QVC isn’t making any friends with its news that it is laying off 220 employees, including 100 at its West Chester HQ, as it sends some jobs overseas to Krakow, Poland, of all places.
Philadelphia Magazine is one of the news outlets that reported the sad news out of the No. 1 home shopping network. QVC is moving parts of its HR, IT finance and legal departments to Poland, the story says.
In addition to the pink slips in the U.S., 40 people are losing their jobs in Great Britain, 10 in Italy and 70 in Germany, according to the report. A QVC honcho broke the news to HQ workers, including some who have been with the channel since its beginning in the late 1980s, on Wednesday.
But the ax won’t be falling until 10 months. QVC gave the magazine a statement.
“The global business services model is part of QVC’s long-term strategy to continue modernizing how we operate as a global entity,” the home shopping network said. “It will provide more efficient and streamlined business services in order for QVC to stay competitive and continue expanding globally.”
“Many of the world’s largest companies have a global business services organization in Poland,” according to QVC. “Leveraging the country’s high-quality business environment, workforce with multi-lingual capabilities, and lower cost which enable seamless support for the U.S. and Europe.”
Last year QVC canned about 150 warehouse workers when it closes a facility in Florence, S.C.
The comments on the article skewered the home shopping network:
Translation. QVC’s board of directors want to earn more and the only way to accomplish this without reducing shareholder value is to terminate members of their US workforce. This is not America. This needs to be illegal and if not illegal, it should be extremely tax adverse to any company that does this. It’s a disgrace.
Come on guys-they only made $8.8 Billion last year. Gotta cut costs or the whole ship will sink! Good to see that people are outraged here. Truth is QVC is a totally greedy and unethical company that hates its long term employees. I worked there for 23 years and was an exemplary worker.
Then out of the blue, here comes a completely false negative performance review from the new boss and I got the choice between taking a job that paid half as much or get let go. My heart goes out to everyone who’s losing their jobs in their late 40s or 50s–good luck getting an interview let alone a job offer. Thanks for ending my career QVC-BOYCOTT THEM!!
I work for this company. They don’t give a damned about us, more for less is the attitude. Worthless employees get all the praise while the ones that do work repeatedly get coached or wrote up.Screw the “Q”, looking forward to retirement.
QVC is a dirty company. Of course they lay off these employees when they are paying their hosts high six and low seven figure paychecks to low lifes like Shawn Kilinger. Hell, Lisa Robertson was trying to get even more money than the million a year she was making.
QVC finally told her to pound sand. And now she is a 50 yr old saleswoman without a job. Like she is going to get anything better than she had at QVC. Of course these costs are passed on to the customer. I use Amazon a lot more than QVC anymore.
The network is already hiring for its opens its new 1 million-square-foot West Coast distribution hub in Cali. Some 500 people will work there. But that’s apparently cold comfort to a lot of folk.