Thread regarding Bass Pro Shops layoffs

Every store lost 6-12 employees, mostly management. Do the math, roughly 80 stores, plus 60 cut at corporate. 700-800 KEY employees cut.

The news articles are trying to downplay this by starting off saying "fewer than 60 employees were laid off at BPS corporate" and then hiding the much larger part about an "average of six at retail stores" near the bottom. Eight or 9 would be a more truthful average. 700 to 800 employees, mostly management lost their jobs Friday without any warning or opportunity to transfer to the umpteen new megastores being built. They were walked out the doors immediately like criminals. A ridiculing experience. Hourly folks were given 1 months pay, management 2 months pay. What a waste of talent and experience.

Morris puts on a facade of a family man but those days are over. He has built and continues to build megastores with glass elevators, astounding lodges and hotels, breathtaking golf courses, fancy bowling alleys and restaurants, huge aquariums, visuals, and taxidermy. He recently bought out Ranger, Stratos, and Triton boats. He's worth $5 billion, but can't afford to pay his managers $35,000 a year. American Greed through and through. This is how the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

The customers will surely notice that the stores are no better ran now than your average Gander Mountain, Cabela's or Dick's, because they are now running the same skeleton staff. It is a known fact that BPS was generally not the cheapest place to buy, but they were known for exceptional service, selection, and knowledge. Not sure you will find any of those things anymore, so don't know why you would go there other than to show your wife or kids the fish?

The company was #402 on the Forbes 2015 best companies to work for, guess the $$$$$$$ are more important to Morris than that. BPS used to be a really special place. Now it will be just another sporting goods retailer. Maybe they will start wearing brighter colored shirts so that you will be able to find one of the few employees working there. The bathrooms will be dirty because the housekeeping staff was cut in half. The overall maintenance of the stores will be neglected as there is no longer anyone in charge of it. The in-stocks will be terrible because the few employees left will only have time to sell, not maintain their areas. And the overall happiness and motivation of the employees will diminish because they are now mostly part time without benefits making $8 an hour and are now asked to work twice as hard and twice as fast as they used to.

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I hate it for these folks but some of my worst shopping experience has been at MS BPS! I once told the store manager to fire half the folks there and require the remaining half to work! Last time I was there bout week ago my wife and I were looking for ammo. Four employees were standing within 5' of us engaged in a conversation about a party they attended. After looking for ammo for 2-3 minutes and not the 1st recognizing from even one employee, I asked for help. One turned and replied they were out of that ammo. He then turned back to their group and conversation.

Not much pity from me!

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Post ID: @CF59U2P-2QfO

Our store has let go the payroll, scheduler, front end manager, maintenance manager, camping, footwear, camo manager, fishing Manager and two team leads. I don't understand why let them go and still open more stores? I feel bad for the ones let go. I was told it was done corporate wide but it looks like not all the same managers were let go at all stores. Our operations manager is still there. It is scary to work there. I guess it is time to start looking for a new job.

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Post ID: @CF59U2P-1dkY

I was one of the corporate managers let go. No warning, no notice and told my position was done as of noon. My discount was done as of noon. They didn't even have the decency to bring me in and do it in person, they did it over the phone. I loved this company and believed in their servant leadership B.S they told us. I have moved on and will find work soon, not worried about that but the way this company handled it was a joke. Funny thing is back in January they took on another investor and they said it was so they could have growth. Sounds more like it was a bailout. Rumor has it ALL new stores that were planned are canceled too, a tell tale sign of troubles.

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Post ID: @CF59U2P-1xvx

I worked in Michigan for 7 years. We were always scheduling on a shoe string as it was. Our store manager was horrible and was walked out over a year ago. Karma got him in the butt early. Avoid working there.

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Post ID: @CF59U2P-1TK9

Amazing thing is that there are still job openings posted at our store. Why didn't they offer these positions to people being fired. I'm of the opinion that the rich old hillbilly has bit off more than he can chew and is now drowning in debt. So he's screwing over those that got him where he is to maintain his lavish lifestyle. Wouldn't be surprised to see a bankruptcy filing within a year

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Post ID: @CF59U2P-10iC

In our store the operations manager was let go before anyone else so we didn't get walked out like criminals but they sure did dismiss us as if we were a nobody.

The manager and HR are pretty much the only ones left besides the apparel and footwear manager in our store.

How much sense does it make to dismiss your manager from your 2 most profitable departments (hunting and fishing)

I'm shocked really people that have worked there 10-15 years were let go!!!! On top of that the packet given to me was dated July 1st so they've know about this for weeks and it took until July 24th for them to dismiss us.

I wouldn't trust this company if I still worked there. There WILL be more cuts just wait until after the holidays it will happen. Find a new job while you can!

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Post ID: @CF59U2P-1OS5

All of the above statements are 100% true. I was one of the managers laid off and I was led directly out of the store like a criminal, by two guys from Operations. I almost bought a new truck last week too. Good thing I hesitated and wanted a better deal, because now without a job I can't even afford to pay my bills let alone a car note.

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