Thread regarding Ascena Retail Group Inc. layoffs

Laid off

After several years of top tier performance ascena let me go. The decision to eliminate my job made zero sense and I felt like I was thrown away like a piece of rotten trash. Hmmmm. They only have 300m in the bank and 1.6b in debt. The Ann Taylor acquisition was a poor choice. Ascena will eventually go away. Now when I walk by their stores there is nobody in them except the associates being paid to socialize with each other.

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I put all the blame on Gary Muto, pres of Ascenia. He was let go by Gap ages ago and Ann picked him up at a very low salary.

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I think the Ann Taylor acquisition would benefit ascena if they looked at the things that Ann Taylor does well and try to get some of the Ann Taylor customers to purchase the other brands such as Justice for their daughters and granddaughters. The reality is that some of the brands are poorly run such as Maurices and Dressbarn. There is an ongoing feud between the other brands and Ann Taylor. If this internal feud is not squashed, it will be the end of this company.

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The end is coming sooner than later and it’s the corporate office is the cause . They lost focus on the basic people skills . The store employees are the champs they get no hours and constantly harassed about signing people up for credit cards . Have you ever talked to the credit card company they are horriblely rude so stores are blamed for traffic being down guess what people don’t want to shop where there treated bad and your name is attached . It’s the horrible merchandise your sending in for stores to try to sell .

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The store personnel are hard workers. I could not do it. In order for the stores to be busy they have to have current product, good prices and selection which is what they are lack. If ypu do not have what the customer wants they stop shopping there. Blame the buyerd.

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My guess is some stores are stocked for a reason... And others aren't. I'm willing to bet which one is closing next and is simply winding down.

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To the above statement ... that associates are paid to socialize ?!!! That is why maybe you don't have a job anymore because it is quite the contrary at the store level!! As a

Matter of fact it is a sweat shop... here !!! We are forced to work the jobs of three each because of lack of hours given to stores... we are forced to do major floor moves ... that include lifting far and beyond what the job calls for... forced to be the handy man's we are not... be locksmiths, be maids, clean the toilets ,the store... with vacuums that break daily because they are refurbished !! fix the computer issues... of systems that that don't work... because they are so outdated it is a joke... but they speak of omnichannel ... give me a break... but we have to do it all with A smile and on heels to boot!!!!

Maybe this is why you lost your job.. because you look down at the ones that were your bread and butter .... the store staff... you pay them the least and expect the most..

You say we are on the Forbes top 500 places to work for !! How ? Maybe the office but not the stores... we don't have a cafe or a gym facility ... we are forced to work holidays, weekends .. and when we are given choice time we are dictated as to when we can take them!! Choice time is supposed to be a choice!! A joke... you will fail because you cannot have a job if we do not sell...

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Post ID: @Hstg+MYBzkPR

So true:

The Ann Taylor acquisition was a poor choice

The end is near

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