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Mr. Kim: "You are fired. Oh. "
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It's bad enough getting fired from a job, but to get your pink slip in an email? That seems to be business as usual at RadioShack these days. The Boston Globe is reporting that 400 RadioShack employees were fired via email on Tuesday morning. The message was short and to the point:

The work force reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately your position is one that has been eliminated.

Employees were forewarned that layoffs would be coming and that they would be handed out electronically. Affected persons were given 30 minutes to pack up, make phone calls and say goodbye to co-workers before meeting with senior managers. From BusinessWeek:

Derrick D'Souza, a management professor at the University of North Texas, said he had never heard of such a large number of terminated employees being notified electronically. He said it could be seen as dehumanizing to employees. Laid-off workers got one to three weeks pay for each year of service, up to 16 weeks for hourly employees and 36 weeks for those with base bay of at least $90,000, the company said.

Hopefully, this isn't a sign of things to come in the business world. RadioShack had announced in February that it planned to close between 400 to 700 stores. Since then, the company has closed nearly 500 stores already.

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By AstroCreep on 8/31/2006 6:05:11 PM , Rating: 2
As you can plainly see, there is no loyalty to the employees, and I've been saying that since I worked there 5 years ago. I even said it was I was still empoyed by them.
Though most of these fired workers were from the corporate headquarters locations, and are on a different 'platform' than the employees in the retail stores (like I was), it's the same mentality of "The Company" versus "People in the company", meaning that every employee was faceless and lost in a sea of quotas and dollar signs.
Sure, every company wants to make money, and sure, maybe a lot of companies are the epitome of "The Corporate Machine", but I've worked for other companies before that were NOTHING like RadioShack...Hell, they were even MORE profitable than RS!!!

All-in-all, the place sucks, and I've been saying it for years, and this just finally proves what I've been saying, but have had a hard time putting into words (well, more than "Yeah, that place sucks").

By Operandi on 9/1/2006 1:30:35 AM , Rating: 2
None of that surprises me; in fact if was anything less I'd be surprised.

It's fairly obvious that just about everything Radioshack makes is made as cheaply as possible with little or no emphasis put on performance or quality.

By marvdmartian on 9/1/2006 9:28:33 AM , Rating: 2
So then, you're saying that Radioshack sucks???

Bottom line, whichever mid-level executive that thought up this bonehead move should get an e-mail from the CEO telling them they're fired.

By Herb3 on 9/1/2006 2:41:46 PM , Rating: 2
Many, many years ago Radio Shack (they didn't spell it as one word then) was a great place to work. This was in the late 60s through the early 80s. Radio Shack was in the midst of an expansion. The stock (Tandy Corporation) was going through the roof.

Everyone was enthused and everyone from store clerks, managers, and corporate types made tons of money.

Then Charles Tandy died. He had led this expansion and he treated all employees as if they were part of his extended family.

After than Radio Shack started a long slide downward. The CEOs who replaced Tandy did not have his vision or concern for their employees. And they squandered the company's fortunes on failed enterprise after failed enterprise instead of investing in there core business.

The leadership of the new RadioShack did not come from the trenches like Charles Tandy so they have no appreciation for their employees.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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