If I hadn't gotten layoff, I probably would have put off looking for a new job for a long time. I got a 20 percent higher pay. I know people who managed to get even more after they left here. It turned out that layoff was the best thing that ever happened to me. I think there a lot of those for whom layoff was just short-term stress resulting in a long-term career improvement?
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Staples has always known how to make a penny beg for mercy. Years ago I worked for Corporate Express which was siphoned up by Staples in the Recession. Management from Staples held a breakfast meeting at McDonald’s with CE managers. They thought that was a great way to show their corporate culture. You can hold your breath till you turn blue but you will never see good raises at Staples. Our lower wage staff was used to getting decent raises and was getting somewhat higher than the competitive starting hourly rate. Staples stopped that right away. Where I was used to increasing my staff’s wage 50 cent to 1.00, first annual raises under Staples averaged around 30 cents.
I’m happy for all the people who landed on their feet after being laid off from that unfair company. But it’s been a lot harder on us older folks. I for one planned to work until retirement but instead was forced out of a job I loved and frankly was very good at! It’s hard to compete at our age. I truly hope the best for everyone. At one time it was an amazing place to work.
Cant agree more!
Same, I collected 10+ weeks of severance and got a new job with a 30% pay increase. You guys will be fine. Just keep your network strong.
Change is scary for many people, especially when it comes unexpectedly. That said, pay and benefits at Staples are some of the worst I have ever seen, especially considering they have laid off so many people and many individuals I know were/are doing two different jobs for one crummy paycheck. Not to mention, Staples has continuously made up every excuse possible not to give decent raises, nor even provide anything for the soaring cost of living impacting people coast to coast.
The writing has been on the wall for literally years now. Compensation and benefits are minimal my best, but certainly not market competitive, despite what Staples says. There are definitely better options out there, and almost everybody that I personally know that has been laid off has ended up in a much better career path, not to mention, financial position. The job market is very robust right now and there are more and more options out there.
Same! They let me go at the start of the pandemic. I took some time off before looking for and landing a new job - with much better pay and benefits. People need to realize there IS life after Staples!