The CEO just had everyone in the company meet in our warehouse for a special announcement.
In the past month or so, there’s been speculation that the company was going to move because we’re just too damn crowded here. Some folks were spreading a rumor that is was all going to happen this November, but I just couldn’t see the company doing that to the folks working here. We’re treated much too well to be forced to look for another job in such a short amount of time.
The meeting we just got out of confirmed all of the rumors. However, the main headquarters where I am located in North Jersey will be moved to Albany, NY and it will not happen until the end of May next year. They are also giving everyone a very generous severance package at the end of May which is unheard of nowadays. The company will also continue everyone’s medical coverage for a short while and offer the services of employment agencies to get everyone new jobs a few months before the final date.
Understandably people were very sad and most started sobbing. This is really the best place I have worked for this far in my life because it’s like a family here. Most around me are scared, but it’s a hell of a lot better than how I left my last job. I was the second person layed off that day with only one week’s pay and no health insurance beginning that instant. In the span of 5 minutes, I was given a crappy “Sorry” speech, handed a small check and escorted out of the building. I didn’t sob that day, but I must admit a shed a single tear seeing the Alpha Technologies building in my rearview mirror while driving back home. I was scared, didn’t have much money saved up and out of a job in an instant. Several months later, I called this place home.
Today, I am only sad that I will have to leave this family next year and be forced to join another one. However, given the fact that I have a long time to look for a new job, I am grateful it didn’t turn out like my last job. This company is doing the layoff thing right and for that I am eternally grateful.