Report: “Mass exodus” of Washington employees has happened this year

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A football organization extends far beyond the football field, and in Washington the portion of the football organization extending beyond the football field appears to be in disarray.

Chris Russell of 106.7 The Fan in D.C. said Wednesday that Washington has endured a “mass exodus” of employees since January.

“I’ve been told this by multiple, multiple people,” Russell said. “Almost 40 people have left, behind the scenes. We’re not talking about football players or coaches or anything like that. . . . Nobody wants to work there. It’s a terrible culture.”

That won’t come as a terrible shock to anyone who has been paying attention to the team in recent years, highlighted by the clumsy termination of G.M. Scot McCloughan.

While responsibility for the business ultimately rests with owner Daniel Snyder, the focal point of criticism has been, and continues to be, team president Bruce Allen.

“Everybody thinks on my end that I just have it out for Bruce Allen,” Russell said. “If I’m being honest, I don’t think he’s a good leader. I don’t think he’s a good person, I don’t think he treats people well. . . . Nobody wants to work there. Nobody believes in the direction and the leadership of that franchise.”

Allen has managed to finagle a position that makes him immune from accountability for the performance of the football team, even though he still has fingerprints all over the football operation.

“From everything that I here, there is this split between the coaching staff and Bruce, where the coaching staff kind of thinks it’s all a joke and they’re wondering, ‘What the hell are you guys doing?'” Russell said.

Through it all, a vague sense of optimism regarding the team has emerged, highlighted by the selection of quarterback Dwayne Haskins and the ability to trade back into round one and (potentially) steal pass rusher Montez Sweat. And there’s nothing like winning to alter the perception of a football team. The problem is that Washington hasn’t done much winning since winning Super Bowl XXVI — the team hasn’t even been back to the NFC Championship game since then, which ties them with the Lions for the longest drought in the conference.

30 responses to “Report: “Mass exodus” of Washington employees has happened this year

  1. Does this surprise anyone? Snyder is one of the worst owners in sports up there with the Johnsons, Bidwills, Kroenke, etc.

    He bought the Skins for the branding. How can you be so bad and be #2 or #3 in revenue every year? It doesn’t make sense, but that’s why he bought the team, but their dopey fans keep taking it like Jets fans.

    Every organization starts at the top.

  2. People may understand (probably not) that Trickle-Down Economics is perhaps at best “hopeful”, but the Trickle-Down effect of Leadership has the entirety of human history demonstrating its inexorable existence.

    A Mirror and slice of Humble Pie can work but often does not, so Washington is screwed until it has proper Ownership.

  3. “That won’t come as a terrible shock to anyone who has been paying attention to the team in recent years, highlighted by the clumsy termination of G.M. Scot McCloughan.”
    ——————

    McCloughan was terminated because he violated his contract and was drunk at work. He was fired FOR THE EXACT SAME REASON both in San Fran and Seattle.

    Scot was a family friend to Bruce Allen, as both his dad (Kent) and brother (Dave) worked for him in Oakland. Bruce gave him a third chance to clean up, but Scot failed him and couldn’t stay away from the bottle.

    NOTHING “clumsy” about the termination.

  4. His father, head coach George Allen, seems by all accounts to have been a decent guy.

    His sons, Bruce and George “Macaca” Jr., are complete train-wrecks.

  5. – What is a normal employee turnover rate of a NFL team? Is 40 out of the norm for a $2-$3 BILLION business?

    – Did the reporter interview the majority of people in the “exodus”, or did he just talk to a guy that got terminated with cause and has a grudge?

    – The people that left – where they high level employees or just 30 concession workers that never even met Bruce Allen??

  6. can anyone name a large company that doesn’t loose a few dozen employees a year? or one without several disgruntled employees?

  7. @akira Nobody is claiming he shouldn’t have been terminated. Describing the manner in which it was handled as “clumsy” is generous at best. It was inept and completely unprofessional.

  8. No matter what the type of business, employee retention is a sign of a well-run and managed business. People don’t leave en-mass from good organizations.

  9. Snyder has taken that once proud franchise and ran it into the dumpster. Great job. Then you have Allen. Where else can you be totally incompetent and still have a job? Only with that franchise. It seems to me he must have some pretty good dirt on Snyder to still have a job.

  10. akira says:

    McCloughan was terminated because he violated his contract and was drunk at work. He was fired FOR THE EXACT SAME REASON both in San Fran and Seattle.

    ——–

    Yes. His actions warranted termination. But that doesn’t make the way they handled it any less clumsy than it was.

  11. People may understand (probably not) that Trickle-Down Economics is perhaps at best “hopeful”, but the Trickle-Down effect of Leadership has the entirety of human history demonstrating its inexorable existence.

    A Mirror and slice of Humble Pie can work but often does not, so Washington is screwed until it has proper Ownership.

    Ironically, this statement very accurately describes two leaders in Washington, both with mass exoduses, inept leading, and truly inept hirings/ firings.

  12. “– What is a normal employee turnover rate of a NFL team? Is 40 out of the norm for a $2-$3 BILLION business?
    – Did the reporter interview the majority of people in the “exodus”, or did he just talk to a guy that got terminated with cause and has a grudge?
    – The people that left – where they high level employees or just 30 concession workers that never even met Bruce Allen??”

    NFL teams are not normal multi billion $ businesses. 40 is definitely out of the norm for an NFL team. People tend to hold onto these jobs for extended periods. And they’re obviously talking about administrative and office personnel, not concession workers.

  13. Hey Bruce!

    We’ll trade ya Cousins and a 4th rounder for Keenum straight up.

    C’mon….

  14. I’m not usually in the business of defending the Redskins. They really are a dysfunctional franchise, especially on the business side. But Chris Russel has an axe to grind, and I’d take anything he says or reports with a grain of salt.

  15. Other than players, coaches and scouts, a typical NFL club only has, at most, a couple hundred employees. If 40 of them leave withing a six month timeframe, that’s an alarming rate of turnover – and a red flag that something is fundamentally wrong.

  16. It’s true…40 departures is WAY out of the norm.

    If you take a drive up the hi-way to Baltimore or Philly, you’ll find many well-treated, happy people under the stewardships Bisciotti and Lurie. Nobody chirping about toxic cultures there.

  17. tylawspick6 says:
    July 10, 2019 at 10:43 am
    Does this surprise anyone? Snyder is one of the worst owners in sports up there with the Johnsons, Bidwills, Kroenke, etc.

    He bought the Skins for the branding. How can you be so bad and be #2 or #3 in revenue every year? It doesn’t make sense, but that’s why he bought the team, but their dopey fans keep taking it like Jets fans.

    Every organization starts at the top.
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Plus Stan Kroeneke has done a good job fielding a winning team in LA that seems to be built for the long haul.

  18. Chris Russell has made a career out of being wrong. In same segment his co-host pretty much called him out for letting his bias against the skins getbto him. He was fired by them previously.

  19. The article talks about people leaving jobs during this offseason. Of course that’s not going to include the few thousand seasonal workers like concessions or ticket-takers. Those employees aren’t even working for the team at the moment. It’s talking about the few hundred or less office staff and yes, 40 is a lot of people to quit jobs.

  20. It is suggested that the average NFL team employed 3,739 people, at 40 people, that is a little more than 1%

    Looking at the total average turnover rate in 2016, the industry that stood out the most is still the hospitality one, with 28.6%. Then, healthcare had 19.9%, while the banking and finance industry showed a 18.1% total average turnover rate. The services industry had an average of 16.8%, manufacturing and distribution one of 16.0%, and the non-profit industry one of 15.7%. The last two are insurance (12.2%) and utilities (8.8%), while all industries had an average of 17.8%.

  21. Whether this story is true, false or something in between, the dumpster fire of the last 20 years burns just as brightly and the stench is just as wretched. Still, training camp approaches, there are serious football players on both lines, Ryan Kerrigan, Derrius Guice, and a rookie quarterback who looks like a real deal prospect. Hope!

  22. you fans on here who are defending Bruce Allen or the Business side as normal, come on over to reality with the rest of us. No opinions needed. Bruce Allen has a 10 year record of dysfunction and a losing record. Think about it before you answer: under Bruce Allen the Redskins have a Losing Record over his 10 years. LOSING. Lost more games than Won. No championships. Not even a playoff win. LOSING RECORD. Gave away 3 number one draft picks for RG3, Josh Doctson wasted pick, Sua Cravens wasted pick, spent the last 3 years experimenting with the left guard spot instead of fixing it……been voted the worst team GM to work with by agents, and the Redskins organization has been voted as one of the top 5 worst run companies in America.

    Okay. Go ahead with your argument again.

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