Thread regarding Anthem Inc. layoffs

Uncertainty drains energy more than work itself?

I’m tired of the uncertainty of when I will see my name on the layoff lists. It’s so exhausting. I understand that there are no safe jobs anywhere, that there are no more companies where you can dedicate yourself to building a career, but Anthem is a special case.
Lately, every month someone I know gets laid off.

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Some of us do not take vacations at Anthem because you end up working 60+ hours the prior week and/or 60+ hours the week after just to get the week off, if you don't end up having to cancel your vacation at the last minute because some deadline is pending. That leaves you so exhausted with the dread of returning to work, you can't really enjoy a week off. If you plan a vacation, you better buy trip insurance. And areas are running so lean now, there is no backup so expect to be asked to lug the company phone and laptop with you on your vacation and view/respond to emails daily, else your name will get moved higher on the next rif list. I am also in the situation of having friends working at other companies moving forward and upward in life because they know they are in a stable job and not having to be concerned with stock piling liquid assets for a pending layoff. Just a sad work environment at Anthem these days....

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Post ID: @ffqt+1a6SBrDA

I can’t agree with this post enough. Just reflecting earlier on why I’m always feeling so bitter and angry. It dawned on my while chatting with a friend. I’m watching all my friends do major home remodels, upgrade to bigger houses, take nice trips to the Caribbean and overseas and I’m just bitter. Constantly thinking why can’t I do that? It hit me. I make good money. I can afford to do all these things. But I’m so paralyzed with fear that my name might be on “this week’s” layoff list. Seeing friends being laid off and they didn’t prepare and lost almost everything they worked sometimes decades to build. So I’m hoarding every extra penny after bills have been paid just in case. Fancy trip? Nope...that money might pay my mortgage just in case I get laid off. This is how I think and I know I’m not alone. It’s honestly no way to live. Some folks tell me I’m in a mental prison of my own making. But they obviously don’t work at Anthem. And suffer the emotional toll of working week to week wondering if it will be your last and not being able to do much more that work, pay bills, and stockpile money for the inevitable pink slip that’s in your future.

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Post ID: @exuk+1a6SBrDA

They won't show you a layoff list but get your hands on a security update list that shows the terminations of user IDs each week.

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Post ID: @7gch+1a6SBrDA

What LAYOFF LIST - since Gail - they don't share the layoff list anymore - not like they did in the old days - I wish they did still share the list in case people we know are getting laid off so we can say good bye to them instead of them just being gone one day. Management has said they are not permitted to provide anything in writing with who just got laid off or Rif'd. They are only allowed to verbally tell people. Probably because since Gail came on board -more people are losing their jobs than ever before and they don't really want us to know the real numbers. So sad.

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Post ID: @3yrp+1a6SBrDA

Anthem does pay higher, with that comes uncertainty and higher expectations. The owner being stock performance as a publicly traded company. If you can step down a little in pay (depending upon your field) , look at smaller privately held companies, non-profit or government positions. That is what I did when my position was eliminated. Lower pay, but am much happier, Anthem actually did me a favor.

But I remember that uncertainty, and losing peers. It is very hard. Best of luck to all.

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Post ID: @1fdq+1a6SBrDA

Agree. Dust off any resume and apply everywhere you can and get back in the game. Its the only way. Anthem is never coming back to being a good place to work looks like. Been where you are at.

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