As an employee of Pep Boys I have seen with my
own eyes the reducton of authorized hours,
demotions(reduction of positions), and reduction of employees. I had
good faith in this company ever since I first applied
four years ago. Since then I have seen many excellent
managers fired, demoted, or pushed until they quit. With
the head honchos not knowing what to do with sales
positions like changing the Parts Manager to the Retail
Sales Manager and dropping them from 48 hours to 45,
also changing the 2nd Asst Mngr to the Sales Floor
Manager. Someone needs to take control of the company and
lead it out of this slump. If Mitch can't handle it
anymore t then the stock holders should can him like they
have canned many employees that worked their asses off
for this company. After the meetings today most
stores(not all) will get their hours cut once again and for
what so upper management can show more profits. If
there is no one that is there to run the counter how
much profits will they have?
I find it hard to believe that someone with such
a negative outlook could possibly hide that from
their employees and customers.
At least your posts
have calmed down somewhat, you're being much more
factual and are not letting your anger show nearly as
much. It makes you sound much more sincere.
Luck in whatever you decide to do.
negative..sales were flat when I came on. See you
think you know but you have no clue. Any store that
performs that great for that long will eventually flatten
out in sales. You have got it all wrong.
I know what you mean. My husband has worked for
Pep Boys for 14 years and has broken bones because of
Management (first asst. out in the shop) trying to get
Manager fired, Going to different stores as a White Shirt
(before checker colliers) And almost losing his family
because of the hours. And still the 'company' just turned
there backs when he was in the bad stores where people
would come in with guns and point them at him. Just
like your husband my was promised a good store for all
his sacifices (spelling) in getting the other 5
stores numbers up. But he is back to a gray shirt in the
shop and is happier but the promises of raises keep
coming but the money does not. He has not had a raise in
5 years. Just like you I am also a very angry wife.
Okay, now I am convinced that you just want to
gripe. Previously, you complianed about the "bone-us"
program citing high budget numbers that keep you from
making the cash. Now, you admit that the store has been
in double-D's for 4 years...no wonder why your
budget was set high. I would bet that the double-D's
were before you were recruited to PB, right?
> Subj: C_ford_wins_wife
> Date: 10/21/00 7:41 am
> That was
an excellent post,concise and to the point.
If your husband was a second asst. manager what type
> cut or hour reduction did he actually
get? Hard workers are
> difficult to find and
shouldn't be wasted and my
> understanding of the new
changes is that there is some flexibility for the
> person. Has your husband talked to anyone in the
talked to everybody, nothing can be done.
this is coming down after he made a major shift just 4
weeks ago. He basically did the company a favor by
transferring from the store up the street (literally 1 mile
away) to a store that is 20 miles away. This was a swap
with another employee who worked at that store and
also lives in our home town, but had lost
transportation. It was either do this or the other employee would
have to quit. My husband was made 2nd assistant in
this move, and he was eager for it. He was told that
he would not get a pay raise as that store could not
afford him otherwise, but he felt it was the "right
thing to do". The one thing he was guaranteed was 5 hr.
overtime, and he was willing to deal with that as he is
what I call a "Company Man" and loyal to a fault...and
on this occasion, LITERALLY.
In this little
farce of an attempt to save a company that has been
mismanaged on top, and martyred from the bottom up, my
husband's only incentive was cut. He has no OT. Now he is
going out of his way without compensation. He feels
betrayed, not by his manager, or the regional manager, but
by the company as a whole. He is not the only one.
Another friend who works at Pep Boys (another "Company
Man") turned down a management position at Lowes or
Home Depot a few weeks ago. I do not see those places
hurting at this time, do you? Like my husband, this man
believed that he could make a difference in a company that
has so much history that it is almost an American
institution. For all his concern about the company, last week
he was demoted and his hours cut to PART TIME. I am
not the only angry wife, I can assure you.
husband is at the end of his rope. He is depressed, and
feels unappreciated by the company. He is not one of
these people who works toward the "Status quo" but a
man who seeks to excel. If Pep Boys can not see past
the figures and to the employees that serve the
customers WELL, then they are going to be forced to take
from the bottom of the work-force (Will the real Slim
Shady PLEASE STAND UP, there is a job at Pep Boys for
you). Yeah, like THAT is going to improve
To my husband�s credit, he is NOT quitting Pep Boys
YET. He is looking, and I am sure the competitors will
look for him. When that time comes he will give 2
weeks notice and then give 100% because doing less is
below his professional ethic. In the mean time he has
given them 2 weeks to find another person to be an 2nd
assistant, and will be turning over his key. If he is going
to give so much of himself to a company that could
care less about his contribution to them, then why
should he bother dealing with the added hassle it takes
to be there early to open the store, and stay late
to sort out somebody else�s mistakes. At least he
will be home at a decent hour, his family appreciates
You see, I would rather see my husband relaxed and
happy and forever in blue jeans, then upset, tired, and
over worked in white shirt with a checker-board
Peace to you, and Blessed Be.
Linda is sure management material all
Stuff she knows is wrong but comes from the top is
mindlessly passed on down to the dweebs. She just makes sure
it has a positive spin on it.
cheerfully instructed all her Jewish mechanics to have a
chance to get cleaned up by going into that special
Knowing that something is wrong
and doing nothing about it is just as bad as thinking
up the evil deed yourself.
What will she do
when she is invited into Mitch's plush chambers and
then asked to give him a blowjob?
i know linda , its perfect in your store. Your
grass is greener, your house is bigger , your car is
newer. Man you are smug. I was talking about gross
profit not net. But the fact remains the same. My master
puts more money in the bottom line. And so do yours,
providing their doing high tech work.
nightmare in my market right now , techs are in
super high demand. I have 5. Most stores have 3-4.
Average labor sales in the dist are 10700. Its not the
right time in my area to start moving techs. Dealers
are offering 26-28per flat rate , many offer demos.
Its insane. Maybe this would work in other areas but
not here. In michigan you need to be state certified
and this is highly regulated , hence installers do
nothing but tires shocks and lofs, and mechs are limited
to what areas they are certified in. If you have a
brake and a/c cert only you dont get fuel pumps , align
, tune ups, .......ect. Its rough here . I have
talked to other sm's out of state and techs are much
easier to come bye.
I think it will be good to move some techs around
to stores that they can help more. I can think of a
store in a not so good area that has a problem getting
techs. It would be nice to see some master techs
servicing its customers. I know the poor service manager in
that store would appreciate it.