Thread regarding Hertz layoffs

Will the good old days ever come back?

It used to be really good. At least for me it was. The atmosphere was much better, the company had a vision, everyone was much more enthusiastic, the employees were much more valued and so on.
I don’t have much time left until retirement, but I often wonder if the younger generations will ever experience the good old Hertz that it once was. Or at least something close to it.

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Poster eit+19Wk599O is absolutely correct. People do make a company. I was extremely fortunate to be be part of Hertz's "good old days" for over 20 years.
Those days were good because we had trustworthy people running the business who knew the business inside and out, unlike the current crop in charge. Those days were good because we had conscientious people up and down the chain of command who actually cared about and actively supported the front line folks. Those days were good because we had an experienced and dedicated front line. Was it a perfect experience? I would be disingenuous if I said yes, but we learned to deal with conflicts in a professional manner and move on.
The latest headlines indicate Hertz will exit bankruptcy and survive. This is indeed good to hear; however, the kind of synergy and family atmosphere Hertz once enjoyed was completely destroyed during the draconian and merciless scorched earth purge beginning in 2017. The immeasurable corporate knowledge, espirit de corps, and shared sense of contribution to a reputable (not to mention historic) business concern evaporated. These are intangibles money can never buy and take decades to build. The "good old days" of Hertz are history and valued memories of former employees like myself. The Hertz of today will have to make their own "good old days" and they will have to be built from scratch.

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Post ID: @1migz+19Wk599O

The prospect of ever building a solid foundation of leaders from the ground up at Hertz has passed. There are no longer qualified mentors from front line to top management to inspire anyone especially if the formula requires hard work, integrity & innovation. These qualities are lacking, not to mention a lack of well rounded business knowledge in most any department, HQ to Ops.

Hertz has been on a path of self-destruction since the investment group installed good ol Mark. An outsider (and narcissist) who refused to listen to anybody with perceived industry insight. Before him the path to the C-Suites and top leadership had to be earned by outstanding performance and a thorough understanding of the business. Hertz will never be able to rebuild on its prior foundations of employee integrity, quality, customer service and industry innovation.

Look at who makes critical decisions in HQ now. Their lack of industry or operational business experience is appalling. Anybody left in Ops with so much as an inkling of a solid foundation intact is not even considered for positions in HQ. If they were brought in and had the balls to question the poor decisions being made daily, they would likely be blacklisted and labeled as non-team players.

This is the sad new Hertz, never again an inspiration or industry leader.

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Post ID: @jgmv+19Wk599O

Everything after 2007 is a nightmare

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Post ID: @azri+19Wk599O

Dear god I hope not. The ‘good old days’ got us into our current financial troubles. We have to figure out a way to better than the horrible ‘good old days’.

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Post ID: @acry+19Wk599O

The company culture that you are describing was driven by a group of exceptional leaders. Unfortunately those leaders have all moved on and a new breed of managers moved in. They brought a toxic approach that destroyed the team while benefiting themselves. People make a company. The great experience you are referring to in the past was driven by great leaders. The c-ap you see now is brought on by the c-ap running the business. Best of luck in getting through the last years with Hertz.

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