Thread regarding Apache Corp. layoffs

Appreciation to Project Descend and incompetent leadership, I have found a new home! For those still looking, keep your head up!

This is going to sound odd for some of you, but I want to say thank you to the Project Ascend Team and incompetent leadership throughout the company. If I was not laid off, I would have stayed on the sinking ship and went down without a life jacket. What I learned from the layoff completely changed my perspective on everything. They actually did me a favor by cutting me. There is a whole world of opportunities out there and you only have one life to live. Why waste it being miserable, overworked, and surrounded by toxic leaders that are arrogant, self-centered and spineless.

I was able to find a new home, a place that truly values diversity, respects employees, offers true growth opportunity, understands and values learning, works together, and is led by leaders that know what they are doing. Its not a place of incest, old friends, and the good old boy club. With this new job, my life has already been transformed. This is the best I have felt in years. I wake up in the morning in a better mood. I am excited to go to work, learn from my coworkers, and add value to the organization. I am not telling you this to brag, I am wanting to provide you with hope that it will be better.

For those of you that were laid off (or those who can't wait to leave), stay focused on your path and keep grinding. Your next opportunity may be right around the corner. Never stop learning, growing, and networking. I promise you, once you find something it will more likely be better and it will transform you. I look at it this way, I was paid (through severance) to jump off the sinking ship and knew I would land back on my feet. I stayed positive, continued learning and networking, and was able to pivot quickly. I wish all of my old colleagues and friends the best. Remember, your job doesn't define you as a person. Nor should you let any incompetent leader define you. You are better than that and its time to move on with your life. Use this moment as an opportunity to redefine your life and who you want to be.

I am now signing off from this site. I have removed APA from my stock tracker and will try to forget the memories of how dysfunctional this organization was. However, I will not forget the lifelong friends and what I learned about how not to run an organization. This will serve me well into the future.

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I just left apa and I’m so happy at my new job I don’t have to see the fat jerk old boss I had ...feel sorry for those guys behind me because there not happy working for the jackasss apá was a really good place to work but once they start hiring friends of friends oh boy it gets nasty with the laziness..
Apá Permian basin s—s (Lea county )

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Post ID: @cdmt+167DpMe5

My favorite thing on this sight was seeing the first half of Apache’s 2020 listed as Project AssEnd !
So clever, and so true.
Good for you OP. Good for you!

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Post ID: @1yrj+167DpMe5

I am happy to hear that. It was really upsetting to see good people let go during the Project A.

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Post ID: @1vfz+167DpMe5

My path this year mirrors the original person's post pretty closely. Leaving was bitter sweet, but overall now very very sweet. I've never been more relaxed, less stressed and generally happy day to day. I was never depressed at Apache or anything, but seeing the company be run into the ground over the last decade was tough to see happening. I knew it was just a matter of time but landed on me feet in a much better position than I was before. So yes, there is life after Apache and it's a really good one.

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Post ID: @1irs+167DpMe5

Project descend was all about giving $millions to McKinsey and associates to devise a scheme for the current leadership to extract the wealth out of the company over the next few years.
It is what they do

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Post ID: @1emt+167DpMe5

Congratulations, that's fantastic. I wish you the best. I also found another job and I am very excited. APA was the laggard of the industry so you don't have to look very hard to find something better!

To the "hater" in the comments below, its "presumable" that you are one of the low life's who helped get the company in this mess, I also presume you are on the Project Descend Team. Your fixed and narrow mindset will ensure you live a miserable life. I have a couple of words of advice for you:

  1. You should be proud of your fellow coworkers that moved on, this shows us what kind of person you are. I am ashamed, your parents must have raised you well and I am sure you are an amazing leader.
  1. Most companies that are hiring right now during COVID are not expecting redundancies. These are organizations that are probably operated well, still profitable and plan for the future.
  1. Most companies don't just hire to fill slots for friends, family members, school mates. They are strategic, have a specific need, and ensure those hired fit the culture and have the skills/qualifications. This helps for when things go bad, because they run lean and are more profitable. It also helps with decision making and ensures different perspectives. There is a reason why your company is under performing and headed to bankruptcy. Look in the mirror.
  1. Hopefully you are made redundant soon. You will then learn how to sympathize with others and be empathetic. In the meantime, keep rocking your Descend Project. Will see you on the other side.
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Post ID: @1lyi+167DpMe5

Congratulations, OP! Fabulous news- continued best wishes!
To the ‘hater’ responder (presumably in the very mediocre ranks of HR), Apache is the best you will ever get. We feel sorry (and shame) for you; that is a sad “height” to reach.

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Post ID: @1znd+167DpMe5

Presumably your view of your current employer will change if they were also to make you redundant...

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