Thread regarding MetLife Inc. layoffs

So Much Better

They already got rid of a good chunk of Met by selling us to MassMutual.

Their "so much better" technology is actually worse than Met's when I started almost 12 years ago, not to mention they still us a system from like 20 years ago to key some of their applications!

There's also the fact that my job may be gotten rid of in 2018 if not sooner. The "joys" of working for a big company.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y

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To those poor s---ers from NC and NJ folks who transplanted down NC Best of Luck to you. Only 3 months of unemployment and less than half of what the amount is NJ. If I were you which Thank God I'm not. I would start looking for new jobs right away. Run for the hills and start making moonshine.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-muki

I went through an office close a few years back. Financially, it was rough, but it ended up being a catalyst for change. You can dwell on it or do something about it. With that being said, my heart goes out to all of you.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-4ecs

Some, not all, of the NJ folks were difficult to deal with. It took them some time to understand how we operate in Charlotte. Now they could be stuck here jobless after following the company to NC. The poor schlubs they were definitely screwed over the worst.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-3rly

Why would they lay off from Charlotte? They made job promises to the state of North Carolina in return for incentives. What about "Brighthouse" aka New Co? Wouldn't they need those employees that didn't go to MassMutual? That would explain the uncertainty awhile back when employees didn't know who was New Co, MassMutual, or MetLife.

Honestly, I should've stay at Tiaa Cref. Being employed by MetLife hasn't been very enjoyable. Since I've been here I had to put up with the New Jersey workaholic (don't get out of your seat) mentally from upper mgmt, poor decision making from higher pay grades when we switched clearing firms, long hours, and now things are just as stressful working now that I'm at MassMutual. I'm actively looking and I'm willing to take a temp to hire job with a better company.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-3lmc

The US retail both annuity and life and much of the support staff. Either laid off or forced to work for another company or they are not eligible for severance or unemployment. Tampa and Illinois are affected as well. It's horrible that families were relocated to a state that has very few worker protections (to save company $) just to be laid off a couple years later. And it was all planned.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-3nqw

Not with MetLife but curious (I work in Hi Tech, our company has a busy board here) - are there any other locations (aside from Tampa) that are affected by job cuts. Also, if someone can summarize what's going on with MetLife - I tweet on layoffs and I'd like to send a few tweets on what's going on with MetLife - I went through your posts and I am still not clear about who's affected and how. Thanks and good luck.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-3kdr

@IMcg21Y-3bgd That definitely sounds like an ops person! ;)

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-3hoe

Guys stop posting on here or I'll make you all work unpaid overtime on Saturday and Sunday.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-3bgd

According to upper management in Tampa, Mr. Kandarian's announcement was a complete surprise to all of management from Senior VP's down to managers and directors, could that be possible? Most folks say that the headcount being cut will be much lower then the announcement may have implied?

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-3dni

I am not in management but I know my manager is aware of this site. She hates the fact that the company has to be secretive and that employees are kept in dark. But she hates this site too as people share info and are able to figure out things that without layoffs.com they would not be able to figure.

She's the one that actually told me about the site - all managers hate it but it's 2016 and they are well aware that they cannot stop it.

What needs to change is how management is treating employees, and how honest are they with them. Stop with false promises, half-truth and corporate speak. Treat your employees honestly, be transparent, and move on - nobody will ever come here if you were to tell us what's actually happening. Right now, all we have left are rumors and compassion that we anonymously share on layoffs dot com. I hope things turn out good and that we never have to visit this site again, but for now I am sticking around.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-2cdn

I guess I'm considered "management" but I'm not here to tell everyone to get back to work or stay off this site. You're allowed to vent but complaining doesn't resolve anything. We're all adults here and believe it or not you control your own lives not MetLife. That's just my two cents.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-2cdh

The micro-managing behavior never ends does it? They're watching the message boards like hawks. Creepy and pathetic if you ask me.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-2fbf

Seems like "Management" might want to take a class on managing people--like where they talk about being supportive and empathetic as opposed to hostile and threatening. Quite frankly, who is left to manage? You obviously have too much time on your hands to do actual work because you seem to be on here quite often. But I empathize with you, because it must be a cold and dreary place to not have a heart.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-2asi

Hey "Management"? No company can say "cutting headcount" and expect people not to or tell them not to search online for information. You say something to cause fear and concern, then you say NOTHING else, then you have to expect people to react and research, and even to post their hurt, anger, and disappointment.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-2tjb

I wrote to admins and they removed the post with names... Thank you admins (it's against Rules - see the footer)

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-2zdf

Well I'm still here for now. Like I said in a previous post. If they just laid off a dozen of those dumb--ses at the top, there would be the billion dollars really quick.. and no one would notice the difference.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-1amg

Let's not mention names it's not professional guys. I was displaced. Am I disappointed? Yes. Am I angry or bitter? No. That's life boys and girls!

Best of luck to everyone...

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-1bzx

@1bdl is a troll - I am posting this from my workstation, go ahead and find me

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-1lgf

I'm not sure We want to take advice from someone who doesn't know the difference between reframe and refrain. Is it just me, or am I competent?

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-1zkx

Please be advised, those of you who are employed by MetLife or MassMutual need to reframe from any comments or negative opinions. Also, we ask that you do not look on this website during working hours as upper management will be monitoring comments closely.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-1bdl

I hate to see some friends of mine get laid off in the old building across the walk way. However, I think most of us in the Woodward building are safe with MassMutual.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-1wba

And those of us still 'lucky' enough to have a job know that a much larger layoff is looming. Step 1 seems to be the ethically challenged off-loading of 1,000 employees from MET to CSC -- As in, "Hey November 1 you no longer work for MET, meet your new employer CSC". The larger layoff will be before end of Q4 and/or end of Q1 in 2017 so they do not have to pay bonus money. The only secure folks are off-shore -- and to think I believed hem during the interview process about "on-shoring" resources....what was I thinking?

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-1zqi

I hope they shut the whole damn thing down. I need an excuse to move back to NJ. I'm not really crazy about Charlotte anyway.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-1gcq

I was laid off by MetLife almost 5 years ago in Fl. I was 9 years away from retirement and 2 weeks from my 15 year anniversary. We found out that our depth was sacrificed to keep a dept in Connecticut operational. They were next on the chopping block but some big wig went to bat for them and they dumped us instead. Meantime , the company tried to keep it quiet but we saw via the computer that another office was doing our work. The offices gossip so that's how we found out what was going on. Met had very good, reliable and loyal employees and they got rid of the best first probably because of their salaries. It left such a bad taste in my mouth that I will never buy any product from them. They used to be a good company but once they started outsourcing it brought out the worst in employees. People turned on each other to try to curry favor so they wouldn't be cut. The old guard had it the best, the years with the company and the good packages. I truly liked most of the employees and still stay in touch with many of them. The outsourcing may be a monetary success but MetLife customers are getting terrible customer service. Like one of the commentors said, "God bless America."

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-1dtv

I will say, out of all the gin-joints I've worked and all the hideous software packages I have dealt, MetLife's is one of the absolute worse! The word on the streets is that MetLife's "claim" to fame is seriously incompetent upper management, reacting like a feather in the wind. No real vision, extraordinarily poor planning, severe micro-management environment and the employee's moral worse than custard's men before the slaughter.

I know corporate America has lost, (if you assume they ever had), their moral barometer long, long ago. I know WE are all in it for the pay day, but when lying your pocket with gold comes at the cost of our families hunger, our families health, our families social time and when you see your coworkers more often than your own children, not to mention fed bullshit daily about going above and beyond for a scrap of any BONUS that is already preordained within the department's associates, what real inspiration do they expect? I can go on but truthfully I'm not even that angry. I have been on both sides of the layoff spectrum and I will say there are most certainly positives and negatives to both scenarios. There is also ladder climbers and a---kissers abound. There are pets and slugs everywhere in every level of the company.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-1wts

I'm with Mass Mutual now and being sold by mid life is the best thing they could've done for me and my coworkers! The Health insurance and benefits are crappy but at least I have a job. If only they can get rid of Orlando I will be so much more happier

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-1bsc

For sure. I am pretty certain mine knew for months and lied straight to my face. I have been through these before but never have I seen such disregard for human beings in Corp America.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-1jgm

I've been thru a prior merge then sold off, came back and was Awesome. Never did I feel like my employer didn't care as large as WE were.

Nope, No longer Mother Met, she is loss. Now another sell off. This time too old really to look elsewhere and health not in my favor. And yes scared. They CEOs, Management, tell you only what they want you to Know. No care of the human employee or American employees......So Sad to end for us like this.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-1dcj

I was laid off by Metlife last year. For various reasons, I could not go to NC, one being the cut in pay for those less than AVP rank. I believe cutting employees is the wrong thing to do. If senior executives want loyal employees, how about stopping their raises and stock options until the financial situation corrects itself ? I can see them outsourcing the entire IT department to Cognizant.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-1ylf

No worries for me! If I get laid off I'm going to Florida for the gorgeous blondes and great golfing.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-1mgc

You newly minted MassMutual employees from MetLife please don't consider yourselves safe by any means. I feel bad for my fellow New Jersey transplants like the previous "Anonymous" person that gave Met 12 years of loyal service, very long hours, and weekends.

I hear there are other companies in down there in Charlotte. God bless you all in NC

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-1fkr

MetLife was a good company to work for and to have life insurance with, once we became a

Stock company, the customer service had to be done in 6:45 (no matter what). It was just get them off the phone to meet that stats and then be picked apart by a lacky (Supervisor). I guess all good things must come to an end.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-1rvy

They tell people their job is eliminated but won't give them an end date...no employee loyalty anymore. They are hoping people will get scared and quit over the next few years so they dont have to give severance packages. Outsourcing to companies that do terrible work...sending work offshore...but such is life in big businezs

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-vlu

Another layoff. Again we will come to work wondering when the axe will fall. I'm sure there will be no layoffs overseas. God bless America. So sad.

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Post ID: @IMcg21Y-gqi

My group was one of those that got sold to MassMutual - it was not that bad at all. We like it here. I am not going to go into details as I'd like to remain anonymous, but the grass may be greener somewhere else.

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