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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1200 on: August 25, 2016, 01:55:24 PM »
Quick, someone post an epic FU money story!

Check back with me later this month.

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« Reply #1201 on: August 25, 2016, 02:48:00 PM »
Recently discovered this thread... and *BOY* do I have a few EPIC FU stories to impart.

Aside:  I never call these idiot managers 'Assholes', because EVERYONE has an asshole, and I have more respect for my asshole than I do for these clowns.  Where would we be if human beings DIDN'T have assholes?  Asshats would be a better term...
But I prefer the term Tina Fey coined:  Asshair.  Everyone has ass-hairs, and NOBODY likes them.

Asshair#1:  Calera (1990)
I was commuting 1.5hrs/day from Fremont to Santa Clara, working 10 hour days as a software test lead on a Windows based Optical Character Recognition program 'TopScan for Windows'.  Scan a printed page, or put a PDF image thru this program, and get a Microsoft Word document.  The character recognition engine was fine - it was the Windows application that needed LOTS of work.  After my team did a 2-day acceptance test, we found enough defects that we determined we would need 3 months of testing (different scanners, printers, etc) to get 'TopScan' into shape for launch.  Asshair VP of Engineering went BALLISTIC, screamed, yelled, profanity laced diatribe... the works. 

BUT... Developers, and my Test Manager in the room all agreed with my team's assessment. 

Finally Asshair said "It has to be done in a month - no flexibility.  Can we do it in 1 month?"  So I came up with a 24/7, 3-shift testing rotation where we would divide the existing test resources into teams, and test around the clock.  Asshair took the plan to the President.  Response comes back that a 24/7 schedule would be too stressful on the team members.  I came back with a 2-shift solution - 6am-3pm, and 3pm-midnight, thus the "Day Hawks" and the "Night Hawks" were born.  We did it - worked around the clock, another test lead handled the morning team, I handled the evening team, and reported up for all teams at EOD (sometimes as late as 3am).  Three weeks later, we're ready to ship.  That plan saved the project, and made TopScan a successful launch.  Let the promotions begin! 

Former Test Manager wanted to become a developer - boom - happily transferred. I was promoted to Test Manager!
Soon after, I got a call from a head-hunter / recruiter who wanted to place me as a Senior Quality Assurance (test) Engineer with a company making a well known presentation graphics program (think 'Harvard Graphics' competitor) - a software giant (SG) based in WA but with a small artsy group in CA.  I said, "Thanks but no thanks".  I was happy with Calera, and wanted to bask in the success.

Then we waited to see if sales would help the company's bottom line. At the same time, we started work on TopScan for Macintosh.  I brought in my personal Macintosh desktop machine to help defer company costs - one less test machine to purchase.  Some, but not as many, problems were found in the acceptance tests, so a shorter test cycle was needed, but before we could really get started, sales results for TopScan for Windows were in, and were not impressive. 

Layoffs would be next.  We would mothball development until end of summer, giving sales a chance to kick in, and bring in revenue. once sales had a chance to pick up.  Asshair said I could only keep only 1 of our 14 contract testers during the layoff period, and could try to hire them back in the fall.  I thought about it, and asked if I could instead put ALL contractors on a part time basis, have 1 person on a mostly full-time basis, and keep 13 of them one-hour a week, or less, just to keep them on the payroll - the idea would save paperwork, and be a way to keep the team available when we needed them in a month or two.  After all, this team had saved the company's bacon, and shipped a high-quality world class product, they deserved more than a kick in the pants, AND we needed their expertise for the upcoming test effort.  The development manager liked the idea, my former manager liked the idea.  Asshair... not so much. 

Two days later, there was an off-site manager meeting held to discuss the upcoming layoffs. 
All my peer managers were invited, but I was *NOT* invited.  The writing was on the wall. 

Soon I was called into Asshair's office, and greeted with:  "As you know, we're having layoffs, and you've been affected".
I was stunned.  I said I would be happy to do whatever was needed, if we needed to layoff the 13 folks, that would be workable, and I'd be happy to help - he said, "Oh, your help won't be needed - that's already happened".   Since I rode the bus to work, I had to ride the bus home, pick up my car, and come BACK to pick-up my personal computer.  During the double-double-commute, I had time to think, and realized that I'd worked my butt off for months only to be shown the door.  ONLY THEN did I realize how overwhelming the work had been for MONTHS.  I needed a break, and was happy for the chance to get my head together.  I had FU money, and a newish economy car - ROAD TRIP?  I started planning a cross-country road-trip that day.  I gathered my stuff, and went home without further incident.

The NEXT MORNING... (can you guess?)

The recruiter for artsy-SG making the world's leading presentation graphics program called me AT HOME, and asked if I might still be interested in the SG job.  I said, yes, but asked how she got my number.  Evidently two developers who also got the boot that day were already in touch with this recruiter, and BOTH said the BEST PERSON who was laid off was *ME*.  I was embarrassed - gratified, and humbled.  It turned out that the story of my willingness to stand up for my hourly part-time contract workers at the RISK OF MY OWN FULL-TIME JOB was making the rounds in Silicon Valley. 
I said, "Thanks but I need to think about it."

I took a month off, driving across country, and de-compressing. 

When I returned, I *did* interview with the Silicon Valley unit of SG, and after a grueling interview process started two weeks later. 
Once hired, I found out THEY ALSO heard about what happened at Calera - my standing up for my employees - and based on that, and my proven track record as a person who cared about quality, SG wanted to have me on-board.
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« Reply #1202 on: August 25, 2016, 03:55:06 PM »
Fucking brilliant. Good for you MF.

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« Reply #1203 on: August 25, 2016, 04:52:19 PM »
Fucking brilliant. Good for you MF.

Awesome.  Love it.

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« Reply #1204 on: August 25, 2016, 05:18:50 PM »
Fucking brilliant. Good for you MF.

Awesome.  Love it.
I'm a stand up guy - what can I say.

But wait til tomorrow, and Asshair#2's story...



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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1205 on: August 25, 2016, 08:08:16 PM »
Fucking brilliant. Good for you MF.

Awesome.  Love it.
I'm a stand up guy - what can I say.

But wait til tomorrow, and Asshair#2's story...

There's never just one ass hair.

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« Reply #1206 on: August 25, 2016, 08:42:34 PM »
Though most people wouldn't do what you did, having met you and chatted with you a bit, MF, it doesn't surprise me in the least that you did.  Tip of the hat to you, and glad the karma paid off via getting the next job.  Looking forward to the next story.  :)
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« Reply #1207 on: August 26, 2016, 09:27:47 AM »
Asshair#2: (1993)
Asshair#2 is a combo-creature of someone I'll call Agnes - my group's test manager - and a misandrist test-lead I'll call Luna.   When you work for a bad manager, but that manager works for a GOOD manager, you can always talk to the person who ultimately makes the decisions.  But when the asshair has grown 2-layers-deep...  Break out the scissors - you're in trouble.

After 3 years working as a Sr. QA Engineer in a Modern Art Gallery Office for a certain software giant (SG), and shepherding version 3 of the world's most widely used presentation graphics program to market by solving deep technical issues (memory leaks, program interaction issues, etc) - for both Windows & Mac - things were looking good.  Son #1 was "on-the-way", and my team was working on the next version of the veritable workhorse graphics program.  That's when the asshairs from WA state came down to CA, and secretly told managers, 'every team of 4 or more people needed to put at least 1 employee on a Performance Improvement Plan', or PIP. 

PIP's had always been a tool in the management toolbox, but SG decided in the spring of '93 to start using the 'PIP' more regularly. 
PIP - weed out the weak, improve the marginal, all through work-a-holic-hell.  You're put 'on probation'.  If you work your ass off, you *might* have a job at the end of the PIP, and can be fired at anytime' during the process.  Others hired before me had SG stock-options to rely on - I know of at least 3 people who used their stock options as FU money, and left as soon as they were confronted with the PIP, and never looked back.  If only *I* had done that...   

You can guess I was 'selected'... 
Scene:  annual performance review.  Me: surprised!  "*I* am underperforming? Why is this the first I've heard of it?".  Everything just fine up until that point.  As an expectant father, I think I was targeted as 'vulnerable' by Asshair - who had no interest in children, and who's non-SG-fit HP management style garnered little respect from anyone on the team - and because I pointed out in a team meeting Asshair was using an overhead projector, pens & flimsies to project the meeting agenda rather than dog-fooding our product which replaced those outdated things. So dual Asshair was looking to feather her cap (see postscripts).  I was asked to WRITE the "plan" - design the hell I needed to work my way out of over the next 90 days to be able to keep my job. I was rigorous, meticulous, and thorough. 
(What the hell was I thinking!?)

But I *was* thinking.  I knew I could work my butt off, perhaps go into 'crunch mode', and pull another 10hr/7days-a-week for 3 months until this was behind me.  I could BEAT this thing - I had a track record of beating the odds at Calera 3 years earlier. (by then Calera was defunct... :?)

Enter Worklife HELL.  I worked 14 hour days, and 20 hour weekends, for 3 months.  I put in more work, and found more defects than anyone else in-the-building.  Two months into it, I got the feedback: "You're not managing your time well - do the same amount of work in fewer hours."  I challenged my lead to show me anyone in the entire organization who was being more productive than I was, and that talk soon died away.  After 3 months, the final 'PIP' evaluation meeting was postponed another month.  One more month of Worklife Hell - long hours, working weekends.  But I did it.

In the end, I was given an 'unsatisfactory review', and the PIP went into my HR record... BUT... I still had my job.  I was the only person in the organization to start a PIP that spring, and survive with my job intact.  I lost all respect for management at that unit of SG for putting ANYONE through that kind of hell - the stress was intolerable, and unsustainable - family life was non-existent.  I made up my mind then and there to find another gig, but hopefully one at the SG 'mothership' in WA.    18 months later, I was living in WA.

Postscript1:
My son was born AFTER Worklife Hell.  He's still one of the 3 lights of my life.  All is well.

Postscript2:
After PIP hell, once in WA, I was called into the SG President's office (!) - Mike Syrup - and asked "why are so many people from the CA test team asking to be transferred to WA?  What the hell is wrong down there?"  I leveled with him, and said Asshair was incompetent, and the PIP process was uncalled for, being used recklessly, and should never have been used on a business unit of 60 people.  Also that if anything, Asshair needed to be PIP'd herself.  [Later, Luna *also* transferred to WA, and Agnes was given a 'stern talking to', 'management training', and kept that position until she left at a time of her choosing several years later]. 

Postscript3:
A few years later, when I was managing teams, SG corporate HR asked about the PIP process, and what *I* thought could be done to improve the process for the employee & for SG?  I may have mentioned that it was Worklife HELL, but didn't use such tame language… I suggested they level with the employee at the start, and make them an "offer-they-couldn't-refuse" along the lines of: "You're never going to survive this process. You can either put yourself through 3 months of hell, at the end of which you'll be fired... OR, you can take a 6 month severance package with pay & benefits, and resign right now".  My understanding is they adopted this procedure AND at the same time made it harder to successfully complete a PIP.  I think it's a cowardly management tool used by poor managers to make themselves look good to their bosses.  Either way a PIP goes, the manager looks good:  a) Asshair got rid of 'dead weight', or b) Asshair got that employee to work their butt off, and 'turned them around'.  Either way, it was a feather in Asshair's cap.  I will never be a fan of the PIP, and will never put myself through one again.  (and encourage others to do likewise should the situation arise...  and it might...)  I faced management issues that I usually worked out with a few conversations - once an employee who boasted regularly about 'gaming the system' wasn't pulling his weight, and spent most of his day on the phone with his wife.  I called him on it, and said it was obvious he wasn't enjoying his job, and should consider doing something where he could work-on-the-phone, perhaps helping customers solve their problems in customer support.   He thought about it, and…  well, ended up leaving on temporary disability, determined to 'work the system' by claiming mental disability, so he could get paid half-his-salary for doing nothing.  But that's not my story… ;-)  And PIP's were to play a role at least one more time.
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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1208 on: August 26, 2016, 09:49:33 AM »
Holy Cow!
I did it! I have a journal!
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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1209 on: August 26, 2016, 12:36:02 PM »
Damn, those PIPs are seriously messed up! Is this still practiced in that company or in the industry at all?

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« Reply #1210 on: August 26, 2016, 12:46:58 PM »
These Asshair stories make me sad.  They aren't really "FU" stories, ya know?  I mean I love to read them and that you survived, but the bad Asshairs did too...

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« Reply #1211 on: August 26, 2016, 12:49:30 PM »
Damn, those PIPs are seriously messed up! Is this still practiced in that company or in the industry at all?
We have them in our industry, but I've only ever seen them used when they were needed.  Like when there are obvious performance issues.

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« Reply #1212 on: August 26, 2016, 12:56:21 PM »
Damn, those PIPs are seriously messed up! Is this still practiced in that company or in the industry at all?
We have them in our industry, but I've only ever seen them used when they were needed.  Like when there are obvious performance issues.

My last company tried to use them on me. A month after a great evaluation. A week after I announced I was pregnant.

I simply said that it was interesting, and that the Normes du Travail might be interested, and could I have a written copy. All of a sudden, there was no problem.

In conclusion: ASSHATS.

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« Reply #1213 on: August 26, 2016, 01:03:20 PM »
Damn, those PIPs are seriously messed up! Is this still practiced in that company or in the industry at all?
We have them in our industry, but I've only ever seen them used when they were needed.  Like when there are obvious performance issues.

Same here, never seen them used for a reduction in force, it's more "you have screwed up badly and I have to document in case we want to fire you if you don't fix the behavior." But wow, true horror show, pretty sure I wouldn't work a ton of uncompensated overtime to satisfy some sadistic boss.

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« Reply #1214 on: August 26, 2016, 01:48:53 PM »
These Asshair stories make me sad.  They aren't really "FU" stories, ya know?  I mean I love to read them and that you survived, but the bad Asshairs did too...
Agreed.  EVERYONE has some amount of Asshair in their lives. Fortunately I no longer abide Asshair in my work life - thank you FU money!  I humbly beg everyone's pardon - these seem like 'honorable mentions' next to some of your stories.  I'm not a vindictive person - live and let live, I say.  But this seemed like a good forum to 'vilify them thru literature' (Jeffrey Chaucer, "First Knight"). 
I only have one (1x) "truly Epic" FU Money story - with Asshair#4. 

Begging everyone's indulgence - next Asshair... Monday?



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« Reply #1215 on: August 26, 2016, 02:00:33 PM »
Yes, please continue!

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« Reply #1216 on: August 26, 2016, 02:18:16 PM »
Begging everyone's indulgence - next Asshair... Monday?

Upthread I shared about having to bear difficult boss/work situations and just knowing that I had FU money kept me from having to use it.  That said, the times when people actually say "FU" and/or retaliate to some extent are quite entertaining to read. 

Eagerly awaiting the next installment.

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« Reply #1217 on: August 26, 2016, 02:31:25 PM »
At my last job, all employees were grouped by salary/experience and force ranked.  There were lots of great employees, but since it was a forced ranking system, there's always the bottom 20%.  I know a guy whose managers had no issues with his actual productivity and work product, but because he lacked visibility to upward management, he was ranked in the bottom 20% and had to do a PIP.  He met or exceeded all the requirements of the PIP, but his ranking didn't improve significantly--again, not because of any negatives, but because of stiff competition and lack of mgt facetime.  He saw the writing on the wall and found a new job about a month later.

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« Reply #1218 on: August 26, 2016, 04:51:08 PM »
...Epic story about Felicia...

The only thing that would have made it better is if you had fired back some southern sass at her 'dear'ing you. A little "oh, sweetie, bless your heart, but I think I can afford to quit. Toodle ooh" said in a way that sounds sweet, but really tells her ' go F yourself PEACE OUT!'

Beautiful! Although I would have ended it with "Bye Felicia" as I was walking out the door, but that's just me.

I know it was something like 10 pages ago, but I can't resist...

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« Reply #1219 on: August 26, 2016, 05:46:38 PM »
Asshair#2: (1993)
Asshair#2 is a combo-creature of someone I'll call Agnes - my group's test manager - and a 300lb silverback diesel-dike test-lead I'll call Luna.   When you work for a bad manager, but that manager works for a GOOD manager, you can always talk to the person who ultimately makes the decisions.  But when the asshair has grown 2-layers-deep...  Break out the scissors - you're in trouble.

After

You seem well-adjusted for someone to have gone thru all this crap.   

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« Reply #1220 on: August 26, 2016, 06:23:39 PM »
Asshair#2: (1993)
But when the asshair has grown 2-layers-deep...  Break out the scissors - you're in trouble.

That's really funny.

Wow, I've never seen a PIP used as routine practice.  Why would you implement PIP's?  Just do a normal RIF, it accomplishes the same thing without making permanent enemies.  If it is well known that a company does this, it is really bad for recruiting new employees.  The companies I've worked for use PIP's for its intended purpose, company has no layoffs planned but we have a seat moistener we need to get rid of in the meantime and even then they've been rare.

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« Reply #1221 on: August 26, 2016, 07:49:54 PM »
Even if not traditional FU stories, I enjoy "bad boss" stories too.  (See LivingaFI's career, for example).
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« Reply #1222 on: August 26, 2016, 08:13:48 PM »
If this is in fact the company I think it is, the brutal weeding of "underperforming" employees is a famous tactic. People still talk about it today. Now the top software companies just make it really hard to get hired, so they don't have to fire.

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« Reply #1223 on: August 28, 2016, 03:17:58 PM »
I've done it a couple times in my career - in my early 20's, I had zero FU money saved but the job was so bad, I had the confidence to know that I would find something better and I did - much better. I came into the office over the weekend, ensured to tie up any lose ends with any outstanding notes or follow up that was needed for my clients - I do care always about the end users of products no matter the company, and then I typed "I Quit" in the middle of a word doc, printed it and left it on my bosses desk. I waled out that day, bought some beer and pizza to eat w/roomies for when I got home and never looked back. The next day, I began looking for a new gig and found something that set me on a far better path. Then years later, after I was much more financially established, I did walk away from 100K in unvested stock from a good company BUT, I could not take five more years of working with sociopaths all around me. I lined up my next gig that allowed far more flex in hours, location, content and still make a very good living. I gave two weeks and they were shocked. How could I leave that much money on the table? How could I leave them? They did all they could to make me stay but the environment was so bad, clearly there was no number to make me want to get up and go there again. Found this site which turned me on to a way of thinking that as an Xer, just was never in our DNA...but, I'm there now and will FI soon. Late 40's, about 1.3M, no debt but house not paid off. Will work thru what the optimal scenario is next. love the site and the forum. I thank 3M's for opening my eyes to what was right there in front of me. When I leave a company, I have a tendency to not deal with all the silly goodbye and aftermath from the sociopaths. I reach out to my network to those that matter well in advance and lock down that connection, then tend to sneak in over the weekend before I go to pack my things, leave behind anything that does not belong to me, tie up the ends nice and neat so that if you ever had to go back or needed others in the network, I have not burned any bridges. I must say, it does feel great every time, always leaving one scene for something better.

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« Reply #1224 on: August 28, 2016, 04:27:28 PM »
If this is in fact the company I think it is, the brutal weeding of "underperforming" employees is a famous tactic. People still talk about it today. Now the top software companies just make it really hard to get hired, so they don't have to fire.

Yes, very famous.  I'm not even in the industry and I'd heard about it years back.  My dad told me about it, since he worked tangentially with them in sales.

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« Reply #1225 on: August 28, 2016, 04:38:25 PM »
...Epic story about Felicia...

The only thing that would have made it better is if you had fired back some southern sass at her 'dear'ing you. A little "oh, sweetie, bless your heart, but I think I can afford to quit. Toodle ooh" said in a way that sounds sweet, but really tells her ' go F yourself PEACE OUT!'

Beautiful! Although I would have ended it with "Bye Felicia" as I was walking out the door, but that's just me.

I know it was something like 10 pages ago, but I can't resist...

never too late for this. :D
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« Reply #1226 on: August 28, 2016, 04:41:22 PM »
Bad
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« Reply #1227 on: August 28, 2016, 04:50:28 PM »
Bad
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« Reply #1228 on: August 29, 2016, 11:44:56 PM »
Asshole manager got shit canned right after he fired me because he didn't hire the right people to replace me (the jobs I left behind were political candy to be handed out by the governor's office to faithful helpers as it turns out).

This is pretty standard in the political field... And the corporate sector as well.  Unfortunately.

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« Reply #1229 on: August 30, 2016, 12:37:04 PM »
These Asshair stories make me sad.  They aren't really "FU" stories, ya know?  I mean I love to read them and that you survived, but the bad Asshairs did too...
Agreed.  EVERYONE has some amount of Asshair in their lives. Fortunately I no longer abide Asshair in my work life - thank you FU money!  I humbly beg everyone's pardon - these seem like 'honorable mentions' next to some of your stories.  I'm not a vindictive person - live and let live, I say.  But this seemed like a good forum to 'vilify them thru literature' (Jeffrey Chaucer, "First Knight"). 
I only have one (1x) "truly Epic" FU Money story - with Asshair#4. 

Begging everyone's indulgence - next Asshair... Monday?

Hey, it's Tuesday, where is my asshair?

I feel like we've just stumbled upon the tagline for a new line of anal Nair product.

Aaaaaand. Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1230 on: August 30, 2016, 02:24:20 PM »
I have absolutely no fear in scheduling impromptu “meetings” with my bosses when I’m not happy at work. I’ve negotiated raises and vacation time with little to no pushback. One reason is because I’m pretty adept at my job. The other is the inherent psychological confidence that comes with FU money.

My epic “FU” story will occur in about 475 days from today. Not really an “FU” since I love my job and boss, but my FU money will make this conversation possible. Here’s how I see it going down.

ME: (Hands boss resignation letter). I wanted to give you a month notice in person and tell you how much I’ve loved working here, but it’s time for me to do something new.

HIM: Something new? What do you mean?

ME: I am moving to Central America with my wife and kids for a year. We’re going to live a simple life by the beach.

HIM: What the? How is that even possible?

ME: Have you noticed how I bring lunch to work almost every day, ride my bike to work twice a week and have been driving the same economy car since I started working here? That’s the tip of the iceberg of how I’m doing this.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1231 on: August 30, 2016, 02:42:17 PM »
I like that conversation with the boss.  Maybe he's noticed you doing those things, but now he will actually SEE the power in doing just that.   Good luck.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1232 on: August 30, 2016, 08:45:52 PM »
Asshair#2 is a combo-creature of someone I'll call Agnes - my group's test manager - and a 300lb silverback diesel-dike test-lead I'll call Luna.

Why is that relevant? Also, the term is "dyke" unless your talking about a geographical feature.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1233 on: August 31, 2016, 08:23:32 AM »
Asshair#2 is a combo-creature of someone I'll call Agnes - my group's test manager - and a 300lb silverback diesel-dike test-lead I'll call Luna.

Why is that relevant? Also, the term is "dyke" unless your talking about a geographical feature.

That bothered me as well.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1234 on: August 31, 2016, 08:28:08 AM »
Not sure what role, if any, FU money played in this guy's resignation (he had another job lined up), but it is an epic resignation letter:

https://troylaraviere.net/2016/08/30/dear-mayor-emanuel-i-resign-my-position-as-principal-of-the-1-rated-neighborhood-school-in-chicago/
Wherever you go, there you are

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1235 on: August 31, 2016, 09:47:03 AM »
I've posted a few mild FU stories... I have a feeling my best one is coming soon.

Our factory (small agriculture manufacturing facility, part of a huge global brand) just got the news that they're moving 60% of our product to Brazil, and laying off 100+ people, including 20 salaried folks (some of which have been here for over 25 years) and 20% of our wage workers (of which I am one).

Absolutely everybody is freaking out about it. Except me.
We have to go through routine performance reviews, of which I always give canned answers. Cause I Just don't give a crap.

Last week, my boss (who should have been laid off) was asking me about where I wanted to go in the company, and why our department got bad reviews for development/promotion opportunities.

He says "Well, what's your plan with the company?"
I said "I'd be perfectly happy sitting at home, writing novels for a living. I know I'm not ever going to get a promotion, because Dave killed himself going to night school to get a degree, and he gets dumped on and passed over for everything. You think I'd have a chance? Not even interested."

I'll keep the faithful Mustachians updated on my FU progress if/when it goes down.
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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1236 on: August 31, 2016, 09:53:04 AM »
Not sure what role, if any, FU money played in this guy's resignation (he had another job lined up), but it is an epic resignation letter:

https://troylaraviere.net/2016/08/30/dear-mayor-emanuel-i-resign-my-position-as-principal-of-the-1-rated-neighborhood-school-in-chicago/
Wow, that was pretty intense.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1237 on: August 31, 2016, 10:06:51 AM »
Funkystickman..........can you share which company this is?  I work for a very small ag company and while there's really no chance of them moving our product to Mexico, it's interesting to me to see more and more of what you are saying.  The farmers are going to be at the mercy of the industry GIANTS for fertilizer, seed, etc.

And yes, please post any updates.   Thanks.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1238 on: August 31, 2016, 10:17:26 AM »
Asshair#2 is a combo-creature of someone I'll call Agnes - my group's test manager - and a 300lb silverback diesel-dike test-lead I'll call Luna.

Why is that relevant? Also, the term is "dyke" unless your talking about a geographical feature.
I saw that and thought it was some random car-speak that I didn't understand.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1239 on: August 31, 2016, 10:49:52 AM »
Funkystickman..........can you share which company this is?  I work for a very small ag company and while there's really no chance of them moving our product to Mexico, it's interesting to me to see more and more of what you are saying.  The farmers are going to be at the mercy of the industry GIANTS for fertilizer, seed, etc.

And yes, please post any updates.   Thanks.

I may at some point. There are other Mustachians here who work for the same company, and have similar stories. As far as mega-corps go they're pretty decent, but then you see stuff like this and you just have to shake your head. You can DM me if you really want to know, but... it's not that important. It's happening everywhere. Our factory manager smartly retired the week before all this was announced. He knew it was coming.

We've been told all the wage employees will be offered a "Voluntary Separation Package." But we have to go to HR and request it... they're not going to just mail it to everyone. And you can rest assured they're watching who goes to HR and asks. They will be the first ones considered to be cut, once the deadline for voluntary quitting passes.

So do you preemptively take the package, risk going to HR and asking (and possibly get cut anyway without the package), or just pray they don't notice you?

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1240 on: August 31, 2016, 10:59:14 AM »
@FunkyStickman - FYI - [REDACTED].   Good luck with everything.
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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1241 on: August 31, 2016, 11:03:04 AM »
@FunkyStickman - FYI - That picture is enough to figure out the company.  I have no interest or industry knowledge, but would take it down if you really don't want the company to be identifiable.   Good luck with everything.

I'm not that worried about it... I have "FU" money in the bank. ;)
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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1242 on: August 31, 2016, 11:09:39 AM »
Not sure what role, if any, FU money played in this guy's resignation (he had another job lined up), but it is an epic resignation letter:

https://troylaraviere.net/2016/08/30/dear-mayor-emanuel-i-resign-my-position-as-principal-of-the-1-rated-neighborhood-school-in-chicago/

That was a thing of beauty!  Wow!
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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1243 on: August 31, 2016, 11:38:53 AM »
Funky, you may want to remove that photo. About 5 minutes of Google netted the likely company you work for and location you work at... Or at least block out the ranking.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1244 on: August 31, 2016, 11:39:55 AM »
So do you preemptively take the package, risk going to HR and asking (and possibly get cut anyway without the package), or just pray they don't notice you?

I would think if you volunteer to be cut (with the package they're claiming to offer), they turn you down, then cut you without the package, that would be grounds for a lawsuit of some sort.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1245 on: August 31, 2016, 11:50:00 AM »
This is kind of an FU story gone bad...

A driver that worked for our company ended his shift for the day as I gave him his start time for the following day. He said "nope I ain't coming in, I quit! I found a better job that pays $3 more per hour". It was frustrating on my part because I had planned the next days deliveries on him being here. But wasn't that bad because on the side I had gone out to get my Commercial license just in case things ever got crazy and they needed me to fill in and drive.

Next day came around and my value added was praised as things went smoothly and it ended up with me getting a raise shortly after.

Three weeks later this driver came back to the office asking if he could have his job back because the new company he moved to was only working him 20 hours per week instead of the 50 that is standard for us (so much for that extra $3/hr). If he had given us two weeks notice we most likely would have hired him back on, but he burned his bridge so we said no.
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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1246 on: August 31, 2016, 11:53:45 AM »
@FunkyStickman - FYI - That picture is enough to figure out the company.  I have no interest or industry knowledge, but would take it down if you really don't want the company to be identifiable.   Good luck with everything.

I'm not that worried about it... I have "FU" money in the bank. ;)

:) Best of luck - keep us posted!!

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1247 on: August 31, 2016, 12:06:08 PM »
@FunkyStickman - FYI - That picture is enough to figure out the company.  I have no interest or industry knowledge, but would take it down if you really don't want the company to be identifiable.   Good luck with everything.

I'm not that worried about it... I have "FU" money in the bank. ;)

I don't think I'd want to spend my FU money on potentially getting sued, though.  I'd check your employment Ks to see what you're allowed to reveal publicly and what the results are of violation.  I bet it's very strongly drafted in their favor.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1248 on: August 31, 2016, 12:20:36 PM »
Funky, you may want to remove that photo. About 5 minutes of Google netted the likely company you work for and location you work at... Or at least block out the ranking.

Crap.. I don't see the option to remove it.
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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #1249 on: August 31, 2016, 12:24:01 PM »
Couldn't see a way to remove the attachment, just deleted the post.
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