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  • officeproductsxpert officeproductsxpert Nov 25, 2005 3:06 PM Flag

    Sales rep fired after closing deal

    A friend of mine was recently fired from Staples ...they waited till he closed a sizeable account (bank) and they let him go. He was meeting all his numbers and was a quality representative.

    It's sad how sneaky Staples is when they plot to let someone go.

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    • Believe NOTHING on the INTERNET that isn't verifiable.

    • So, the sales rep closed a big deal, was hitting the numbers, etc. You mean to say that there was nothing else that happened that hastened his/her demise? Gimme a break. Had to be an ethics violation of some sort.

      • 1 Reply to bluepillar
      • Yes sales organizations always fire quality people, becuase they are so easy to comae by. Get a grip you assholes!!!! The only people that complain are the people who can not handle a high pace, results oriented company. Make your budgets, and then complain that the company is no good. Again, after ten years at Staples I have never seen a good and I am not talking about great associate not treated fairly. Your the failure not this or any compnay!!!!!

    • Yes EVERYONE is expendable, just ask Tom Stemberg. However, is that a bad thing? Any company that does not protect itself and make sure that anyone can step into someone elses role without skipping a beat is a dead company. Yes, they care about the bottom line and maximizing profits, again is that a bad thing? What do all you people want from this or any company? Let's take a minute and look at what is offered:

      Full time employment/Great benefits including stock purchase/stock options/401K/medical/dental/vacation/career development for those who choose to look for it.

      Yes sometimes hours do get long, but like in any compnay that is sales driven, the rewards can be there for the best of the best.

      Why is it you all just continue to knock Staples but never identify where you have worked? Store Managers have hard jobs and I am sure at times not very rewarding, but hey the choice is to stay or leave and many stay.

      So Adam, Officesupplyexpert why not tell us all where you have worked or maybe you can continue to hide behind a message board to voice your negative opinions based on your lackluster results.

      Just look at the chart on Staples the past number of years and you will see this compnay is a winner. And no, I am not a top level executive, just a hard worker who appreciates my job, it is a lot better than an unemployment check, which is what I am sure most of you cash!!!!

    • I certainly will not argue Staples' success at profitability and maximizing the bottom line at the EXPENSE of quality employees. Someone at Staples needs to quantify the costs of extremely high turnover in every channel into the bottom line.

      I certainly will not argue with Staples' perceived "great" benefits that so many aren't around long enough to enjoy and take advantage of. Stock options are a joke as very few are allowed to stick around long enough to become vested.

      If you are fortunate to be in the "in crowd" you might enjoy some of the fruits that Staples has available.

      I've seen the success charts and they don't impress me or many others when a company does not value its employees as their most valuable asset. If Staples ever makes the "Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For", than you might have something to stand on ...

      Ask anyone that works at Google, American Express, Microsoft, Starbucks, Pfizer, FedEx, Aflac, Cisco, Nordstrom, CDW, if treating your employees as #1 is important. It's amazing what happens when employees feel valued ...more productive, more creative, willing to work longer, loyal, low turnover ....RIGHT TO THE BOTTOM LINE!

      I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm certainly not receiving my check from the unemployment office as you suggested. I am working for a large privately owned company making a modest six figure and more benefits than I've ever received at the Fortune 500 level.

      I don't miss the office products industry, but certainly made a ton of money in it! You wouldn't believe me if I told you how much and it was not at Staples that's for sure!

    • I have actually stayed in the retail industry. And the culture of this company is completely different than that of Staples. I noticed that on the first day I was here. Yes, the bottom line is important because I want to keep collecting my paycheck every month, but this company values employees and seeing the average tenure here is very high, that says a lot for the company.

      As I mentioned in my previous posts, I will continue to hold all of the shares I have purchased in the stock purchase plan. Staples is a company with only profit, not people, on their mind. Which is why they continue to have great profits and their stock continues to go up. I am just very happy I made the switch so I don't have to be a slave to the company and now work for one that values people and business at the same time.

    • Where did this happen???

    • Amazing!!

      First - wow - you are a very dedicated employee to be taking and dishing out this bashing that's going on. However, not all staples stores - areas - divisions - etc are the same. I worked for the company for a little over one year. Started out part-time - got moved to F/T after 3 months, was promoted to Specialist after 6 months and then it was mentioned by my GM to the director that I should be put into the MIT program because I'm an "asset" to the company. Hmmm.. not much of an asset apparently. 2 weeks later I was axed. Why...?? Well, apparently there were 2 associates who had worked there longer, yet had very poor attendance records, complaints left and right, never could get 100% on the Mystery Shops, and they just couldn't stand or understand, rather, why I would get promoted before they would.. HMMMMM! SO.. these wonderful 2 people decided to play games using my name left and right and my butt got fired. I couldn't believe it! I proved that everything was false, but I guess due to the amount of money I was making, it would be cheaper to fire me.. keep the other 2 happy and still poor workers, and hire someone else to replace me at a lower rate. Hmm... THEN to top that off 4 months later.. the GM gets fired for embezzlement!!!! I will never not live by the phrase "what comes around goes around". Those "2" associates ended up getting fired by the NEW GM! Now, tell me that the store I worked for was all peaches and roses??????
      Why don't you just agree that you look at staples with sparkles and berries, while some others look at it with chains and whips???

      I make almost twice the money I made there... and NOT in Retail anymore - thank goodness!

      I hope everyone has a VERY happy Holiday Season!

    • You are no expert, just a whiny former sales rep who could not cut it with the big boys. you complain about Staples as a horrible place, and then you post on the BUH (Corp Exp) board about how horrible they are. Sounds to me like you are just a former industry veteran who can't keep up with the changes in the industry. Face it, you just were not good enough.

      • 1 Reply to pdxofisguy
      • Wanna compare w2's for the last 5 years and awards of recognition in the industry? I left by choice and was at the top of the heap as a model sales executive. Believe it or not, when you are an exceptional sales person, there is actually life outside of office supplies and even more money and better benefits ...imagine that.

        Also, my last post on the BUH board stated that they have tremendous potential if they streamline their efforts more effectively. They have been unethical at times ...which YOU should know that.

        I'm assuming you work for SPLS??? If so, shouldn't you be interviewing to fill your high turnover, revolving door positions??

    • Lets recap -

      Someone called "delirious_now" posts

      "I make almost twice the money I made there... and NOT in Retail anymore - thank goodness!

    • Wow, you do good "copy and pasting"! hahah

      Darn right I make almost twice the money. And I'm happily not in Retail anymore. Just trying to prove a point that there is life after retail! (For those who are either complaining that their work enviornment is crap, or that they can't stand where they work...).

      Happy Holidays!

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