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October 25, 2018 - thetruth

I would like to know if this is true at your store?

I will answer first for my store.

1. -Store Manager is under 50, 40, 30?

-Mid-30’s

2. Do you think this person knows how to lead and inspire people?

-No

3. Do you think the Store Manager, HR cover for a weaker ETL, GSTL or lets say people they should get rid of at that level?

-Absolutely and has basically admitted such.

4. What position in your store do you think micro-manages the most, does not lead by example, is more about metrics than people and proper processes, does not build a sense of team-work, is in-sincere, and so on.

-Our’s would be the ETL of Guest Services. Early-20’s.

 

5. Do you think it is true that favoritism is shown in your store by management ABOVE GSTL’s toward certain employees (meaning perhaps a few employees may feel picked on)?

-Absolutely

 

6. Have you gotten to the point where whatever strange thing is said to you by management whether right/wrong or missing facts/explanation (in your mind) that you just think –hey, it really is not worth my saying anything anymore?

-For me personally–Not yet. I talk or fight back where necessary.

HOWEVER I work part time hours and could prob find something else at perhaps same or lesser pay. I am working to get out of the house, enjoy most of the people I work with and the guests. The money helps but not my sole income.

7. Any comments of your own?

 

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  • Redcardsuck says:

    I will answer first for my store.

    1. -Store Manager is under 50, 40, 30?

    Younger maybe early 30s

    2. Do you think this person knows how to lead and inspire people?

    No I don't. I think he's over confident and egocentric. He's not bad at managing tasks but he's terrible at managing people. Clearly another one hired straight out of college.

    3. Do you think the Store Manager, HR cover for a weaker ETL, GSTL or lets say people they should get rid of at that level?

    - I absolutely think the leaders cover each other's ass if one fucks up. One particular lead has had an insane amount of complaints against her based on how she talks to team members and nothing is ever done about it. I dont think she's a bad leader when it comes to getting things done but she's horrible with the way she approaches people.

    4. What position in your store do you think micro-manages the most, does not lead by example, is more about metrics than people and proper processes, does not build a sense of team-work, is in-sincere, and so on.

    The most? They all do that. The backroom lead is particularly bad about micromanaging though. She'll expect miracle then criticize every thing you do. I don't know anyone that enjoys working with her.

    5. Do you think it is true that favoritism is shown in your store by management ABOVE GSTL’s toward certain employees (meaning perhaps a few employees may feel picked on)?

    100% yes. The favoritism is everywhere but particularly bad amongst the front end leads. They purposefully schedule the people they like more hours and give them the shifts they'd rather work. I remember on one occasion seeing her call someone and basically telling her what days she'd work. She quickly started talking in Spanish when she noticed I was walking by but I already knew what was up.

    6. Have you gotten to the point where whatever strange thing is said to you by management whether right/wrong or missing facts/explanation (in your mind) that you just think –hey, it really is not worth my saying anything anymore?

    -I think it's not worth saying but I still do. I'm allowed an opinion. As long as I'm respectful they can't stop me from giving feedback. Some of the new processes aren't practical, they don't work, and I'm not shy about telling then. It makes no difference but if there's one thing I'm definitely not it's silent when I smell BS.

    7. Any comments of your own?
    The company is horrible but some of the people in it are amazing. I have a hard time not judging someone in a position of power and authority within a very large and rich company that doesn't do right by the vast majority of people employed by them. I want to believe everyone is "just doing their job" but no matter how hard I try I just can't. I want to believe "it's just retail" but that's such a cop out.

    It's almost as if these leaders think those are some kind of magic words that make everything they do ok. It's really not ok to expect miracles and simulatenouesly cut hours pretty much every week. The expectations they place on such a small amount of people in such short periods of time aren't just unrealistic- they are flat out impossible. And that's really not ok.

    To hire an enormous amount of people just to avoid paying anyone any benefits is really pretty vile. In my opinion it's actually pretty damn immoral. It's not even good for business. Unhealthy employees are unproductive employees. People without access to healthcare they need aren't going to be at anywhere near their best.

    I could go on forever but I think my point is that any leader ignoring what's best for their team just so they can continue the climb up the corporate ladder isn't really a leader at all. Real leaders have the courage to challenge and to question. They truly want what's best for the team, not what the team can do to make them look good. Just so that they solely they can reap the rewards. True leaders understand what a collaborative effort is, it involves EVERYONE yes including the leaders because the point of leading is to show the way forward by example. I see too many of them not doing that.

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