!

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Post ID: @cvag+14X2R6vq

I guess I’m going to be the outlier here. While I appreciate the difficulty that many have with being terminated or with the way it was done, I also recognize t it was a massive layoff. I think our territory had 60 Team members terminated. Our TM did the same Zoom audio conference and offered to speak with us individually if we had questions or wanted to talk. WW is hurtling for money and they needed to do something. They graciously paid us for virtual meetings where we weren’t all needed during the pandemic, even commissions on average sales from previous months. With this many people for a TM to handle, the rumor mill etc would be impossible To manage, and you couldn’t get the task done quickly like it needed to be done. I was only a guide for a little over a year. The difficulty for me was that it felt like they told me I Was not doing a good job helping people / making a difference. But that is not true. THey are trying to survive. I hope They do. They made a huge difference in my life and I worked there because we made a huge difference in the lives of others. Like all companies, they are not perfect, but I hold no ill will towards them and I hope they hire me back someday.

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Post ID: @cyzf+14X2R6vq

I didn’t work for WW but I was a member two times over the past 15 years. I am absolutely disgusted reading about what has happened to so many of you and the cold callous way it was done. I wish I still was a member so I could cancel my membership and tell them why they’ll never get my business ever again!! Best of luck to you all in the next chapters of your lives.

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Post ID: @cqum+14X2R6vq

https://laidoff2020.blogspot.com/2020/05/ww-needs-to-be-accountable.html

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Post ID: @cpok+14X2R6vq

Hundreds of Comcast Direct Sales Employee’s just got laid off on a video call. I thought CEO donated his salary so that wouldn’t happen.

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Post ID: @csul+14X2R6vq

Wow if that true it’s very sad! But money talks and we can’t!

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Post ID: @cruy+14X2R6vq

Oprah got Inside Edition in her back pocket. She paid them the big $$ to keep their mouth shut!

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Post ID: @ckfa+14X2R6vq

What happened with inside edition? I thought they were interested in doing a story on the way they fired us. Has anyone heard from them?

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Post ID: @bemg+14X2R6vq

I hope all the press gives WW the pr they deserve which is negative. I never thought I would say this I hope the company goes under . What they did to us was so cold hearted that I beleive you reap what you sow and the membership prices are high. Many people are leaving in droves it’s eerily satisfying!!!

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Post ID: @baxz+14X2R6vq

I was fired by WW by way of 4 minute Zoom call. I worked as a guide for nearly 13 years. It was painful and cruel the way it was done. However, I found it even crueler for WW to fire our territory manager and make her tell us we were fired over the Zoom call. She was crying as she told us the news.

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Post ID: @bqwq+14X2R6vq

To the 61 year old who just poured her heart out. Please come join our group on Facebook, we are here for you and all feel the same way! It is Fired & Former Weight Watchers Employees

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2744225169152180/

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Post ID: @arla+14X2R6vq

Former WW Team Member/Studio Guide
Age 61 Years Old Female
Title: Trauma caused by WW/Weight Watchers

Ok this is going to be a long story however it’s from my heart ❤️ so scroll off you don’t want to read it. There are 7 stages of grief and I should know because I lost my 30 year old son in 2014. If it weren’t for having his dog 🐕 I would of never got out of bed 🛌. I joined weight watchers and lost the weight and felt good about myself and saw a therapist and it helped. I went thru the anger the shock the denial the thought of not being good enough etc. Now I’m at the point of sorrow and grief. I truly loved my members my coach and my coworkers. I would look forward to getting ready for my meeting and thinking 🤔 I was helping my members. I would love to hear if they made their goal or how the week went, the ups and downs and of course I participated as well. For them to take that away in a two min phone call and we can’t even go in an say bye to them or they are thinking we didn’t care about them especially in this pandemic to let them know we still cared. I feel ostracized and I’m sure some of you feel the same. 😌. We couldn’t get in to speak to any one we were left in the gutter thrown away like trash. Telling our coworkers not to associate with us. I understand they had to let some of us go but the way they did it was cruel and unjust. If I can sue them I would. I would never win because they are powerful people. I feel like my son died all over again and there is no reason to figure out my why or get up and have a goal any longer. I loved my coach he was great. I feel embarrassed to go back and not sure they would let me in. My coworkers I loved. My members as well. I will put my big girl panties on and will prevail its just depressing I’m so many ways. Thank you for listening. ❤️.

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Post ID: @apid+14X2R6vq

After being employed for 22 years in 2 different territories I am disgusted that friends I have had for years and years who were NOT fired have stopped talking to me, unfriended me on facebook, cancelled plans (virtual c—tail hours etc.) because I was fired and they were not. They think I have sour grapes for all of the posts of the articles that I have shared on Facebook and think I should "lay low". They should be thankful that due to my actions and the actions of other fired employees when their time comes they will most not likely be fired in the same manner. These are the same people who have complained about the low pay and the changes in the program and the name (from Weight Watchers to WW) and the lack of care from the company for its employees for a long time and now they are the WW cheerleaders. Seriously, did they drink the corporate kool-aid?

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Post ID: @auih+14X2R6vq

Oprah Meme:

https://i.ibb.co/nk9cWbq/oprah-ww-layoff-meme.jpg
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Post ID: @aoge+14X2R6vq

Thanks @awmj - that's a great article by Bruce... the best one so far. I encourage everyone to read it.
You can read the entire article here:
https://www.thelayoff.com/t/1575XTv7
or follow this link
@OP+1575XTv7

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Post ID: @aypg+14X2R6vq

Of course they lied! They have always lied to us! The territory managers were the only ones who know who we are. They didn’t pick out names out of a hat!! What an insult to our intelligence!!!

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Post ID: @ahau+14X2R6vq

I believe 100% the territory managers made the choices who stayed and who got fired. The “higher ups” had NO FREAKING IDEA who any of us were. Someone had to have give two “higher ups” our names.

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Post ID: @ahuh+14X2R6vq

As Mr. Weinstein so eloquently put it in his Forbes article not that we were terminated it was the way it was done. It was done with total disrespect with no regard for our wellness! Also how did they choose who goes and who stays? We will never find the answer to that! When manager was asked the answer wsd I don’t know. How can that be? No one else knows us except our managers. I think we deserve to know why we were chosen to go and colleagues stay. This whole thing is truly a cowards way to fire loyal employees. I hope they are never successful again as many of us were the staple of weight watchers or ww. Which by the way the members never liked the name change!!

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Post ID: @ajlv+14X2R6vq

I got up this morning planning to sit in on Oprah’s Live wellness meeting And happened to see a comment about WW firing a bunch of employees (4000) via a 5 minute scripted zoom meeting- looked into it- read a little more, then signed into the live wellness meeting. Oprah was saying something about how some people were commenting or thinking that the pandemic wasn’t as hard on rich people but started saying how Duane Johnson talked last week about being off -balance and stuff, so we all are suffering, blah , blah , blah- I just couldn’t get into it or buy into it after the way the loyal employees were treated- some who’d worked for decades and all for low pay- seems like they could have laid people off in a more caring, considerate, empathetic manner. All this wellness c-ap- and it seems like c-ap now because there was no Empathetic thought for the wellness of all those employees. I get that companies need to cut back - did they have to do it like that? Leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

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Post ID: @asfz+14X2R6vq

Why WW’s Group Firings On Zoom Were Unethical, Terrible PR And Bad For Business

by Bruce Weinstein

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bruceweinstein/2020/05/23/why-wws-group-firings-on-zoom-were-unethical-terrible-pr-and-bad-for-business/#20f91e5c5c0b
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Post ID: @awmj+14X2R6vq

Here is what my local TV in Atlanta covered:

https://www.wsbtv.com/news/trending/coronavirus-weight-watchers-executes-mass-firing-via-zoom/ROU6XVIIC5GLFAFOXTP6QG4UCU/?_website=cmg-tv-10010

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Post ID: @atvx+14X2R6vq

I can’t seem to get into the fb group can someone guide me! Thanks in advance!

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Post ID: @avqx+14X2R6vq

Bruce Weinsteins article in Forbes was amazing! He was spot on!!! Thank you Bruce!!!

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Post ID: @9vpc+14X2R6vq

https://laidoff2020.blogspot.com/2020/05/better-together-myth.html

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Post ID: @9gan+14X2R6vq

Excellent article in Forbes calling WW “unethical” https://www.forbes.com/sites/bruceweinstein/2020/05/23/why-wws-group-firings-on-zoom-were-unethical-terrible-pr-and-bad-for-business/

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Post ID: @9lrn+14X2R6vq

Join our Fired & Former WW/Weight Watchers Employees private FB support group. You are not alone and have a place to grieve your loss of employment with WW.

We are all trying to make sense of this blindsided and UNETHICAL behavior. #WellnessThatDoesntWork
#FormerWWHeroesofCovid19

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2744225169152180/

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Post ID: @9vjx+14X2R6vq

I urge you to please reach out to the reporters on this thread. We need to get our story out because WW wants to keep this quiet! It really needs to get out to the public by doing so we are helping others!!

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Post ID: @9fcx+14X2R6vq

Weight Watchers founder Jean Niditch, must be turning over in her grave! She never would have done something like this!! Shame on WW–shame on Oprah and Mindy Grossman. Now WW's good name is seared with mud!!

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Post ID: @9qnm+14X2R6vq

Hallo, I would like to read the article.

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Post ID: @9djv+14X2R6vq

If you continue to scroll down there is a transcript of the phone call someone had posted it.

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Post ID: @9riy+14X2R6vq

I just spoke with Eliza Talmadge from Inside Edition. She would like to speak to some people that were fired on the call and possibly use it for the TV show. Here email is [email protected] Her # is 914 420 5363. If anyone has a recording or script of the call she would like that.

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Post ID: @9uiy+14X2R6vq

Having worked for WW for over 30 years, I’m saddened to see where this company is headed. Top management needs to reacquaint themselves with what the pillars of Weight Watchers is really are. Let’s get back to what our members want and that is weight lose.

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Post ID: @9vst+14X2R6vq

2nd rate company ... 3rd rate c e o ... the c e o serves at the behest of oprah ... new company name
o m g ... oprah mindy god ...

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Post ID: @9xwe+14X2R6vq

Wow how nasty!

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Post ID: @9dif+14X2R6vq

Here is the media coverage of the Zoom call debacle (NY Times, Fox, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, etc.):

@OP+156vwK6u

or

https://www.thelayoff.com/t/156vwK6u

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Post ID: @9sdj+14X2R6vq

Wow I’m so glad this is here! Happened to me and I’ve not talked to anyone except the other guide it happened to. I’m just mind blown there were 4000 people I had no idea. I’d been there 5 years as receptionist/guide. I loved it and had lost 50 lbs when I was recruited. It was a second job for me but I so loved meeting, connecting And helping members. Yes it was an awful way to let us go then tell us to go to the website to look for jobs. I’ve always thought they were very top heavy in corporate. I’m sorry for all of us. But I hope this gets out to the the right reporters and they do an awesome expose on this firing. I’m

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Post ID: @9ulq+14X2R6vq

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/business/weight-watchers-firings-zoom.html?fbclid=IwAR2kS0b9h3fY55updUl4w79ZR6K9HVXz5TvZdXYUWq0gah_BBEBPMyz_JWU

Excellent article! Share, tweet, keep it going. Let members know!!

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Post ID: @9iye+14X2R6vq

As the news gets out we can only hope that the Ww members start to see this cold hearted company fir what it is. You are only a membership to them . Mindy Grossman is a moneymaker period. Our members have hearts and souls and they are better than this and deserve better. To the woman who stands with us kudos to you for writing to Mindy! It is much appreciated. Hopefully more and more people will get the jest of what Ww is and back awsy!!! Many more programs out there folks. Some may even think you matter!!

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Post ID: @8ahh+14X2R6vq

We did not get paid if we did not work. SO what was the urgency to get rid of all of us in 5 minutes? There is tons of product wasting away in closed centers. The At work program has basically been destroyed beyond recognition. I worked for over 14 yrs. So much instruction on how to be kind, sympathetic, understanding and show empathy for the members. We were paid less than min wage. Staying way after a meeting yes meeting closed to help members with the app. Favoritism beyond belief. And always hiring people even when there were not openings. I never understood that waste. Every one I knew would take on extra meetings. 75% were part time and not eligible for benefits and yet we loved the members and our jobs and stayed.

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