Thread regarding Ricoh layoffs

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This isn't meant to be offensive to anyone, but after recently leaving I'll point out a few things I see about working at Ricoh

  1. Don't believe any of the slick HR training you see, all they want is for you to do you job with a smile on your face regardless of what you are asked to do.
  2. If you go to HR to report anything they will mark you as a complainer and work to try to get you to leave. No matter what you may have heard it is not illegal to try and make you miserable enough to quit. Unless they are doing it because you part of a protected class. Good luck proving that most claims go no where.
  3. If you are just trying to work out your remaining years until retirement, then keep your head down and your mouth shut. You are not as valued as you may think you are. Just do what they ask with a smile on your face.
  4. The job market for people over 50 is very weak. Even dealers that once jumped at a chance to bring on board a tech with 25+ years experience are more reluctant to hire.
  5. If you are a younger tech know that most of the dealers have tighter controls over technicians. The days of a tech sneaking out to coach his son's baseball team are over.
  6. They are looking for reasons to fire you. Don't assume if you are caught you will get off with a warning. People with stellar records are getting fired for a 1st offense.
  7. Last if you are truly miserable always be looking, create a resume and keep it update. Apply constantly online. If you see a company that sounds like you would like to work at go to their web site and look for openings. Search all the online recruiters. Make a goal to apply for a certain number of jobs every week.
  8. Lastly don't assume things will suddenly get better, how long have you been waiting for that. Truth is the best days are long gone in this industry.

This was too good not to be in its own thread on top. Posted by @bqzd+1bF2amsW.

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Post ID: @OP+1bSROpOZ

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Its the good old boys from Ricoh VS the good old boys from Ikon. A continuous war of newly elected VPs getting bashed by other middle management. Its very much like our federal government's congress and how they treat and work with each other.

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Post ID: @1cqch+1bSROpOZ

Their "code of ethics" is a total joke. They are one of the most vile and harassing companies I ever had the misfortune of working for. It is definitely a good ol boys club for sure. That is even more apparent after I left them and work for a different company that actually puts the customer first and takes care of their employees.

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Post ID: @2rgx+1bSROpOZ

@1cbp+1bSROpOZ that is a mid blowing example, but certainly falls in line with what others have said on this site.

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Post ID: @1xtn+1bSROpOZ

An extreme example that illustrates the comments below... Ricoh practices fodder for HR cautionary tales. So embarrassed and disappointed in this company.

https://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/2017/10/03/forced-pagan-ritual-ends-discrimination-lawsuit-virginia-employer/

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Post ID: @1cbp+1bSROpOZ

From my experience HR is no longer a place you go for protection from an harassing boss. If you do call to report you are lucky to get a call back. Over the years I have seen HR shift from over reacting to employee complaints, to protecting the company from any possible litigation. Their new role seems to be ridding the company of any employees they mark as undesirable. I know 2 people I consider credible that have told me after being long term employees in good standing, working for decades without ever being written up. The story they both tell is so similar that it makes me believe it a strategy for getting rid of unwanted employee. In both cases after they got a new manager suddenly their work was considered no good enough. There managers spoke to them in the harshest terms. If they were told they needed to improve in one area, after improvement there manager would move on to a different area of focus. Constantly moving the goal posts. They tried reaching out to HR, but never heard back. HR claimed they were investigating their claims. When they finally got their actual meeting, they were told flat out they needed to leave the company.
Like the OP says HR is not you friend or protector anymore, they are more like the secret police looking for employees that don't toe the line. Maybe that is is just the Japanese way of doing things.

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Post ID: @1mem+1bSROpOZ

Beware the “Code of Ethics” violations. Something that may seem innocent and meaningless will give reason to terminate a tenured employee. This is their most discussed method of attack that will trump all HR investigations into selective dismissal.

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