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O/T No More mods for a while, got fired...
OK, first off, apologies, this is not to evoke pity. I feel like I've been around here long enough to blow off some steam. I've also found this to be a good forum to get ideas for day-to-day life. Jeepers are generally survivors.
I got fired Wednesday morning.
Things hadn't been going well in our company for quite some time. If you've ever seen the movie Office Space, I have lived it. First we merged with another company. Based on their operation strategies, I can't see how they make any money, but they did (for a while). We've had 3 rounds of lay-offs and a 10% pay cut since July. Every month they would hit us with something new. After each new trial they would assure us: "this is the last bad thing, business is looking up..." The CEO came out and said (I quote) "This company will not work with any less than 200 people, there will be no more layoffs." We started with over 330 people. They just kept lying to us. We figured things had turned around when we landed a $7 Million account recently. There was talk of retraining folks in necessary skillsets. Myself and the people I work with are generally VERY talented, competant and many of us experienced for the first time in our lives the realization that there is nowhere to GO, the market stinks! Normally we are the kind of people where jobs come looking for us.
Instead I get a call into the office at 11:30 Wednesday morning. I knew what was going to happen as soon as I saw the people in the conference room. To make matters worse this one female manager who doesn't know me from Adam felt the need to try to "soften the blow". I told her thank you very much but being "stroked" was the last thing I needed at that point and we needed to get on with business at hand.
So 10 minutes later it all boiled down to a two week severence plus vacation if I sign a "resignation" letter. Keep in mind that Georgia is an "at will" state, employers do not NEED a reason for firing you. I don't mind telling you all I'm more than a little scared. This is the first time in my life I haven't had a job lined up, or an idea of where to start looking.
For those in the know I have some questions:
1) Should I sign the resignation and get the severence? This works out to be about two month's operating expenses for me.
2) By signing the resignation, does this preclude me from getting unemployment if I need it? Would you take the severence or not? Why?
3) Anybody know of any job resources for a computer geek/techie/project manager in the Atlanta area?
Thanks in advance folks.
'83 CJ-7 nothing original but the tub and axle tubes