Thread regarding UnitedHealth Group Inc. layoffs

Are people able to find new jobs?

I'm wondering if people who were laid off in the previous several rounds have managed to find new jobs by now? If yes, how long did the search last and is it better or worse than it was here? I'm mostly curious about how the pay stacks up, but any other info would be great as well.

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Post ID: @12qDX6ry

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Still looking for jobs...

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Post ID: @12qDX6ry-cbfb

I was let go after waiting 4 weeks to start training 5 weeks of training. My ex employer sent me an email asking me to come back. Unemployment is at its lowest so there are jobs out there.

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Post ID: @12qDX6ry-bxhg

It's true about HR blocking people on internal moves. They do it all the time. Optum's policy is that if a person is given a 4 or 5, they will fight to keep them in their position. Also, if you reported anything to HR about any wrongdoings, you'll never move internally. HR said it's legal as long as HR stays out of it and the manager of the employee tells the hiring manager no.

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Post ID: @12qDX6ry-2coy

I'm 40 years old (was 39 when laid off), worked for the company for 13 years, and had 4's/5's on all reviews except for this past year (a 3) when the majority of our team was given 3's as directed by senior leadership as our supervisor said senior leadership indicated she was grading all of us too high (total BS btw.) I was never on any corrective action plans and hadn't missed a day of work in years. I was considered one of the top people on my team and always exceeded production and quality. I was laid off the end of May along with most of my team, supervisor, manager, director, etc. I've had a hard time finding another job that pays what I was making (around $18/hr.) It is now December and I had to settle for a job that only pays $14/hr rather than chance running out of unemployment before getting a better offer. In checking around, it appears UHG kept the employees that were being paid a lower wage/lower performers and got rid of the higher wage/higher-performing employees. Most of us seem to be "blocked" by HR from being considered for any other positions - Ex: I was a grade 24, have applied for around 8 different positions...grade levels 22 - 25 and only receive rejection e-mails for all of them despite knowing for sure I'm one of the most qualified people and always selecting the lowest acceptable wage for the position. I've heard from someone high-ranking that UHG does not like to rehire people who have been laid off as they do not want to pay them less than what they were making, but do not want to pay them what they were making either. It totally s—s, it's not fair, and it's not ethical. None of us figured that in the middle of our careers with this company, we would be laid off when we were routinely receiving 4s/5s on annual reviews. These days, it appears you are not safe if you even receive a 3 for one annual review. This company no longer has any conscience whatsoever in my opinion. Everything is profit-motivated ONLY. I wish the best of luck to all of you going through this as it will screw up your career in the middle of your life. I now have a 6-month gap on my resume after having been employed for 13 years. Anyway, try to keep your heads up - it's not a fun time.

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Post ID: @12qDX6ry-2dte

What dept was the 17 year person who was fired for a made up reason, as I understand from a post below?

Yep 4 years experience at 105K for an actuary is not very much pay for that type of position. Your young in experience and in a high demand field.

Its the people over 40 who were layed of that are going to be out for awhile and just lost their income source. Finance, HR, Operations, Legal/Compliance....there are a lot of people out of work and looking for work.

Good you were able to find a $120K position. Seems like a better fit.

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Post ID: @12qDX6ry-1ocp

@12qDX6ry-zlh I am an actuary. I am probably overpaid which is why I was identified and selected for a severance package.

I want to caveat that I would only come back to work in a 100% remote work position.

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Post ID: @12qDX6ry-1ppt

Seems like a management post about finding a job really quick and hoarding severance. There are still United Health Group people layed off in 2017 who are still unemployed! It all depends on your age and salary. The outplacement people in MPLS say it takes 1 month for every 10 thousand dollars you earn to find another job when your out of work and a little longer if your over 40. Right now, USBank announced a layoff in the newspaper and a couple of others have layed off as well. If your in Finance or Human Resources there are a lot of people outlooking at the moment.

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Post ID: @12qDX6ry-1aoe

: @12qDX6ry-bjy - you had me until you were willing to come back..what expertise do you have to model 6 figures? Not being snarky, I'm curious since UHC is so cheap.

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Post ID: @12qDX6ry-zlh

My department was laid off Dec 4, but not really. Manager decided to discontinue our positions and give our work to her team in another state. We were original acquired, , when UHG bought my former company 3 years ago. I didn't see this coming, I figured they would downsize, not close the department. It does sting, but I have to say, in our building there is a huge turnover in the other departments, which I found interesting. Benefits and raises were the pits, who can live off 1% raise?
Other offices in other states were told they would be laid off in March, I would have rather had that, to have time to plan for it, not a Dec 4 phone call, stating last day is Jan 2. Extremely disappointed in the way Company handled this, but if offered an opportunity to return, I probably would. I will miss telecommuting, especially in bad weather. Upper management was clueless, out of state and out of touch, no idea how we worked in the office. Direct supervisor was the best.

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Post ID: @12qDX6ry-okk

Wow, great job. Our area in UHC doesn't offer bonuses and at most 0-3% raised each year.

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Post ID: @12qDX6ry-xyo

To those who are still employed at UHC and are unhappy in their current positions, I strongly recommend not waiting until you are laid off to begin a job search. While the idea of a severance package is appealing, it's typically easier to find a position when you are currently employed. Also, you can most likely negotiate a higher salary. I left last summer (on my own) and couldn't be happier. I did move back into an office, and it's been great. The "United" brand is very marketable, and I think you'll find, other companies offer higher salaries. For me, I didn't realize how under paid I'd been for the last 10 years. My part of the organization was pretty unbearable, with terrible leadership and zero funding for travel, salaries, etc.

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Post ID: @12qDX6ry-ggr

I got the axe during the first round of layoffs in October. I started applying for jobs internally and externally immediately. I landed 2 offers within a month and I just started working at my new job. I got 5 weeks severance + 5 days out of my 9 days of PTO paid out, so I actually came out on top. (but not really because I will not get a bonus in 2020 for months worked in 2019)

I was making $105k with 4 years exp at UHC. I am making $120k now at a much smaller insurance company. I am sad to lose my remote working position but the extra $$$ helps to ease the sting.

I feel that having the United brand on my resume was very helpful in landing interviews. I just got an request to interview with United, but unfortunately I have already started my new position. I am definitely open to rejoining United again in the future. Lovely company.

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