Earlier this year Kroger hired Boston Consulting group led by Kristy Ellmer to come in and "Transform" how Kroger works. We started seeing talk about Transformation and Application Rationalization right before the pandemic, it was vague and we didn't know what it meant.
Fast forward to this week and we were brought into a last minute meeting with IT leadership and told we will have a 20 minute 1 on 1 with our VP to talk about our new verticals. Leadership on the phone was very upbeat and said that this would be great for us. There was no indication that our jobs were in jeopardy.
The next day during the 1 on 1s we learned that many teams were being let go. Team members have to reapply for other Kroger jobs by Nov 30 or accept a severance.
This is absolutely crazy, Kroger always talks about how we're a family and when I started here over a decade ago it really did feel like that. 5 years ago they offered an early retirement program to cut costs and it was extremely professional and transparent. This time it is a slap in the face to loyal employees that have dedicated many years to supporting legacy applications with limited resources. Sometimes we sacrifice time with our families to support these systems in the middle of the night so we can keep food on the shelves. For Kroger to do something like this in the middle of a pandemic when Kroger is thriving makes no sense. It will impact hundreds of Cincinnati families and many high paying jobs will be lost.
I will never trust another Fortune 500 ever again. Remember, they don't care about us. We are just a number and the company will exist long after you're gone. If you see Boston Consulting group, get your resume ready.