Thread regarding AT&T layoffs

Life after the T

I get on this site about once a week. I read everything about the Surpluses within the company. I was Surplused myself last year. So, I figured I would leave my insight for anyone who wants to hear it. If you do not, then that is okay. But, hear was my experience.
I found out I was being Surplused February of last year and was to be off payroll at the end of March 2019. At first, I was extremely nervous, not only for the fact that I had to find something else but also the fact that AT&T still owed me all my Severance pay. In the back of my mind I figured I would get screwed and would not get a portion of it or none of it at all. I had worked for the company for a little over 7 years, so I was due about $18.500 when all was said and done. I am not sure what they do now but mine was like 6 months’ worth of pay. I could be wrong but. I was also able to get on the phone and talk to someone about my pension and the options I had. They were extremely helpful. The only thing that was frustrating for me was trying to get information about the health insurance portion of it all. It was not easy to find and everyone I asked did not seem to know. It ended up being through Cobra for 6 months and I believe it cost me about $16 a month of something like that. But I did have to cancel at the end of the 6 months because it jumped up to about $600 a month.
When the day came my boss drove 2 hours to meet with me, have me sign some paperwork, get all my things, and take me to lunch one last time. I had a rather good boss who did not really want to see me go. But it was out of his control. To my surprise everything went smoothly.
A little time later, maybe a month, I think. My Severance was Direct Deposited into my account. I got paid for all the vacation they still owed me. Everything that should have been there was there, and I did not have any issues. Before I was let go, I still got my bonus on March 6th like I should have and there were not any issues there either.
Overall, when it came to the money portion of everything, I did not have any issues. I am sure that from time to time there are issues for some people, but mine was straight forward.
As far as life after AT&T, I would say it turned out surprisingly good. It took me less than 2 weeks to find a new job. I work for a Communications/IT company now in the same town, and I really enjoy what I do. The money is not as good, but you learn to adapt. The biggest thing that I have noticed is that I no longer fear that I am going to be Surplused. It seemed like it was a constant fear I had working for AT&T ever since 2016. Quarter after quarter wondering if I was going to get a phone call that I was no longer needed. That can be incredibly stressful and now I don’t have that stress anymore.
I am happy that I worked for AT&T, I learned a lot, but I am even happier that I no longer do. It s—ed working for a company that I felt didn’t care about me. So, I would say that at first it will s—, but it will get better and, in the end,, I think you will be a lot happier if you do get the Axe. Good luck out there.

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I also took the 6 months paid medical because it was cheaper than my new employers plan where I would have to pay a bunch of money.

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Post ID: @7hkp+15IJQWNG

AT&T is a company full of scam and issues, so many pricey mistakes done by executives and average workers pay the price.
I worked for AT&T for 14 years and still do, I can write a book about the scams and practices and misconduct and corruption
In the telecom industry of today

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Post ID: @2zot+15IJQWNG

Regarding taking credit, I was really surprised when it happened to me. I tend to be somewhat naive and trusting. I was on a team where I took the initiative to make vast improvements in a product that we delivered. I left that team to take a different position and those that remained got credit for the work that I did. I don't know if they got anything financially or if it was just accolades, but still it was a little annoying because I worked really hard. And I helped transform a customer's opinion who had really disliked us. And I got nothing for it. Just venting, I know I'm not contributing much.

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Post ID: @2cgn+15IJQWNG

I was a Data Analyst. I worked there 7 1/2 years. My current job did not have health insurance so I kept it for the 6 months.

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Post ID: @1zjv+15IJQWNG

This is a refreshing experience to read about. This is the first surplus I have been worried about since it seems so significant this time. I’ll be curious to see how the medical is handled since I just assumed it would be outrageous from the start. It would be nice to have a reasonable monthly cost while getting things sorted out. Did your new job not have coverage? Asking since you said you had it for 6 months.

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Post ID: @1nct+15IJQWNG

The best thing about being surplussed is you don't ever have to see the pricks again that stabbed you in the back that took credit for the work you did so those c–ts could get their promotions.

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Post ID: @1kqr+15IJQWNG

Door to door salesman

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Post ID: @1aur+15IJQWNG

Thank you for the feedback. What position did you have with ATT

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Post ID: @1tqe+15IJQWNG

I know there are good experience stories and I like reading them here. Unfortunately, the company was not as good to my partner who had to jump through hoops and dig to get information all along the surplus process last Spring. It was mentally draining after working with the company for 20 years to just be dropped like a hot potato. About the only thing they did correctly was direct deposit the severance payment. And that was automated!

I hope when my time comes I have the experience you had!

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Post ID: @1mil+15IJQWNG

I got everything owed to me as well. If you don't take the lump sum in the required time, it may be locked up till you are 65. Get that clarifled before you decide. Good luck to all.

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Post ID: @izd+15IJQWNG

Congratulations !! AT&T will always check the boxes. What is up to your boss is whether or not you have an exit or retirement event. I’ve had the best and the worst over the years, and I am not referring to lunch.

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Post ID: @ctg+15IJQWNG

Thank your the positive, honest perspective. I have been watching this site for the last year now, and the comments have gone so far off the rails that I have to skip this site for weeks at a time. Your comments were refreshing to see.

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