Share any updates you may have about Big Lots layoffs? Any chatter, news or rumors?
8 replies (most recent on top)
This was the last chapter of the book. I will start a new one soon.
I get so mad because I see all the hours, money and product wasted.
We are not target and never will be. Look at your hourly sales on a normal day and holidays for each store, change the store hours and stop wasting payroll and electricity.
Marketing is a huge misfire. The amount of signs thrown bc they are not used, continued sales; instead of reprinting signs, just have us cover the date. There should no longer be signs sent, we should have a program to print at store level so If a sign isn’t needed it doesn’t have to be printed.
Food section is a joke. It needs to be downsized by half. Seriously, why do we need 15 different kinds of bbq sauce? Most food ends up getting marked down or donated, waste of money. You could use that space for a baby aisle, a party aisle, extend furniture!
Im going to be very careful searching for my new workplace, I don’t ever want this to happen again.
I'm the assistant manager of service at my store and I got the call yesterday. I've been with this company since 2009 and I am devastated. I have worked so hard to get to where I am and I was offered either one month of severance pay, or a different position at significantly less pay than what I'm currently making and it will be less hours as well. I honestly cannot afford to do either of these options and I have been completely blind sided with this news. I have until January 30th to figure it out. I just don't know what I'm supposed to do.
I'm a assistant of merchandising, I got a call that they are eliminating my position, I was offered a lead position for slightly less pay and full time but no overtime (which honestly I'm fine with, felt like I did nothing but work). No idea what is happening to our actual assistant of service.
My store is losing the merchandising asst manager position. Our service asst is going forward. Our merch asst was offered a position as a lead with less hours and less pay or one month severance. Very sad as our store is one of the highest profitable stores ranked in our district. Doesn’t matter when the CEO takes home 9 million a year
If you had a service assistant because you were exempt from having them bumped down to lead, that’s going to be happening soon. Only merch assistant going forward
People are having fun shopping, picking up stuff, throwing it down and trashing the place. The main holiday sales, though, are over. Christmas themed merch stopped shipping 3 weeks ago, and the toy sales in November? They couldn't GIVE the things away at 50% off.
Sales of furniture like beds and mattresses are okay and keep things chugging on, but one of the Southern furniture suppliers closed their business. The result is selling out of chairs and sofas, even going so far as eliminating floor models.
They've tried being a grocery-ish store, they've tried being a home goods one-stop shop, they've tried to be a "hip" electronics carrier of phone gadgets (but no phones or service!!) and nothing has worked. Raising prices to Target stores level hasn't helped, either.
The B/L brand isn't exactly on its way out, but it is struggling with an identity crisis in a severely competitive, online-driven sales model-based infrastructure.
How will they cope next year? Who knows?
The fact they cut down the store hours this year, especially Christmas Eve tells me a bunch, this company is hurting bad.
Hours per store are tighter this holiday season, despite decent sales figures (nothing spectacular, mind you).
TPTB are watching hours used, vacay-days and keeping an eye on internal "clock-riding" by managers. So, if you're one of those who don't punch the clock, be sure to stay your whole shift. Don't try the leave-early-and-say-you'll-make-it-up bit-- they will hold you accountable.