Sprint gives gift baskets (and job applications) to T-Mobile employees
posted by Michael H. / Dec 15, 2015, 8:36 AM
It's the holiday season, so of course companies are sending gifts around to customers and employees. However, usually a company will send gifts to its own employees and not those of a rival. Sprint doesn't seem to care about that convention though and has apparently been sending gift baskets to T-Mobile employees.
Usually, this is the kind of shenanigan that we would expect from T-Mobile and its king of corporate trolling, CEO John Legere, who has played pranks and pulled publicity stunts at the expense of competitors like Verizon and (more often) AT&T on a number of occasions. But, this time it is Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure taking the passive aggressive route by sending gift baskets that include candy, snacks, and a card from Claure that reads: "Our companies compete to take business from each other throughout the year but this is the season of giving. So enjoy these treats from Sprint. Happy Holidays, Marcelo."
Taking the move the extra mile, the back of the basket has a card saying, "Let's move forward, together," and includes the URL for Sprint's career page where one might go to find an open job.
Reportedly, T-Mobile has instructed employees to throw out the baskets and not let anyone know this is happening, but obviously at least one employee didn't listen.
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Lol Sprint has no shame
posted on Dec 15, 2015, 8:43 AM 4
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"Reportedly, T-Mobile has instructed employees to throw out the baskets and not let anyone know this is happening..." T-Mobile is pretty good on the giving end of jokes like this, apparently not so much on the receiving end...
posted on Dec 15, 2015, 8:53 AM 10
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Considering Sprint is planning another round of layoffs by the end of January, those applications aren't worth much.
posted on Dec 15, 2015, 10:00 AM 8
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They're poacing the sales staff. Given all those radio shack stores they're trying to make use of, it makes sense. The layoffs will be in other areas. I'm curious about noncompete clauses or if this might be a way for the unions to get into Tmo or Sprint.
posted on Dec 15, 2015, 10:08 AM 0
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Nice try Sprint. Didn't you just announce thousands of layoffs?
posted on Dec 15, 2015, 10:43 AM 2
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Sprint logic: we'll opt out of the spectrum auction even though out coverage is laughable. Then we'll try to lure tmo employees over to our sinking ship with a gift basket. This money could have been used to give bonuses to your current employees for the holidays, or maybe improve coverage or customer satisfaction in some way. Sprint is so dumb.
posted on Dec 15, 2015, 11:01 AM 2
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sprint has better coverage than tmobile and more spectrum than the rest of the carriers. i think it makes more sense for them to make use of their current spectrum than to participate in the auction
posted on Dec 15, 2015, 2:56 PM 1
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It all makes soooo much sense now! So, Sprint started laying off employees and taking away their free snacks just so they could give them away to T-Mobile employees... that is VERY sad. http://fortune.com/2015/11/02/
posted on Dec 15, 2015, 3:18 PM 2
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As a T-Mobile employee i have to so say this is hysterical. Just the other day I was doing some holiday shopping at a nearby mall and I noticed the Sprint employees sitting around playing cards while our T-Mobile there was jamming. Trust me, this is not limited to that location. Their stores are cemeteries by comparison. If I see this basket it will go into the trash and not because I was told to put it there. I wonder how much these gift baskets are worth and what they could have done with that money instead of wasting it on this nonsense. Some of our busier locations are running Toys For Tots. Hey Sprint! Instead of sending us a gift basket why don't you send out some toys to our participating locations. I'm sure they would gladly accept those for the needy during this holiday season.
posted on Dec 17, 2015, 5:41 PM 1
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Lays off 50% of his workforce, then has the gall and poor taste to send gift baskets to T Mobile employees AND a link to the Sprint job openings. Way to say f you to your employees. Tacky, bad taste, horribly overpaid loser.
posted on Dec 18, 2015, 1:29 PM 0
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