Thursday, December 29, 2005

Still Obsessing Over Being Fired

I've tried. I really have tried. For a while I actually didn't think about it at all and then...BAM. Here I go again obsessing over being fired almost a year ago. I still believe that I was let go unfairly. I mean, it would be one thing to get fired for being dead weight, not performing my job duties, insubordination or any number of other valid reasons. But I was let go because this 'person' had a temper tantrum like a two year old and took it out on me.

In today's politically correct times it is advisable not to speak negatively about your ex-boss. So I won't. Well, maybe I will. This idiot is now the president of possibly the biggest advertising companies in this area of the country. How he got there, I really don't know. He started there about 5-6 years ago as a sales rep and somehow worked his way up. Granted, he fits right in with the other 'players' who run the place, but should he be in charge? I don't think so.

And obviously I'm not the only one in this particular frame of mind. Over the past 7 years I've worked for this company 3 different time. Once I was 'downsized', which is very common in this field. So common in fact that I've probably been downsized from eighty percent of the agencies I've worked for. After another downsizing, I went back to 'the company' but left when offered a better position, which was downsized itself. Luckily I knew it was coming and negotiated my old job back which I knew I shouldn't have done but, hey, I have to pay the bills.

But I digress. As I said, I could accept being canned if I deserved it. But I worked an average of 50 hours a week. I was a top producer. I took on additional responsibilities which were a benefit to the company. I even enrolled in college courses to advance my skills. My supervisor never questioned my skills or dedication. But yet I was 'fired' for no other real reason than this idiot on a power trip had a bad day and because he could he fired me. It still gets to me.

Now if this was just about me, I might actually get over this. But this company has one of the largest employee turnover rate of any company I know of. A couple months after I was let go I learned that approximately 20 other employees were let go. Just yesterday, I learned that another dozen or so were 'downsized' just before Christmas. Nice! And this is not a random occurance. I would bet that this company does this every year. I've talked to a lot of this company's ex-employees about their departures from the company. One person was actually fired over the phone, while returning from a meeting with a client in which she had just negotiated a large contract for the company.

The truth is, and always has been, that no one is indispensible. Everyone can be replaced. Companies expect you to automatically give respect but offer nothing in return. Give the company notice when leaving but they will fire you in a minute and escort you out the door. Year end bonus? What is that? Give us fifty hours plus a week and a pint of your blood and then get pissed on when they've mismanaged their budget and need to make cuts so they can keep their mansions and sports cars and trophy wives.

I still can't get over this. It just pisses me off to no end.


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