Laid off

ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,756
Just found out today that myself, three of my coworkers, and my manager are getting laid off. I've worked there for 6 years, my manager for 11.

Reason? They're outsourcing our positions to workers in another country.

What a feeling. :neutral:


  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,756
    Globally they're laying off about 20% of the staff.
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 9,307
    I remember my last two tech jobs at IBM and Hewlett Packard ending the same way. After the first time I gave it another chance with IBM. After the second time, and seeing the rate at which these types of jobs were leaving the states, I moved on.

    Good luck!
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,756
    Thanks guys! I'm trying to stay positive and optimistic. It's just a crappy feeling, as I really got along well with my manager.
  • smglbrthsmglbrth Posts: 1,239
    Been there myself. Laid off in 2010 after 16 years with the same outfit. Went from thinking "I'll retire from here" to "well, now what?". "Outsourcing" is what got me too. Keep your head up, you'll get through it!
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,909
    Maybe now you will have some free time to learn how to use the quote feature. :p

    Just messing with you.... that really sucks man,. Best is yet to come for you.
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  • Jimbo18Jimbo18 Posts: 2,209
    Sorry, Drew. I have been there twice myself. Hope you can find something soon.
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  • DabutcherDabutcher Posts: 2,285
    Stay strong and positive. My wife has been at a job for three years that is a progression from working for company that bought out her old company of 18 years. New job is very challenging and they keep over working her and demanding more on her plate every day. A week ago she put her resume out to some interesting companies and right away she got responses with interviews. Last night she wrote up her new demands for her to stay with existing company and if they do not match them she is walking. Lots of opportunities out there right now. Job market is ripe for your picking. Good luck. D
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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,738
    Sorry to hear that! Yes, sign up for unemployment and persevere! Lots of companies begging for reliable, educated workers right now.
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  • oldrockeroldrocker Posts: 2,352
    Sorry to hear that.

    Went through a similar thing 20+ years ago when the owner of the company I worked for who I planned on retiring from some day, decided to retire and put the place up for sale, Tyco healthcare bought it.

    18 months later, the facility here was closed and the new one in Mexico was opened.

    Thoughts and prayers for you folks that things will get better.

    Hopefully lots of opportunities out there in your area.
  • monepolkmonepolk Posts: 1,094
    Been there, done that. Always got a better job.
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,759
    I’m sorry to hear this. Good luck in finding a new job!
  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 2,404
    I know the feeling all too well but not due to outsourcing. Lost my position in the banking sector after 20+ yrs and felt the same way....what now.

    Check out what options you may have regarding possible additional training(paid for) if you feel that's something that would benefit you. In PA you may possibly obtain a free ticket for training if a job is lost due to foreign outsourcing.

    Hang in there man! Looking back and where I'm at these days it was the best thing that could have happened to me...hope it will be for you too!
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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,733
    Can you change light bulbs?.....

    That stinks something fierce though. Chin up and move forward!
  • MrBuhlMrBuhl Posts: 2,427
    Drew I am really sorry to read that, definitely stinks. With the current job market, good people are very hard to find, at least in my industry. I hope you are able to find something relatively quickly that suits your needs and wants.
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  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,675
    Sorry to hear bud, may I ask what you did or have experience in? Do you happen to be in Texas or Arizona? My company is hiring like crazy, we have a great work environment and growing year after year. We are in the Online Education field so lots of different positions open.
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 9,382
    I hope the next door that opens has a bigger and brighter future for you on the other side. ;)

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  • MilitoMilito Posts: 1,059
    I'm sorry to hear this, but at least you will be looking in a good job market. I've been reading how good people are hard to find right now. You'll probably find a better job than you had.

    Good luck!
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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,463

    Pretty much what I was going to say. I'm sorry to hear this Drew, but, looks like the job market is prime for finding a new, and better, job. Keep your spirits up, take UE benefits and find the right place for the rest of your working career.
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 13,805
    eBay? Sorry. While these things happen, they still suck, at least at first. Don't let it get you down. Every time I got laid off (3), I ended up better off. LOL. Good luck. :)
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  • indyhawgindyhawg Posts: 1,541
    Sorry to hear. I know the feeling of being laid off twice in my life. Keep your head up.
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 2,329
    Man sorry to hear that.

    I was laid off in 06 when Sony closed the CRT plant in San Diego. We all knew it was coming, it was just a question of when.

    Keep your head up and start looking.
    Sorry to hear bud, may I ask what you did or have experience in? Do you happen to be in Texas or Arizona? My company is hiring like crazy, we have a great work environment and growing year after year. We are in the Online Education field so lots of different positions open.

    Need a warehouse manager? Would like to get the "F" out of CA.
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,423
    Ouch! hang tough Brother! I got it in 82 with 3000 others took me 7 years to get back,, now I the senior employee and at the top of the seniority list...hope it all works out for you in these Scary times!
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  • mantismantis Posts: 15,976
    Getting laid off sucks man. Sorry to hear about this. But when in your life have you not made it? Think about that before you get to down man. You will find something again, something better maybe even something great. Turn this sad time into a Positive and really dig your heels in. Maybe take a day or 3 to un wind and relax. become cool calm and get collected. Then unleash my friend.
    I got laid off back in 2008. Tweeter went out of business so we all lost our jobs. I was making great money, I loved my job and everyone I worked with.
    The day it happened I came home and sat down and looked at the wall. I applied to everywhere I knew and crossed my fingers.
    The Next few days got ruff. People who wanted to hire me didn't have room or the money to pay me what I was worth. I was going down to my basement to do a load of laundry and my knees got weak. I sat down on the steps and basically had a small break down. I was worried about my family, my house cars and our overall well being.
    It really sucked dude I know how you maybe feeling inside.
    But the phone rang, Audiolab called me and basically told me to grab my tools and get over there.
    I only missed a few weeks of work, no big deal. I wish I had the strength then as I do now. If I lost my day job again I wouldn't worry at all. I always have made it in my life, and I always will. So will you man.
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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 13,805
    Forgot to mention, apply immediately for unemployment. It takes a few weeks to start, so don't delay.
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  • dolbyddolbyd Posts: 425
    Sorry to hear that man. My wife was laid off last summer. Anyone over 55 or over 20 years with the company was given severance and asked to leave.
    She had just hit her 20 year mark.
    Experienced people make too much And old people have too many health problems that raise health insurance costs. They hired several millennial college graduates a week later.
    She found a better job and likes it. Sometimes bad turns into good. Hang in there.

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,756
    A heartfelt thank you to everyone who took the time to reply with well wishes, positive sentiment, and encouragement. I sincerely appreciate it. The past few days have been a bit of a whirlwind, but being able to sit down tonight and read through all the replies is helping to clear my head. Once again, my sincerest thanks.

    I've found out that my employer would like to keep our team on staff for the next 60 days, so that we can assist with "transitional work". I'm assuming that means to train our replacements basically. If we sign an agreement stating that we will, they said they would give us a "retention bonus" of one week's pay for every two weeks worked over the course of the next 8 weeks.

    My colleague is having a lawyer review the agreement tomorrow, but it seems like an OK deal I suppose. Just feels a little weird for them to be saying "You're job is over", and then "but wait, we desperately need your help still!".

    Anyway, thanks again for all the support. I think that in the big picture, this will all work out for the best! Everything happens for a reason, right?
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