I would personally be overjoyed. A chance to leave this place with a decent safety net - can't get much better than that.
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Chapter 1. THE CHESNEY CLAUSE
“If you don’t like how corporate does things then what you gotta do is make your own corporation and then do what you want do to do with your own corporate”. “What are you talking about Chesney? There’s no corporate, it’s just Michael..."
To the school marm posting beneath me: Ok boomer, now STFU and go away.
Never hope to be laid off! Even from a disfunctional place like Cengage. The reality of being laid off at this point is having to leave the business altogether. This might be a great notion to some, but one has to admit that the publishing business is a really fun one to work in, and these field sales jobs are among the most enjoyable in the business. If you're doubtful, go out and try to sell a car or a copier or a payroll service. Just ain't the same as collaborating with faculty who can be extremely appreciative if you treat them well. The freedom and the earnings potential of a publishing rep cannot be beat! I have several former co-workers, from Cengage and another publishing gig, who have left of their own accord and who are dying, clawing to get back into this industry. The problem is, with the demise of the big houses, field positions are much fewer and further between than they used to be, and every opening has dozens of former pubco people competing for it. Hansen is nuts and Cengage no picnic, but if one can bob and weave and survive the cullings, the gig may improve one day. It would take losing Hansen and seeing him replaced with someone with some actual brains in their head, but anything is possible!
Lesson Number 2: Don't beat your chest and call your marketing strategy an "unqualified success" when you've lost money for the 138th straight quarter.
I was hoping I would get a severance so that I could tour breweries all over the western united states paid for two months but no, I had to go out and get a job. My hobby now is to witness the decline of the hansen empire and to learn what not to do in life by doing the opposite of hansen. Lesson Number One: Don't implement marketing strategies that eat your own revenue.