Is it "Wrong" For Managers to Gossip About Their Employees?

I got a manager in training position at a retail store. The managers were debating two people who they should move to full-time. They started ripping apart employees.... "Chris....no he's slow as hell. I mean he'll do what I want but he'll talk to you for an hour". "Nina...no I... show more I got a manager in training position at a retail store.

The managers were debating two people who they should move to full-time. They started ripping apart employees....

"Chris....no he's slow as hell. I mean he'll do what I want but he'll talk to you for an hour".

"Nina...no I didn't like her sarcasm. She annoyed me with her remarks".

"Mona.." *they start laughing* "No, she just does whatever she wants, won't hop on tills when I need her, and we can't get rid of her because she's never late/always punches on time.....

Would you consider this gossip or an honest evaluation? I have only been at this giant store as a manager in training for a month, but I didn't like the way they were talking about the employees under them...
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