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Re: My Company's personal holiday gift...Get Ready

@Laura14

 

I've probably got you beat.  My daughter didn't get a bonus, she got let go 8 days before Christmas.   Walked up behind her while she was at her desk working, with a cardboard box for her things and an escort off the property.

Of course, she was one of the 1500 they let go --  then turned around 3 months later and started hiring like crazy.

 

Just use the gift cards and be happy you had a job for Christmas.  

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@Retired 08 wrote:

@Laura14

 

I've probably got you beat.  My daughter didn't get a bonus, she got let go 8 days before Christmas.   Walked up behind her while she was at her desk working, with a cardboard box for her things and an escort off the property.

Of course, she was one of the 1500 they let go --  then turned around 3 months later and started hiring like crazy.

 

Just use the gift cards and be happy you had a job for Christmas.  


Now that’s just cold!

 

One year DH got a great Christmas bonus and we took his vacation between Christmas and New Years. PLUS, they told him that starting when he returned on January 2nd he would be getting a substantial raise.  So we took a nice trip, shopped for some nice things for the house and had a great holiday with the knowledge that the next year was looking bright.

 

So imagine my surprise when DH returned home a mere hour after he had left for work.  He didn’t even have a job, much less the raise.  While we were out having a great vacation the bosses son in law had gotten laid off and the boss was more worried about his daughter than he was about us so he gave DH’s job to SIL.  DH was totally crushed and it took us awhile to recover.  To this day I have always gotten a bad taste in my mouth at the thought of getting involved as an outsider in a family owned business.  One thing that really ticks me off is nepotism.

 

We survived and life went on but we learned that if you didn’t have the last name Anderson you probably shouldn’t be the only non-Anderson in the company! Blood truly is thicker than water.  Ironically, they came crawling back about a year later and offered to let DH write his own ticket and he took great pleasure in telling them to shove it.

 

It did leave a scar though - DH and I were always nervous any time we took a vacation because we were afraid that we wouldn’t have a job to come back to.

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@Retired 08 wrote:

@Laura14

 

I've probably got you beat.  My daughter didn't get a bonus, she got let go 8 days before Christmas.   Walked up behind her while she was at her desk working, with a cardboard box for her things and an escort off the property.

Of course, she was one of the 1500 they let go --  then turned around 3 months later and started hiring like crazy.

 

Just use the gift cards and be happy you had a job for Christmas.  


@Retired 08Smiley Surprised. I have been waiting to be escorted out.  Unfortunately I am not getting that lucky.  I hope she has moved on to bigger and better.  Smiley Happy

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@liverbird wrote:

To Panda123 , that sounds good . 

I think my co is a scrooge . When we work xmas eve night they used to leave special food out [that was yrs ago ,] now we have to bring our own in . 


@liverbird The only thing I can say is thank goodness we are not out looking for work. Some people would do anything to be working and have food for their family.....we should look at it that way. 

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Yes Panda you are probably right to look at it that way .That is probably why I have worked with this co for 7 yrs .Things can always be worse .

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@Retired 08 wrote:

@Laura14

 

I've probably got you beat.  My daughter didn't get a bonus, she got let go 8 days before Christmas.   Walked up behind her while she was at her desk working, with a cardboard box for her things and an escort off the property.

Of course, she was one of the 1500 they let go --  then turned around 3 months later and started hiring like crazy.

 

Just use the gift cards and be happy you had a job for Christmas.  


That is rotten @Retired 08

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I haven't received a holiday gift from my place of employment since the 1990s.  Back then, I worked for a private company.

 

We had a big blowout Christmas party every year. They usually had it in the ballroom of a big hotel, and it was catered by an upscale restaurant.  Alcohol and live music included.  The big deal was buying your outfit to wear to it.  They usually gave out individual little gifts, like ornaments, at the party, and hidden inside was cash...usually $100.  

 

We had a big tree in the office and did the Secret Santa thing.  Every Friday during the holiday season, the CEO would bring in wine and beer at about 4pm, and we'd have that along with all of the food gifts from clients that had come in.

 

Along with that, we usually got a couple of bonuses throughout the year, depending on how well we were doing.  Those ranged anywhere from $500 to $1000.

 

That was in the "good old days."  I highly doubt even this company does that anymore.

 

 

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I work for the local food bank, full time. Received $50 bonus, a $25 gift card from the CEO, and a lovely lunch buffet with a gift exchange. This is a NON-profit organization. My benefits are wonderful too. It’s been my experience that some of the largest, richest companies I’ve worked with had the cheesiest holiday gifts/parties.

 

ETA we devote over 98.7 percent of proceeds to programs, so we’re not robbing the coffers for bonuses!

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Previous post was a good one.

 

Bad one: worked at an ad agency, crazy deadlines, lots of overtime without pay. Holiday bonus for all the designers was $10 bill cash in an envelope. My coworker opened hers in front of our boss, looked at it, pretended to trip and said ( with straight face): “Oops, I dropped my bonus and it rolled under your desk.”

 

 

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@Wheatchick1

 

I know you and your husband must have been devastated.  My sweet daughter was both devastated and humiliated, and not just for herself, for all the others being escorted out.....grown men crying, families ruined.    She worked for a large corporation that builds jets ...one of the largest, if not the largest in the world and certainly the largest employer but not the most stable place to work.  

My daughter has been out on her own for some time and was supporting herself nicely.  She has a college education and did find another job but she still tears up when her callus dismissal is discussed.  

She learned a valuable lesson.......it doesn't matter how much education you have, how hard your work, how much of your own time you give to a corporation, it's not what you know, it's who you know.