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Losing my job...or to Phoenix, or not to Phoenix?

Friday, April 05, 2013

So Tuesday there was a mandatory meeting at work and they told us the lab would be closing in 60 days (since there are so many that lost their jobs, they had to give a 60 day notice).

There are now a large number of BSMT or MLT, and other lab folks that will want a job come the end of June or early July since the company staggered the end dates for the lab.

We will get a severance for the years worked, if you stay till your end date…so it makes it hard for some to look for that new job until this one is done.

But of course, you can use that severance to help you move to another location in the company and not lose any of that severance if you choose to do this before the end date on your walking papers.

I’ve never been through this before and it is surreal.

I normally try to be a positive influence at work. Happy and trying to get others to see the bright side of things when I can could because our jobs are were very stressful. But I haven’t been very positive….I have been crying along side everyone. Sitting and listening in disbelief as the few that will be left start making plans of what they want to take for their office or do with a space when we are all gone.

The QA coordinator, who is keeping her job, told me later on Tuesday of her plans for my office. I asked her if she could wait till my fat a** is gone for good..she looked at me as she was in disbelief that I said that to her. Since then, I haven’t been talking to my friend very much.

One of the many things that stinks, is that I now have to train my boss and the coordinator how to do the job that I have done for over 7 years. You see I was the QA Analyst for all of the area STAT and satellite labs and those labs will still be in operation. But with our lab, which was the main lab in our region, closing the QA manager and coordinator will simply switch to my job functions. I understand that it is a business, but it still stinks.

Phoenix, or not to Phoenix?

I was offered a job within the company as a QA manager in Phoenix AZ but we didn’t take it back in February. Because we couldn’t afford the moving expense and because my family and friends are here we decided it wasn’t a good idea to take it.

That job is still there…just waiting for me. The divisional QA manager knew that this closure was going to occur, but he couldn’t tell me that when that job first came open. All he could say is that he thought of me first for the poison and really wanted me to take it. He did remind me that this closure “rumor” had been floating around for the last few years and that it COULD happen someday, but the Phoenix lab is larger and never has been close to the closure list.

He has been doing his job and the QA manager job, waiting for me…I guess that I need to look at this again….since it is a step up in the company, more pay…and only 1200 plus miles from the grandson, daughters, other family…
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  • MOGAL1946
    Whatever you decide I wish you the best. Try to think positive and think of all the opportunities waiting for you come June/July. Be prepared and enjoy the next chapter of your life. emoticon
    2842 days ago
    Sounds like that job will still be there for you once this job is over. Why not take that time to evaluate what you want/need? Maybe you could go visit the Phoenix Lab and see what the place looks like and what your tasks might be. Seeing the place and the surrounding area may give you more insight.
    Your coworker does not sound very tactful at all - I would give her dirty looks, I am good at that (LOL).
    Good luck!
    Missourians! Team
    2842 days ago
    I don't know you, but all I can say is
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    I know what its like to have to make really tough decisions like this! I am SO sorry :( Whatever decision you make, I hope you are able to feel confident about it, and that it is the best decision for you and your family!
    2842 days ago
    I just had to make a super difficult decision myself. It ended up coming down to my gut. Somehow, even when I was waffling back and forth, I knew what I was going to decide. If you had a gun pointed to your head and you had to make a decision, what would you choose? If you made one decision over another, would you regret it or would you have peace about it?
    2842 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2332407
    emoticon You are put on the spot. Sleep on it and make your gut feeling decision. That's the best you can do. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Best wishes to you.
    2842 days ago
  • TANYA602
    I think we can all offer advice, not being in your shoes. It's a big step to look into a new job, a new home, really a new life. You live once. Turn this into an opportunity and stand by whatever decision is best for you and your family. Big hugs and support in the coming days!
    2843 days ago
    Hey, the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix) is a great place to live.
    2843 days ago
  • _BABE_

    Now how did you react when I said that....gut feeling of no way or YES I can do this. emoticon
    2843 days ago
    BTDT more times than I care to think about - when the $#!@# are things going to turn around and improve for us working folk?


    2843 days ago
  • KACAR51
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    I am so sorry for your situation!
    I know what a horrible feeling it is to be losing a job! I lost my job almost three years ago and I still feel bad and miss it sometimes!.
    The other job sounds good. I hope that everything works out for you!
    Just remember that you have all the support from us here at SP!
    Good luck!

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    2843 days ago
  • BEFIT021
    I hope it all works out for you. That is a tough position to be in. emoticon
    2843 days ago
    emoticon Everything will work out. It will emoticon
    2843 days ago
    This is a tough situation, for sure.
    2843 days ago
    They always say when one door closes....

    I know it was a difficult decision before, but maybe now is the time :) Hugs & prayers to you!! emoticon

    2843 days ago
    Sorry that you're going through this - you'd think the people who are staying would be more tactful and sensitive about it. Hope you're able to make the right choice for yourself and your family. emoticon
    2843 days ago
    Good luck, either way. Hope it works out. Nice to know the guy really wants you emoticon
    2843 days ago
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