Am I a Cursed Employee?

DrapedInDarkness

Well-known Member
So since moving back into work after my mums untimely passing, one business after another has encountered problems.

I started off back in the workplace with....

HMV - Went bankrupt closed down loads of stores and got bought by Hilco.

I then moved onto Morrisons who opened in the old HMV site...

Morrisons - Admitted they overestimated the need for their expansion, closed virtually all stores and repositioned themselves.

And now currently I am with Homebase...

Homebase bought by Wesfarmers who ruined the implementation of the Bunnings brand and have now admitted they will consider all options including exiting the brand altogether along with closing 20-40 stores, with the decisions to be made in June-July.
 

MrSossidge

Distinguished Member
Well I can't imagine that your employment is the single factor that has made these large PLCs do what they have done. However, I see the point you are making. Try and look at the positives. You are clearly employable. You've picked up experiences and skills which will be transferable to a new employer.

Keep your chin up and I'm sure you'll land something else.
 

DrapedInDarkness

Well-known Member
I'm being slightly sarcastic but it is amazing, either karma has some great reward for me or there is something I have not yet paid for :laugh:


Well I can't imagine that your employment is the single factor that has made these large PLCs do what they have done. However, I see the point you are making. Try and look at the positives. You are clearly employable. You've picked up experiences and skills which will be transferable to a new employer.

Keep your chin up and I'm sure you'll land something else.
 

Wahreo

Distinguished Member
I’ve always been amazed how Homebase is still trading.

It seems to be very much geared towards DIYers and nothing more.

The places with success seem to be geared up for both trade and DIY.

That said, I got an absolute bargain Spirit levels from Homebase recently.

Definitely not your fault these places are having trouble though draped. You’re not that clever ;)
 

Cocksure

Well-known Member
I'm being slightly sarcastic but it is amazing, either karma has some great reward for me or there is something I have not yet paid for :laugh:
Have you thought about hiring your serves out! Plenty of competitors i wouldn't mind go under :D
 

Astaroth

Well-known Member
All these retail jobs in the same area? Could more be the state of the high street in general and in particular in the location you are given its also a consistent in all the roles other than you
 

DrapedInDarkness

Well-known Member
All in roughly the same geographical area yes, but two were high street and one is retail park.


All these retail jobs in the same area? Could more be the state of the high street in general and in particular in the location you are given its also a consistent in all the roles other than you
 

Doug the D

Distinguished Member
I’ve always been amazed how Homebase is still trading.

It seems to be very much geared towards DIYers and nothing more.

The places with success seem to be geared up for both trade and DIY.

That said, I got an absolute bargain Spirit levels from Homebase recently.

Definitely not your fault these places are having trouble though draped. You’re not that clever ;)
For anyone that thought his post TL:DR, Homebase is crap, but not really :laugh:

Edit: stupid emoji shortcut!
 

Bl4ckGryph0n

Distinguished Member
Please don't go working for JL, I quite like them...

Seriously though, MrSossidge is spot on. You clearly are employable...Chin up, this is all part of a master plan and you'll find you 'home' :)
 

DrapedInDarkness

Well-known Member
Hah, at least you made me laugh and sadly they turned me down........smart people :laugh:

Please don't go working for JL, I quite like them...

Seriously though, MrSossidge is spot on. You clearly are employable...Chin up, this is all part of a master plan and you'll find you 'home' :)
 

Cobb

Distinguished Member
I've been in various roles in retail for over a decade and I think it's the retail industry itself that is the problem. The last few years it's been nothing but cutbacks, restructuring and redundancy. I think all the big retail employers ultimately want staff on minimum-hour contracts. Even management positions are a shambles with many having to work 60hrs+ a week to get tasks done because customer assistants aren't employed on enough hours, those management salaries start to dwindle down to minimum wage with all the unpaid overtime.

I'm planning on getting out of retail all together and start training to be an electrician this year.
 

DrapedInDarkness

Well-known Member
I went through this recently with my manager telling me I am the only member of staff taking my full breaks and he hardly takes anything, I replied that it is not my fault if it takes me less time to do my jobs than him, that may have been a mistake :D

On an average evening there will be 3-5 of us for the entire building, crazy is not the half of it.


I've been in various roles in retail for over a decade and I think it's the retail industry itself that is the problem. The last few years it's been nothing but cutbacks, restructuring and redundancy. I think all the big retail employers ultimately want staff on minimum-hour contracts. Even management positions are a shambles with many having to work 60hrs+ a week to get tasks done because customer assistants aren't employed on enough hours, those management salaries start to dwindle down to minimum wage with all the unpaid overtime.

I'm planning on getting out of retail all together and start training to be an electrician this year.
 

nheather

Distinguished Member
I think a lot of it is that when you have been made redundant you have moved to companies in a similar financial and trading position.

I suspect that at the time of the move if you had delved a little deeper you would have found that trading was troubled.

When you walk around the high street don't you see shops that rarely seem to have any customers and you find yourself thinking "they are on borrowed time". And quite often your gut feel proves right.

Shops like argos, jessops and maplin for example.

Steinhoff have been in the news recently. They are a South African venture company that is desperately short of cash. Their shares have crashed and are now rated as junk. Amongst the many companies they own are Bensons, Harveys and Poundland - I can't imagine those companies have a rosy outlook.

Cheers,

Nigel
 
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IronGiant

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Are Argos in trouble? I know they were a couple of years ago, but thought they had recovered?
 

Toasty

Distinguished Member
I rarely go in Homebase, but when I spot something in there I need I do the usual compare price with Amazon trick and Homebase has popped up some great bargains and gained custom from me as a result. However, that might not always be best for business..
 

nheather

Distinguished Member
The shelves and displays in my local Homebase are beginning to look tatty and uncared for. It doesn't look like a thriving business.

Cheers,

Nigel
 

IronGiant

Moderator
Maybe yours is one of the ones to be re-branded though. What about Argos, jessops and Maplin which were your actual examples?
 

Toasty

Distinguished Member
Argos depends on the store, some look quite modern and efficient, however, I was in one Sunday and it looked like I'd just walked into the 80's..
 

Wahreo

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To be honest, I’ve been going into Topps tiles since they have been open well over a decade ago.

Every branch that I ever go in, is always empty. Sometimes a couple of customers, sometimes a couple of traders. I’ve always wondered how they are in business.

They do OK though as some of the orders can be quite big.

I’d imagine the same goes for a lot of other places- Homebase for example also sells kitchens and bathrooms.
 

Wahreo

Distinguished Member
Argos depends on the store, some look quite modern and efficient, however, I was in one Sunday and it looked like I'd just walked into the 80's..
I dunno, mine looked state of the art when I strolled into Argos’ jewellers ‘Elizabeth Duke’ and bought myself a sovereign ring. :D
 

nheather

Distinguished Member
Maybe yours is one of the ones to be re-branded though. What about Argos, jessops and Maplin which were your actual examples?
These a just examples of my gut feel. When I see them when in town I tend to think "How on earth are they still in business".

Cheers,

Nigel
 

DrapedInDarkness

Well-known Member
Maybe yours is one of the ones to be re-branded though. What about Argos, jessops and Maplin which were your actual examples?
They have placed all further rebranding on hold, the gut feeling is that they will pull out altogether :(
 

SteveCritten

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As has been said mate, you have gained valuable experience and that will be to your advantage. Are you on LinkedIn? If not get on there and sell yourself. I am being scouted all the time.
 

iamtheetube

Well-known Member
Try to look at it as an opportunity to look for something else before they do (potentially) shut up shop.

My mate started out at Safeway and when Morrisons bought them over they decided to close his branch. He was moved to the other one but was being passed up for any chance of promotion. Meanwhile his former manager at Safeways landed the role of manager at Wickes and soon headhunted him as a supervisor along with his former Deputy. He didn't know sod all about the building trade but he put all of his skills from the supermarket into making the goods in his Wickes branch sell. When Travis Perkins decided to restructure Wickes he was made redundant but got a job as Manager at Toolstation.

His knowledge of the building industry was growing and he was soon headhunted by the manager of the local Travis Perkins building suppliers as a salesman and not long there before moving to a prestige home building firm as a buyer which he is now doing for a pretty big local firm.

He's in his early 30's, debt free, owner of a 3 bed house which he's currently extending and his 1st kid is on the way. Not bad for a kid who left school at 16 and went to stack shelves at Safeway!

My mate: Safeways/Morrisons> Wickes > Toolstation> Building supply seller> Building firm Buyer..

You: (since returning to work) HMV > Morrisons > Homebase> Any Toolstation/Wickes/Screwfix nearby? your path isn't so dissimilar..
 

SteveCritten

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Try to look at it as an opportunity to look for something else before they do (potentially) shut up shop.

My mate started out at Safeway and when Morrisons bought them over they decided to close his branch. He was moved to the other one but was being passed up for any chance of promotion. Meanwhile his former manager at Safeways landed the role of manager at Wickes and soon headhunted him as a supervisor along with his former Deputy. He didn't know sod all about the building trade but he put all of his skills from the supermarket into making the goods in his Wickes branch sell. When Travis Perkins decided to restructure Wickes he was made redundant but got a job as Manager at Toolstation.

His knowledge of the building industry was growing and he was soon headhunted by the manager of the local Travis Perkins building suppliers as a salesman and not long there before moving to a prestige home building firm as a buyer which he is now doing for a pretty big local firm.

He's in his early 30's, debt free, owner of a 3 bed house which he's currently extending and his 1st kid is on the way. Not bad for a kid who left school at 16 and went to stack shelves at Safeway!

My mate: Safeways/Morrisons> Wickes > Toolstation> Building supply seller> Building firm Buyer..

You: (since returning to work) HMV > Morrisons > Homebase> Any Toolstation/Wickes/Screwfix nearby? your path isn't so dissimilar..
And in a fairly short space of time too.
 

Davidc7230

Active Member
I thought Argos were doing alright?, they are owned by Sainsburys, and the one in Reading is always busy esp that midmorning 11am-2pm slot. Morrisons trialed the small local format of stores but entered the market too late to compete with Sainsburys and Tesco who dominate it.

I am glad to have left retail 2 years ago, especially as Sainsburys has just decided to combine its Team Leader and Department manager roles, some close friends are looking at taking redundancy rather than taking a drop in Salary.

I visited the Bunnings warehouse in Basingstoke not to long ago. It was dead, but the concept was quite interesting, geared towards both Trade and Diyers - including an area running classes on basic DIY and Decorating skills.
 
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