On April 25, 2008, I was wrongfully terminated by the company that I gave 6 years to. They left myself and my 13 yr old daughter without medical benefits. I know there is COBRA, but who can afford that? It all started when I wanted to be considered for a leadership position. I had come to slowly learn that in order to be promoted within this company, you need to be part of the "clique" or "good ole boy club". I was promised on numerous occasions about feedback that I would be getting from Kristie Thompson and Amy Scott, and they failed to follow though. They have a system in place for employees to vent their concerns and ideas for the firm.
I submitted my frustration through this system and voluntarily signed my name to it since I was not going to hide under an anonymous name. I named specifically the people in the title of this report and their shady tactics. I was told reportedly by Amy Scott in one on one meetings that anyone she considered for the team lead position would have to be licensed first before even being considered. I was later told in another meeting that she only meant me. I called her out on it and she didnt like that.
From that point on, I was under a microscope. I pointed out that their HR recruiting department was extremely shady in their promotion and hiring tactics. They only promote friends of their friends and anyone who is in their clique. So basically, on Friday, 4/25/08, I was asked to come down to HR by Vincent Vasquez. I initially thought it had to do with my applying for a position back in St Louis because, that is where I wanted to go back to since I was getting nowhere under the management that was in place in Tempe AZ.
Once I got down there, I went into a room with Amy Scott, Kristie Thompson and Vincent Vasquez along with Dana Petri, who was there for HR purposes. I was broadsided with this fabricated reason for terminating me. Their reason was that they looked over their records over the past couple of weeks and said that my timecard didn't match what the time says on when I logged into my phone in the morning. It was something very petty and they needed a reason to terminate me in their minds since they couldn't do it based off of performance issues and again, I didn't fit into their "club". I had no idea that I was doing anything wrong and was doing nothing that any other employee wasn't told they could do anyway. In fact, we were told by our very own management that we were allowed to put 8 hours down for the day as long as we made it up during the same pay period.
To all of you considering a career with Edward Jones, especially in Tempe AZ, remeber the names that I put in this report. They are involved in the Customer Account Transfer department. I would reconsider. They will stab you in the back when you least expect it.
People to be weary of when contacting Edward Jones in Tempe AZ about a job are as follows.... (Recruiters) - Sam Mobley - he loves to hire young attractive girls and flirt with them daily - he is married! Kimberley Elliott, she really has no clue about what is going on there and there is clearly no communication within HR and hiring leaders. (Department Leaders for Customer Account Transfer), Amy Scott - she is one to be avoided. She walks around pretending to be your friend, but if you do anything to concern her, she will abuse her power and make your life hell there if she doesn't hide behind another leader to fire you first. Kristie Thompson - stuck in the 80's, not very people oriented. Doesn't follow through with her subordinates when it doesn't benefit her. (Team Leader ) Vincent Vasquez, hired on to the position that I was applying for. He had no industry experience at all and was not licensed (as required for the postion and per Amy Scott's words to me). He is a puppet and in my opinion and the opinion of my other teammates at the time, a snake and not to be trusted.
By the way, the leaders in that department all love to eat at the same table and it is very intimidating to other employees whether they realize it or not. I dubbed them the "snake pit". They preach culture about their firm on a daily basis, but they definetly don't practice it. So, anyone applying for a job there in the back office at Edward Jones, Tempe AZ, you have been warned! I have heard from other employees in other departments, that this goes on as well.