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Horrible What DIrection The Company Has Gone

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Former Employee - Merchandise Execution Manager
Former Employee - Merchandise Execution Manager

I worked at J. C. Penney

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Pay and Benefits was good.
Customers were friendly for the most part.
Many associates were loyal and hard working.
Company changed the dress code which seemed nice not having to ruin your dress clothes.

Cons

The new direction the company has created is wrong for the business. I came into work this past week and was let go along with 8 other managers. I am not adding my location because I do not want to loose what petty severance was offered to me. My position was given to an Assistant Manager because they were with the company for 15 years and they're position was being eliminated. I was with the company for 5 years and promoted to my position in February 2011. My Store Manager said that unfortunately we have to let you go due to reorganization structures yet every review I ever had was an Above Expectations. They let 2 Sales Managers, 1 Jewelry Supervisor, 1 Shoe Supervisor, 2 Sales Managers in Training, and 2 Department Managers go by eliminating their Job titles because the company wants to have a leaner management layer structure in every store. Thats right....this happened in every store across America (thats approx. 8856 Jobs with 1107 stores ) yet our new CEO has spent millions on advertising with Ellen and because of this new repricing strategy our sales have tanked 40-50% every single day. I assume the company needs to make up ground somewhere and why not terminate some of the Core Managers whom truly make a difference and have been with the company 5-25 years. Whats sad is the fact that they even terminated our Sales Managers in Training...so lets have someone up root their life and come work for a company just so they can let them go when they finish their training to be a Sales Manager. In a store volume of 24 million or more they will still have at least 1 Sales Manager, so why they could not transfer or be put in an intrim position till then is beyond me. JCPenneys is going down fast and here I thought Penneys would be the company that I could retire with, I was wrong...an unfortunately its the company that just increased unemployment by 8856 more people.

Advice to Management

Get a Clue.....Bealls and Stein Mart even tried the repricing strategy and look where it got them. They went back to their old ways and they're stores are doing great in sales. They never cut their employees to make up ground for they're mistakes. Having this staff reduction is now not only going to effect the people it was done to but your stores are going to be incredibly understaffed. Payroll is only going to get thinner because every company always wants to do more with less. Go back to your old way of doing business because this ship is going down like the Titantic and your teams are going to start jumping due to lack of leadership and morale.

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  1. Great for a temporary job, but not if you want to advance

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    Current Employee - Sales Support/Replenishment
    Current Employee - Sales Support/Replenishment

    I have been working at J. C. Penney

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are very flexible with your hours and time off requests. It's a convenient place to work if you are going to school, or as a second job.

    Cons

    I've worked at 2 different JCPenney stores and they are both consistent with bad things. Favorites are always played, if you are not best friends with a current manager there is no way that you can advance. You are never praised for the good work you do. Basically there is not a big chance to move up in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites!!!

  2. Helpful (3)

    from good to bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J. C. Penney

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    you are exposed to a lot of different opportunities within systems and network engineering

    Cons

    it might be better for a new person but for people who have been there for awhile they have either already been let go or probably will be

    with the new CEO no-one knows what is going to happen wih the technical positions. for all we know we all may be outsourced tomorrow

    Advice to Management

    remember JCP roots. it was the associates who made JCP what it is. its hard to belive a profitable company has had to layoff or fire almost 2000 associates in the last 6 months.

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