Thread regarding Lowe's Cos. layoffs

It’s coming...

Flooring specialists, millworker specialists are soon going bye bye. Heard from a source that the company is quite pleased with how the plumbing specialist and pros change went. Now they want double down.

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Post ID: @OP+17LVgK7G

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It could be real since , DM’ S, ASM sales is like talking to the walk the never have time , the demanding result without providing support to the sales force, they do not empowering any ideas to maximized sales opportunities and the keep telling to their sales force that decisions come from higher levels and you just a small replaceable part of the process. Just base on that criteria seems like is going to happen.

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Post ID: @5pde+17LVgK7G

It's going to be a mess, and part timers aren't going to be able to follow up with customers and orders. Customer service and sales going in the toilet.

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Post ID: @4hpg+17LVgK7G

Just sell as been quoted , why are you expending the time to do the corrections? Company thinks programs is a complete success because you fix their mistakes

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Post ID: @3ycq+17LVgK7G

To bad they won’t get rid of delivery! No one knows what is going on in that department. They hire people who s— up to the managers and screw the guy he is suppose to go on the road with. Screwed the guy to pull the orders for the day, open and load the truck.

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Post ID: @2lvo+17LVgK7G

What I am about to post is strictly my opinion and nothing more. It is my belief that the "new" sales specialists bonus structure was likely concocted to throw off a potential mass exodus when the last bastions of the original commissions/SPIFFS structure (i.e., Allowance) was rescinded at the beginning of the 2020 fiscal year. Still remember my SM calling me into their office mid 2019 to personally inform me that the company would be ending the Allowance program at the beginning of 2020 fiscal year. In practically the same breath my SM also stated that corporate was planning on replacing it with a "new" sales specialist incentive program. Months past without any real news on what that new program would be. After receiving the news, some specialists left, some stayed on.

Again speaking for myself, I wanted to believe what my SM was telling me was factual and I personally decided to stay on. Much like I decided to stay on when we were assured (in writing no less) that we would be given an Allowance when the original Commissions/SPIFFS program ended. It absolutely would not surprise me if corporate is doing exactly the same thing but with just a slightly different spin to it. Various metrics can easily now be used against you as grounds for either demotion or termination. Your replacements will likely be hired in at a much lower starting base pay with the carrot being dangled in front of them that they stand to make additional money via the "new" bonus structure. To any of you long time specialists is this starting to sound familiar to the pitch we were given all those years ago???

As for the previous demise of the Plumbing Specialists, Lowe's likely quickly realized that the "new" incentive program potentially could pay out far more than the old allowance program and quickly remedied the potential cash flow loss. Both Flooring and Millwork is kicking a– in my market and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if corporate is already looking for ways to decrease payout. Appliances currently is of zero threat to them as the extreme lack of inventory is acting like a NASCAR restrictor plate with respect to sales and at least in my XDT market we have virtually no hope of making our 2019 baselined SPH numbers.

Bottom line, any perceived promises coming from the corporate office at Lowe's is not worth the paper they are written on. My advise, get out as soon as you can. This is being written by a long time Lowe's sales specialist that was doing close to 2 million in annual sales (up until corporate transitioned us into an appliance XDT market and pulled the rug out from under us both inventory and systems wise) and is currently making nearly 40% less than I was back in 2011. Lowe's clearly doesn't care how much you have personally sacrificed or done for them over the years, only what you did for them last month. In their minds we are all easily replaceable. If your sole motivation to come to work each day is strictly a paycheck than stay on, however if you want your work ethic to be appreciated you are absolutely working for the wrong employer.

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Post ID: @1sbu+17LVgK7G

I’m a CSA Toilets and former Plmbg. Specialist. Although I make the same hourly rate, I will not be able to transfer to another store and expect them to pay me the same. It won’t happen. In effect, they have hemmed us in. This will happen for all specialists eventually. It’s the master plan to lower payroll. Our replacements (when it comes to that) will be hired in at a much lower rate. I don’t trust that they will keep us on at the same rate (as a CSA). We received nothing in writing, and it was all read from a script on the SM’s laptop. The fleecing will continue.

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Post ID: @1idr+17LVgK7G

As a former specialist turned pro, since demoted, I have witnessed the central quoting system and missing dollars. Today , I’m done covering their mistakes, let it roll

Their inventories; done correcting their mistakes
Trying to cover 3 peoples jobs: done
There is light at the end of the tunnel
Make money while you can, our dear leader is, but as the mighty Sears holding corporations, it was short lived ,
Their demise is already planned

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Post ID: @1nrm+17LVgK7G

the treatment given to specialists is hardly special. It's obvious that the long run gameplan is to eliminate all the specialists at some point. Frankly i wiah they would just make the big move at the beginning of fiscal 2021. Just be done with it.

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Post ID: @1qld+17LVgK7G

I agree I never see one right can't wait till someone else will have to deal with all that s*** . Sometimes you got to burn your house down to get that new mailbox

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Post ID: @1ter+17LVgK7G

Thats ok they want central quoting to sell installs thats fine cause they already work sh– up wrong anyway company will lose millions with all the missing labor they do. I have to call them constantly to ask them why there is hundreds of labor cost missing.

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