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  •  yipes, hate to hear that about REI (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm a member

    Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. --Edward Abbey

    by greenbastard on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 12:16:51 PM PST

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    •  Employees (1+ / 0-)
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      can lose their jobs if they don't sell enough memberships. It isn't a commission based system, but sales are tracked. The "conversion ratio" (of people converted to memberships) is tracked. It is very high pressure work. Good decent people who do excellent work can be reduced in hours if they don't sell enough memberships. Many long time employees are being eliminated with the new tracking system.

      The memberships are a good deal, but selling memberships is ALL that matters the the corp.

      Just one example....

      "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

      by ZhenRen on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 12:29:09 PM PST

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    •  I've been trying to get her to write about this (2+ / 0-)
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      but on the other hand, if they found out who she is she would be fired. They are adopting the same tactics as many other corporations, such as shifting as much as possible to part time rather than full time employment, which eliminates benefits, etc. They do weekly scheduling based on performance. People are constantly either up or down in status. It's awful. Some benefits are only earned after a couple of decades of work, which one will probably never reach, due to the number of ways they have to eliminate long time employees. Most of these practices are legal, but an extremely harsh way to treat a human. It's a form of slavery.

      Why Americans put up with this is a mystery (actually, it isn't -- people are indoctrinated into the belief system), but this is insane. And in my opinion it isn't an honest way to treat employees. It's unscrupulous, degrading, humiliating, stressful, dehumanizing.

      I don't think "educated" liberals who have better employment understand this horror of the American workplace (although at REI, employees typically are college educated, with graduate level degrees).  

      People have no other model to compare it to, if they insist on limiting all discussion to capitalism. There are better ways, and once those ways are understood, the conscious worker finds this to be intolerable.


      "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

      by ZhenRen on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 02:11:04 PM PST

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