why did he have to retire? our heart is gone. nobody is perfect but without the shoe dog nike has become almost completely heartless. without him it seems like nobody cares about us. we are all out in the cold waiting and wandering if it is us that will be next. it was an honor working for nike when it still was. now it is an empty place where you can just feel the dejection and despair where ever you go. nobody deserves this. really what happened? it is so sad walking around and seeing the dreadful faces and sad vibes. we will always miss you shoe dog. quite possibly he will be the last tycoon that had a heart.
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It’s rotten at the very top. The shift started when MP took the top spot. Skulking around campus in his black suit.... same one or multiples? Treating the company like a personal piggy bank as he spends shareholder money on personal items (shipping costs on Tiffany lamps my man?).
I have read these threads for about a year know and they continue to fail to pint the finger at MP. He is alon responsible for all the bad hires.
It seems to me that the nail in the coffin for the culture was when PK stepped down. When he was still a presence on campus, it felt like no matter how corporat-ized we were becoming, seeing him on campus reminded us of our roots.
But once he retired it seemed like the dominoes tumbled: real product innovation dried up and the last remnants of our soul were gone for good.
@XRiBGWJ: I think you hit the nail on the head. I’ve worked at Nike for 18 years, and the Nike of 2019 bears little resemblance to the Nike I grew to love starting in 2001. I can’t quite put my finger on it either, except to say that what used to feel like working for a large family, now feels much more like working for MegaGlobalCorp, Inc. I’m just waiting for someone to stop by the cubicle I no longer have to tell me I submitted an incorrect TPS report. Because that’s what 2019 Nike feels like. (“Yes, I got the memo on the TPS reports”.)
The biggest mistake in recent years, IMO, has been the move to “freestyle” seating. I no longer know where my teammates are, when they’re working or IF they’re working. It’s a cluster-fudge. That sense of family one gets when working with a close knit team in a defined place & time has completely vanished, such that I now feel like a contractor more than an employee. It feels like we’re ALL 76,000 contractors who just so happen to be working at the same company at the moment.
I thought I’d be a “Nike lifer”, but admittedly I now feel more and more that I’m likely viewed as a disposable commodity who may or may not still have a job the next time an inevitable economic downturn occurs. You’d think that as a high performer I wouldn’t be constantly worried about job security. Yet I am. I feel as though Nike has become the type of place where if people need to be chopped to support a 3 cent EPS increase, those people will be chopped mercilessly by someone in HR who has no idea how much you’ve contributed in umpteen years. It’ll just be a numbers exercise. And if you’re on the bad end of those numbers (salary, age, time in job, etc.), your high performance isn’t going to save you. And I don’t want to be 50 years old, unemployed and looking for a new job.
I honestly don’t know how Nike fixes it’s declining culture. Or if it can be fixed. Culture is created and sustained by building and nurturing community, and it seems to me that Nike has been increasingly undermining that sense of community in various ways. Again, freestyle is a big example, but there are plenty of others. And if long-standing rumors of “unlimited PTO” come to fruition, that will be just the latest race to the unsightly bottom.
The Nike business, itself, is doing well. Which is great! But that “certain something” that made Nike a unique place to work seems to be vanishing. I hope Nike eventually figures it out.
When they toss me out like a piece of garbage I will never wear Nike again. But I will always be greatful for the good times and for all the people I've met throughout. Good luck to all who don't survive this push for corporate greed and there is something better out there for you.
@ XRiBGWJ.. you speak for so many. I used to love my job so much that the thought of retirement was far from my mind. Now it’s foremost on my mind. It’s sad.