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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Hammered at Home Depot, again...

It's well known by now that The Home Depot SSC (Store Support Center) in Atlanta underwent a "layoff" last week in which 500 employees (or 10% of the workforce at the SSC) lost their jobs.

This particular layoff affected me on a personal level, as I was working as a contractor at Home Depot until just last week, even though my contract was up anyway before the layoff was announced. I knew two of the people who were let go, both dedicated employees in their specific positions. During my stint at The Depot, I had a great time working there and was part of a fantastic team.

I know that the problems in the housing market have "nailed" Home Depot pretty hard as they attempt to remain profitable for the shareholders while simultaneously adding headcount to the stores. It is my hopes that the company will weather the storm of the housing market meltdown, and that the former employees can find more work quickly.

JM Kelly, The IT Entrepreneur

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