Gamestop / employment
I would just like to note that while I've seen quite a few people who get irritated with Gamestop employees, the company itself is much worse. Until recently, my fiance was employed full time with one of the local Gamestops. When he was "terminated", the reasoning was understandable--but not strong enough for someone to lose his job. He made an honest mistake. Since when is it ethical to fire someone for making a mistake? I can guarantee that if you watch anyone close enough, he/she will make a mistake of at least the same caliber if not worse. The problem with this company is that it's stated in their handbook that they can fire someone anytime they want, with any reason. But in the paragraph just above that, there's mention that if there are any problems, the store manager should address the associate and attempt to get the issue resolved. But again, a couple lines below, the handbook reads that there is no guarantee that the associate deserves such treatment.
This was just my own personal experience. Gamestop goes out of its way to fire/screw its associates. I know a guy who used to be a Gamestop SM for years. Gamestop has this little incentive that they promise to their SMs; if they have a low turnover rate for associates, they get a bonus. Money. A check. Etc. This guy had absolutely no turnover for three straight years, and for three straight years Gamestop told him that he wasn't going to get his bonus that year and that it would be added to his bonus that he would get next year. Year four came around and he had an associate that he had to fire. Gamestop denied not only his bonus for that year, but the bonuses that he had previously earned. That money was his. But they didn't give it to him. Needless to say, he quit shortly thereafter.
Another situation of ignorance: there's another SM who walks up to his store one day, just a normal day. He sees an eviction notice on the door and immediately calls his DM. What did his DM say? Oh yeah, I forgot to mention this. We're closing your store; you should receive your severance package shortly. If you have to close a store, you have to close a store. But at least have the decency to let your associates know. He could have been out at least looking for another job while they dilly-dallied.
These are three examples of how Gamestop runs a business. I don't know about other people, but if this is what it means to be one of the Fortune 500, then America is a lot worse off than anyone thought.
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