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Title: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: zebot1976 on 02-10-19, 07:42AM
To be replaced by Ken Murphy whoever he is.

So Dave walks away next year with a nice big bonus, while thousands of staff have been made redundant under his leadership.

No doubt Ken will continue on with all the great work Dave has done of cutting cost's & putting more Staff out of work.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: londoner83 on 02-10-19, 07:53AM
Ken Murphy was in charge of Walgreens Boots who have also been restructuring and cutting costs. Looks like Dave's legacy will be continuing.....
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: rockley200 on 02-10-19, 07:57AM
Dave is going!!!! :)
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: zebot1976 on 02-10-19, 08:10AM
No deal Brexit is highly likely end of this Month, so better to announce your off now than face the potential troubles it could bring to retail in the future.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: CLEARERskies on 02-10-19, 08:13AM
My opinion will probably fall on deaf ears and start a riot, however, if Tesco is to keep moving forward as a business there has to be cuts. Both me and my partner work(ed) for Tesco, she was made redundant in May (I’m still in the business as I’m studying) and so far it’s been the best decision she never made.
I understand the upset that comes with stores (like mine) where people have worked together for 10, 15 and 20 years but unfortunately change is always needed otherwise we will end up like Thomas Cook. There is life after Tesco.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Nowanexmgr on 02-10-19, 08:15AM
Hopefully to enjoy a long and happy retirement.

Under his brilliant stewardship the company has turned from a bloated, arrogant behemoth into a lean, profitable machine.

He's given me my Tesco back and for that he has my thanks.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Welshie on 02-10-19, 08:27AM
My opinion will probably fall on deaf ears and start a riot, however, if Tesco is to keep moving forward as a business there has to be cuts. Both me and my partner work(ed) for Tesco, she was made redundant in May (I’m still in the business as I’m studying) and so far it’s been the best decision she never made.
I understand the upset that comes with stores (like mine) where people have worked together for 10, 15 and 20 years but unfortunately change is always needed otherwise we will end up like Thomas Cook. There is life after Tesco.

I think most people agree cuts need to be made but it's where they are being made and how it is being done people have a problem with .  Tesco is still way to top heavy all the way from Dave Lewis to team managers and the way it is being done that people are hearing about losing their jobs through press leaks .
I heard an announcement this week about sainsbury's/argos  all going to be run by one upper management structure,  now that is sensible job cutting !
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Doggiedoodle on 02-10-19, 08:41AM

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02 October 2019
Dear colleagues,

It’s with regret that I’m writing to you to let you know that Dave Lewis has decided to step down as Group CEO of Tesco. He will leave the business next year and be succeeded by Ken Murphy.

Dave has done an outstanding job in rebuilding Tesco since 2014 and he continues to have unwavering support from the Board. Today’s results confirm that the Tesco turnaround has been delivered. Under Dave’s leadership we have transformed customer satisfaction and rebuilt the business. The leadership team is very strong and our sustainable growth strategy is clear and delivering.

Some time ago, however, Dave indicated to me that he was considering the best time to hand over to a successor. His openness allowed me to begin a thorough and orderly process to identify a potential candidate to replace him. Today, we have appointed Ken Murphy to succeed Dave.

Ken is unquestionably, a seasoned, growth-orientated business leader.  He has deep commercial, marketing and brand experience within retail and wholesale businesses, first with Alliance Unichem and then with Boots. Most recently he was Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer and President Global Brands at Walgreens Boots Alliance.  Ken has values which align with our own, strong strategic and operating acumen, and is proven at the very top of a large multinational retail group. We selected Ken for his extensive retail, wholesale and commercial experience and also for what we believe will be a good fit with the team. He was born in Cork, Ireland, and is married to Olga.

Dave won’t leave the business until next summer and I know he will remain as committed as ever until his final day. We will confirm Ken’s start date in due course.

Kind regards,

John Allan
Chairman

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Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: merchandiser4u on 02-10-19, 09:08AM
Remember!! Tesco under Dave has gone from loss to profit so he can put this on his CV (lol)

Oh wait all the turmoil he has caused in the stores this year he can blame on brexit but we all know the mess he has made in the past year with poor decisions.

Open the counters again!!! :-) (before you berate me we lost all our long term customers because they did use the the counters and now Lidl is cheaper nearby people just go there or asda for the counters. Some people want customer service not  long queues etc!

or I'm staying shopping with Asda for life love their pizza counter to be honest...  :-*
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: sadoldman on 02-10-19, 09:15AM
Was so hopeing  that the bakery  was going  f...k sake  just have to go and look for a other job now  well p**s of was hanging  out for my redundancy
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: penguin on 02-10-19, 09:25AM
He will want a nice big pay out on leaving so stand by for another round or two of cuts before he goes.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: jack_cohens_shame on 02-10-19, 09:31AM
Hopefully to enjoy a long and happy retirement.

Under his brilliant stewardship the company has turned from a bloated, arrogant behemoth into a lean, profitable machine.

He's given me my Tesco back and for that he has my thanks.

But you are an arrogant person and a pointless troll so what does your opinion matter? 'Given me my Tesco back', what a laughable, brown-tongued tool you really are. You must be an ex-manager due to being laid off sick with permanent back ache from bending over so much.  Clown.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Jethro on 02-10-19, 09:38AM
Was so hopeing  that the bakery  was going  f...k sake  just have to go and look for a other job now  well p**s of was hanging  out for my redundancy


He's not gone yet  , hang on in their til about May time, its coming.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Rumblerumble on 02-10-19, 09:59AM
Cue the final mass cull before he goes
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Vanilla on 02-10-19, 10:25AM
Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Unfortunately, this type of waste can't even be given away freely to staff at the end of the day.

As for the reply from "Nowanexmgr", I think this is said 'tongue in cheek'. :)
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: lucgeo on 02-10-19, 10:40AM
Oh no it isn't  8-)

Nowanexmanager has never made any bones about being a true blue/red (Tesco colours)

His comments have sometimes caused varying degrees of disharmony or aggressive resound from other posters, but give him his due, he has never been swayed in bowing to pressure or retaliation, responding like for like.

I personally, don't always agree with his comments, occasionally suck in a deep breath on reading some, but I do recognise his ilk. He is old school management, expects the best from his team, but shows recognition and support. He doesn't want to be your bestie! He's a bit like marmite  :)
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: his scots tie on 02-10-19, 10:46AM
Ding dong, the b*****ds gone.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: madness on 02-10-19, 11:01AM
The news that the boots boss is coming in is really bad. If Dave had stayed he might have stopped cuts eventually. Boots just now has cut and cut managers and shop floor staff.

I ask you what is the one thing a new boss has to be seen to be doing when they take a new job. They have to be seen to make a difference so expect more cuts and worse work life balance.

Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Siwel123 on 02-10-19, 11:08AM
Dave has destroyed the business with cuts to staff however the figures don't lie that he has made Tescos profitable and has grown the business. Like the poster above says the new boss will be expected to do the same by the board and shareholders and the easiest way to do that is by cutting staff further that they feel is not needed and we all know it won't be managers suffering.

Watching the half year review video just shows the arrogance of the senior staff really, oh haven't we done amazing, look at our new ranges etc, staff don't care about new ranges and your new amazing ideas, we care there's not enough staff to even get the basic jobs done, our benefits have been ripped from us and we're expected to sacrifice our life for the company when the company wouldn't even p**s on us if we were on fire
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: lockesbrokenback on 02-10-19, 11:16AM
Oh well, life goes on.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: randomworker on 02-10-19, 11:38AM
Hopefully to enjoy a long and happy retirement.

Under his brilliant stewardship the company has turned from a bloated, arrogant behemoth into a lean, profitable machine.

He's given me my Tesco back and for that he has my thanks.

But you are an arrogant person and a pointless troll so what does your opinion matter? 'Given me my Tesco back', what a laughable, brown-tongued tool you really are. You must be an ex-manager due to being laid off sick with permanent back ache from bending over so much. Clown.

Wow aren’t you a pleasant person.

Name calling someone 4 times just for saying something that you don’t agree with.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Bubble2029 on 02-10-19, 11:49AM
Hopefully to enjoy a long and happy retirement.

Under his brilliant stewardship the company has turned from a bloated, arrogant behemoth into a lean, profitable machine.

He's given me my Tesco back and for that he has my thanks.

But you are an arrogant person and a pointless troll so what does your opinion matter? 'Given me my Tesco back', what a laughable, brown-tongued tool you really are. You must be an ex-manager due to being laid off sick with permanent back ache from bending over so much. Clown.

Wow aren’t you a pleasant person.

Name calling someone 4 times just for saying something that you don’t agree with.
what he's given you your Tesco back . I don't ever recall Tesco being like this nothing on the shelves,customers going elsewhere . But if that's what you want then you got but definitely not the old Tesco
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: randomworker on 02-10-19, 11:52AM
Dave has destroyed the business with cuts to staff however the figures don't lie that he has made Tescos profitable and has grown the business. Like the poster above says the new boss will be expected to do the same by the board and shareholders and the easiest way to do that is by cutting staff further that they feel is not needed and we all know it won't be managers suffering.

Watching the half year review video just shows the arrogance of the senior staff really, oh haven't we done amazing, look at our new ranges etc, staff don't care about new ranges and your new amazing ideas, we care there's not enough staff to even get the basic jobs done, our benefits have been ripped from us and we're expected to sacrifice our life for the company when the company wouldn't even p**s on us if we were on fire

I’m really having a hard time understanding where in retail is it way better than Tesco. Every retail company has pros and cons and not one company stands head and shoulders above anyone else. As many people have stated retail across the board is going through major upheaval. Even John Lewis who I would said has had the best bonus for employees in the good days is now struggling to pay out any meaningful bonus.

So when you say he has destroyed Tesco this is just from your single perspective without having the full picture of the retail landscape and what the business is doing as a whole in comparison to the other big 4. I fully support individuals who do not want to work for Tesco anymore because their terms and conditions have changed or it’s not what it use to be like. However that is not indication of how well the business is run overall.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Bubble2029 on 02-10-19, 12:01PM
Dave has destroyed the business with cuts to staff however the figures don't lie that he has made Tescos profitable and has grown the business. Like the poster above says the new boss will be expected to do the same by the board and shareholders and the easiest way to do that is by cutting staff further that they feel is not needed and we all know it won't be managers suffering.

Watching the half year review video just shows the arrogance of the senior staff really, oh haven't we done amazing, look at our new ranges etc, staff don't care about new ranges and your new amazing ideas, we care there's not enough staff to even get the basic jobs done, our benefits have been ripped from us and we're expected to sacrifice our life for the company when the company wouldn't even p**s on us if we were on fire

I’m really having a hard time understanding where in retail is it way better than Tesco. Every retail company has pros and cons and not one company stands head and shoulders above anyone else. As many people have stated retail across the board is going through major upheaval. Even John Lewis who I would said has had the best bonus for employees in the good days is now struggling to pay out any meaningful bonus.

So when you say he has destroyed Tesco this is just from your single perspective without having the full picture of the retail landscape and what the business is doing as a whole in comparison to the other big 4. I fully support individuals who do not want to work for Tesco anymore because their terms and conditions have changed or it’s not what it use to be like. However that is not indication of how well the business is run overall.
Well time will tell if Dave Lewis has done the right thing by Tesco after this latest cull
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: randomworker on 02-10-19, 12:16PM
Dave has destroyed the business with cuts to staff however the figures don't lie that he has made Tescos profitable and has grown the business. Like the poster above says the new boss will be expected to do the same by the board and shareholders and the easiest way to do that is by cutting staff further that they feel is not needed and we all know it won't be managers suffering.

Watching the half year review video just shows the arrogance of the senior staff really, oh haven't we done amazing, look at our new ranges etc, staff don't care about new ranges and your new amazing ideas, we care there's not enough staff to even get the basic jobs done, our benefits have been ripped from us and we're expected to sacrifice our life for the company when the company wouldn't even p**s on us if we were on fire

I’m really having a hard time understanding where in retail is it way better than Tesco. Every retail company has pros and cons and not one company stands head and shoulders above anyone else. As many people have stated retail across the board is going through major upheaval. Even John Lewis who I would said has had the best bonus for employees in the good days is now struggling to pay out any meaningful bonus.

So when you say he has destroyed Tesco this is just from your single perspective without having the full picture of the retail landscape and what the business is doing as a whole in comparison to the other big 4. I fully support individuals who do not want to work for Tesco anymore because their terms and conditions have changed or it’s not what it use to be like. However that is not indication of how well the business is run overall.
Well time will tell if Dave Lewis has done the right thing by Tesco after this latest cull

Yip that’s very true however everyone has a different yard stick on how they measure a company. I’m sure there has been plenty of times in Tesco history that someone has said the company is going down the tubes and it’s c**p to work for.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Bubble2029 on 02-10-19, 12:20PM
That's very true . But I however think a big mistake has been made in the latest cull . Did he ever once visit stores to see that what may work on paper or in an ideal store doesn't work in majority of stores . I bet he didn't
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Red75 on 02-10-19, 12:28PM
Responding to a couple of points. Tesco has never made a cash loss in any year that I can remember. There was one year where they posted a loss due to a property write down. With regards John Lewis, it appears that they have made the cuts, in my opinion, in the right way, cutting 75 senior management positions. Tesco have largely made their cuts by cutting numbers and terms and conditions of shopfloor staff. The pay rise is barely a rise if you compare it year on year with old rate plus bonus.
In my opinion the cuts have gone too far. Certainly on the department which I work, availability has suffered massively. There is higher staff turnover, increased pressure trying to get people to fill the cracks left by reduced hours and I feem far more stressed.
Let's not forget that Tesco had one of the highest ceo to average earnings ratios in the ftse in 2017, 6th I believe. This guy has certainly had and will continue to take his Kings ransom and will continue to.
Whilst I agree that cuts needed to be made when Dave came in, I think the cuts, certainly on the shopfloor, have gone far enough. Tesco continue to lose market share so their only answer to increasing profits is to reduce costs. The new boss will be exactly the same as the last on, interesting that they both had global roles in American businesses, OK I know Unilever is Dutch American. Shows Daves vanity appointing, and I'm speculating, someone in his own image. These people always look after their own so don't ever expect a top down approach to cost cutting like at John Lewis.
While Tesco is doing some good things, trying to recycle more, reduce food waste, there is one very fundamental area in which I believe it has failed, its treatment of staff and particularly its shopfloor staff. I don't like Dave Lewis, I think he's a slave to Capitalism.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Wandy on 02-10-19, 12:35PM
Should have happened with first round of restructuring! I’m fed up with all the cutting of experience colleagues and the fat cats at the top sit pretty on their over priced and well under deserved bonuses.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: randomworker on 02-10-19, 12:50PM
Managers are human beings also so John Lewis cutting 75 posts is not something you can hold up as a good thing when you highlight the poor treatment of another group. Cost cutting is cost cutting and human beings overall cost a company more money. People leave a company and a company rehires people and John Lewis did pay off 1800 employees a year or so back. Also if I recall back in 2015 Tesco said they axed 5000 head office and manager roles so I don't see anything shocking or alarming at all and its just a reflection of what businesses have done for decades.

The term "Slave to Capitalism" is a bit OTT only in the fact as I have said before name a retail company head and shoulders above Tesco and who falls into a category of capitalism that pleases everyone?

Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Red75 on 02-10-19, 01:19PM
From what I understand the cuts made at John Lewis were made amongst very high earners. I don't think 'slave to capitalism' is going too far. Guy cut 100's of brands in his position as head of brands at Unilever, resulting in 10's of thousands of job losses. Began aggressively cutting costs pretty much through the door at Tesco. Other than cutting costs what has Dave Lewis's board done to improve the profitability of the business, to improve its offer, very little as far as I can see. Market share is significantly down on where it was when he arrived. Interesting that the new guy has attended the same management course at Harvard business school as Dave did. No doubt they are taught how to be masters of the universe and  this involves looking after your mates and inflicting misery to the peasants. Dave Lewis is not an original thinker, he's made a career out of cost cutting. I will not celebrate this man.

There is a human cost to all these cuts.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: randomworker on 02-10-19, 01:57PM
You don't have to celebrate him but you don't have to make up some unquantifiable term like slave to capitalism. He was brought in by Tesco and was asked to do a job.

As for marketshare I don't know where you get your data from but I did a quick google search and in 2014 before Lewis it was 28.7% and this year its 26.9% and its peak was around 31.7% in 2008. Considering the current retail landscape I would not call that a success or failure but probably a reflection of the general retail landscape and how to manage a business without making decisions that result in it going out business... example

1. Woolworths
2. Thomas Cook
3. BHS
4. MFI
5. Maplin
6. Toy's R US
7. Poundland
8 Comet

To name but a few.

 
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Red75 on 02-10-19, 02:05PM
I think think this guy definitely adheres to a certain ideology. The figures you show prove the company is losing market share. Could we have competed better with Aldi and Lidl, because that's where the market share has gone, in terms of price and quality, giving the customer what they want? Streamlining is a pretty sinister word.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: NightAndDay on 02-10-19, 02:06PM
When making cuts, 3 things need to be taken into consideration, the money made from the responsibilities and accountabilities the position entails, how those responsibilities and accountabilities can be devolved (with the exception of closure of departments, i.e counters) with cost savings made and how such structural changes would impact staff turnover overall.

In my opinion, devolving the responsibilities of compliance managers to team managers and making the Express Deputy Store Manager redundant (95% of express Team leaders could do the DM role in Express) were good choices to make in terms of operational and cost efficiency, what I do disagree with is the worsening of the pay and terms and conditions of existing hourly paid colleagues, that is an example of a cost cutting exercise that will actually cost the business more in increased expenditure in recruitment and training due to increased staff turnover for those positions (Express SL role highlights this point very clearly).

In other words, I do agree with cutting the fat, but making cuts in the wrong place is far worse for the business. As for closing down areas like Tesco direct and counters, I'll have to trust DL knows what he is doing and the importance of having a form of loss leader strategy in place.

Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Siwel123 on 02-10-19, 02:08PM
Dave has destroyed the business with cuts to staff however the figures don't lie that he has made Tescos profitable and has grown the business. Like the poster above says the new boss will be expected to do the same by the board and shareholders and the easiest way to do that is by cutting staff further that they feel is not needed and we all know it won't be managers suffering.

Watching the half year review video just shows the arrogance of the senior staff really, oh haven't we done amazing, look at our new ranges etc, staff don't care about new ranges and your new amazing ideas, we care there's not enough staff to even get the basic jobs done, our benefits have been ripped from us and we're expected to sacrifice our life for the company when the company wouldn't even p**s on us if we were on fire

I’m really having a hard time understanding where in retail is it way better than Tesco. Every retail company has pros and cons and not one company stands head and shoulders above anyone else. As many people have stated retail across the board is going through major upheaval. Even John Lewis who I would said has had the best bonus for employees in the good days is now struggling to pay out any meaningful bonus.

So when you say he has destroyed Tesco this is just from your single perspective without having the full picture of the retail landscape and what the business is doing as a whole in comparison to the other big 4. I fully support individuals who do not want to work for Tesco anymore because their terms and conditions have changed or it’s not what it use to be like. However that is not indication of how well the business is run overall.


Retail isn't a great environment anymore no, but i judge a company success on not only the profit they make but how happy the staff are working there and lately I've seen a downward trend.

I do find it a bit condescending that oh you don't understand retail or how the business is doing. I don't need to, all i need to know is everytime i go into work I'm rushed off my feet, for c**p pay and conditions and the company keep on making cuts to staff.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Looselips on 02-10-19, 02:08PM
Wonder whether he will pay back the relocation package that he claimed when he moved to Welwyn to be closer to work ?
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Looselips on 02-10-19, 02:17PM
I think think this guy definitely adheres to a certain ideology. The figures you show prove the company is losing market share. Could we have competed better with Aldi and Lidl, because that's where the market share has gone, in terms of price and quality, giving the customer what they want? Streamlining is a pretty sinister word.

And that’s why Lewis has tried to implement the “German” discounters business model in to the Tesco frame work . Clearly this doesn’t work in a large store environment.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: randomworker on 02-10-19, 02:23PM
Dave has destroyed the business with cuts to staff however the figures don't lie that he has made Tescos profitable and has grown the business. Like the poster above says the new boss will be expected to do the same by the board and shareholders and the easiest way to do that is by cutting staff further that they feel is not needed and we all know it won't be managers suffering.

Watching the half year review video just shows the arrogance of the senior staff really, oh haven't we done amazing, look at our new ranges etc, staff don't care about new ranges and your new amazing ideas, we care there's not enough staff to even get the basic jobs done, our benefits have been ripped from us and we're expected to sacrifice our life for the company when the company wouldn't even p**s on us if we were on fire

I’m really having a hard time understanding where in retail is it way better than Tesco. Every retail company has pros and cons and not one company stands head and shoulders above anyone else. As many people have stated retail across the board is going through major upheaval. Even John Lewis who I would said has had the best bonus for employees in the good days is now struggling to pay out any meaningful bonus.

So when you say he has destroyed Tesco this is just from your single perspective without having the full picture of the retail landscape and what the business is doing as a whole in comparison to the other big 4. I fully support individuals who do not want to work for Tesco anymore because their terms and conditions have changed or it’s not what it use to be like. However that is not indication of how well the business is run overall.


Retail isn't a great environment anymore no, but i judge a company success on not only the profit they make but how happy the staff are working there and lately I've seen a downward trend.

I do find it a bit condescending that oh you don't understand retail or how the business is doing. I don't need to, all i need to know is everytime i go into work I'm rushed off my feet, for c**p pay and conditions and the company keep on making cuts to staff.

You're the one who says that he destroyed the business. When you make a sweeping statement like that for a company the size of Tesco then I think it's a fair counter argurment to say you don't understand retail or how the business is doing so was not meant to be condescending.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: randomworker on 02-10-19, 02:32PM
I think think this guy definitely adheres to a certain ideology. The figures you show prove the company is losing market share. Could we have competed better with Aldi and Lidl, because that's where the market share has gone, in terms of price and quality, giving the customer what they want? Streamlining is a pretty sinister word.

If you don't like someone fair enough but unless some company is out there knocking it out the park when it comes to adhering to every key issue from profit, employees well fair, environment, customer needs, social inclusivity etc etc then it's all very subjective and one persons view. For every one person you can find to rave about a company you can find another person who will say how bad it is.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: T.C.1 on 02-10-19, 03:28PM
I call B/S for personal reasons upon leaving has he seen something next year like Sir Terry did that would have taken away his shinning light??
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: randomworker on 02-10-19, 03:43PM
I heard in the past that this was always a 5-year plan so kind of on schedule.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: taliahad on 02-10-19, 03:46PM
Well I don't think the new guy could possibly make things any worse than the old one has done.  I can't pretend to know much about running a massive company like tesco but I imagine having unhappy staff, who are forced to work with dreadful equipment and in bad conditions isn't the best way to go about it.  There's such a high turnover of staff in our store that it seems hardly worth the bother of ordering uniform for them, let alone training them up to do the job. 

Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: lockesbrokenback on 02-10-19, 03:50PM
He might have made Tesco profitable again, but in doing so he has ripped the heart and soul out of the company with his ruthless shredding. Morale and a passion for the job for your average GA? Gone. Replaced with worry and stress for when the next round of cuts come around.

Certain people in here singing his praises and kneeling at his feet, I can just imagine the sort of employee you are. Every store has a few of them. Have a word with yourselves.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Siwel123 on 02-10-19, 04:16PM
Agreed, I'll change my phrasing, dave lewis hasn't destroyed tesco as a business, but he has failed to maintain the values of the company and to grow employee satisfaction.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: randomworker on 02-10-19, 04:20PM
He might have made Tesco profitable again, but in doing so he has ripped the heart and soul out of the company with his ruthless shredding. Morale and a passion for the job for your average GA? Gone. Replaced with worry and stress for when the next round of cuts come around.

Certain people in here singing his praises and kneeling at his feet, I can just imagine the sort of employee you are. Every store has a few of them. Have a word with yourselves.

All very coded words there and comes across like if you’re not one of the gang then you ain’t liked.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: NightAndDay on 02-10-19, 04:22PM
There are 2 sides to the coin, yes it is awful when hard working people lose their jobs, but on the same foot, it's necessary for jobs where the position doesn't add value to the business to go, In an ideal world, these positions would be visible on the shop floor (the office managers who does about 30 minutes worth of work a day on a 36.5 hour contract, not because they are lazy, but because of the responsibilities and accountabities of the position they hold), not only is it unfair on everybody else that those positions remain but it's also unsustainable, unfortunately this case isn't always the reality.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: lockesbrokenback on 02-10-19, 04:37PM
He might have made Tesco profitable again, but in doing so he has ripped the heart and soul out of the company with his ruthless shredding. Morale and a passion for the job for your average GA? Gone. Replaced with worry and stress for when the next round of cuts come around.

Certain people in here singing his praises and kneeling at his feet, I can just imagine the sort of employee you are. Every store has a few of them. Have a word with yourselves.

All very coded words there and comes across like if you’re not one of the gang then you ain’t liked.

People who suck up and kiss the behind of those above them tend not to be liked in any business or any company of any sort.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: randomworker on 02-10-19, 04:43PM
Well unfortunately I don’t live in a time or place where people have to choose sides. As long as someone ain’t using threatening or abusive language and doing their job like everyone else then everyone is entitled to their opinions.

Shockingly democratic I know but hey ho!
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: mexicopete on 02-10-19, 05:04PM
He might have made Tesco profitable again, but in doing so he has ripped the heart and soul out of the company with his ruthless shredding. Morale and a passion for the job for your average GA? Gone. Replaced with worry and stress for when the next round of cuts come around.

Certain people in here singing his praises and kneeling at his feet, I can just imagine the sort of employee you are. Every store has a few of them. Have a word with yourselves.

Anyone on here singing the shifty faced ones praises needs to hark back to what your pension used to be worth compared to the savings plan you have now. No doubt if needs to get another job cutting and slashing at another company he will do the same to their pension scheme as well....after all he had previous form before joing Tesco...just another snake oil selling CEO. :( :( :(
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: BarryZola on 02-10-19, 05:12PM
I doubt there are another 5 years worth of big cuts left in this company without it completely failing to function any more. On that basis I reckon the new head boss is going to end up being seen as a failure compared with Lewis. Dave Lewis has used most of the best cuts already to make the figures look good year on year so god knows how this guy will continue to show profit growth going forward. Hope they don't stop the redundancies as I'm still hanging on in there waiting for my turn.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Littlehelpsvery on 02-10-19, 05:14PM
See in daves brief to store planning to open
More express stores
20 urban fulfilment centres (this must spell the end of dotcom in stores)
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: OvaSees on 02-10-19, 05:30PM
No point in all the theory-crafting. People were shouted down when they said he wasn't in it for the long term and was here for the money  - turns out they were right and he is at least £22M better off. I don't fear the next guy but I do fear for the company, there are bound to be remnants of skeletons in the closet from Dave's time - a lot of chickens have yet to come home to roost.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Jaded and Cynical on 02-10-19, 05:50PM
When I saw this today all I could think was Rat fleeing a sinking ship. Hoping I get redundancy before the titanic disaster.  >:D
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: NightAndDay on 02-10-19, 06:15PM
It's a strategic exit, anything goes wrong under the new CEO due to historic presidency can be deflected onto Brexit.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: optout on 02-10-19, 07:04PM


He resided over 5 years of decreasing market share, so added zero value to the business during his entire tenure. Yet he continued to pick up his bonus like a dutiful little sociopath. The guy was a notable 'piece of work'. And he wanders off into the sunset. The 'personal reasons' for his leaving are that he had picked the carcass almost clean, but wanted to leave 'just enough' for the next vulture in line to believe he had some hope of a couple of years worth of bonuses and therefore give him a gushing grateful farewell speech.
dave lewis (second rate sociopath) I rest my case.

He will go off now with his reputation as being 'drastic' intact, he will move on to his next victims (sorry workforce) and do the same there. He will continue to prey on those gullible enough to follow him and cause untold misery to so many lives. He will then in the not too distant future, of course write the obligatory auto-biography claiming how 'misunderstood' he had always been, and how he really did have it tough and deserved every-bodies sympathy.


dl........w0t a n0b.


Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Red75 on 02-10-19, 07:23PM
 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Red75 on 02-10-19, 07:41PM
Exactly right optout. It's been a period of managed decline. Profits increased despite falling sales volumes by cutting costs and raising prices. They have no answer to the rise of Aldi and Lidl and it was Tescos complacency that allowed Aldi and Lidl to grow in the first place. Tesco were too slow to realise that the market had changed after the 2008 financial crash and this let the discounters grow. I've seen Tescos year end accounts and I know they still have a bloated overly expensive senior management, I believe this is the greatest obstacle to them being more competitive and nothing will change. The people at the top will keep perpetuating this. Many people have said it but without a significant increase in revenues, growth in profits will not be sustainable in the long term. Jack's 'the brexit supermarket' turned out to be a bit of a joke, already closing stores. Dave the thing that dissapounts me most, when you take your millions, the thousands off people on short hour contracts, who are paid peanuts, who are struggling to get by.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: alf on 02-10-19, 07:43PM
Some people with short memories, tesco were haemorrhaging when he came in, as cliche as it is he steadied the ship.

Frankly the cuts would have came regardless of who's name was behind them, just look at the same cuts at the other supermarkets.

So yeah, he's never going to be popular but it's a simple fact the business is in a much better shape, and I'd challenge any person to find any respectable source disputing that.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: optout on 02-10-19, 07:47PM
as per your request
https://www.statista.com/statistics/300656/grocery-market-share-in-great-britain-year-on-year-comparison/ (https://www.statista.com/statistics/300656/grocery-market-share-in-great-britain-year-on-year-comparison/)
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: alf on 02-10-19, 07:56PM
Wow nevermind tesco is doomed.

Long as you ignore increased sales, increased profit and decrease in debt.

Its almost like taking one statistic out of wider context is f****ng moronic.

And also ignores that the rest of the big four lost market share, unless ol dave is responsible for that too.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Red75 on 02-10-19, 08:02PM
Tesco.com/investors/fiveyearrecord

Does seem after treading water for some years Tesco very substantially increased sales in 2019.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Nomad on 02-10-19, 08:10PM
https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/d-tesco-share-price-now-102049172.html?guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAM6IFXWqt_1q41wBjn2Pd3FwDVCz1Gm10leB82g4XxN_r1&guccounter=2 (https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/d-tesco-share-price-now-102049172.html?guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAM6IFXWqt_1q41wBjn2Pd3FwDVCz1Gm10leB82g4XxN_r1&guccounter=2)

Quote
That might sound fair, but I consider Tesco’s business to be in long-term decline and fighting against powerful headwinds.

Opinions are like a-holes  :)
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: randomworker on 02-10-19, 08:14PM
Exactly right optout. It's been a period of managed decline. Profits increased despite falling sales volumes by cutting costs and raising prices. They have no answer to the rise of Aldi and Lidl and it was Tescos complacency that allowed Aldi and Lidl to grow in the first place. Tesco were too slow to realise that the market had changed after the 2008 financial crash and this let the discounters grow. I've seen Tescos year end accounts and I know they still have a bloated overly expensive senior management, I believe this is the greatest obstacle to them being more competitive and nothing will change. The people at the top will keep perpetuating this. Many people have said it but without a significant increase in revenues, growth in profits will not be sustainable in the long term. Jack's 'the brexit supermarket' turned out to be a bit of a joke, already closing stores. Dave the thing that dissapounts me most, when you take your millions, the thousands off people on short hour contracts, who are paid peanuts, who are struggling to get by.

Imagine blaming Tesco for the rise of Aldi and Lidl  :D

So who are you blaming Tesco or Dave Lewis or do you just blame anyone that does not fit your idea of capitalism.

Love how to live in a bubble and don’t see what is going on with the other retail companies but then again if you did you would probably blame Tesco or Dave Lewis for those companies too.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: mexicopete on 02-10-19, 08:23PM
I'll tell you what I think....I wish random GA know all on options worker would sling his hook. :-X :-X :-X
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: alf on 02-10-19, 08:24PM
Absolutely nomad but several points.

That's motley fool, they have numerous guest columnists with varying views and predictions.

And read the article the person is making predictions not commenting on past performance, which is all we can do objectively i.e. Anyone can make any prediction.

But if we want to play the quote game,

"Under chief executive Dave Lewis, the firm has been turning itself around for a few years, but the job is essentially done"

Not exactly negative.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Red75 on 02-10-19, 08:26PM
Tesco let Aldi and Lidl in after the financial crash because of their desire for a 5% operating profit margin. Failed to realise a lot of people were struggling and the market had changed. They got too expensive. Daves legacy was sorting this out.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Red75 on 02-10-19, 10:07PM
Exactly right optout. It's been a period of managed decline. Profits increased despite falling sales volumes by cutting costs and raising prices. They have no answer to the rise of Aldi and Lidl and it was Tescos complacency that allowed Aldi and Lidl to grow in the first place. Tesco were too slow to realise that the market had changed after the 2008 financial crash and this let the discounters grow. I've seen Tescos year end accounts and I know they still have a bloated overly expensive senior management, I believe this is the greatest obstacle to them being more competitive and nothing will change. The people at the top will keep perpetuating this. Many people have said it but without a significant increase in revenues, growth in profits will not be sustainable in the long term. Jack's 'the brexit supermarket' turned out to be a bit of a joke, already closing stores. Dave the thing that dissapounts me most, when you take your millions, the thousands off people on short hour contracts, who are paid peanuts, who are struggling to get by.

Imagine blaming Tesco for the rise of Aldi and Lidl  :D

So who are you blaming Tesco or Dave Lewis or do you just blame anyone that does not fit your idea of capitalism.

Love how to live in a bubble and don’t see what is going on with the other retail companies but then again if you did you would probably blame Tesco or Dave Lewis for those companies too.

You can take the p**s out of me. I never blamed Dave Lewis for the rise of Lidl and Aldi. Incomes were squeezed after the 2008 financial crash. Customers looked for cheaper alternatives which accelerated Aldi and Lidl growth. Tesco were perhaps too slow, probably along with the other three big supermarkets, to realise they were in a price war, that they needed to reduce their margins which benefited Aldi and Lidl. Personally I have been subject to several rounds of cuts, night premium, night shift, Sunday premium, bonus, pension. The last pay rise for instance was pretty much a con, the rises are only introduced 5 or 6 months into the year whereas the bonus was paid for 12 months. It seems likely that non shopfloor staff will get a bonus this year judging by the half year results. I've also been spoken to like c**p by some of these managers. I will not allow myself to be treated badly and not stand up for myself. The other day, I work on grocery, I was moved about 4 times in the first 3 hours of my shift. Its. just a job to me, though with staffing levels, lack of routine, I do feel stressed. 4 days a week is all I can bare. I've nothing to prove, I've had blue performance reviews. I don't feel I'm less than anyone else. I have a professional accounting diploma, which is hard to get, maybe it's brexit but accounting firms where I am aren't recruiting at the moment. I don't want to advance with the company because I don't like the company. I'd rather keep my integrity.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Bubble2029 on 02-10-19, 11:00PM
I'll tell you what I think....I wish random GA know all on options worker would sling his hook. :-X :-X :-X
Random worker just needs some help he's just disillusioned 🤣
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Bubble2029 on 02-10-19, 11:55PM
Exactly right optout. It's been a period of managed decline. Profits increased despite falling sales volumes by cutting costs and raising prices. They have no answer to the rise of Aldi and Lidl and it was Tescos complacency that allowed Aldi and Lidl to grow in the first place. Tesco were too slow to realise that the market had changed after the 2008 financial crash and this let the discounters grow. I've seen Tescos year end accounts and I know they still have a bloated overly expensive senior management, I believe this is the greatest obstacle to them being more competitive and nothing will change. The people at the top will keep perpetuating this. Many people have said it but without a significant increase in revenues, growth in profits will not be sustainable in the long term. Jack's 'the brexit supermarket' turned out to be a bit of a joke, already closing stores. Dave the thing that dissapounts me most, when you take your millions, the thousands off people on short hour contracts, who are paid peanuts, who are struggling to get by.

Imagine blaming Tesco for the rise of Aldi and Lidl  :D

So who are you blaming Tesco or Dave Lewis or do you just blame anyone that does not fit your idea of capitalism.

Love how to live in a bubble and don’t see what is going on with the other retail companies but then again if you did you would probably blame Tesco or Dave Lewis for those companies too.

You can take the p**s out of me. I never blamed Dave Lewis for the rise of Lidl and Aldi. Incomes were squeezed after the 2008 financial crash. Customers looked for cheaper alternatives which accelerated Aldi and Lidl growth. Tesco were perhaps too slow, probably along with the other three big supermarkets, to realise they were in a price war, that they needed to reduce their margins which benefited Aldi and Lidl. Personally I have been subject to several rounds of cuts, night premium, night shift, Sunday premium, bonus, pension. The last pay rise for instance was pretty much a con, the rises are only introduced 5 or 6 months into the year whereas the bonus was paid for 12 months. It seems likely that non shopfloor staff will get a bonus this year judging by the half year results. I've also been spoken to like c**p by some of these managers. I will not allow myself to be treated badly and not stand up for myself. The other day, I work on grocery, I was moved about 4 times in the first 3 hours of my shift. Its. just a job to me, though with staffing levels, lack of routine, I do feel stressed. 4 days a week is all I can bare. I've nothing to prove, I've had blue performance reviews. I don't feel I'm less than anyone else. I have a professional accounting diploma, which is hard to get, maybe it's brexit but accounting firms where I am aren't recruiting at the moment. I don't want to advance with the company because I don't like the company. I'd rather keep my integrity.
At the end of the day Dave Lewis jumped ship before it sunk. He under estimated just how many people would take redundancy and now stores are struggling to keep a float .
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: cityboy on 03-10-19, 06:45AM
I just feel deflated by the whole Dave Lewis experience. The lack of empathy and the decline of any moral compass on the lives of the people who are willing to give their all in exchange for a moderate standard of living has been taken. Pre Dave Lewis, you had a chance of a fixed full-time contract, get a mortgage, provide for your family. That is no longer, and has been replaced by part-time and bullied contracts, no security, flexible only in one direction. The figures may say Dave Lewis turned it around at Tesco , but I will bet the long-time staff will never forgive him taking away the future of the young people at Tesco.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: zebot1976 on 03-10-19, 07:18AM
Dave only stepping down next Summer so he still got a good few months to inflict more misery on staff with more cuts, before he hands over the reigns to Ken.

So whats next before he walks off into the Sunset?

Bakery
Management inc Senior Team
Full Time Staff
Nights
Premiums what left of them

Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Arizonarugby on 03-10-19, 07:25AM
I just feel deflated by the whole Dave Lewis experience. The lack of empathy and the decline of any moral compass on the lives of the people who are willing to give their all in exchange for a moderate standard of living has been taken. Pre Dave Lewis, you had a chance of a fixed full-time contract, get a mortgage, provide for your family. That is no longer, and has been replaced by part-time and bullied contracts, no security, flexible only in one direction. The figures may say Dave Lewis turned it around at Tesco , but I will bet the long-time staff will never forgive him taking away the future of the young people at Tesco.

The sad thing is that USDAW let it happen under the “partnership “ agreement or as I call it little brown envelopes stuffed with cash
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Dengus on 03-10-19, 07:49AM
I'm curious if anyone else has heard rumours of nightshift staff in central Scotland being made redundant/shifted to twilight around March-May 2020?

From what I've heard senior managers have already been told and are well aware of the changes that are coming but can't say anything for obvious reasons.

I've had over 10 years service and I'm on a full time contract so I can see why I would be a prime target for them to change my contract or lay me off for someone on a 2 day temporary contract.

It would also explain why none of the 10 night staff that have left in the past 6 months have been replaced.

As I say, I'm just fishing for further information. Has anyone else heard anything about this?  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: lucgeo on 03-10-19, 08:47AM
Just watching Julie Burns on Sky venting her anger on the collapse of her company Thomas Cook, and being made redundant, blaming the fat cat guys at the top for fleecing the profits, bad management and walking away with big bonus' ready to go wreck another company. The top guy only there for 4 years, ruined the company, then goes with insincere apology and millions in his pocket!

Sound familiar  :-X

I seriously hope, the next cull will be senior team. Their input into the daily running of the store doesn't warrant their overinflated salaries. How hard is it to hold a phone in one hand and point a finger with the other. The morale is rock bottom in stores, whilst these managers are being paid huge salaries and bonuses based on "the city", if my old senior team found themselves alone in "the city" they'd p**s themselves! Even worse most are grabbing every little perk they can, using up there travel/petrol allowances, hiding vastly reduced discounted stock that they get first dibs on, in the office, then disciplining CA's for doing the same, mainly because they didn't get there first.

My old senior teams daily rota
Arrive 7 am ish
Go round shopfloor, having duty manager running round printing off POS labels for random shelves, ignoring staff who bothered to wish them a "good morning"
Call all hands for fresh fill, then go to costa for a good 45 min coffee break. Then go stand watching the shopfloor rushing to get all hands fill finished.
9am meeting, followed by Costa coffe break, passing checkout team support to remind them to get overtime filled, and b*****k if they been running red!
11am MOC meeting followed by Costa coffe break
12 noon-1pm round up the rumble team, then stand talking, watching the team rumble.
1pm-2.15 ish lunch.
3.45 another meeting followed by 4pm - 5pm rumble, which they again stand talking, watching.
5pm home time....phew! :-X

Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: lordadmiral on 03-10-19, 09:37AM
tesco profit is flat, sales is downs. Dave is leaving. Next year we will see more negative news regarding profits. Entire structure change did not worked out. All saving been made thanks to our belowed colleagues who were happy to leave, so company could spend less.
No future for tesco.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: forrestgimp on 03-10-19, 10:17AM
Why is everyone arguing with each other? The guy is off fair enough he is a bellend anyway but the next guy has to make money without selling assets to do it.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Arizonarugby on 03-10-19, 11:20AM
Just watching Julie Burns on Sky venting her anger on the collapse of her company Thomas Cook, and being made redundant, blaming the fat cat guys at the top for fleecing the profits, bad management and walking away with big bonus' ready to go wreck another company. The top guy only there for 4 years, ruined the company, then goes with insincere apology and millions in his pocket!

Sound familiar  :-X

I seriously hope, the next cull will be senior team. Their input into the daily running of the store doesn't warrant their overinflated salaries. How hard is it to hold a phone in one hand and point a finger with the other. The morale is rock bottom in stores, whilst these managers are being paid huge salaries and bonuses based on "the city", if my old senior team found themselves alone in "the city" they'd p**s themselves! Even worse most are grabbing every little perk they can, using up there travel/petrol allowances, hiding vastly reduced discounted stock that they get first dibs on, in the office, then disciplining CA's for doing the same, mainly because they didn't get there first.

My old senior teams daily rota
Arrive 7 am ish
Go round shopfloor, having duty manager running round printing off POS labels for random shelves, ignoring staff who bothered to wish them a "good morning"
Call all hands for fresh fill, then go to costa for a good 45 min coffee break. Then go stand watching the shopfloor rushing to get all hands fill finished.
9am meeting, followed by Costa coffe break, passing checkout team support to remind them to get overtime filled, and b*****k if they been running red!
11am MOC meeting followed by Costa coffe break
12 noon-1pm round up the rumble team, then stand talking, watching the team rumble.
1pm-2.15 ish lunch.
3.45 another meeting followed by 4pm - 5pm rumble, which they again stand talking, watching.
5pm home time....phew! :-X



Sounds like you’re a bitter and twisted bigot, with a short memory and eyesight to match. It’s not only the organ grinders Lewis has culled , the monkeys , butchers , bakers and candlestick makers have also suffered whilst Fagin , Bill Sykes and Nancy all make a nice little earner from the suffering of others .

But hey as long as your happy because the guy who used to catch you having a sneaky fag break or ****ing about when you should be working all well and good... now go and pay homage to you hero (Lewis)
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Arizonarugby on 03-10-19, 11:36AM
Wow nevermind tesco is doomed.

Long as you ignore increased sales, increased profit and decrease in debt.

Its almost like taking one statistic out of wider context is f****ng moronic.

And also ignores that the rest of the big four lost market share, unless ol dave is responsible for that too.

FFS Alf take your head from up Lewis a..e, the large part of the decreased debt is because drastic Dave wrote them off and his only solution was to try and mimic the discounters business model of zero (or almost zero) hour contracts, minimal staff staff covering multiple roles.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: randomworker on 03-10-19, 11:38AM
Exactly right optout. It's been a period of managed decline. Profits increased despite falling sales volumes by cutting costs and raising prices. They have no answer to the rise of Aldi and Lidl and it was Tescos complacency that allowed Aldi and Lidl to grow in the first place. Tesco were too slow to realise that the market had changed after the 2008 financial crash and this let the discounters grow. I've seen Tescos year end accounts and I know they still have a bloated overly expensive senior management, I believe this is the greatest obstacle to them being more competitive and nothing will change. The people at the top will keep perpetuating this. Many people have said it but without a significant increase in revenues, growth in profits will not be sustainable in the long term. Jack's 'the brexit supermarket' turned out to be a bit of a joke, already closing stores. Dave the thing that dissapounts me most, when you take your millions, the thousands off people on short hour contracts, who are paid peanuts, who are struggling to get by.

Imagine blaming Tesco for the rise of Aldi and Lidl  :D

So who are you blaming Tesco or Dave Lewis or do you just blame anyone that does not fit your idea of capitalism.

Love how to live in a bubble and don’t see what is going on with the other retail companies but then again if you did you would probably blame Tesco or Dave Lewis for those companies too.

You can take the p**s out of me. I never blamed Dave Lewis for the rise of Lidl and Aldi. Incomes were squeezed after the 2008 financial crash. Customers looked for cheaper alternatives which accelerated Aldi and Lidl growth. Tesco were perhaps too slow, probably along with the other three big supermarkets, to realise they were in a price war, that they needed to reduce their margins which benefited Aldi and Lidl. Personally I have been subject to several rounds of cuts, night premium, night shift, Sunday premium, bonus, pension. The last pay rise for instance was pretty much a con, the rises are only introduced 5 or 6 months into the year whereas the bonus was paid for 12 months. It seems likely that non shopfloor staff will get a bonus this year judging by the half year results. I've also been spoken to like c**p by some of these managers. I will not allow myself to be treated badly and not stand up for myself. The other day, I work on grocery, I was moved about 4 times in the first 3 hours of my shift. Its. just a job to me, though with staffing levels, lack of routine, I do feel stressed. 4 days a week is all I can bare. I've nothing to prove, I've had blue performance reviews. I don't feel I'm less than anyone else. I have a professional accounting diploma, which is hard to get, maybe it's brexit but accounting firms where I am aren't recruiting at the moment. I don't want to advance with the company because I don't like the company. I'd rather keep my integrity.
At the end of the day Dave Lewis jumped ship before it sunk. He under estimated just how many people would take redundancy and now stores are struggling to keep a float .

Look I know your wishing for Tesco to go down the tubes and you may get your wish but it’s only been 4 days since the metro stores went to the new structure. Hardly enough time to say stores are struggling to keep a float. But got my fingers crossed for you that your wish comes true!
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: alf on 03-10-19, 12:57PM
Wow nevermind tesco is doomed.

Long as you ignore increased sales, increased profit and decrease in debt.

Its almost like taking one statistic out of wider context is f****ng moronic.

And also ignores that the rest of the big four lost market share, unless ol dave is responsible for that too.

FFS Alf take your head from up Lewis a..e, the large part of the decreased debt is because drastic Dave wrote them off and his only solution was to try and mimic the discounters business model of zero (or almost zero) hour contracts, minimal staff staff covering multiple roles.

If stating simple facts makes me a arse licker or whatever so be it.

Red75 kindly posted the 5 year record, so all I've said is easily verifiable.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: NightAndDay on 03-10-19, 01:02PM
Decrease in debt by making worse terms and conditions, degrading the pension, selling off assets and making cuts, increased sales due to inflation and other external economic factors, increased profits are also mainly down to the restructuring, inflation and other external economic factors.

The market share measure may only be one measure but it's a very broad one, highly significant when compared with sales growth and like for like sales.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: randomworker on 03-10-19, 01:18PM
Ok all you insightful CEO’s out there seeing as Dave Lewis has destroyed Tesco on so many levels can you use your vast insightful knowledge and tell me what retail company we should join with all the terms and conditions and full time employment that Dave Lewis took away from us. Or should I just give in and continue working for Tesco and bitch and moan about what a c**p company it is to work for and anything that happens to me financially in the future i will just blame Tesco.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Totot on 03-10-19, 01:32PM
To analysed a business is not just by comparing profit, sales or cost, not even just roi, investment value, stock value alone, but much more than that.

In the beginning, it will be about getting capital, fund and closed investor, then how to invest the fund effectively then as efficient as possible.
Then business operating system, effectiveness and then as efficient as possible. This is after determined market target, volume of it, Strategy in general, strategy in every season, strategy to near future and far future. And then cooperate with supplier to gain more efficiency and fix few things that not effective enough.

Then make the brand image, corporation image evaluate again from the beginning, with or without expanding the company.

What dave done is get lucky after the loss from non operating business written off, the next year ofcuz will looks much better, but that is the point bit the bullet now before getting bigger, got nothing to do with him.

And he think mathematical  approach are the same with efficiency. This way he destroy more the essence of retail, mostly customer service in so many way. Already bad enough bosses before messed relation between supplier and tesco, plus the ancient approach how and why a retail works and thinks, wake up this is not the era when supermarket sees as amusement park anymore.

When he lunch jacks, it show how ignorant he is in retail strategy. When aldi makes mocking ads and other react, it only show how the other big supermarket got no clue about the new-ish game of retail, and got caught with illusions of price war they made.

Lets see next ceo, will he touch the operating system more properly not based on guessing, or stuck like dl who got confused why shrink so high.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: alf on 03-10-19, 02:09PM
I think I need to sit down after trying to read that.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: NightAndDay on 03-10-19, 02:58PM
Ok all you insightful CEO’s out there seeing as Dave Lewis has destroyed Tesco on so many levels can you use your vast insightful knowledge and tell me what retail company we should join with all the terms and conditions and full time employment that Dave Lewis took away from us. Or should I just give in and continue working for Tesco and bitch and moan about what a c**p company it is to work for and anything that happens to me financially in the future i will just blame Tesco.

Lidl and Aldi will likely be the safest places to work in the short to long term, Brexit will hurt Tescos more bloated structure than Lidl or Aldi. Other factors to take into consideration would be political policies regarding business rates and the future of e-commerce, tl:dr it's feasible that brick and mortar retail will go the way of the dinosaurs in the long run.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: fargone on 03-10-19, 04:35PM
This won’t go down too well with people, but I think you could have had somebody a lot more ruthless and savage than DD.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: lucgeo on 03-10-19, 04:35PM
Just watching Julie Burns on Sky venting her anger on the collapse of her company Thomas Cook, and being made redundant, blaming the fat cat guys at the top for fleecing the profits, bad management and walking away with big bonus' ready to go wreck another company. The top guy only there for 4 years, ruined the company, then goes with insincere apology and millions in his pocket!

Sound familiar  :-X

I seriously hope, the next cull will be senior team. Their input into the daily running of the store doesn't warrant their overinflated salaries. How hard is it to hold a phone in one hand and point a finger with the other. The morale is rock bottom in stores, whilst these managers are being paid huge salaries and bonuses based on "the city", if my old senior team found themselves alone in "the city" they'd p**s themselves! Even worse most are grabbing every little perk they can, using up there travel/petrol allowances, hiding vastly reduced discounted stock that they get first dibs on, in the office, then disciplining CA's for doing the same, mainly because they didn't get there first.

My old senior teams daily rota
Arrive 7 am ish
Go round shopfloor, having duty manager running round printing off POS labels for random shelves, ignoring staff who bothered to wish them a "good morning"
Call all hands for fresh fill, then go to costa for a good 45 min coffee break. Then go stand watching the shopfloor rushing to get all hands fill finished.
9am meeting, followed by Costa coffe break, passing checkout team support to remind them to get overtime filled, and b*****k if they been running red!
11am MOC meeting followed by Costa coffe break
12 noon-1pm round up the rumble team, then stand talking, watching the team rumble.
1pm-2.15 ish lunch.
3.45 another meeting followed by 4pm - 5pm rumble, which they again stand talking, watching.
5pm home time....phew! :-X



Sounds like you’re a bitter and twisted bigot, with a short memory and eyesight to match. It’s not only the organ grinders Lewis has culled , the monkeys , butchers , bakers and candlestick makers have also suffered whilst Fagin , Bill Sykes and Nancy all make a nice little earner from the suffering of others .

But hey as long as your happy because the guy who used to catch you having a sneaky fag break or ****ing about when you should be working all well and good... now go and pay homage to you hero (Lewis)

WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT!?! How any of my post could possibly be construed as paying homage to Dave Lewis?? In fact I'm having serious trouble with my 20/20 vision to read or understand how any part of your reply relates to any part of mine!! You're not a full shilling man!!
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: NightAndDay on 03-10-19, 04:55PM
This won’t go down too well with people, but I think you could have had somebody a lot more ruthless and savage than DD.

I'd like to see if the defenders of Tesco would still defend the company if it was taken over by Mike Ashley  ;D
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Siwel123 on 03-10-19, 05:49PM
Just watching Julie Burns on Sky venting her anger on the collapse of her company Thomas Cook, and being made redundant, blaming the fat cat guys at the top for fleecing the profits, bad management and walking away with big bonus' ready to go wreck another company. The top guy only there for 4 years, ruined the company, then goes with insincere apology and millions in his pocket!

Sound familiar  :-X

I seriously hope, the next cull will be senior team. Their input into the daily running of the store doesn't warrant their overinflated salaries. How hard is it to hold a phone in one hand and point a finger with the other. The morale is rock bottom in stores, whilst these managers are being paid huge salaries and bonuses based on "the city", if my old senior team found themselves alone in "the city" they'd p**s themselves! Even worse most are grabbing every little perk they can, using up there travel/petrol allowances, hiding vastly reduced discounted stock that they get first dibs on, in the office, then disciplining CA's for doing the same, mainly because they didn't get there first.

My old senior teams daily rota
Arrive 7 am ish
Go round shopfloor, having duty manager running round printing off POS labels for random shelves, ignoring staff who bothered to wish them a "good morning"
Call all hands for fresh fill, then go to costa for a good 45 min coffee break. Then go stand watching the shopfloor rushing to get all hands fill finished.
9am meeting, followed by Costa coffe break, passing checkout team support to remind them to get overtime filled, and b*****k if they been running red!
11am MOC meeting followed by Costa coffe break
12 noon-1pm round up the rumble team, then stand talking, watching the team rumble.
1pm-2.15 ish lunch.
3.45 another meeting followed by 4pm - 5pm rumble, which they again stand talking, watching.
5pm home time....phew! :-X



Sounds like you’re a bitter and twisted bigot, with a short memory and eyesight to match. It’s not only the organ grinders Lewis has culled , the monkeys , butchers , bakers and candlestick makers have also suffered whilst Fagin , Bill Sykes and Nancy all make a nice little earner from the suffering of others .

But hey as long as your happy because the guy who used to catch you having a sneaky fag break or ****ing about when you should be working all well and good... now go and pay homage to you hero (Lewis)

WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT!?! How any of my post could possibly be construed as paying homage to Dave Lewis?? In fact I'm having serious trouble with my 20/20 vision to read or understand how any part of your reply relates to any part of mine!! You're not a full shilling man!!


Agreed, i think they got the wrong post otherwise they must have a screw loose to think you were praising lewis
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: londoner83 on 03-10-19, 06:36PM
There are still plenty of savings Tesco can make:-
1) Senior Team - too many on too much money.
2) Team Support- now the tablet deals with a lot of the role why do you need to pay people more to read a screen.
3) Trollies- never understand why we dont follow discounters approach and get customers to get their own trolley & then return it to a bay.
4) Services- again why dont we follow discounters approach and get cashiers to deal with returns.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: alf on 03-10-19, 06:52PM
I still remember the pound in the trolley times, though I'd imagine it's a matter of scale the big extras will have far more trolleys than a discounter.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Red75 on 03-10-19, 10:15PM
Ok all you insightful CEO’s out there seeing as Dave Lewis has destroyed Tesco on so many levels can you use your vast insightful knowledge and tell me what retail company we should join with all the terms and conditions and full time employment that Dave Lewis took away from us. Or should I just give in and continue working for Tesco and bitch and moan about what a c**p company it is to work for and anything that happens to me financially in the future i will just blame Tesco.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Red75 on 03-10-19, 10:45PM
I wouldn't argue that Mr Lewis has improved the financial performance of the business and that the the business seems to be on more stable ground. I would just question the way that he has done it. 36000 full time equivalent positions gone, many thousands made redundant, every pay rise has involved something being taken away or reduced - night premium, Sunday premium, bonus.
Honestly how much fat has been trimmed in the executive positions?
I know on the department I work on, we are massively understaffed compared with the amount of staff it has historically taken to do the job. There's always vacancies. They have difficulty recruiting people on 15hour minimum wage flexible contracts. The staff who thay can recruit are young people who, in my opinion rightly so, have a fairly indifferent attitude towards work and often don't stick around long.
Definitely with the last two pay reviews, I don't feel that the board have been honest with us.
I'm pretty sure thst one of Mr Lewis's lasting legacies will be a lot of bad feeling towards the company with the thousands of job cuts he's made and closures of delis, fresh meat/fish counters. I probably wouldn't shop there if I wasn't working there. I don't think Tesco treat their shop floor staff well and aldi and Lidl are significantly cheaper. I always have the feeling, probably rightly so, that too much of the money I spend will end up in the couple of thousand people that they classify as senior management in their annual accounts pockets and shareholders dividends. I have worked really hard for them, half my week I work tjnd and pasta which is perhaps the hardest physical job in a supermarket. With staffing levels so poor I'm often harrased to do more than this. Availability seems to be well down their list of priorities.
It's a lot working capping, backstock and delivery every day and ten years of bending up and down, moving in all directions hasn't been kind to my knees despite me being a relatively normal weight.
You're right retail is tough. I'm not looking for another job in retail and I have no desire to progress at Tesco. I'm not stupid enough to blame Tesco for all my problems but I do feel overworked, undervalued, institutionalised and pretty indignant. I need to put these feelings to one side because they are not going to do me any good.
I wont go down to your level random worker.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: randomworker on 03-10-19, 11:48PM
I wouldn't argue that Mr Lewis has improved the financial performance of the business and that the the business seems to be on more stable ground. I would just question the way that he has done it. 36000 full time equivalent positions gone, many thousands made redundant, every pay rise has involved something being taken away or reduced - night premium, Sunday premium, bonus.
Honestly how much fat has been trimmed in the executive positions?
I know on the department I work on, we are massively understaffed compared with the amount of staff it has historically taken to do the job. There's always vacancies. They have difficulty recruiting people on 15hour minimum wage flexible contracts. The staff who thay can recruit are young people who, in my opinion rightly so, have a fairly indifferent attitude towards work and often don't stick around long.
Definitely with the last two pay reviews, I don't feel that the board have been honest with us.
I'm pretty sure thst one of Mr Lewis's lasting legacies will be a lot of bad feeling towards the company with the thousands of job cuts he's made and closures of delis, fresh meat/fish counters. I probably wouldn't shop there if I wasn't working there. I don't think Tesco treat their shop floor staff well and aldi and Lidl are significantly cheaper. I always have the feeling, probably rightly so, that too much of the money I spend will end up in the couple of thousand people that they classify as senior management in their annual accounts pockets and shareholders dividends. I have worked really hard for them, half my week I work tjnd and pasta which is perhaps the hardest physical job in a supermarket. With staffing levels so poor I'm often harrased to do more than this. Availability seems to be well down their list of priorities.
It's a lot working capping, backstock and delivery every day and ten years of bending up and down, moving in all directions hasn't been kind to my knees despite me being a relatively normal weight.
You're right retail is tough. I'm not looking for another job in retail and I have no desire to progress at Tesco. I'm not stupid enough to blame Tesco for all my problems but I do feel overworked, undervalued, institutionalised and pretty indignant. I need to put these feelings to one side because they are not going to do me any good.
I wont go down to your level random worker.

Go down to what level?

I have worked for Tesco for less than 3 years of my 34 year working life. I have seen the upheaval that is caused by advent of more globalisation and the advancement of technology in particular the internet and how that has changed the landscape and keeps doing so.

Tesco like so many other companies have to adapt and make tough decisions, some get it right and some get it wrong. What I don’t do is armchair from the sidelines on how a company should make those decisions or pick apart those decisions without knowing and understanding what all the factors that have to be contended with to arrive at those hard decisions. Christ a company could make all the right decisions and still go out of business because or factors out of their control.

One thing is for sure the decisions we make in life will never please everyone but that is not the responsibility of the person making the decision. The person making the decision has to base it on what they believe in and follow through. Dave Lewis was charged with doing a job and he did it and if it turns out it was the wrong move then so be it.

I have a hard time getting behind people in a organization who on one hand talk about the low morale of a certain group of people and those people loosing their job. But on the other hand champion the dismissal of another group of people and name calling them. That to me stinks of them and us and only looking out for your group and the expense of others. I’m also fascinated by people who bad mouth a company but yet stay and work for that company.  It’s a shame that they lack the courage and responsibility to actually tell their manager face to face and then move on in life to bigger and better things.

You still have not answered my fundamental question of what other retail company out their is giving all those things that Dave Lewis has taken away.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Red75 on 04-10-19, 12:16AM
I know that the offer of other supermarkets isn't much better than that of tesco. I would question the way and the ethicacy in which Tesco have made their cuts. 2017 rise with loss of Sunday premium I got about a 4.5% rise over 2 years, 2019 rise assuming previous earnings plus the 2.5% rbonus that has been paid I will get about a 2% rise and no bonus. Do the maths. Yet on all the literature all you see is 10. something percent. Its a con, its disengenuous. We're getting poorer
I look on Indeed every day for new jobs.
 I don't care for Tesco, I make no apologies for that.  I have sick parents, a mortgage, live twelve miles away from the nearest (small) town in a very rural location. I can't afford to be out of work.
You're right, I'm no CEO but it's pretty clear that Dave Lewiss tenure has provided very few new ideas, exclusively at Tesco brands was an idea clearly poached from the discounters and is it really much better than value. Just cuts and price rises, spreadsheet management.
I don't care for Tesco and I think you'll find that tens of thousands of its employees don't care for it.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: NightAndDay on 04-10-19, 12:18AM
Let's have a look at what Tesco gives us:

:- A mediocre hourly wage of £9 an hour (For the purposes of simplicity, I'm only going on about base rate) below the rates offered by Morrisons, Sainsburies, Aldi and Lidl.

:- A standard defined pension scheme (ok this is better than what some retailers offer, but unless you go for the 7.5% contribution rate, it's equivalent to both Sainsburies and Morrisons, both which pay a higher hourly rate as well, so in effect, they pay more into your pension) can't comment on Aldi or Lidls pension scheme

:-10% discount, the big four offer this, where Tesco has 2 weeks of double discount, Sainsburies has more discount periods including 15% and 20% can't comment  Morrisons or Asda except that they do have a staff discount as well, Aldi and Lidl do not offer this however.

:- unpaid breaks, this has been the norm at Tesco for a long time now, but other retailers are getting dragged down by the media for their cessation of paid breaks. Anyway, none of the retailers offer a paid break nowadays, saying that however, Tescos  unpaid break periods tend to be unnecessarily longer than competitors (i.e 1.5 hour break for a 9 hour shift as opposed to a 1 hour break at Sainsburies).

:- Sunday and Bank Holiday premium, this is the only desirable aspect Tesco has to offer staff compared to its competitors, and even then, it's not that much better than what's offered elsewhere except for the sunday premium. (Other retailers tend to have some sort of bank holiday premium payment).

:- length of service based holidays and sickpay (this is also offered by competitors though none as far as I'm aware don't pay you for your first 3 days off sick)

:- location based supplement, Tesco is actuslly middling compared to competitors with this policy, the other retailers tend to offer better location pay in a wider area than just London and the surrounding areas.


Tesco isn't the worst retailer, but certainly if you want retail as a career there are better places to work.


Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Red75 on 04-10-19, 12:33AM
In my mind there's a big difference in making someone redundant who earns £50000 a year than there is making someone redundant who earns £15000 a year. In theory the person paid 50000 a year is worth 50000 a year. I know people have expenses commensurate to their incomes but I believe the pay differentials between different stratas at Tesco are fair or ethical. Even a Tory government recognise that the people at the bottom aren't getting nearly enough, hence the minimum wage going up so much in recent years.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: randomworker on 04-10-19, 01:23AM
I know that the offer of other supermarkets isn't much better than that of tesco. I would question the way and the ethicacy in which Tesco have made their cuts. 2017 rise with loss of Sunday premium I got about a 4.5% rise over 2 years, 2019 rise assuming previous earnings plus the 2.5% rbonus that has been paid I will get about a 2% rise and no bonus. Do the maths. Yet on all the literature all you see is 10. something percent. Its a con, its disengenuous. We're getting poorer
I look on Indeed every day for new jobs.
 I don't care for Tesco, I make no apologies for that.  I have sick parents, a mortgage, live twelve miles away from the nearest (small) town in a very rural location. I can't afford to be out of work.
You're right, I'm no CEO but it's pretty clear that Dave Lewiss tenure has provided very few new ideas, exclusively at Tesco brands was an idea clearly poached from the discounters and is it really much better than value. Just cuts and price rises, spreadsheet management.
I don't care for Tesco and I think you'll find that tens of thousands of its employees don't care for it.

At the end of the day the choices and views you have made are yours and I respect you for expressing them. We see things differently and so its one of those agree to disagree moments and to move on  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Red75 on 04-10-19, 01:31AM
Fair enough. Enjoy your day.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Redshoes on 04-10-19, 08:06AM
Times are hard for everyone, within our company and outside.
In my old store we had a team leader without a team.
We had a team leader in cash office that only had one other person who worked in cash office and never at the same time. She passed schedules to CSD team leader to do.
We had two back Dior team leaders, one was good but other changed schedules and messed things up and worked against the team.
We had another team leader who hid in cupboard, did not do any dept training etc, left that to others.
Could add more to list but you get the drift. People were being paid for fulfilling a role that they were not delivering. My store was far from unique in this. It could not and should not have continued.
We are working in uncertainty now. We don't know who will be next, we can guess with some but nobody should be complacent.
Changes have taken place, nobody like a job being made harder to deliver but when you look back we did have it easier. Morale is not at an all time high and we have lost some good people along with bad.
I think that we should be thinking of the new guy coming in rather than the old one going. When DL came onboard he pumped hours into stores before he started cutting. He inherited an accounting scandal. He has cut/closed offices along with stores. I know nothing of the new guy, what sort of reputation does he have. Has he been selected to continue the plan or change it?  The change may not be until the summer but that will come round soon enough.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: lucgeo on 04-10-19, 10:04AM
"We had a team leader in cash office that only had one other person who worked in cash office and never at the same time. She passed schedules to CSD team leader to do.
We had two back Dior team leaders, one was good but other changed schedules and messed things up and worked against the team.
We had another team leader who hid in cupboard, did not do any dept training etc, left that to others. "


And this is partly why team leaders were made redundant, as their teams' were depleted due to less routines or leavers not being replaced, they ended up with departments with little or no team to lead. Which is now the case with department managers, as other departments became combined with the recent job code restructure. The FFSC manager role being a typical example. And moving on, less manager head count requires less senior team, etc..etc..
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: NightAndDay on 04-10-19, 10:29AM
Times are hard for everyone, within our company and outside.
In my old store we had a team leader without a team.
We had a team leader in cash office that only had one other person who worked in cash office and never at the same time. She passed schedules to CSD team leader to do.
We had two back Dior team leaders, one was good but other changed schedules and messed things up and worked against the team.
We had another team leader who hid in cupboard, did not do any dept training etc, left that to others.
Could add more to list but you get the drift. People were being paid for fulfilling a role that they were not delivering. My store was far from unique in this. It could not and should not have continued.
We are working in uncertainty now. We don't know who will be next, we can guess with some but nobody should be complacent.
Changes have taken place, nobody like a job being made harder to deliver but when you look back we did have it easier. Morale is not at an all time high and we have lost some good people along with bad.
I think that we should be thinking of the new guy coming in rather than the old one going. When DL came onboard he pumped hours into stores before he started cutting. He inherited an accounting scandal. He has cut/closed offices along with stores. I know nothing of the new guy, what sort of reputation does he have. Has he been selected to continue the plan or change it?  The change may not be until the summer but that will come round soon enough.

Ken Murphy has a reputation as a bigger axe swinger than Dave. Still it could be worse, we could have Mike Ashley.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Pochin123 on 04-10-19, 10:30AM
Not sure if anyones said this yet so apologies it has. But why has Dave's successor not been an internal apointment?

This ensures a smoother handover. Ken Murphy's got a lot to learn Dave will probably stay on in an advisory position but normally large buisness promote from within. Then again Alison Horner could of got it then we would have been f***ed.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: NightAndDay on 04-10-19, 10:42AM
Most likely for 2 reasons, one being the cuts to the business Dave has made, there are far fewer senior people now than before under Philip Clarke, secondly, the last internal appointment was Terry Leahy to Philip Clarke (who turned out to be ill suited to the role,  eventually losing the confidence of the shareholders), shareholders typically have sway in how the business is ran, It's likely they stipulated that all CEO appointments be external to give a "fresh view" on the operating model of the business rather than carrying on business as usual (As Philip Clarke did after Terry Leahy, it stifles innovation.)
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: alf on 04-10-19, 02:19PM
I think the original plan was for Charles Wilson to take over, though cancer put a stop to that idea.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: beentheredoneit on 04-10-19, 08:46PM
Well, I for one will be rushing to work to organise his leaving collection, and purchasing a rather large leaving card for all to write their comments on .....
My comment would be .... please give me redundancy before you go .......
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Cleaner1 on 05-10-19, 08:22PM
Times are hard for everyone, within our company and outside.
In my old store we had a team leader without a team.
We had a team leader in cash office that only had one other person who worked in cash office and never at the same time. She passed schedules to CSD team leader to do.
We had two back Dior team leaders, one was good but other changed schedules and messed things up and worked against the team.
We had another team leader who hid in cupboard, did not do any dept training etc, left that to others.
Could add more to list but you get the drift. People were being paid for fulfilling a role that they were not delivering. My store was far from unique in this. It could not and should not have continued.
We are working in uncertainty now. We don't know who will be next, we can guess with some but nobody should be complacent.
Changes have taken place, nobody like a job being made harder to deliver but when you look back we did have it easier. Morale is not at an all time high and we have lost some good people along with bad.
I think that we should be thinking of the new guy coming in rather than the old one going. When DL came onboard he pumped hours into stores before he started cutting. He inherited an accounting scandal. He has cut/closed offices along with stores. I know nothing of the new guy, what sort of reputation does he have. Has he been selected to continue the plan or change it?  The change may not be until the summer but that will come round soon enough.

Ken Murphy has a reputation as a bigger axe swinger than Dave. Still it could be worse, we could have Mike Ashley.

Philip Green would be the strongest candidate on the day.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: penguin on 05-10-19, 09:16PM
Well, I for one will be rushing to work to organise his leaving collection, and purchasing a rather large leaving card for all to write their comments on .....
My comment would be .... please give me redundancy before you go .......

When it was announced Phil Clarke was leaving our store manager at the time actually did try and run a collection for him, other than a couple of people on options who wanted to make a good impression nobody gave anything, apparently the money was used to by a bottle of whiskey that was sent on to head office.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: lucgeo on 06-10-19, 09:40AM
 8-). OMG!  :-X

There was one occasion when it was one of the senior teams' birthday, a suck up junior manager, went round the GA's with a collection bowl, only newbies or options contributed, then the same manager rushed into the canteen to state that the senior manager was about to take their break, and everyone to applaud and sing happy birthday as they entered. Only the management table complied, and how stupid they looked, all four of them  :-X
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Pochin123 on 06-10-19, 09:45AM
lucgeo you never know, resign just before new years honours. Arise Sir Dave Lewis haha :)
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Nomad on 06-10-19, 11:30AM
Talking of "Sir"

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/oct/05/tesco-dave-lewis-back-from-brink-it-could-have-gone-under (https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/oct/05/tesco-dave-lewis-back-from-brink-it-could-have-gone-under)

Quote
The grocer had a mountain of debt after years of empire building under celebrated former leader Sir Terry Leahy, but the discovery of a gaping black hole in its accounts was a severe blow for what had been one of corporate Britain’s biggest success stories.

What is the criteria for getting a knighthood ?
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Pochin123 on 06-10-19, 11:56AM
Taken from awardsintelligence.co.uk

"As with a nomination for an MBE, OBE or CBE, you must also provide a minimum of two letters of support with your nomination. These must come from people of have experienced the nominee’s achievements first-hand and able to talk with enthusiasm about their work"

Now thinking about it a knighthood's a bit strong but OBE could be on the cards. A letter from everyone on the executive committee recommending him and you never know.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Nomad on 06-10-19, 12:40PM
Thank you.  How many VLH members would right a letter for me  :D  8)  :-*

Got my tongue in my cheek  :)
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Expressdude2016 on 07-10-19, 10:44PM
Not sure if anyones said this yet so apologies it has. But why has Dave's successor not been an internal apointment?

This ensures a smoother handover. Ken Murphy's got a lot to learn Dave will probably stay on in an advisory position but normally large buisness promote from within. Then again Alison Horner could of got it then we would have been f***ed.

The reason being there is not anyone within the business experienced enough. As Alf pointed out Charles Wilson was to be the successor.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: merchandiser4u on 08-10-19, 09:29AM
Dave has destroyed the business with cuts to staff however the figures don't lie that he has made Tescos profitable and has grown the business. Like the poster above says the new boss will be expected to do the same by the board and shareholders and the easiest way to do that is by cutting staff further that they feel is not needed and we all know it won't be managers suffering.

Watching the half year review video just shows the arrogance of the senior staff really, oh haven't we done amazing, look at our new ranges etc, staff don't care about new ranges and your new amazing ideas, we care there's not enough staff to even get the basic jobs done, our benefits have been ripped from us and we're expected to sacrifice our life for the company when the company wouldn't even p**s on us if we were on fire

Anyone want to have a guess what the share price will be next year when Drastic Dave finally leaves? I think investors are wary and let's hope all the magic Dave has done profits will have soared after all in April 2019 Tesco announced huge profits thanks to hard working staff over the Xmas period.

If you want to wind up Dave Lewis, point to Tesco’s share price. It was 230p when he arrived in September 2014 and, after five years of effort that have prompted the chief executive to want to “recharge my batteries”, it has reached only 240p. All that struggle to go sideways?

He was a total waste of money for shareholders!
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: lordadmiral on 08-10-19, 11:24AM
http://poundf.co.uk/tesco-share-price-forecast (http://poundf.co.uk/tesco-share-price-forecast) here is forecast
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: madness on 08-10-19, 02:23PM
Dave has destroyed the business with cuts to staff however the figures don't lie that he has made Tescos profitable and has grown the business. Like the poster above says the new boss will be expected to do the same by the board and shareholders and the easiest way to do that is by cutting staff further that they feel is not needed and we all know it won't be managers suffering.

Watching the half year review video just shows the arrogance of the senior staff really, oh haven't we done amazing, look at our new ranges etc, staff don't care about new ranges and your new amazing ideas, we care there's not enough staff to even get the basic jobs done, our benefits have been ripped from us and we're expected to sacrifice our life for the company when the company wouldn't even p**s on us if we were on fire

Anyone want to have a guess what the share price will be next year when Drastic Dave finally leaves? I think investors are wary and let's hope all the magic Dave has done profits will have soared after all in April 2019 Tesco announced huge profits thanks to hard working staff over the Xmas period.

If you want to wind up Dave Lewis, point to Tesco’s share price. It was 230p when he arrived in September 2014 and, after five years of effort that have prompted the chief executive to want to “recharge my batteries”, it has reached only 240p. All that struggle to go sideways?

He was a total waste of money for shareholders!
Part of me wants to hate him but also the company could have gone the same way as Woolworths or Thomas Cook. I'm sure their employees would have wished for cuts rather than sudden loss of their jobs.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: NightAndDay on 08-10-19, 02:24PM
Dave has destroyed the business with cuts to staff however the figures don't lie that he has made Tescos profitable and has grown the business. Like the poster above says the new boss will be expected to do the same by the board and shareholders and the easiest way to do that is by cutting staff further that they feel is not needed and we all know it won't be managers suffering.

Watching the half year review video just shows the arrogance of the senior staff really, oh haven't we done amazing, look at our new ranges etc, staff don't care about new ranges and your new amazing ideas, we care there's not enough staff to even get the basic jobs done, our benefits have been ripped from us and we're expected to sacrifice our life for the company when the company wouldn't even p**s on us if we were on fire

Anyone want to have a guess what the share price will be next year when Drastic Dave finally leaves? I think investors are wary and let's hope all the magic Dave has done profits will have soared after all in April 2019 Tesco announced huge profits thanks to hard working staff over the Xmas period.

If you want to wind up Dave Lewis, point to Tesco’s share price. It was 230p when he arrived in September 2014 and, after five years of effort that have prompted the chief executive to want to “recharge my batteries”, it has reached only 240p. All that struggle to go sideways?

He was a total waste of money for shareholders!

Definitely not a fan of Lewis, but you do have to appreciate the hand he was dealt when he took over, declining sales, the accounting scandal, numerous failed innovations, yes some of his decisions deserve scrutiny (the cuts to staff benefits and some structural changes) but at the end of the day, if he carried on BAU from his predecessors the company would be in administration, if nothing else he had brought the companies finances and ways of working in line with how it should be run.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: optout on 08-10-19, 07:10PM
The likes of dl would have known from the off that his luck was in, he couldn't lose. if thngs go bad just blame the previous guy. If things go well hes a hero. He couldn't lose. Money for old rope.

Apart from cutting staff or weakening benefits, what 'successful' strategies did 'the n0b' implement to give shareholders value for the money spent on him? Remember on the video of the AGM when answering the question as to why he was paid so many multiples more than average staff, his response, 'it is what it is' (shifty-speak for 'I cannot justify it').

And as for 'recharge his batteries'; what exactly has he done with his time? With all of the cuts etc over the past couple of years, how many times has he given an interview to accept responsibility for his decisions? THE N0B HAS DONE NOTHING, NIL, NADA of any added value for tesco.

He has done even less than a third rate tossco store manager would have done.

If I did not give a c**p about my fellow human beings, I really could have done the job just as well, and believe me I have no special skills or talent to speak of.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: alf on 08-10-19, 08:13PM
We don't live in a fairy tale world where you can recover a company that just posted a 6.4 billion pound loss and was in 22 billion pound in debt, without making cuts.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: King1999 on 08-10-19, 09:51PM
Personally never going to forgive the company/Lewis or whoever and it’s good to see some of the cuts made are starting to unravel now.Too many clever twats thinking a day in the life is a utopia to base your business on.Thats a f****ng fairyland attitude of ever I’ve seen one.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: madness on 08-10-19, 10:45PM
early reportss from the metros turned to express format is it has not gone well.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Cazcat on 09-10-19, 09:02AM
A complete disaster in our store  !!!!!!!
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: lackofinterest on 09-10-19, 09:51AM
We don't live in a fairy tale world where you can recover a company that just posted a 6.4 billion pound loss and was in 22 billion pound in debt, without making cuts.
fair enough but start with the high earners first!
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: fatguy on 09-10-19, 10:40AM
We don't live in a fairy tale world where you can recover a company that just posted a 6.4 billion pound loss and was in 22 billion pound in debt, without making cuts.
fair enough but start with the high earners first!
exatly why slaughter the people who actually do /get the work done when theres a lot of high earners who do nothing but have been exempt from culling mind boggles really
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: fatguy on 09-10-19, 10:41AM
early reportss from the metros turned to express format is it has not gone well.
i can say with my old store I've heard off a few members its a absolute disaster  l
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: NightAndDay on 09-10-19, 10:44AM
early reportss from the metros turned to express format is it has not gone well.

What reports would  you be referring to? I'd be quite interested in the data to compare pre and post structure change.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: madness on 09-10-19, 12:05PM
Nothing official i'm sorry but just what friends who have been in the stores or transfered to them have said. Not a big sample size I realise.
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Ravvers on 09-10-19, 12:23PM
Of course it hasn't gone well , that's why I took redundancy gladly after over 34 years working in one department - the thought of having to do at least 3 other jobs in a day mortified me
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: lordadmiral on 09-10-19, 01:34PM
We don't live in a fairy tale world where you can recover a company that just posted a 6.4 billion pound loss and was in 22 billion pound in debt, without making cuts.
And today company on one hand recovered but debt rose from over 3 bilion in april to 14,2 bilion .... something new is coming
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: lordadmiral on 09-10-19, 01:35PM
A complete disaster in our store  !!!!!!!
Details please ....
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Rad on 09-10-19, 04:03PM
It will take a while to settle down, probably after christmas.  The only change to support could be an additional manager being added.  It'll never be reversed.   

That said, I'm hearing stores benefitting from having backstock on high level. 
Title: Re: Dave Lewis is stepping down next Summer
Post by: Redshoes on 10-10-19, 08:30AM
We don't live in a fairy tale world where you can recover a company that just posted a 6.4 billion pound loss and was in 22 billion pound in debt, without making cuts.
fair enough but start with the high earners first!


There was a huge cull in head office a few years ago. They all went about the same time as team leaders. More have gone since, it's not just stores. Some big earners have gone, I don't know figures but it was a huge cull. Think there is a thread on here somewhere.

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