Has anyone heard anything about the layoffs/last days in Troy, New York? We were told that my wife's job was moving to Carey by the end of the 3rd quarter of 2019...and we've heard nothing yet. We already know we're not moving (she'd have to re-apply for her own job and if re-hired, take a small pay cut if she made the move.), but she still hasn't been told when her last day is. And she's just about the last person left in her unit. All the other positions are already in Carey. Her boss and the 2 bosses above her are absolutely no help whatsoever. They tell her they don't know anything yet either.
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They acknowledge the layoffs, but they call them Unit Cost Improvement. This is how corporations make money for the share holders. You can either increase profits or lower costs. I will not work for a corporation again. This is the new normal. Employees can no longer expect long term employment with a corporation.
interesting how these continuing "form letter" MetLife layoffs of long-term mid-/lower-level associates across several locations are completely un-acknowledged within company communications - even suppressed. Some anonymous mid-senior level executives are reaping hundreds of thousands in performance bonuses by shedding these salary costs for short-term savings - and sadly, they'll have made their money and moved on long before the impact of this loss of experience and continuity is realized (not to mention the disruption to lives and families of so many loyal, hardworking former employees). the whole business is rather heartless and short-sighted ... sad times for MetLife, a one-proud culture that used to stand for financial security of customers and employees alike.
The where's Waldo culture , Big Improvement !
New Culture ? I have been honestly looking for my coworker for 3 days. I have no idea where she is , It's no joke. she never comes in but signs on and never answers a single message. Oh and my manager (new to Met) Loves her and she talks about how they hang out after work all the time. When I bring this up I'm told not to say anything LOL . This happens a lot and not just with my group.
To: ckmb - I relocated to NC and I have to say I agree with the work ethic, it's almost non existent. From the empty desks to the ghosting on messaging it's absolutely ridiculous. To save the company the culture had to shift to this? Yes some good decisions were made with upgrading the outdated apps and tech but that could of been done without people losing jobs. Yes consolidate teams, remove redundancy totally agree but do not get rid of people just because they have tenure. The people were not reluctant to the change they were only voicing their past experiences, we need to learn from history not get rid of it and that's what Met has done. Good luck because this culture is doomed.
When NC came on board is when the culture started to shift for the worst. Most if not all of the NC clows don't follow through with their work, they are too busy with self promotion and their paycheck. The tenured employees were loyal and worked hard expecting little in return. Most of yhe work from home are at the mall lol, Met is doomed with the new culture and it shows greatly especially in finance.
Sorry to hear. Hope your family lands right side up. Your husband is right. The new culture is a house of cards.
Sorry for u @9ogk.
It's hard to figure out what the "real" MetLife is.
On the one hand, they get these working mother employeer of the year awards, and are pro-vet, pro-coming back to the labor force, pro-LGBTQ parade, pro-disability, and say "always with you". They are pro-minimum $15 wage for use, but also pro-ship the jobs to India.
On the other hand, there is your reality.
And there is the reality of working at Met. The "help desk". Simple stuff that was working and suddenly doesn't. The lack of communication about such events. The lack of accountability about such events. The constant propaganda videos. Townhalls where softballs are pitched and hit. We're pro-digital and pro-simplification, pro-transformation, pro-employee survey. Yet the same old keeps going.
You mentioned applying at NC. NC is about culture change, and I can see them rejecting the majority of long term MetLifer's. I'm sorry that includes you. But if the culture doesn't change, the whole company could be finished.
And that's the way it is on Saturday, October 12, 2019.
I am so sorry for both of you that must deal with this. There are so many others that are going down the same road as you I know all too well because I was one of those ppl. I was Informed by a transplant boss I didn't know that I was losing my job and I would get an e-mail soon after explaining the situation. Well weeks passed and I never received an e-mail, others in my department received their instructions so when I didn't get mine, I then reached out to the transplant boss only to get a shoulder shrug. A few weeks later I received the e-mail detailing my fate. I kept thinking I gave all my time to this company and worked so hard to get only a vanilla e-mail telling me of my last days. Listen I didn't want a parade I just wanted some compassion but in the corporate world the MetLife world you’re not going to get it. I began to look at the contacts in the e-mail and reached out to learn about my benefits and what would happen. I learned that to be bridged to benefits I would of had to have another year under my belt I called and asked if I could be bridged only to be told no. Cobra was absolutely ridiculous in price and in no way could I afford to keep it. I really got the run around on my life insurance, I couldn't get through to anyone about carrying the life insurance over after my departure. I was told several times I would get forms to complete but never to this day received those forms. My old boss that was moved to a different group a week before we were given the kiss off and never even once acknowledged me or us after this was set in motion. Anyway, after I received my notice, I walked around with others on my team with the feeling of being alienated and thrown out like trash. I was once told by a higher up "It is what it is" you’re getting compensated. Listen compensation is not a job and in the area I work in the city and state was not full of Job opportunities. I saw others applying for their positions in NC and they were being rejected cold. I mean why put these people through this if you’re not going to hire them. I mean didn’t they go through enough already, why beat them when they are already down filing them with false hope. These were all people with tenure like me so I never even applied, I couldn’t put myself through that. These were good people that came up in the company around the same time I did. They had passion for the company and were dedicated to only be treated like yesterday’s garbage. Don’t get me wrong there were some people that needed to go long before this happened but not in this manner. Very few were able to obtain a position in NC most not all were in the corporate “Click” we used to call it. Look layoffs for a company are never easy but the culture and lack of compassion here is unforgivable. I am not a disgruntled employee I really miss my job and the people I worked with, I just wish it was done better and made some sense. My family struggled for over a year while I tried to obtain a new job and as for the “Is what it is compensation well that didn’t last long enough to get us through. We almost lost our home and we struggled we still do to this day. These managers, directors, VP’s and all the above really need to know what losing a job means to an employee. Maybe if they understood they would make better decisions. The every man for himself attitude is ramped in Met’s culture and it’s not beneficial to its growth, these people really need to see that. I wish all of you going through this the best and I hope you find other jobs quickly there is life after Met it might hurt for a while but things will get better.
My husband just received his last day notification this morning...via a form letter in his email.
25+ years of service and he's told about his last day at Met Life in a freaking form letter. Not a single word from his boss...nothing!
Husband is very glad he's leaving. He has said repeatedly that today's Met Life is NOTHING like what is was even 5 or 6 years ago.