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Ask me anything! 17 year ex manager in Texas Market

Valve2000
34 days ago
ken Lutz, Kathy Koller, Texas store managers, I know everything...
garbanzo
34 days ago
How long ago did you know it was going down hill?  
Why did you work there for 17 years and not move on?  
How come you can't spell the name of the founder correctly? It's Kathy Kolder, not Koller?
Charlie
34 days ago
What is everyone paid? How much does Fry's make?
Valve2000
26 days ago
Beginning May 2019 is when I knew we were in big trouble. All department managers were basically made to sign a demotion letter. I went from 56k to $10.25 + Commission. Frys also dropped the per item commission drastically. A Sony 4k TV that once paid $85 as a green tier item now pays $25, if you lucky. In hindsight when we stopped carrying LG and heard we owned the hundreds of thousands of dollars to them, I should have jumped ship. The only reason I stayed from May 2019 to January 2020 was the promise of a huge bump in pay. When that did not happen I found a Desk side Support job for a Power Distribution Company that pays more than the 55k I made before but Monday - Friday 8 to 4. Kathy Kolder , left the D out. Funny thing is the store managers still make 85k a year and the stores in North Texas only do about 2k per day. Health care there is a joke. I was on the Family Bronze plan for Blue Shield (Medical only) and was paying $100 a week. My doctor said Bronze plans are worse than medicare in Benefits. If I went with a PPO plan it would have been $250 a week lol. Luckily my new job I only pay $275 a month with everything maxed out.
Former_Frys_geek
16 days ago
Valve2000: Beginning May 2019 is when I knew we were in big trouble. All department managers were basically made to sign a demotion letter. I went from 56k to $10.25 + Commission. Frys also dropped the per item commission drastically. A Sony 4k TV that once paid $85 as a green tier item now pays $25, if you lucky. In hindsight when we stopped carrying LG and heard we owned the hundreds of thousands of dollars to them, I should have jumped ship. The only reason I stayed from May 2019 to January 2020 was the promise of a huge bump in pay. When that did not happen I found a Desk side Support job for a Power Distribution Company that pays more than the 55k I made before but Monday - Friday 8 to 4. Kathy Kolder , left the D out. Funny thing is the store managers still make 85k a year and the stores in North Texas only do about 2k per day. Health care there is a joke. I was on the Family Bronze plan for Blue Shield (Medical only) and was paying $100 a week. My doctor said Bronze plans are worse than medicare in Benefits. If I went with a PPO plan it would have been $250 a week lol. Luckily my new job I only pay $275 a month with everything maxed out.
 
 
Clearly by 2019 I think the writing was on the wall for chain overall based on how non-existent the selection was for computers and electronic components. I'm curious in how soon you realized there were red flags? Do you think that you waited longer to bail because AV sales cratered later then computers and the other departments or did you just wait until it was transparent that it was a sinking ship?
Charlie
11 days ago
If the quarantine didn't make the company go broke, then I don't think they're really "in trouble.". Owing hundreds of thousands to LG isn't really a big problem for a company that size.
Kinzu
4 days ago
Valve2000: Beginning May 2019 is when I knew we were in big trouble. All department managers were basically made to sign a demotion letter. I went from 56k to $10.25 + Commission. Frys also dropped the per item commission drastically. A Sony 4k TV that once paid $85 as a green tier item now pays $25, if you lucky. In hindsight when we stopped carrying LG and heard we owned the hundreds of thousands of dollars to them, I should have jumped ship. The only reason I stayed from May 2019 to January 2020 was the promise of a huge bump in pay. When that did not happen I found a Desk side Support job for a Power Distribution Company that pays more than the 55k I made before but Monday - Friday 8 to 4. Kathy Kolder , left the D out. Funny thing is the store managers still make 85k a year and the stores in North Texas only do about 2k per day. Health care there is a joke. I was on the Family Bronze plan for Blue Shield (Medical only) and was paying $100 a week. My doctor said Bronze plans are worse than medicare in Benefits. If I went with a PPO plan it would have been $250 a week lol. Luckily my new job I only pay $275 a month with everything maxed out.
 
 
It was 2011 for me. That was the year they basically did the same thing to the Supervisors. I was a Software Manager in Training at the time which to anyone who doesn't know means I was next in line for a Supervisor position whenever it became available; I took a pay cut for this position as well because I had moved into returns a few months prior which paid a pretty good hourly rate. Once they cut Supervisors from being a salary job to hourly+commission I realized things were going down. Also it was really hard to realize your next promotion was no longer really a promotion. It might have been different if their hourly pay was better but it was not, and I also think they cut their profit sharing bonus or at the very least made it almost impossible to obtain anymore.



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