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Old 10-29-2008, 04:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bit of a rant and notofication of possible upcoming sale.

So my wife lost her job today. Now I know with everything going on in the world today that isn't that huge of a deal to most but it really blows my mind. I really don't understand. My wife is the most dedicated, hardworking person I have ever had the pleasure to know. The department that she heads (or I guess I should say headed) was built by her from the ground up. Not only does she do her job but she actually does the job of 2 others as well. She heads her team, does recruiting for another department, and arranges and facilitates recruiting events for an entire company. Now this company in its infinite wisdom has decided that of all the people they need to let go my wife is top of the list. Was there any warning of this? No. Was there even the slightest indication that this was going to happen? No. Quite the opposite. The last two bosses she has had have considered her indispensable and both even tried to take her with them when they left the company for bigger better things. My wife chose to stay where she was out of dedication and loyalty to the company that has now decided she is expendable. As angry as I am at this moment I am even more so devastated for her.
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Depending on how this ends up affecting our financial situation there may be some items up for sale soon. On two of those items (Short-n-Nasty, Green Blazer) I will ask for a gentleman's agreement between myself and the buyer that if he decides to sell them in the future that I get right of first refusal.

My apologies for the long post... Needed to vent and this was the only place I felt comfortable.
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Old 10-29-2008, 04:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Bummer. Does she have any way of contacting the former bosses and seeing if there is a place for her?
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Old 10-29-2008, 04:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Companies often let people go who are indispensable. Your wife may have been at the top of her pay range, and that could have affected the decision.
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Old 10-29-2008, 04:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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As critical said, if she's paid to much and they can hire 4 or 5 college kids to do the same work for cheaper they will even if they can't do nearly as good of a job.
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Old 10-29-2008, 04:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I feel for you. My wife was let go from the company she worked for about a year and a half ago out of the blue as well. Everyone that knew her at work, knew how much knowledge she had, and knew what her work ethic was like, just shook their heads in disbelief.

She took the summer off and found a new job in the fall and has never looked back. In the end, it was the best thing that could have happened to her. She has more interesting work now, the people in her office appreciate her and offer her chances to work from home and send her on training so she can work herself higher in the organization.

Sounds like the people that let your wife go will be the losers in the end and some other lucky company will benefit from their loss. I wish you both good luck.
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My wife is the most dedicated, hardworking person I have ever had the pleasure to know.

Could she have earned her way into a pay grade that they don't want to pay anymore?

She heads her team, does recruiting for another department, and arranges and facilitates recruiting events for an entire company.

Not a lot of demand for recruiting at the moment, as everyone and their brother are out applying for jobs.

Now this company in its infinite wisdom has decided that of all the people they need to let go my wife is top of the list. Was there any warning of this? No. Was there even the slightest indication that this was going to happen? No. Quite the opposite.

Again, is it possible that she got too good (read expensive) for the job she was needed to do? If money's tight, and a $10/hr worker can do all that needs be done well enough, they may not want to spend $20/hr even if the job is done better.

Some thoughts, though I don't mean to knock your wife's abilities or support her company's actions.
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Old 10-29-2008, 05:01 PM   #7 (permalink)
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companies today have no soul...My father in law was the victim of this years ago. In the company we all worked for it is referred to as Black Monday. It turned out to be the start of many "black" days, where they would purge higher wage salaried personal.
And like it was stated earlier replace them with new younger people with much lower wages and the min vacation time.
Any way he was on Vacation as it was, and they demanded he report for a meeting. He and all the other where let go, and escorted off the plant property with guards.

About 10 years after this and a year after I quit the plant was sold and they fired everyone then made anyone that wanted a job reapply. Hired about half of what was there and lasted about two years before the whole thing just fell in and closed for good.
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Old 10-29-2008, 06:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the support guys. It is appreciated.
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Old 10-29-2008, 06:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Pay scale and use of benefits are they way companies are trying to cut money.

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Old 10-29-2008, 07:05 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The current economic situation is scary. I know it's not easy for anyone right now.

We went in to work a few weeks ago only to see a sign outside and find out that our building is for sale. Still not quite sure what the deal is about that or where I would end if it did get sold...

Sorry to hear about the tough times... but err... pics of the short and nasty?

I would be very happy to honour a first refusal agreement too.
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