Thread regarding Hy-Vee layoffs

It's not easy to make the decision to leave

No, things are not great here but after ten years, it's not that easy to just say sc--w it and leave. When I joined HyVee I had high hopes and I thought it was a great fit for me. That turned out to mostly be untrue. So how am I to know the same thing won't happen wherever I go? At least here I have some kind of seniority and I know and like the people I work with. So do I want to leave? Yes, I do. But am I brave enough to take that step? Not yet.

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The brain washing runs deep in this company. It used to be a good company to work for, but not any more. I will be turning in my notice soon. Just in time for those 500 people to take my spot.
https://www.siouxfalls.business/hy-vee-cuts-hundreds-of-corporate-jobs-while-anticipating-severe-economic-downturn/

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I started HyVee April 20, 2011. I was a 16-year-old high school sophomore who was looking to make some money just like every highschooler. I began as a courtesy clerk and over the years I move from checker to customer service into a service manager position. Reminiscing back to my early HyVee years, HyVee was always there for their employees and their customers. It was all about providing friendly customer service. Once I begin the service manager that’s when I noticed things start to change. I’m not gonna lie I was trained by some of the greatest Hy-Vee employees. However, that’s when you started to see that it really wasn’t about the customers anymore. Instead, all we cared about or the sales. I think I love myself as a loyal employee. I showed up to work every day, I rarely called in, and I was always willing to help out. HyVee was a great place to work while I was completing my undergrad and graduate studies. However, now that I am done with school and I have a degree I feel that I should try and put myself out there. I talked to different members of management in my store and talk to them about what I was passionate about and what I wanted to do, but I was always blown off or overlooked. It didn’t occur to me until about a year ago that I noticed if you wanted to move up in the company you either needed to kiss up. I don’t know about anybody else, but I was raised to work hard and you will be rewarded. Those that just asked for things and get their way is not a way to move up in a corporate way. I landed myself in therapy and a lot of my sessions revolved around how I was being treated and how brainwashed I have been to think that what HyVee is doing is normal because in all reality it’s not. Employees should not have to work themselves to death. Employees should not have to wonder if they’ll ever be good enough. For those that are struggling I know. It’s hard but damn be brave and pull the plug before it’s too late.

My service manager team worked endlessly to make sure that customers were being taken care of regardless if the sales were there or not. At the end of the day customers are the last people we see and we want to make sure that they come back.

Currently, My area is struggling. We’ve already had to close one store. And with the remaining stores the sales have increased but not as how they expected. I’m tired of every time I walk into work seeing the whole Indy car promotion. Customers don’t care. Customers care about the product and wonder why we can’t keep our shelves stocked. They care about the service. We are doing a disservice to our customers by promoting things that customers don’t care about.
Last month I chose to resign from my service manager position because I have decided that I am worth so much more than just a HyVee Employee. My talents and skills are not being used to the best of my ability. I feel like a whole new person since I put in my resignation. Since I put in my resignation about seven others have too. It’s hard to imagine my life without HyVee. But I know and I have heard that the grass is greener on the other side and I can’t wait to experience that.

To those that are scared of taking the leap, I was scared to. But I don’t want to be associated with the company that I mentally tears me down and cares more about sales than they do customers. That’s not HyVee.

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Post ID: @1nkd+1gt6TSZp

I would have no problem leaving the job. I would however have a very difficult time leaving the people I work with. From management all the way down to the person cleaning dishes. They are all top notch people.

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Post ID: @1abe+1gt6TSZp

I agree. I left in November of 2015 after seeing the writing on the walls. 15yrs and assistant director.

It was all I knew, all I had done, but honestly my only regret now is that I didn’t do it sooner.

Find a place that appreciates you, but be cautious. Always look out for number one. I love where I’m at now, but certainly don’t won’t be punch drunk like I was.

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Post ID: @wze+1gt6TSZp

You need to write your own narrative in life; don’t let Hy-Vee do it for you. Be brave and courageous. You can make this change. and you will be proud and hold your head high when you do it on your own terms. You’ve got this.

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Post ID: @why+1gt6TSZp

Former corporate staffer here. Hy-Vee has a culture unlike any other. Good in some ways -- there are some truly good people who work hard and would do anything for their customers and co-workers. And prior to the current CEO, management really did consider all actions and decisions in light of how they affected employees. If something was going to negatively impact employees, they didn't do it, or found another way to accomplish the same goal. That has completely changed under the current regime. Now it's all about CEO ego and what he wants, and if you aren't serving his ego and saying, "yes, sir, may I have another?" you need to go. You see it on this forum in some of the comments from corporate types spouting the new Hy-Vee attitude of, "if you don't like it here, leave." They think employees are just pawns, to be moved around however they like on their chess board, and easily sacrificed if it serves their interest at the moment. Consider that the Hy-Vee you joined 10 years ago is not the Hy-Vee of today, and make your move. The grass really is greener out here, and you have your dignity and self-respect.

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