Best Buy to layoff massive amount of staff Saturday

It seems that we're still not through the worst of the current economy woes, folks. According to Gizmodo, retail chain Best Buy will lay off a lot of staff, beginning tomorrow. The news has come from two independent sources, calling the lay offs both "huge" and "massive".

The company will apparently be targeting "Salaried management positions (GMs, Sales Managers, Operation managers, etc,) will be looked at being cut...It's a nation-wide [cutback] to further reduce overhead, and the stores have already been prepped for it, but announcements will happen tomorrow. Many cuts are being given the opportunity to drop to $12/hr, but maintain a position," according to Gizmodo's sources.

Store managers were told the sad news today, and the event will take action tomorrow. If you're a Best Buy employee, you'd better leave your happy face at home tomorrow.

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It's middle management, who cares.
Most companies have way too many of the ******* anyway.
Take my work for example....I have 8 bosses (I'm living in Office Space).
Someone...please...kill...me.

Chris-Gonzales said,
if you pay attention, the lay offs are the Management

If you actually read the article you'll see it's not the office folk.

4) The positions that are being cut are sales seniors (a sub-supervisor role), and they are merging some departments to have one supervisor control multiple areas. These changes will be announced later in April.
5) No changes to management have been announced yet.

no one got layed off.i work there. You had the option if you were not ok with it. This isn't the first time best buy restructured the company. Also a few months back they trimed some fat at CORP. Big deal. When you aquire Cell Phone Werehouse and Napster you don't need to keep everyone theres lots of over lap. Its just getting rid of duplicate jobs or people that don't really do anything. Like senors. They got a few tasks but nothing that really kept them busy 100% of the time maybe 5-10%. If you were doing more then your Sup must have been being farmed for management higher up if you were doing all his work.

ShiZZa said,
no one got layed off.i work there. You had the option if you were not ok with it. This isn't the first time best buy restructured the company. Also a few months back they trimed some fat at CORP. Big deal. When you aquire Cell Phone Werehouse and Napster you don't need to keep everyone theres lots of over lap. Its just getting rid of duplicate jobs or people that don't really do anything. Like senors. They got a few tasks but nothing that really kept them busy 100% of the time maybe 5-10%. If you were doing more then your Sup must have been being farmed for management higher up if you were doing all his work.

Crazy right? My position was OUT right eliminated. I wasn't even management. I handled quality control from Best Buy for Business for mid level IT server setups. I also handled some of the high end Cisco setups, Exchange and site to site VPNs setups that we ran into.

Yeah, no layoffs at all. The article should say Best Buy restructuring supervisor and management roles. I knew about this last week. hah

I'm sorry....but the idiots that work at frys, best buy, circuit city(RIP), and other stores like this...CANT help. 99% of the sales associates dont know squat. FRYS is a perfect example. Countless times I've walked through the networking or hardware aisles and listened to conversations employees had with customers. I can't hold back my laughter when I hear some guy trying to explain to a customer about gigabit, and the entire time he's reading stuff off a box, but trying to make it sound like he knows what he's talking about. Every time I'm approached by 3+ sales people asking if I had any questions, I repeatedly tell them "no thanks I'm just looking" until I'm ready for them to print out my sales slip. There may be 1 or 2 people that know their stuff, but for the majority, they know squat.

You know, its one of those things that I hope Best Buy goes under, but I doubt it will ever happen. I actually do not agree with your comments Shizza. If you don't need help at all, go to either (WalMart or Best Buy). Equally nobody will help you, and even if they do, they typically don't know what the hell they are talking about.

Awhile back I interviewed with Best Buy for a management position. I sat in front of a "board" of members, which consisted of a Regional, District Manager, Store Manager, Operations Manager, and a couple other managers. Never before have I seen a staff who looks down on everyone else. They are very egotistical of themselves and "high and mighty". As they said to me "nobody can touch us". I walked out of the interview because their arrogance was ****ing me off.

But, it was only a matter of time that this happened. My company did the same back in January, although store management (which includes me) were not effected.

Everyone is losing their jobs, people are losing their pay, but are we seeing a decrease in product price? Nope. As the old saying says "the rich become richer and the poor become poorer".

Just my .02.

This is what happens when you have a multiple Best Buy stores within close proximity to eachother, it's called over expansion and it's not just Best Buy that suffers from this problem.

SiliconAddiction said,
I'm waiting on McDonalds and Starbucks to form McBucks. Cut half the Starbucks out of the world and still have a crap load of McD's.

Uh, thats why they started McCafe, to kill Starbucks.

Almost every time I've gone to Best Buy to ask questions about a certain product I'm given inaccurate or false information. Their sales people are not as educated as they used to be. I don't trust a word anyone says there. Instead I learn what I can from home on the internet and buy online for a better price. I don't need to be lied to because a sales rep can't say "Sorry, I'm not sure but let me find out for you."

The worst experience was when my wife and I were shopping for our new HD tv and the sales rep was reading off the information cards below the tv! I've been to stores in NJ, VA, NC, KS, MO and they're all the same. If Best Buy goes under it will pave the way for a better company to emerge. For me this is excellent news.

gadean said,
Almost every time I've gone to Best Buy to ask questions about a certain product I'm given inaccurate or false information. Their sales people are not as educated as they used to be. I don't trust a word anyone says there. Instead I learn what I can from home on the internet and buy online for a better price. I don't need to be lied to because a sales rep can't say "Sorry, I'm not sure but let me find out for you."

The worst experience was when my wife and I were shopping for our new HD tv and the sales rep was reading off the information cards below the tv! I've been to stores in NJ, VA, NC, KS, MO and they're all the same. If Best Buy goes under it will pave the way for a better company to emerge. For me this is excellent news.



are you serious? a better company? the only company that will take their place is Wal-mart and god I hope you don't expect service from them. like it or not Best Buy is the best national electronics chain. Fry's and places like that may have better trained people but those chains are still mostly regional.

LOL @ the 12$/hour offer....that literally sucks...at least they can keep there job though. I'm the top Tech Support Engineer in my company, and I started making around 15/hour...now I'm making 65.5k$/yr. While I'd rather earn 12$/hour than have no job, that is going to be a HUGE cut for alot of these managers that are probably making close to what I make, if not more.

I've been working at Best Buy for 2.5 years, although the news of the change sucks, it is for the better.

Having customer facing employees will do both customers and employees good. Not to toot my own horn, but I am a CA, knowing the technologies from every corner of my store, and I know a fair amount of technology that not everyone here can even touch. I'm not going to say I know everything, and if I don't know the answer, I don't BS my way through a sale. We are non-commissioned based, so I don't try to 'sell' but more 'educate' my customers.

Losing my position and being absorbed into a specific department, will only push me to cover code-blues and help out all the customers, it will only be a title to say I'm part of PCs and/or Home Theater.

And for the comparison to Wal-Mart with knowledge base, I resent this. This is so highly false I can't even stand it. We're trained and educated through our e-learnings and/or direct contact with the products and/or customers. Wal-Mart employees aren't trained on products and just to assist customers on getting the products. They have an 'electronics department', we are an electronics store.

And a comment toward prices. I have no control over it, but from the comparison to most competitors, it is a great drop. Online prices are nearly impossible to keep competitive with. They usually never have to worry about increasing prices, because they don't need to get the product to a place a customer can pick it up, and they can leave them in the warehouse. But what happens when you get a product that is defective, you have to send it back and hope they take care of you, you don't have any other means of contact and can't walk into a store to exchange it.

My rant is over.

Best Buy employees are morons, and Geek Squad is one of the worst examples of near highway robbery that I can think of in recent history. Sorry that you're trying to toot your own horn, but to think because you work retail in a store that you "know a fair amount of technology that not everyone here can even touch" is laughable.

I look forward to their liquidation sales, though.

I'm just glad I'll finally be able to walk in the place without being bombarded by employees who's only goal is to meet their quota of PSP's, etc.

You may "think" you're educating, but a great number of us find the dialog of employees to be a humorous adventure at first which rapidly becomes irritating. A great number of us seek out and look at manufactures' websites for detailed information before even stepping in the store.

As for the geek squad, I actually feel sorry for these guys. Most are children to the IT world, having the Kindergarten equivalent schooling of A+ certification. They have to deal with the insane prices and, like most IT folks, have zero selling skills. Yet, they are expected to sell and perform as as though they are an experienced one. Perhaps these poor folks can find "real" work, having been laid off.

do you live in a closet? they are trained to sell a certain way it is not like they sit at home thinking about how they can educate you on a product. Have you ever worked retail? Most likely not!!!

I love everyone saying how bad this is for IT and all kinds of crap. Best Buy isn't IT in any way, shape or form. Its retail.

Well as one of those BB employees who did get the axe 2 days ago, I can tell you that I was neither shocked, nor upset! We knew something was brewing behind closed doors as our daily budgets became thinner and thinner...to go from $80K+ daily budgets to $50K daily budgets simply means that they will have to recover their losses somehow, and employees are not looked upon as assets but liabilities.

I want to clarify a few stuff though - firstly, store "culture" varies from store to store, city to city - and I happened to work in a decent store where we really did put customers first in many cases (sometimes even when unwarranted, as let's face it, some customers are dumber than a tree trunk), and the whole Service Plan debate has been played out too many times to declare that any given argument is absolutely valid. I have myself gladly paid for service plans on some stuff I got, while on others i didn't even mention its availability to the customer because it was absurd to even offer it as an option... Retail staff are also customers the moment they step outside of their place of work, be it BB, or CC, etc., so we know how it feels to be lied to, ripped off, etc - so unless you go to a store and are unlucky to hook up with an idiot, rest assured that our daily goal is (was) not to lie to you. Furthermore, if you walk into any place of business and act like your poop don't stink and you know it all, well, in those cases you will be lied to and taken for a sweet ride - and whether you know it or not, you will be ripped off!!!! In those instances, I didn't think twice! What goes around comes around...so at the least, be respectful, and you'll be treated with respect.

Retail was not my career option, but it did pay good, and it was a fun job. The relationships there between staff is fantastic, and this is the only thing I will miss about it. This brings me to one last issue: I find it appalling that anyone would wish for someone to be out of a job...frankly, if you think that way, it clearly proves what kind of a person you are, and most likely you take pleasure in such things because you yourself are so low in the chain of success that you find yourself hoping that others may be as miserable as you are. in any event, good luck!

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