Thread regarding Hy-Vee layoffs

HyVee has became an unstable company.

Well it’s official HyVee is an unstable company. I’ve spent 20 years with HyVee and currently a store director. I have sacrificed my life for this career choice. I have sacrificed my family for this career choice. I know next year at this time I won’t be working for HyVee. I’m still young enough to start a new career. My advice for anyone under the age of 40 is to get out and find a new career. HyVee won’t be around in 20 years from now. Don’t waste your life at HyVee like I have done.

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Post ID: @OP+1gr02OWA

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Scary times for sure... I have been a driver for Hy Vee for 30 years and thank God we are union every day . As I near retirement it is clear that we have strayed a long way from Dwight , Ron , and Rick . We see the supply chain issue , and it is very real , but our systems are failing badly . I hope we survive this current management , but this is a fish rotting from the head down

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Post ID: @2hzp+1gr02OWA

I am a supervisor in the north and I, too, feel like I have wasted the last 15 years of my life. I’ve only ever worked for one company. I want to bolt, but have always been told that the money is not as good on the other side. With a family of four, it’s an important consideration, unfortunately. With the long term investment in a company that very clearly isn’t invested in me, I’m conflicted and scared to start over. What type of role are you looking for as a store director? What type of roles should I be looking at that are lateral or a step up from a supervisor? Are there recruiters from competitors that I can talk to? Any assistance is appreciated.

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Post ID: @2nwl+1gr02OWA

As someone who left 2 years ago from the store director role when all the bad decisions started to bubbles up……. Do it. Best decision I ever made. Do it while being a store director at hyvee is a positive on the resume.

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Post ID: @1ldg+1gr02OWA

Hy-Vee is better prepared this time around. They have apologists here in force, victim-blaming and making excuses for poor management.

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Post ID: @1otb+1gr02OWA

Your right HyVee does owe us nothing just like we owe HyVee nothing. HyVee wants total loyalty but will sc--w over the employees whenever it get the chance. Don’t think for a second HyVee cares about the employees.

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Post ID: @1rqd+1gr02OWA

I appreciate the fact that management is trying to do something now, rather than wait until the economy goes to he-l and they are left with no options. Nobody enjoys these kinds of shakeups, but companies that prepare suffer less in the long run.

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Post ID: @1cpm+1gr02OWA

Work for company 24 years day it happened I told apply across street against the business I competed against. Later found out they bought the business. This 14 years into employment. Yep I kept believing in there line. 10 years later company out of business. Started all over with new company. Now I have same fears. Long story to long to put here. Point is hyvee owes you nothing. Whether it's 40years or 1 year. Don't think for a moment there not watching what profits you bring to their business.

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Post ID: @1mdb+1gr02OWA

The people coming on here and saying, "if you think it's so bad, leave ..." well, just wait until you're the one getting the phone call. 10, 20, 30 years of loyalty down the drain in an instant. Think it won't happen to you? Yeah, that's what a lot of people thought once upon a time -- until it did. Your turn is coming. 86,000 employees, and you think cutting 600 (0.7% of the workforce) is going to make things better? Think again. This is only the beginning of the end.

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Post ID: @1jhi+1gr02OWA

I have seen other companies struggle too but they aren’t wasting money like HyVee is doing. HyVee struggles with bad ideas after bad ideas and they just don’t learn. I know Randy keeps telling everyone this is needed in this changing environment. After this last round of cut HyVee will be on track. They keep saying this. Truth be told sears and Kmart top brass told their employees the same thing until they went bankrupt

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Post ID: @1lyr+1gr02OWA

Has anyone not been watching what other companies are doing? This isn’t just happening at Hy-Ave. Just turn on the TV and see what’s happening. How do you think Twitter feels right now? Hah!

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Post ID: @1cxx+1gr02OWA

I’m just going to say as a long time store employee in management, it is absolutely terrifying as all the jobs that are supposed to be the ones where you have opportunity to move up, better yourself in the company…..all of those jobs are being eliminated. If the only opportunity for advancement comes from the Store Manager position, where you basically take a paycut to work 6-7 days a week, 11hrs a day, and deal with the constant stresses of taking on customer issues, employee issues, and deal with all the corporate standards…yeah no thanks. Totally scary though as one of the higher paid managers in the store and no choices for advancement, I can only think it’s a matter of time that they come for me to cut costs….scary times for sure at hy-vee.

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Post ID: @1nuy+1gr02OWA

To the people that said if your not happy just leave. Well it’s not that easy for us. I’ve spent my whole adult life with HyVee. I don’t want to move on. I just keep believing it’s going to get better but it hasn’t. I’ve lost faith in Randy’s leadership. Can you honestly say you are happy with the direction HyVee is going?

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Post ID: @1jey+1gr02OWA

Poor management is the key factor. People in place that shouldn’t be there. Customer count way down. Employee moral at an all time low. Wasteful spending…I.e race car sponsorship, paid celebrity endorsements, corporate planes. If I was an outsider looking in I would think that the stores are for sale, which wouldn’t be a bad thing. Large egos and a no real checks and balance system spells doom for any business. Listen to your employees. Listen to the customers. HyVee is a laughing stock right now in the industry

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Post ID: @1vyh+1gr02OWA

Until today I was a loyal corporate staff member, it all ended with a phone call. Totally blown away I was fired over a phone call, offered a new position that honestly wasn't that bad of an opportunity, but the fact this was done on the phone is just mind boggling. This has been a huge cut this time around, and if you count last cut you're looking at nearly 600 jobs axed in 2 months. I don't care how you try to explain it, this simply cannot be a healthy company, it looks to me they are cutting something every qtr to make it appear there's a profit. Its not sustainable, something must be seriously adrift with the finances here. To all the current stockholders, at the next qtr meeting and Randy says "we are fine, and we made these cuts to protect those of you still here", don't be like me and believe it, after all, he said that only what, 2 months or so ago, board members need to act before it's to late. The constant movement of SVPs, EVPs, VPs and every random name title is suspect at best.
There are still great people at Hy-Vee but I feel like this is the point of no return if something isn't done soon to stop this madness. Everytime cuts are made that's that many more people and their families not shopping at Hy-Vee ever again. Last I checked we are not a random metro population of millions, the loss of thousands of people scorned and not willing to shop your stores matter. Fareway and WalMart have got to be enjoying this.

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Post ID: @1rwh+1gr02OWA

Agreed with the last two posters. If you’re that unhappy go . Open up a spot for someone who is on board and wants to be here . Easy to type the words , a lot harder to stand by them and leave.

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Post ID: @1ipt+1gr02OWA

For you to come on here and say all this stuff in your position, what the he*l. I don’t trust this site. It says anonymous but I dont believe it.

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Post ID: @1vvr+1gr02OWA

Then leave the company. What’s holding you back?

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Post ID: @1vtg+1gr02OWA

Why are you still a store director then if you hate it so much? Why don’t you leave so someone else doesn’t have to?

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Post ID: @1jyp+1gr02OWA

scared...don't know how anonymous this is..so il just say I'm scared

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Post ID: @hcr+1gr02OWA

I was store manager for nash-finch [econofoods] for 13 years. Worked for them 26 years. That company when new ceo came in went to total he-l in 9 years. Sound familiar. There bright idea was to bring in Kmart execs that knew they were leaving a sinking ship. These same poeple that ruined Kmart ruined Nash finch retail. Corp buying. Corp pricing spending millions on horizon data system that was to make us more efficient that walmart is what they told us. After millions wastes on horizon it was scrapped. No remodels higher prices and less service to cover this huge mistake. Well from 160 stores to zero in 5 years. Get out of hyvee now. Either a new ceo soon or I am gone. Seen a this before. Ceo waste more money than Any of rest of 86000 us could today

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Post ID: @prk+1gr02OWA

These are the signs to look for when a company isn’t doing well. How many does HyVee check

Hiring Freeze
Increased Firing
Fewer Raises Handed Out
Bills/Paychecks Aren’t Paid On Time
Nothing New Is Happening
Bad Word Of Mouth
Poor Employer Brand Reputation
Wrong People Are Promoted
Lack Of Training
Employee Morale Plummets
Too Many Bad Hires
Excessive Rumors & Gossip
Clients Disappearing
Company Hierarchy Is Reorganized
Unhappy Employees
Good Employees Are Quitting
Perks and Benefits Change
Communication Stops
Everyone Is Stressed
Company Undergoes A Rebrand
Toxic Employees Causing Problems
No Long Term Goals Or Plans
Employees Are Bored
Bad Press
Employee Turnover Skyrockets

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Post ID: @wxa+1gr02OWA

All district directors should be on edge too. They are stepping most of them down or making them go away. Corporate took alot of jobs away from the stores too and thought it would be so much better if they did it resulting in huge losses because the people not working at the stores really don't care. Stores need to be ran by the manager and employees of the stores . The last 2 years have felt so unorganized with so many different people trying to do the stores jobs that don't work in the store! And the central bakery stuff is cr-p. The supply warehouse is a mess and is never right. Too many bad decisions at once.

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