How does a company get away with laying off so many of their employees that are close to retiring? Want loopholes has legal found to keep this from becoming a lawsuit. Other than sending you a document that shows like ages, positions, salaries and I’m sure it contains race as well to prove nondiscrimination. How hard is it to layoff like associates to prove an Anthem point? There is so much favoritism, racism and age discrimination that cannot be proven because of fear. I was just promoted, great bonus and was honest on a survey and was laid-off 7 years before retirement. Anthem is losing its ranking in the insurance industry and I would not be surprised if they fold or are acquired.
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So much of this is familiar. I was part of a RIF in November 2012. I worked in account management, had several high profile accounts and was highly compensated.
I was also 52 at the time and had more than 10+ years with Anthem.
When I met with HR, they showed me the spreadsheet. Everyone of us selected was over 45 with 10–20 years with Anthem.
The campaign against me started that summer when my boss met – unannounced and without me – with my biggest customer. On his drive back to Mason he told me he was moving me off the account.
I knew I was in trouble. Sorry to hear that things have only gotten worse.
All Jobs going to India, where labor is Cheap. We have a lot of indian management and they are doing everything in their power to get more influence on Anthem by moving Anthem Jobs to india. I guess more job security for upper indian management. What a shame that upper management let go so many people talented people to save a few bucks.
ANSWERING THIS QUESTION...Did you respond to the “engagement” anonymous survey? YES, IT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE ANONYMOUS BUT I LEARNED THAT IT IS NOT.
In my dept., they don't have to layoff anyone because people are voluntarily leaving the company! So many people are leaving that there is now a hiring freeze. I'm starting to believe Anthem is paying off these companies to be placed in top rankings for best place to work, best CEO, etc.. This company has gone downhill!
To the original poster, it is legal for companies to make RIF decisions based on salaries. More experienced staff are typically compensated higher and all things being relatively equal will be chosen based upon that criteria.
If your last performance review was unjustifiably low, be prepared as this is a way to pave the way for RIF showing lower performance review.
They are (and have been) cutting positions all across the enterprise for many months—all job levels from top to lower levels. If you don’t engage with a lot of various business units outside of your own, you would not know. I’ve seen very good talent riff’d and, those who should have been termed long ago. The decision making of who is let go certainly involves many factors, such as salary and of course, age. Job performance is rarely a factor in these never ending organization “restructurings”. It’s just the unfortunate corporate culture ‘norm’ under the current C-suite. Job security, no matter how talented or the contributions you’ve made is never guaranteed. That’s just reality. If you work in onshore IT, you’re at an even greater risk of the proverbial pink slip.
Did we ink a deal with IBM for a reason other than having another company do the dirty work.
Anthem will probably be aquired after they are ran further into ground.
If you’re a white straight male in your 40’s or above, you’ll be shown the door. Do no rely on your performance or track record. It’s about perceptions for leadership to keep the rankings high in bu—t “best places to work” reviews. The bottom line is the stock price - and well, since Joe S. It’s not really moved. You can hire all the new VPs you want from UHC.... but removing the people who’ve taken the company this far and know the business is like flattening all four tires.
Did you respond to the “engagement” anonymous survey?