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(NBC 15 Madison)   Best Buy no longer best employer for 5,000 full-time employees   (nbc15.com) divider line
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2021-02-25 1:58:50 PM  
That's quite the glut of highly trained IT professionals entering the job market all at once. I mean, how many of them are Geek Squad members? Those people are going to snapped up by Big Tech companies in no time at all. If I was a  tech employee at any of those firms, I'd be extra attentive to all of my tasks for the next few days. Don't want to create any excuses for them to add you to the "to be replaced" list.
 
2021-02-25 2:40:42 PM  
Begun the economic recovery has.

Oh... wait.

/Not really joking... kinda nervous.
 
2021-02-25 3:08:25 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Don't want to create any excuses for them to add you to the "to be replaced" list.


"to be replaced"

lol

im pretty sure they'll never be replaced
 
2021-02-25 3:42:33 PM  
the operative words here are "full-time."
they'll cover a lot of the slack with cheaper, less benefit-ed, part-timers.
 
2021-02-25 3:51:02 PM  

elvisaintdead: the operative words here are "full-time."
they'll cover a lot of the slack with cheaper, less benefit-ed, part-timers.


It seems like everything from big box stores to theme parks do that. They put a cap to 25 hours or whatever it is so they don't have to pay benefits.
 
2021-02-25 4:15:05 PM  

elvisaintdead: the operative words here are "full-time."
they'll cover a lot of the slack with cheaper, less benefit-ed, part-timers.


And those part timers will tell you whatever you are looking for is out of stock and they can order it from the website. It will be there in 6-8 days. To be fair the TV i bought there last month was cheaper at BB than on Amazon or anywhere else and they actually had it in stock. Also they didn't try to sell me Monster Cables or an extended warranty.
 
2021-02-25 5:04:40 PM  

elvisaintdead: the operative words here are "full-time."
they'll cover a lot of the slack with cheaper, less benefit-ed, part-timers.


FTFA: "Best Buy said it will replace the 5,000 full-time employees with 2,000 part-time workers."
 
2021-02-25 5:08:47 PM  

eagles95: elvisaintdead: the operative words here are "full-time."
they'll cover a lot of the slack with cheaper, less benefit-ed, part-timers.

And those part timers will tell you whatever you are looking for is out of stock and they can order it from the website. It will be there in 6-8 days. To be fair the TV i bought there last month was cheaper at BB than on Amazon or anywhere else and they actually had it in stock. Also they didn't try to sell me Monster Cables or an extended warranty.


I think they are turning their stores into mini-Amazon warehouses.

The last couple of items I've purchased from them I ordered online and the brought it out to my car.

Keep a few people in the store for tire kickers and geek squad and the rest can be light warehouse/delivery people.

All of which means a lot less employees.
 
2021-02-25 5:09:53 PM  
Been doing business with Best Buy the past couple months. Like $2,500 worth of stuff: TV, sound bar, wall mount, Blu-ray player, bunch of movies spread across 5 transactions/orders that should have only been two.

Not surprised Amazon is opening five more fulfillment centers in my state, after the experience.
 
2021-02-25 5:14:17 PM  
"Full-time" employees in retail haven't been a thing since the 1970s, and even by the 80s it was becoming a more and more rare thing.

/first entered the job market in 1982
//had one full-time retail job that lasted about 4 months before it was removed and I was moved to part-time
///slashies come in triplets
 
2021-02-25 5:25:21 PM  
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2021-02-25 5:27:47 PM  
I mean to be honest, bestbuy has drastically improved in the last few years. Would be nice if they were able to keep better stock on a few things, but i imagine a lot of that is out of their control.

You can go in there and find random computer components at prices competitive enough that you don't mind buying there vs offline.

If you are looking for a monitor or tv or whatever, you have plenty of choices. Their appliance selection and prices isn't terrible.

But like, i don't get what people are looking for in an expert in employees. I bought a new main tv last month. I did all my homework to figure out what i was looking for, narrowed it down to a few choices, popped into best buy to see them in person and make sure i wasn't missing out on anything else, went back, did some more homework, and then said, "hey, i can buy it at bestbuy for only a few percent more than the cheapest price i can find online, which will simplify me getting it and returning it if i have an issue" so bought it there.

That is the niche they fill now. I don't expect an expert in products there, if i did, i'd go to a specialty store, or seeing as its 2021, consult actual real expert sources online. That is how people shop. Bestbuy could have shiat it out of a vending machine for all i care.
 
2021-02-25 5:30:07 PM  

PunkTiger: "Full-time" employees in retail haven't been a thing since the 1970s, and even by the 80s it was becoming a more and more rare thing.

/first entered the job market in 1982
//had one full-time retail job that lasted about 4 months before it was removed and I was moved to part-time
///slashies come in triplets


Good friend of mine is an appliance salesman. He makes a good living at it, i'm guessing right around 6 figures. The dude can bore you to death with a conversation about a dishwasher like nobody's business. It does exist. You aren't going to get it in a big box though competing with online sales, and he isn't going to sell you a 400 dollar dishwasher that is effectively a commodity.
 
2021-02-25 5:48:20 PM  
Their stores are turning into warehouses to support the online shopping. Last time I was in a store, the only busy area was the returns counter.
 
2021-02-25 5:49:21 PM  

mcreadyblue: The last couple of items I've purchased from them I ordered online and the brought it out to my car.


When I got a Black Friday deal, the ONLY online purchase option was curbside store pickup.  No delivery, no in store pickup.
 
2021-02-25 6:14:55 PM  
besty buy is not the best buy. huge farking rip off.
 
2021-02-25 7:15:35 PM  
Best Buy is extremely hit or miss, and depends on if you can actually find somebody in the store to help you.

Buying a new tv? Super easy and simple transactions.

Buying a new laptop?
Nah, I walked out the door after nobody came to help me about 10 minutes in the store.
/bought it from Frys instead
//Frys is now gone
 
2021-02-25 7:21:00 PM  
Even as sales soared?

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2021-02-25 7:32:38 PM  

Ganon D. Mire: Even as sales soared?

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Pretty much proves we need to use the government to force higher wages and improve union protections/usage.

Companies won't raise wages nor improve worker conditions themselves, their owners and upper management are sociopaths just looking for that extra dollar, even if they're already living extremely comfortably.
 
2021-02-25 8:25:58 PM  

Ganon D. Mire: Even as sales soared?

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You have to think about it as individual pieces...

Imagine you are a landlord and you have five rental properties. Four properties brought in $10k each in net profit for the year, but the fifth lost you $15k again. That fifth property just isn't a good investment, for a lot of reasons, it costs too much and you can't get enough rent to make it work.

For the year, you made $25k in profit. Assume this is your best year ever.

So do you...

1.) Celebrate your success and not ask questions?

2.) Realize you would have made $40k instead, if you just cut out that 5th property?

And that is why companies fire people during record profits. Because they think they can make more without them.

Personally, I wouldn't want to be employed in a position where I'm a net loss for the company, but I also realize I have a certain level of financial privilege that allows me to feel that way.
 
2021-02-25 11:02:28 PM  

SolderGlob: elvisaintdead: the operative words here are "full-time."
they'll cover a lot of the slack with cheaper, less benefit-ed, part-timers.

FTFA: "Best Buy said it will replace the 5,000 full-time employees with 2,000 part-time workers."


Didn't Circuit City do this just before they went bust?
 
2021-02-25 11:44:52 PM  

LineNoise: I mean to be honest, bestbuy has drastically improved in the last few years. Would be nice if they were able to keep better stock on a few things, but i imagine a lot of that is out of their control.

You can go in there and find random computer components at prices competitive enough that you don't mind buying there vs offline.

If you are looking for a monitor or tv or whatever, you have plenty of choices. Their appliance selection and prices isn't terrible.

But like, i don't get what people are looking for in an expert in employees. I bought a new main tv last month. I did all my homework to figure out what i was looking for, narrowed it down to a few choices, popped into best buy to see them in person and make sure i wasn't missing out on anything else, went back, did some more homework, and then said, "hey, i can buy it at bestbuy for only a few percent more than the cheapest price i can find online, which will simplify me getting it and returning it if i have an issue" so bought it there.

That is the niche they fill now. I don't expect an expert in products there, if i did, i'd go to a specialty store, or seeing as its 2021, consult actual real expert sources online. That is how people shop. Bestbuy could have shiat it out of a vending machine for all i care.


You can actually get some cool Frys-like computer stuff there. It's not bad.
 
2021-02-26 1:15:25 AM  
Profits over people has been the name of the economic game in the US ever since companies started shipping their manufacturing to China. They want America to consume their products. They just don't care if any Americans have a job to make any money to afford these products in the first place. What are they called? Republicans, yes, that's them!
 
2021-02-26 2:42:09 AM  

LineNoise: I don't expect an expert in products there, if i did, i'd go to a specialty store, or seeing as its 2021, consult actual real expert sources online. That is how people shop.


Remember how many of your middle-school classmates never learned how to read? Where do you think they shop?
 
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