Thread regarding AT&T layoffs

Have you ever met anybody who regreted leaving AT&T?

Through layoff, firing, quitting...any way?

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Post ID: @126FPvnx

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Nope. Toxic environment, still bottom of the seniority after 10+ years, surcharge for spouse on the insurance, lack of bonuses, numerous management changes over the years, horrible morale...etc No, I know no one who regretted leaving in any capacity. Money may have been tight for a bit while looking for another job after surplus, but the rejuvenation of spirit and happiness after leaving... priceless. I left of my own accord earlier this year for a better job all the way around. Never will look back.

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Post ID: @126FPvnx-2vob

What a shocker that most of the posts are saying that people leaving AT&T didn't regret it. Never would have thought that if you hadn't asked the question.

By the way, don't forget to downvote this if you couldn't guess the answers that would be posted.

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Post ID: @126FPvnx-1zju

I miss having to find ways to blow my 6 weeks or so of vacation days at this time of year while trying to do whatever "required training" was still outstanding.

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Post ID: @126FPvnx-1mqt

Took MVO in 2018, and have no regrets.

Retired after 35 years, got the severance, and full benefits. Count my blessings for the years that I had.

Good luck to those contemplating the latest MVO offer.

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Post ID: @126FPvnx-1cuc

Yes. Coworkers who took VSB or ESB. They realized they had it good doing a job they knew how to do for the great pay and healthcare.

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Post ID: @126FPvnx-fmo

From @ayf

"Took me a few months to get another job, but it's for the same salary, better and way less expensive medical (no stupid surcharge for a spouse). No more toxic work environment, no conflicting goals, no more being treated like garbage. It's refreshing".

I have known somewhere around 10 people that have left either voluntarily or involuntarily over the last 5 years or so. Their feedback is very similar to what @ayf has stated above. I need to stay for a while... but a part of me is really looking forward to that.

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Post ID: @126FPvnx-riq

Why do you care whether others had regrets about leaving AT&T? You sound like you don't know whether you should stay or leave and are looking to others to give you the courage to leave. Everyone should be smart enough to decide on their own what's best for them. This is a layoff forum so there's no reason to expect many people to mention those that were happier at AT&T than their new company.

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Post ID: @126FPvnx-qto

Left as part of the March 2019 Expulsion. Took me a few months to get another job, but it's for the same salary, better and way less expensive medical (no stupid surcharge for a spouse).

No more toxic work environment, no conflicting goals, no more being treated like garbage. It's refreshing.

I miss my coworkers. I don't miss everything else.

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Post ID: @126FPvnx-ayf

AT&T never seems to hit its target numbers for voluntary separations with severance. That would indicate that anyone in the groups where that was offered must have some regrets if they were involuntarily separated shortly afterwards. We'll see what the outcome is after the latest MVO which sounds to be much broader than previous ones.

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Post ID: @126FPvnx-gco

I left the company earlier this year, purely voluntary. I got sick (literally) of the double speak, misdirection, and General lack of strategy or vision. I found another job with equal or better benefits and pay, and a much more stable, rational, supportive environment. I have no regrets about moving on.

I knew a few people who retired and later came back as consultants or contractors. Their second act didn’t last long; more often than not they were reminded of why they left.

It’s incredibly toxic and dysfunctional at ATT. You don’t realize that until you get out.

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Post ID: @126FPvnx-vod

@126FPvnx-rxd you are 100% correct about coming back as a contractor, they are treated poorly. The Tech M outsourcing resulted in contractors forced to take a 10% or more cut in pay and being made to do more work . The janitors are treated better than contractors.
For those that left voluntarily, they have no regrets. For those forced out, some never recovered financially.

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Post ID: @126FPvnx-mqa

Yes, lots, most everyone I know who was forced out was with Surplus, a few via Outsource, and they're deeply unhappy to have left. Often they boomeranged right back as a contractor or consultant. The biggest thing I hear is that it's just as bad or worse working for the other companies that are prime candidates to pickup a former AT&T employee. They work you into the ground like a dog, and you have less of everything, pay, benefits and are treated lessor so than others.

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Post ID: @126FPvnx-rxd

i took the first MVO and just moved on. It took almost 6 months to land a new job, but it has been pretty awesome since. The work environment that I was exposed to at AT&T, well, it's not the norm, basically was torture for me. There are some great opportunities out there with growing companies that aren't in debt and going thru surpluses every qtr

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Post ID: @126FPvnx-idb

No. However I know of many that experienced terrible personal financial hardship because it was not their idea to leave.

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Post ID: @126FPvnx-ylw

Nope

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