Remember when working here used to be fun? Remember when just coming into work didn't require deep breaths and repetitions of "it's going to be okay" mantra? When managers knew their jobs and actually had your back if there was ever a problem? When it was all about meritocracy and not nepotism?
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Yep, could not have said it any other way. I simply do not give two left testic–sanymore about all this sh–. Whatever happens I will deal with it and I will survive it and even thrive after it. THERE IS LIFE and a better one too after Nike. Lay me off or don't - no matter. I am looking to leave on my accord the moment I secure a job somewhere else. Nothing is worth feeling the way, Nike employees, are feeling at the moment and I am personally done with it.
@2brr+16hRdWeo and @2zer+16hRdWeo…100% true. I have only been at Nike for 6 years – not long compared to your stays – and I can definitively say based on my own experience that Nike is, by far, the worst place at which to work. There is no leadership; they do not even know what that is. They will tell you lies to keep you working hard until one day you are no cut and fired not because you did something wrong; no, just because of the greed and to appease the shareholders. There isn’t a clear criteria they use to cut people except you have around for a while, you get paid well, you are older now, etc. F— NIKE!
@2zer+16hRdWeo Amen! Here 25yrs+... I hear you!
The gig is up. Nike does not truly care about you. Pause. Exhale. It is true. I was there for 2 decades. I know. “It’s all about the team. We are a family. We are in this together.” No. This is business and this is about moving the stock upwards. Get in there, make your money, buy your ESPP, get out. Move on with your life. Life after Nike is way better, way more healthy and about true relationships and real people.
Child labor happened. s-x scandals happened. Misogyny happened. Unfairness happened. This is a huge company run by very competitive A-type people that want to win at all costs.
Give it a thumbs down because you don’t want to hear about the place you love. But I’m sorry to say, these are facts. I’m not an observer, I was in it. F Nike. F the plastic Phony “leadership”. We have one life, don’t believe their BS. That place is run by narcissistic sociopaths.
Get out. Be happy. Just do it.
Nike employees should’ve unionized a LONG time ago. Before they outsourced security and custodial and IT and reception and and and.....the VPs keep getting rich and the rest kept getting screwed. Unionize!
And...life after Nike is pretty damn good. F that place.
Really f'ing rich. No army is made 100% of leaders. What Nike lacks is leadership who know how to make thousands do anything for the mission. Instead, we have "leaders" who pawn off their responsibilities on to the rank and file by telling them to "act like leaders" and clean up their messes while they hide.
Do not put this on us.
pepperidge farm remembers
As a former dealer that spent most of my life with Nike. I have previously wrote that with my parents, we were Nike dealers since 1970s. When most people did not know the name of Nike.
We had to correct people that it is Naaikey not Niqee or NIKE like bike. We started with 4 skus
and as company grew so did we. Eventually Nike was 70% of our total shoe sale. And when Nike closed our accounts like they did to many small independents, it seems like it is end of our lives.
All the sacrfice, investments, Goodwill on the business that we thought we could cash out to
retired evaporate instantly.
I did not realized that because we worked hard to make company grew, we would be recognized someway but we became just a number, hindrance, nuisance and subject to mass termination like they way they did in old Soviet Union.
Now that Nike cleaned out of all small independents who was part of Nike's grow, it seems like Nike management is looking to eliminate upper management people as if you are the cause of their problem. The fact that you sacrificed yourselves is not important to them.
I just want to say that this will not be the end of your lives but the start of it.
I can tell you from my experience that it will turn positive to you and your family.
I know how many of you feel in this site now but there are things more important then "swoosh"
Oh yeah, you should be happy you have a job. Many people have lost that pride to even say that they were "essential" and were tossed out in the first wave of this whole shutdown. By the way, s–c-de rates are outnumbering COVID-19 deaths. Just remember what you have because some of us are scrambling to make ends meet in jobless limbo.
If you truly hate it so much, you and your fellow employees should go protest the campus. You've got a giant ebony tower that houses everyone you hate– so go there and make them know discomfort. This place if full of whiners who don't want to actually assert or change themselves to get promoted. Yes, corporations are scum, everyone knows this but if you're complaining about not getting more money for ten years of work, YOU are the problem. You haven't asserted yourself and the company, rightfully so, have not gifted you for effort no one notices because you haven't brought awareness to it. When I worked at Nike, they were more than willing to pay me more to keep me at my post and not look elsewhere for work. Yes, I was at the bottom of the barrel but there was an understanding that money was incentive and that's what I needed to accelerate my life. You've obviously been able to sit in your position for a while and like any business, if you're not asserting your worth, they won't pay more because they save money by keeping low-paid, weak people like yourself in low positions that only complain. You're just like those leathery old senators who have sat in the same spot for decades and haven't done anything with their power. You really think execs just came into that power by happenstance? They almost always worked for it but no one cared who they were before. Change yourself and DO SOMETHING.
I just want to be paid fairly. After a decade of hard work and amazing results I’ve only had one promotion above the bottom level. I’m living below the average household in the Portland area. I moved from out of state for this, displaced from friends and family, and promised a lot, a lot of broken promises. It was all fun and worth it because the employee work force is amazing, talented and inspiring. I’m really tired of watching the workforce continue to be undervalued. It’s really, really defeating to see all the dedicated employees be undervalued to appease Wallstreet. Please Nike do something to actually be inclusive for your staff.
The A-U band employees have my absolute respect and gratitude as they keep things going. I am seeing too many VPs without vision, drive, motivational leadership (not going to even mention Servant Leadership), or accountability. That tier of the organization is heavily layered with VPs reporting into VPs who report to yet another VP. The same concept applies at a Sr. Director level where you have Sr. Directors reporting to other Sr. Directors; same at a Director level. Moreover, there are many directors in the wrong position; that is, they are not qualified for the position they occupy, so they end up pushing the work onto others (including other directors) to get things done and blatantly take credit for the work. I am personally dealing with three such directors - I am one, by the way. None of this is being examined let alone rectified. Things are tough now and they will get tougher with many of us having to perform the responsibilities of 2 to 3 roles. This is not fair nor is it right. I feel stuck - I am happy to be employed at this time though I am also mentally and physically exhausted.
I've worked there before actually. Our department was badass but Executives will act the way they do. It's always been the same way people are describing. This isn't new. It's corporate greed and it's always been there.
It all started to go down hill after they stopped the beer relays. We worked hard and we were treated respectfully. We had good years and some years down years but we continued to grind it out. We certainly didn’t need or have so many VPs or Directors. Now I will call them mangers not leaders have lost contact with their teams and have not provided a clear vision or game plan of where we are going. It starts at the top. The A-U bands have always done the heavy lifting but we use to have a cause and vision to follow. I wish my fellow team mates could have seen the way it use to work. The majority of my friends and contacts have retired after 30 years because they were no longer valued. Please try and remember what inclusive means. It’s never been perfect.
You probably wouldn't be happy if you got hired on. I don't see Nike doing anything innovative for a long while.
Psh I would just love A job at Nike but most of the departments, especially design jobs have been frozen since january.
meritocracy? when was this????
I just remember a lot of money being thrown around. I'm sure all the bad stuff was still there, but it was a lot easier to deal with when there wasn't this fake austerity BS to appease Wall St.
Note to leadership: kick down $$ to your workers and they'll will be happy to work at Nike again.