By Emily Jane Fox
From Part-Time To Full-Time:
Krystal Maxi-Collins, 29, worked at the Macy's department store off and on for two years, and was frustrated that she wasn't made a full-time employee. Her pay wasn't enough to support her family of four, so she worked a second job. When she asked her manager for... Read More »
Ever since she began working as a cashier for the Protein Bar restaurant chain in downtown Chicago a year and a half ago, says Amie Crawford, she's felt mistreated. The 56-year-old has yet to be made a full-time staffer, as she was told she would be. And despite 30 years of employment history, including working... Read More »
Macy's Inc., operator of the Macy's and upscale Bloomingdale's chains, said on Monday it would hire about 80,000 seasonal workers for the upcoming holiday season, a 2.6 percent increase over last year's levels.
Macy's will hire people to work as sales associates, work in store operations positions, at call... Read More »
Over the course of their careers, workers rarely stay at one company anymore -- let alone at the same one for more than 70 years. But that was the experience of 92-year old Rose Syracuse, who retired Wednesday from Macy's, Inc., after 73 years of service. Read More »
By Anne D'Innocenzio
NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans stepped up their spending in February, boosting sales at many stores and offering the latest sign that shoppers are feeling more confident in the economy. Read More »
The children of downtown Portland know who Santa is. They've sat on the same lap every year at Macy's, and when they bump into him during the summer, he'll explain that he's on vacation, which is why he's shed the fur-lined red suit. But the Santa they know and love is no more; Macy's fired its two veteran... Read More »
Natalie Johnson, a Macy's employee in San Antonio, Texas, was convinced the teenager in women's clothes and makeup was male. So she watched the teen shop in the women's section. And when the teen left the women's changing room, she intervened.
"I had to just straightforward tell him, 'You're a man,' " the... Read More »
By Damian Ghigliotty and Julie Steinberg
Santa is feeling generous about retail holiday jobs this season, but slightly less giving than last year.
The retail sector plans to add about 600,000 seasonal staffers between October and early January, down from 627,600 last year, said John Challenger, chief... Read More »
If you're one of the 14 million unemployed Americans, Macy's may be giving you a gift this holiday season. Macy's has announced that it plans to hire 78,000 temporary workers for the holiday season, an increase of 4 percent over last year. The company also said these temporary jobs can lead to year-round jobs... Read More »
Seasonal hiring will be the same if not worse than last year. That was the not so festive forecast from the employment services firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas last week. And it's not surprising with our currently drab consumer climate. The U.S. Commerce Department recently reported anemic retail sales... Read More »
Don't tell the kids in San Francisco, but at least one Santa won't be making the rounds this year -- and it isn't their fault.
Rather, it seems, it was just "time" for John Toomey, the Macy's Santa Claus who rose to fame last year after being fired from his Union Square store gig for telling an oft-told,... Read More »
Retailers have learned plenty about the new kind of shopper that has evolved from the current economy. Consequently sales have bounced back -- both in terms of in-store shopping and through the hunt for discounts and sweetened incentives on the Web. Such online discount hunting has been fueled, as of late, by... Read More »
You know their famous red star emblem. You probably shop there either regularly or at least from time to time, and it is practically impossible to not get swept up in the fever of the holidays (that start earlier and earlier each year) without wondering what it is like to work at a large department store like... Read More »
After 20 years as Santa Claus at the Union Square Macy's in San Francisco, John Toomey has been fired, reports Kevin Fagan in the San Francisco Chronicle. This tragic news is resonating around the nation, including being an item in high-profile Gawker. Read More »
Great news, right: retailers are adding 550,000 to 650,00 jobs this holiday season. The news you need to know, though, is that for each of those openings, there are about 4.7 applicants, estimates Heidi Shierholz at the Economic Policy Institute.
So, how do you make sure you are the one among those 4.7 folks who... Read More »
Last week the number of people filing for unemployment benefits was actually lower than it was the week before, which is a sign that layoffs could be slowing. In the week ending Feb. 27, initial claims numbered 469,000, a decrease of 29,000 from the previous week's 498,000, according to numbers released by the... Read More »