- Lebakkens, Inc. of Wisconsin16.Dec 2015
The regional manager would create an atmosphere of terror whenever he was in the store because he was like a ticking time bomb. You never knew what kind of mood he would be in, or what would set him off. He was constantly picking on employees, about the way they dressed or smelled, or about the car they were driving. He also was very confrontational, and would not allow anyone to speak or defend themselves during those confrontations. I rarely ever heard any positive comments from him, the owner, or the store manager. The other employees that worked there were sometimes very strange, and I heard from several of the female customers that they had been contacted by employees outside of work hours (the employee had attained the womans' phone numbers through company records) looking to "hang out." Many of the women confided in me during my brief employment there, that they were very creeped out by those guys, and didn't want to talk to them anymore. It made the work environment very awkward, and even hostile at some points.
Support from Management
Management would often "write up" employees for circumstances that were out of the employees control. Those write ups were then put into a permanent employee file, and used against them if needed (to deny unemployment/reasons for firing or demotion). In one case, they moved an employee to a different store, which was 45 minutes away, and offered no additional compensation to make up for the gas or drive time, nor did they increase his pay. I overheard the regional manager say that they did that because they wanted to force him to quit because he was getting old, and wasnt "working to their standards". The man had just married, and his wife was 8 months along with their 1st child, and had missed days/been late due to complications with his wifes pregnancy.