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Whill
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:40 am    Post subject: the end of an era Reply with quote

So here is a brief timeline of my employment with the "company" I work for.

    2000 - I was a new hire for a big subsidiary of a giant corporation.
    2001 - I got promoted. Over the next several years in this position, I piloted a few programs implemented for my team.
    2003 - My company spun off from our parent company into our own publicly traded company.
    2007 - I began working at home.
    2010 - My position was eliminated but I was offered three crappy positions and chose one. One month later, I was saved from that by being assigned to a small team of five people that would create a new department within the company. I had to go back onsite for a couple years but eventually I successfully piloted working at home for my new position.
    2012 - My company merged with another giant corporation in the same business.
    2018 - My company merged with another giant corporation with a major peripheral business.
    2020 - Just last month, I had my 20th anniversary of employment.

Today - My team of 20 people was informed by upper management that our department was being eliminated and our work was being sent off to other locations. We have been well regarded under the prior company identities but I'm sure some current big wig thinks there's someone else that can do it better (I'm quite sure they are wrong and have a rude awakening coming).

We aren't being laid off. In the next couple weeks we will all transition to training for another position. They told us that the company is hurting for quality people in this position and we will be a part of a movement for our location taking over more responsibility for this part of the business (still Medicare-focused). We will stay a team and report to the same manager (until she retires). We do get to keep working from home. It technically is a demotion, but our "experience is valued" and they aren't reducing our pay. This new job will still have some opportunities to help people and feel rewarding, but I don't know if it will be more or less so than now. This job will be more stressful and I won't have the freedom to make my own schedule like I do now.

I am truly thankful that I still have a job and do not have to take a cut in pay. Especially in this day and age, that is great. But I am trying to work through the feelings I have about this. I feel like the rug was ripped out from under me. I guess I didn't realize how much my current position and department was a part of my personal identity. 10 years of an extremely nuanced and complex part of the business. Everything we've developed is going to be taken over by some other team in some other state who doesn't know what they are doing. I feel depressed to be losing this in this way.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is really rough. I'm sorry to hear that.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well... Poo. Sorry man.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, guys. My manager and my manager's manager had a conference call with just me today. Apparently it is not technically a demotion because our current leadership reclassified all the jobs into broader categories so it is equal, but I'm thinking I've maxed out on pay anyway so probably no raise is coming next year, whether I am still in this new position or get into a new one (so probably next raise is only possible in 2022). They explained to me what department is taking over our work, which I would have to say probably is the best choice (if not us) but they are still going to have a very hard time for the indefinite future. I was told I may be asked to help out with some training of my replacements! The managers seemed genuinely interested in keeping me in the company and transitioning into another new position when the right one becomes available. I also found out due to some new rules I have to use a bunch of time off I've accumulated before the end of this year or it won't roll over and I will lose it. They told me they would try to approve whatever I request since they are in the position to enforce it in my new position. I'm still sad.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take the time off to figure out the dice bot for Discord and run us in some games!!!
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Whill
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray wrote:
Take the time off to figure out the dice bot for Discord and run us in some games!!!

I'm not getting any time off. My current position ends next Friday, and the new position starts the following Monday. I am thankful I wasn't furloughed.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope that having a less flexible schedule won't be too much of a hindrance on your family. It sucks having your entire view on your job and your place there change overnight.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whill wrote:
Ray wrote:
Take the time off to figure out the dice bot for Discord and run us in some games!!!

I'm not getting any time off. My current position ends next Friday, and the new position starts the following Monday. I am thankful I wasn't furloughed.
I was thinking of your "Use It Or Lose It" vacation time, but, well, do what is best for you, man.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray wrote:
I was thinking of your "Use It Or Lose It" vacation time, but, well, do what is best for you, man.

Gotcha.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear that, Whill.

I'm sure they are going to eventually realize that they should have left things in your team's hands. But by then it will be too late. Sad
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been in those shoes before, Whill. Not the best feeling, I know.

I wish you the best in your "new" position. With the vacation requisite, take the time to clear your head. I know it will be a challenge to do so, but if you're going to be doing "teaching" of your replacements, you're going to NEED a clear head (or clearer than it likely currently is).

You'll know in a month or so whether this is a decent, albeit sudden, change, or whether it is the tell-tale sign to start hunting for a new job. It took me 2 months to figure out my lateral shift when this happened was NOT for me, and I moved on.
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