More layoffs at corporate happening today
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what is right is right...I have decided to follow the recommendation on the Severance Agreement and seek an Attorney... I will work with one on a contingency because I can't afford to challenge the dollars d—s has by myself out of pocket. But what's right is right and wrong Termination along with Age Discrimination is just wrong. I hope others will have the courage to do this as well. This needs to be called out for what it is... privately or publicly if necessary.
I believe companies need to have some flexibility to do what they need to survive and thrive, but this isn't that. This is absolute corruption without consequence if nobody does anything. Much like some other business practices I have witnessed. Time to stop it!
So, yeah.....this sux,... but I get it as it is straight from the DKS playbook.
Director level, 13 years on the job, double digit increases the last 5 years, great / outstanding reviews and surprise.....We no longer have a role for you?!?......two things:
1 - Total lack of empathy. My call was totally scripted, sterile and cold.....C'mon, you can't thank me for for my service, dedication and years of loyalty?
2 - I don't want to sound bitter...but....Look at the team still there. Some I trained and think are great, others not so much. Is this the team we want on the field for the 2nd half?....Yikes!....Short term decision losing the talented and dedicated individuals that grew the business to where it is today replaced by members lacking experience or talent but with a lot of bravado......ugh...
Good news though......there is life after D–k's.....a lot of folks have gone through this and come out fine.....troll indeed and linked in to see where former teammates are and see for yourself.
Best of luck to everyone!
Lots of comments on age . . . I ran some numbers - in the department I was eliminated . . the average age is retained was about 34.5 ... the average age of all those eliminated was more almost 40 and in my particular job type the average age eliminated was 15 years higher than retained... also the average age of the entire department retained is under 35 - The average age of the US workforce is over 42... interesting . . the really sad part is that many of the people I know that lost their jobs are also known as superior to many retained . . . the bigger question becomes - What can be done? i HAVE A FEELING A NUMBER OF PITTSBURGH LAWYERS ARE GOING TO BE BUSY
I used to think that, in a lot of ways, this corporation was different, had a heart and cared about the employees (team members???). What happened last week proves that to be wrong. Like a lot of companies, they get rid of long term staff that were part of the growth of the company. This should be a lesson to young people looking for careers, regardless of the BS they feed you when you hire on, you are expendable at a moment's notice, so never stop looking for your next job opportunity, leave them before they dump you.
I worked at corporate in IT. Being furloughed wasn't my fault. Being laid off (terminated!) wasn't my fault. Yet, everything that is now happening makes it look like I have been fired from the company. Yes, I got the vacation pay, yes I'm getting the max UC that PA allows (still way below my pay - not the 50% level the VP told me it was), yes I'm getting the 600/wk stimulus but all in all, I'm still going in the hole over 2K per month!
So there is the severence pay - sure I'll get it too but if I get another job in the meantime, that will be terminated, so I won't get the full severence. But I'll have to claim the vacation for this week and believe they will take away the UC and 600/wk stimulus for that week, making it worse. On top of that, I will also have to be claiming the severence pay as it comes in (why couldn't they just give a lump sum that would have been less painful?) and could be losing part if not all my UC for those 12 weeks too! So I really have no incentive to find another job until at least the middle of next month just before the 600/wk stimulus ends.
And I just found out that the money I've been putting into my FSA is history. As of 6/1, I cannot use that money that I've been putting into it every payday. I had a few health care visits schedules in March, April, and May that I could have used my FSA on but the Coronavirus caused the schedules to be pushed out past June 1. So I lose several hundred dollars of my own money and none of this was my fault!
The 20+/- page document is all worded like I was fired from the company. A no compete clause for a year, I can NEVER be rehired by DSG, all benefits are terminated (except health care lasting one month - whoohoo!), etc. Man DSG really has a fantastic set of attorneys, right?
Thank you D–k's for being so loyal to your teammates.
#DSGCARES - about the stock price but not the teammates who were loyal
"This is temporary" - not for some
"We want you back" - someone has lied
I'll bet that there are going to be more furloughs turning into layoffs before this is over.
I find it very interesting you have to sign your rights about s-xual harassment, workplace violence, disability issues, hostile workplace and discrimination, religion & any other issues there might have been.
Like hey sorry if we were aholes to you. Don't try to sue.
That plus the non-compete. Like you are severing my job but still want to uphold a 1 yr non-compete for pretty much any other company.. but we have to say it's fine & won't impact our ability to get another job for this contract. 😒😠
Not to mention if you get a new job you have to tell them & they will stop paying the severance..
Jezzzz thanks for really looking out for us. If I wasn't already gone, I would be now seeing how they are treating people.
The paperwork they sent out mentions a few times if you take the severance you can't go after the company even for age discrimination. #DSGCARES, about younger cheaper people. For a big company they don't realize the older/long term employees are the loyal ones. They younger ones work for 2-3 years and then move on to make more money.
I've been with this company for roughly five years, thought I actually had a future with this company, I even started to eat up the BS that was #DSGCares. Yeah they care alright.. they care about the bottom line and how much that number is in the positive.
People wonder why "company loyalty" is a thing of the past and this shows why right here... The company doesn't give two s**ts about the people who keep the wheels turning.
Honestly I'm glad this happened, I'm glad I won't waste 20+ years of my life at a company that doesn't value it's employees. Plenty of other companies like hiring combat veterans.
Im not even angry
Someone told me that the paperwork they sent stated that - if you signed the documents - you agree to "never work for DSG again"... what the heck is that all about?
(not that anyone would ever want to work for that place again).
My 2 cents: Ed wants to retire. He's gotta get the company looking nice and pretty for Bain Capital in a year or two...
I also got 'the call' on Thursday. Knowing that the stores had reopened, and hearing that they were doing well, I was pretty confident of being called back from furlough sometime later this summer. When I was told that Thursday was my last day, I burst out laughing! There had been some serious instability for many of us since the reorg a few years ago, but we were consistently assured that there was work for us and to just be patient. Turns out the being patient was their way of waiting for a perfect opportunity to implement what their plan had been all along. Covid-19 provided a perfect cover for them to let a BUNCH of us go that they didn't know what to do with since we didn't fit their new younger, cheaper employee model anyway. I'm not surprised that they let us go- I believe that they have been wanting to for a long time. But I'm very disappointed in BEING let go with only 1 day to resolve your employee business before you were done. I really liked working for this company, and counted them as one of the jobs that I was fortunate enough to be able to come to everyday. I'll be turning in my scorecard when I return their equipment, as I will not be shopping there any more. Great luck and continued success to my coworker friends who also find themselves caught in this situation. We didn't get enough support to transition out, they just wanted us out.
Thought we were all in this together. Guess not. The execs can’t sacrifice those millions. How do they sleep at night knowing they’ve ruined good people’s lives?
Won’t be spending another cent at that store.
Very horrible/sad to hear. I am currently furloughed and was told I was spared but it's "not my time to come back yet"..... very weary there could be another round of layoffs happening.... I just started at corporate late last year.
Director at corporate - got the call Thursday..
I have to say the 20 page contract is full of c-ap.
I had to have a lawyer read it & he said it's a horrible example of corporate America at work screwing ppl over.
Corporate person here and it became more and more obvious to me that when 4 of the 6 on my team were already brought back from furlough and I was still sitting on the sidelines that it didn’t look good. But I was reassured by my manager about a week ago that things were on the up.
They were cancelling the paycuts in June and for those that were still working they would be reimbursed at the end of 2020 and NOT end of 2021 as was stated to us when the paycut was implemented. was also told that sales were actually trending up as well which is partially reflected in the current stock price.
As someone else mentioned, this was their plan all along for those that were furloughed, they had ZERO intention of bringing all furloughed employees back and weeded out ones they felt were overpaid, etc... and kicked them out the door. I too planned on retiring from there as I already invested about 20 years at corporate but yeah, loyalty doesn’t mean sh!t to d—s Sporting Goods.
#DSGCARES - LMAO what a joke that is. Thanks d—s for being classy with this.
I loved working for/with the great folks in IT and took the job because of that. I decided that I wanted to retire from there but I guess it's not in the cards. I too am older and am "highly paid". I guess both of those are strikes against me. I do feel there is more going on with the decisions on who stays and who goes but there are some doing a similar job as me who make more and are still there. I'm so very sad about this. As @1hlh+15buRGog said (quote) - "We want you back, this is only temporary" - April 7th, 2020. I guess they didn't want us back that much.
I heard that they are letting about 10% of the furloughed go.
I worked in the Corporate office for over 14 years, furloughed in April. We were told the goal is to bring EVERYONE back- total c-ap. I don't know how many across the board were let go yesterday, but they did a great job ruining many of our lives. Yes we have been offered severance- who knows how much they are spending to ship the 20+ page document OVERNIGHT so that we can spend more money that we don't have to pay a lawyer to review it and make sure we aren't screwed again. Health benefits for a month- great, then thousands for Cobra. Interesting fact- on March 10th their stock price was $35.87. When the 'stay at home' order was announced and we had to close the doors, it dropped to $16.87 (March 18th). Two days ago, May 27 it was at $36.46. In addition, the company has almost NO debt. They are extremely Cash healthy, which is why we figured furlough wouldn't last- guess not.
To Hduebwu8263y who commented, "It looks like they are letting go older, higher paid people again." You are correct. And I am sure, based on their history, once they are 'back to normal', they will again hire 300+ people right out of college, with no experience, no loyalty to the company, and make the few veteran's train them in anticipation of their next wave of 'downsizing'.
My heart goes out to all the Store, DC, and Corporate people affected- we did not deserve this, and I only hope that all of us are able to find work at a company who appreciates good, hard working people!
"We want you back!".....that's what all d—s employees were officially told when furoughs occurred in April. "DSG CARES" we were told.
I am 53 years old and was a store manager for the company for eight years, until yesterday. I sacrificed so much time away from my family for years in order to maximize my stores sales, profit, and brand. Never had a bad annual review. I firmly believe this was planned all along and covid- 19 provided a convenient opportunity to shed manager salaries.
We should have been permanently laid off in April. This was handled so poorly by senior leadership.
"We want you back, this is only temporary" - April 7th, 2020.
Due to their disloyalty to someone I know well, I am done buying from them or promoting them to friends. So much for caring about your team menbers.
I’m a manager on furlough and fortunately staying but some entry level on my team were let go today. Heartbreaking.
Same here no explanation just laid off with severance pay thought I had a future with this company just had a really great visit from cooperate before the covid affair what a shame
My husband's furlough also made permanent today. He worked his a– off for the company but is older and is paid too much I guess. Let go the hard workers..... That's the way to keep retail alive. Won't shop there anymore.
I got the call today, too. Director-level, with tremendous reviews every year. Totally blindsided. I loved this company and this job. They've lost my loyalty.
I left DSG IT last August for a new job in another industry. I have some friends that worked there until today, two of them have received the call today. They appear to be getting some severance pay - depending on tenure. Sad.
I worked at corporate and I just got the call as well. It looks like they are letting go older, higher paid people again.
Yuppers. Corporate person here. Furlough has become an on official layoff.
Trying to save some money on cutting those health insurance premiums.
They would not be in this position if they continued to sell guns!
Just got the call that my furlough has been made a permanent layoff. I’m a manager in a store so it’s happening across all levels today.
Just got the call that my furlough has been made a permanent layoff. I’m a manager in a store so it’s happening across all levels today.