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Re: Surviving Layoffs

by buckaduck (Chaplain)
on May 30, 2001 at 21:18 UTC ( #84317=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Surviving Layoffs

This is a topic near and dear to my heart, since my company has recently announced that they will be closing down the location where I work and laying off all personnel.

The nuisance is that they are offering a very tempting severance package if I stay until the termination. But that's another 12-14 months away. That's a long time to ride out a depressing site closure, and part of me thinks that it would be more worthwhile to start building bridges at a better job with a better future.

As the song says, "Should I stay or should I go?"


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Re: Re: Surviving Layoffs
by cforde (Monk) on May 30, 2001 at 21:53 UTC
    I was in a similar situation 2 years ago when my company was bought out. In my making my decision I didn't even consider the package. What I was concerned about was "was this still a place I wanted to work?" (yes or no. no waffling) I immediately had my answer and started looking for another job. Your decision might be different, but it should be based on what you want to do and not what the company wants you to do.

    Have fun,
    Carl Forde

Re: Re: Surviving Layoffs
by scottstef (Curate) on May 31, 2001 at 18:47 UTC
    Having been through the stay for a sev package, I would never do it again. I would compare it to being a crewmember on the titantic as it started to go down- knowing it was sinking, knowing you had a job to do, but knowing you will be one of the last to get a life boat. The company knows you are leaving, so everytime you do anything the least bit wrong, you raise eyebrows. The company I worked for also took me out of my role as "problem fixer" and sent me back in as a plain old support rep. I also was constantly kidded about my lack of invites to meeting as what difference does it make- you won't be here. I would suggest take them up on their offer, but start looking. It is always easier/less stressful to find a job when you don't need one. You will be under no rush, and can get what you think the best fit for you will be regarding a new position. HTH

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