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Old Lifers clinging on to their cushy 90s contracts. Reaping all the benefits, frequent flyer miles, cushy 5 star Marriott accommodation, fine dining and drinking. Most of my colleagues were aged over 60 when I worked in HP. Think about that, they had decent salary + massive bonus + all the benefits + access to pension money (You think they'll retire and let the younger employees take over?! HA They sit in front of a computer google searching their next holiday destination. They aren't going to throw away an easy job like that!!! Come on!) + working for home = the con of the century. Meanwhile, all the REAL work is done by clueless underpaid and underappreciated graduates with no promise for real career progression.
No wonder HP is slowly becoming a thing of the past. It consists of dinosaurs.
* HP and all their lifer employee *s.
Yep I was 48 when I was RIF'd. By law I was given the data on ages of those affected. Yep 1 out of the 35 in my group was under 40! I was the second youngest. The rest were 58 and older! How in the hell do they get away with it? I heard of a couple 27 yr employees being let go yesterday.
In HPI, there is, in fact, a current active effort to hire a target percentage of "younger" workers against all open job reqs. So yes, if you are trying to meet such quotas, there is indeed age discrimination going on, by definition, on the hiring side. And based on who has been getting laid off lately (older, more tenured employees), there is also at least the appearance of age discrimination on the lay-off side as well. From a mgmt perspective, I get it... the HPI workforce is obviously skewed older with lots of baby boomers who will start retiring in significant numbers over a period of time. If the company doesn't start bringing in younger blood now, they're going to be in trouble when the older experienced people start leaving in significant numbers on their own... I get that. But when you're on the receiving end of the pruning shears before you're ready to leave, it still smarts no matter how well you understand what's happening and why. So, as others have suggested on this post, it's probably best to take control and get out of the tech industry (and into something less age-sensitive) on your terms/timeline rather than on the company's.
People 40 and over better get their apple sauce and big dentures out of the tech industry. These peeps didn't even have dial-up growing up, did they? Ha ha cloud computing what? I need a floppy disk.
So much for age discrimination