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One place I worked had a track record of letting people go as soon as they put in their 2 weeks. Geez bro…
I never worked at these places but a number of my customers, you give your two weeks notice and they give you two weeks severance, shake hands wish you well, and have someone escort you while you collect your stuff and walk you to the door.
 

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****, i drag up all the time

"LOAD MY BOX!!" and hit the road!

i try to support my co-workers and encourage them to continue to look for their dream job. it is out there. if the current job sucks, then look for an upgrade. no one else is going to manage your life better than you.

some people should never be put in a position of authority, but sometimes those people are your boss.
 

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I have only been laid off from one job but it was a mass layoff of all electricians in a very large company. They gave use a few months heads up so it was not so bad. They even brought in a lady to help us with creating resumes, and for a couple of us they offered positions with 2 independent contractors that were taking over our current positions. I opted for the lay off and retirement package.
I thought it would be better to get a monthly retirement and make money at a new job. 3 years latter I was offer a job for real good pay from a supervisor that left and went to another company. If I was a bit younger I would have totally jumped on that job but the drive would have been difficult.
As for quitting a job I firmly believe you should give proper notice. I have tried 2 times now to quit at my current job but each time I got a raise.
Don't bite the hand that feed you. We build relationships and that's how we succeed. With all the hand outs and extra money people get through unemployment it's best to wait to be laid off rather than quit. Personally I have never applied for unemployment and wonder if I would even be eligible being that I do get retirement pay. Besides who want to battle the government to get unemployment.
-You are the hand that feeds you, not your employer. Don't leave with bad blood if you don't have to, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.
-Retirement income does not affect unemployment eligibility. Pension payments are not wages or earned income.
-When a company has a mass layoff often this triggers the state or UE office to send that nice lady to help the soon to be displaced with unemployment, resumes, and info about who is hiring locally, job fairs, etc. If that nice lady was provided by the company, it was a PR stunt. Damage control. It wasn't for your benefit.
 

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Maybe not today, or tomorrow, but you might somewhere down the road. Would be a shame if company owners have coffee at that point.
 

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Maybe not today, or tomorrow, but you might somewhere down the road. Would be a shame if company owners have coffee at that point.
Ya im not worried about that either my work speaks for itself. I’ve been with my current shop over 6years now and if for some reason a company wants to spin me I’ll get my 2 for showing and keep it pushing the next day I’ll be somewhere new
 

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Always gave notice for the few times I've changed jobs.
It's that old 'don't burn bridges' thing.

Always had a job in high school, restaurants and building cleaning type thing.
Those I'd just leave if I got something better.
 
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I had a job at an audio video installation company that was supposed to be an inside job preparing installations and wiring equipment. They put me out on an install at a stadium in 110 degree heat with 20 year old guys and I'm 62 and supposed to keep up with these kids.

Humping wire 70 pound cable rolls up 300 feet of stadium stairs and carrying a 30 foot extension ladder by myself is not what I signed up for. I kept my mouth shut and they still did crap to me like I was a freshman. These co-workers and I went to lunch one day and at the end of the meal I went to the bathroom. When I returned they were gone and I had to walk back to the job site over two miles away.

Then they sent me on an away trip with an alcoholic kid. He went to the bars at night while I stayed at the motel. I came out of the shower with my shirt off and he saw my open heart surgery scars. The next week I report to work and I am scheduled for another out of town job. Then someone tells me the boss wants to see me. He tells me it's not working out and I agree wholeheartedly telling them they did not live up to their half of the bargain and agreed to quit.

I have been through two separate military boot camps and advanced training but they flat ran me into the ground. Of course I was 22 when I was in the army.
 

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The UK 30 years ago was different as they had no medical, drug tests or physicals (not sure what they are like now). There was nothing special about applying for a job in the morning and working the afternoon shift.

I was the team leader of the welding shop in a large factory. I went to the office to do some paper work and when i came out it was strangely quiet. All the welding bays were empty so i went outside and found 3 of my workers smoking. I asked what the hell was going on and they told me the new manager called a meeting and said "Anyone who doesn't work the weekend needs to consider that they are no longer needed". 23 people dragged up and were gone.

I started phoning around and around and most had already found another job (large industrial area where everyone knows everyone). 2 hrs later i got a call from the vp telling me the manager no longer worked for us and i needed to call around and find 20-30 experienced welders. Cost a extra pound a hr ($1.50) but i had full staff with in 3 days including many that had left.

3 months later a new company opened started by a bunch of our engineers that quit (most were well liked and respected by the shop floor). That day over 65 people quit including me.
 

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Last company I worked for I had been a GF for a couple of years. Had projects on the books that made very good money. Well I went out of town to help another branch on a project and was making superintendent money there. In my absence they fired the branch manager where I was from and brought in another one. When I returned I was docked all the way back to Jw and was told everyone had to prove themselves. Decided that day to go sit for my unlimited license.

Took a year and some change to get licensed and start the company but about the time I got it started my buddy hooked me up with a unicornof a customer that was going to enable me to quit in a couple of months. In the meantime I had earned my GF pay back and was reasonably happy. However about 3 weeks before I gave my notice they pulled the same crap. I got shipped to a factory to do some work and the pm came out and said hey buddy we have to knock you back to foreman. It’s a big deal no one had any idea you werestill getting paid as a gf blah blah blah. He askedif I was ok with it. Myfirst answer was yes it’s fine but then I thought about it and told him it was stupid. Stated my car that I had earned and they didn’t have anyone else there that could do all that I could. I laughed and said but by all means do what you got to do no matter how stupid it is. Walked in 3 weeks later and gave my 2 weeks notice. Didn’t make it 5 minutes down the road before they were blowing up the phone trying to give me the gf pay back. Too late now fellas. That felt so damn good.
 

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The best one was working for a new start-up company. I knew it was a risky job but the pay was real good and I would always cash my payroll check at Their bank. After 2 1/2 years working there it happened…..there was insufficient funds for the bank to cash the check. Didn’t bother asking the boss why, just didn’t show up Monday. They never even called me to find out why I didn't show up on Monday. AMF….
 

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Doing winter work on a Great Lakes freighter there was only the lead hand/super/f’man (whatever one wants to call him), myself and an apprentice (my son).
I have a tag on a tunnel lighting circuit, locking not possible, with my son working in one of the tunnels. Walking past the cabinet I notice the tagged breaker has tag removed and breaker turned on. Turned it off, retagged and found my son to tell him I was quitting. Packed my tools and found the lead hand up on deck with all the welders/fitters, confirmed it was he who had gone through my tag and tore him a huge new A-Hole, picked up my tools and headed to the stairs to the cheers of the welders. Son packed tools and quit as well. Never went back though he called to apologize and ask us to come back. No way I could ever trust an electrician who would even think about ignoring a red tag. Gotta be 30 years ago and it still makes my blood boil.
 
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