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Old 01-26-2009, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Home Depot to slash 7,000 jobs | ajc.com (http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/stories/2009/01/26/home_depot_layoffs.html - broken link)

I'm sure that people will comment on the (lack of) service in many of that company's retail stores, but my wife still works at Home Depot's Corporate HQ (aka "Store Support Center") in Smyrna, and it sounds like a fairly large percentage of the folks she knows are gone as of this morning, or will be by the end of the week.

These aren't the people who can sometimes make shopping at HD a crappy experience. Many of those folks were underpaid and overworked, and I think not given enough credit for the efforts they made to try to make HD a sane and functional company in spite of outdated processes and other obstacles tossed at them by those who had more rank in the company.

I feel sorry for anyone who works hard and does a good job and gets this sort of thing in return. I realize the economy isn't HD's fault, but I do hope these people are able to find new jobs ASAP.

*Sigh*
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:53 PM
 
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When I worked at Delta, we called HD, Delta North as several people left for there when Delta was going thru bankruptcy. It does suck. Any business consumer driven is going to be hurting. Although, from what I read, I thought the majority were HD option stores like Expo and what not.
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:55 PM
 
Location: East Cobb
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Right on, Mr Steiner. The same thing is happening in my company - diligent and effective workers are being laid off because of the financial situation. I myself was nominated for a major internal award in December by my division, after being handed a layoff notice by the same organization in November. My current job (the one in which I'm so great I've been nominated for an award) ends this week. Luckily another division was able to find me a different position, and I start with them next week. In the current job climate, I was grateful not to have to start looking outside this company where at least I'm valued (so as to speak).
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Old 01-26-2009, 03:26 PM
 
Location: 30080
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Pretty scary its becoming as of lately. There are so many people on pins and needles at my job but i just cant even let myself start stressing over work again. Sprint cut 6,000 jobs today also.
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Old 01-26-2009, 03:33 PM
 
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Even those who have jobs are stressed to their limit. This is no way to live life. Hopefully, CNN analysts are correct, and the turnaround will start to show by the middle of 2009.
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Old 01-26-2009, 03:44 PM
 
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Caterpillar is laying off 20,000 jobs. It is scary out there, period. But it is even scarier our there if you read the headlines. Hiring (granted there is not a lot of it right now but some companies are hiring) never makes the headlines so you only see the bad, even in good times. My spouse is currently looking and it is definitely hard, hopefully things will start to level off before too long and gradually improve.
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Old 01-26-2009, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Metropolis, USA
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Home Depot to slash 7,000 jobs | ajc.com (http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/stories/2009/01/26/home_depot_layoffs.html - broken link)

I'm sure that people will comment on the (lack of) service in many of that company's retail stores, but my wife still works at Home Depot's Corporate HQ (aka "Store Support Center") in Smyrna, and it sounds like a fairly large percentage of the folks she knows are gone as of this morning, or will be by the end of the week.

These aren't the people who can sometimes make shopping at HD a crappy experience. Many of those folks were underpaid and overworked, and I think not given enough credit for the efforts they made to try to make HD a sane and functional company in spite of outdated processes and other obstacles tossed at them by those who had more rank in the company.

I feel sorry for anyone who works hard and does a good job and gets this sort of thing in return. I realize the economy isn't HD's fault, but I do hope these people are able to find new jobs ASAP.

*Sigh*
Thats honorable Steiner....I never had any hatred for Home Depot, I bought a few tools there, I can say the same for Kroger, Wal Mart, McDonalds or any other business out here man. Some people hate these companies and can care less what happens to the employees that are let go. In many opinions these people deserve to lose their job because of where they work, which is the dumbest thing I ever heard. There once was a time employers did everything in their power to keep you as an employee, but now either they lay you off or cut your pay, which can be quite irritating....I guess the 8.2% just went up.
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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When I worked at Delta, we called HD, Delta North as several people left for there when Delta was going thru bankruptcy. It does suck. Any business consumer driven is going to be hurting. Although, from what I read, I thought the majority were HD option stores like Expo and what not.
Yes, I think that's right. She's just unlucky enough to know several people in some of the more vulnerable areas at HD HQ. It sounds like MST got hit hard, for example, which is where she started.

When I worked at Unisys and later at NWA, the two companies had fairly large computer centers literally next door to each other, and there was a lot of cross-pollination back and forth. Including me. Twice, arguably.

I work with some former Delta folks now. Good people.
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:30 PM
 
Location: GA
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HD is closing all the Expo stores, plus they're cutting some corporate jobs.
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:43 PM
 
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Oh , that's it only 7K ? Surprised it isn't more, but HD Doesn't have many stores in my area at all anyway. Maybe people will wake up and start to see that there is something fundamentally wrong with Capitalism, eh ? Maybe they wont.
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