Thread regarding Intel Corp. layoffs

Anybody finding any benefits to Lee Hecht Harrison job placement services?

I've heard a couple of their local "consultants" (er..definition used loosely) have left for better opportunities since they were given the 6 month Intel contract.

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Post ID: @OP+IRLDY08

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I retired in 2016 as the exit package was an offer I couldn’t refuse. I knew I would eventually unretire, so I went through the LHH process. You get out what you put in through engaging, and I must admit I did get a better resume out of the process (one that did net me a job).

Bottom line — a lot of people may get cut from Intel over the next few years, so be ready to retool with whatever works for you.

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Post ID: @p5ghy+IRLDY08

My experience is just the opposite from most of the posts i see. I worked with LHH in 2009 when i lost my job
at GM/Delphi Automotive Systems. I developed a k–ler resume and cover letter, followed their guidance
performing job searches and did find a great job at GE in Grove City PA. Not a waste of time.

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Post ID: @p5zpl+IRLDY08

Lee Hecht Harrison is a waste of time their coaches need to get off their asses and actually do their job and find people work . If they can’t do this they are a pointless organization billing based in head count . The attitude that it is up to the person laid off to do all the work is a massive excuse of lazy coaches .
They should be shut down by government for wasting peoples time .

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Post ID: @o1qim+IRLDY08

I cannot agree more with all the constructive (negative) comments about LHH, its services, and coaches. To say the program is a joke is a significant understatement. LinkedIn, glassdoor, and indeed combined will provide you with more than LHH does. Number of independent career coaches offer free webinars and other sessions where you will learn no less, if not more, than what LHH offer.
Whether on LHH program or not, you are on your own to find and get the job.
For me personally, milewalkacademy.com and youtube videos by Andrew LaCivita have been more helpful than LHH. Note, I'm not affiliated nor had taken any paid coaching programs from this guy.

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Post ID: @nMvza+IRLDY08

LHH is a joke at best. Most of what they offer can be obtained on LinkedIn. Don’t ask for help with anything because you’re given the brush off. They don’t respect your time. In my opinion it’s a scam. 2 months were purchased when I was laid off. The majority of that time is waiting on them to review your resume to be told to do webinars while you wait that often available on LinkedIn in. As the client your not respected or treated as the one they are supposed to be helping. Dollar value of the service is 0. Do yourself a favor subscribe to LinkedIn in premium and DIY.

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Post ID: @nMcct+IRLDY08

Stalkers! I had to finally tell them to stop contacting me. The rep called me from Florida (I'm in California) at the crack of dawn several times. When I let it go to vm, she would immediately send a follow up email. I told her in back in July, I would call her when I was ready. The last straw was when she stepped it up to sending me a text and email back to back. After researching the company, reading tons of reviews, and knowing that their business is to sell you monthly access to jobs (supposedly exclusive to them), I think it was a good decision to opt out. The rep couldn't even tell me what type of jobs they had to see if they matched my skills.

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Post ID: @nCfyp+IRLDY08

I think it's helpful if you buy-in and use the different aspects of the program. I needed to update my resume and LinkedIn and they helped me do that and my consultant helped me rethink some of my interview answers too. I have been much more confident this time. I'm still looking but I like having someone to guide through this up and down process especially since everything is virtual.

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Post ID: @nskoo+IRLDY08

100% useless. All they offer is thier website, it don’t work.

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Post ID: @nrecd+IRLDY08

I think the best thing they can offer is professional resume consultation.

Their resume was redo for me was pretty awesome. I tweaked it a little since they didn't understand the nature of my skillset (I.T.), but format and presentation was excellent. I had a couple of hiring managers mention that the resume was well-done.

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Post ID: @nbqfc+IRLDY08

Laid off for over a week .They can not even find jobs for me in my town.They say there aren't any.Then why am I finding them.The resume service plain and simply s—s.Ask your company to give you the money instead.you will be able to do much more with it.

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Post ID: @n6kfw+IRLDY08

Absolutely useless and their job search engine provides useless opportunities. They don’t offer recruiter level service so it is a complete waste of time. My sense is companies that lay people off provide it to make themselves feel better that they are helping you transition but it’s a waste of everyone’s time and money. Their resume writer couldn’t even spell half of the words on my resume and provided and uploaded a final draft full of typos.

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Post ID: @mTsls+IRLDY08

I was recently laid off by a beauty conglomerate and they offered LHH (March 2020) as part of our severance packages. After two calls with LHH consultants and after browsing their site, I have left feeling underwhelmed by their services. All advice that has been given to me about my resume is outdated (they recommend 2 pages+ resumes, "about me/branding" statements, zero graphics/personality). I've spoken to several recruiters in my industry (marketing) and they all disagree with this advice from LHH. From there, all calls with the consultants are at least 2 weeks out from when you want to schedule something. They must be overwhelmed with clients to offer such limited scheduling. From there, the website is very outdated in my opinion. It's very bland and hard to navigate. I've had more luck "pounding the pavement" so to speak. Overall, I think updating your resume and LinkedIn followed by digital networking and skill assessments are a much better use of your time

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Post ID: @mQwml+IRLDY08

LHH useless. Ask for money instead. Are you recently got laid off ? Which team?

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Post ID: @mKzjt+IRLDY08

They are stalking me. 3 calls I’ve clearly ignored/sent to voicemail and not called back. They need to go away. I’m a recruiter, pretty sure I can do my own resume and find a new job when the market picks up.

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Post ID: @mJmis+IRLDY08

Redundant and my employer has never heard of lhh

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Post ID: @lFmwi+IRLDY08

Don’t waste your time with LHH , your better off just pounding the pavement and networking .
If your employer offers this service ask if you can get an extension on benefits or something actually useful .

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Post ID: @lFxdm+IRLDY08

Worked in Austin , got laid off was working for GM , they downsized the people they didn’t want then changed job names reposted the jobs and hired different people immigrants with working visas right out of college with the newer relevant education to do development .
GM offered LHH , a pointless waste of money , could have been better spent on better services.
LHH basically just uses very generic info ( free on internet ) how to make resumes , prepare for interviews etc... this info is available via google . They have a limited job bank (which by all accounts is made up of padded jobs)
None off the people who I worked with found Lhh useful . They all found jobs without the help of Lhh . From employers And other agencies non of them even knew what LHH .
Their employees seem frustrated reminded me of call center setup . Using webinars, videos, conference calling etc... LHH via GM is setup for high volume of users to process quickly . Honestly it harkens back to the day of big corporations spending money on friends businesses LHH is really a billing service based on body count . The service they offer is useless , pointless , and so generic . Their digital assistant Ella is terrible , if searches and notifies you if there are job matches . I think I got one match I. 24 month period( although I found work through a local college job Center ) . Just because they are utilizing technology as part of their play form of assistance is redundant . Bottom line Lhh offerers lots of flash and sizzle but quickly becomes apparent it is more like a scam to convince laid off workers their former employer is helping .

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Post ID: @lEwbz+IRLDY08

I was part of a layoff and business shutdown that included over 1000+ employees. Our company contracted with LHH for outplacement services and all employees (of all job levels) had the opportunity to utilize the services. As with anything, the results varied by individual and were largely determined what one's actions. Those who utilized LHH's suite of services and participated in networking sessions greatly benefited and virtually all of those employees found new employment shortly thereafter. Many individuals didn't really make an effort and as they expected LHH to do all the work for them. Surprisingly, this was more the majority than the minority. It leads me to wonder if many of the comments on this site (complaining about LHH) are from individuals who didn't put forth much of an effort and instead looked to LHH to do all of the work for them. Bottom line - you get out of it what you put into it and ultimately it is up to each individual to own their career development.

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Post ID: @kwddn+IRLDY08

When my position was eliminated after my company was acquired, I was given information to contact LHH. I followed directions and signed up on line, only to wait more than a week for a call. That call, in fact, lasted literally minutes and didn't include any personal questions or even a check-in on how I was doing. I was told to send my resume and LinkedIn link, which I did, and the next day received some generic feedback on both. The kind that makes you feel someone just wanted it off their desk. Frankly, I'd get more from my local state employment office.

After that I had a whopping 30 days access to online resources that were very general and not really useful. Here's the thing, many years ago I did a stint in OE consulting myself. Perhaps my former employer signed up for the bargain version, because what I received was not helpful, which I attested to in the survey at the end of my month access. This, is not true Outplacement. I received a call offering me one more free month, which I declined. I rarely write negative reviews but I hope HR professionals take heed and don't waste corporate money on this. If you have to release employees, you have better options.

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Post ID: @kpkps+IRLDY08

are we still using Lee Hecht Harrison (jan 2020)?

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Post ID: @khaur+IRLDY08

Lhh is a fast moving machine utilizing all the new tech ! Regardless a waste of your time ! With all the bells and whistles they s— ! None of the info or services are any good! You can use google or YouTube to find jobs! It’s all smoke and mirrors! General Motors uses it when they need to get rid of people ! talking to different organizations they have never heard of Lhh or Knightsbridge ! General Motors is all about crossing the t’s and dotting the I’s but they do it by passing the buck ! Talking to people in Trump admin GM has burned every bridge with the USA government and are on their way out! Trump is disrupting the industry ! Something Mary Barra would like to think they are doing $

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Post ID: @ixsxj+IRLDY08

LHH was toxic and stuck in 1993. They also document you in a system, so BEWARE. Nothing is confidential. I kept putting them off, knowing I was moving and when I arrived in my destination I then got ignored for another month because the new LHH person was overwhelmed "by the notes in the system" . I was flabbergasted as I was physically sick and laid off as a top performer in my late 40s so I just needed to get better and take time off, and never even really began the process. I would avoid at all costs and invest in local support groups, job search groups and a good recommended career counselor
I lost the 25 pounds I had gained and got healthy knowing what I would be facing down on paper of the massive age discrimination going on. LHH did not give a c-ap. They just want their money. Then apparently Companies need to stop wasting their money on these outdated outplacement co. And give people lump sum stipends. All the people at LHH are toxic big corporate hacks, that were the bullies then, who have aged out in big corporate. Surprise, surprise they end up at LHH to carry on big corporate bullying when people are at most vulnerable. Avoid at all costs.

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Post ID: @iknqh+IRLDY08

My company hired LHH when our jobs were being eliminated. I contacted them a week prior to our lay off date and I was told they will contact me once my company sends in the papers. A week later I got a welcome email and a day later got an email from my career coach who said to follow the steps and to email or call her to schedule an appointment to come in and find time things. That was almost a week and 3 emails later and still no answer. I'm a single parent so I don't have all day or time to be on the phone and my time is very limited as my child is having other issues. At this moment I'm not pleased with this company. They did fix my resume which I like the changes but I'm looking to change careers and till I speak with my coach I'm at a loss. My unemployment will also be ending soon so with no job interviews no cash this company is really going to put me in a bigger bind. They need to get better with customer service skills

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Post ID: @ihpno+IRLDY08

LHH was the best thing that happened to me. I was close to 50 when I was laid off. Was the main breadwinner and had a mortgage to pay. I tried to look for a job on my own for several months, but job search methods are different from years ago. I called LHH. They assigned me with a job coach. She helped me draft my resume and coached me on salary negotiation. I also signed up for many of there classes, both onsite and via phone. One of the classes I took onsite showed us how to file for unemployment and apply for a government program to help pay for mortgage temporarily. I also joined a job search support group there, which was the most helpful. It was very lonely to search for job myself while everyone else is working. Good to go to the support group to be with others looking for jobs and sharing experiences. There was a job coach there facilitating and keeping us accountable on weekly tasks. I later requested that my job coach be changed to her as my former one only worked with me over the phone instead of in person. I have the most positive experience with LHH. Thanks to their help and tips, I was able to find a job.

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Post ID: @ggebb+IRLDY08

Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge Review.

As a free service for me but not former employer .

I went through all their recommended webinars and more and nothing came of it .

It is a ridiculous scam for the person seeking employment and just a legal requirement for former employer to prevent class action law suit or negative public relations .

They do nothing they have you make a resume and then edit it and provide a final draft . They are not proactive at all . It would be a better service to tell the laid off or downsized employee they are on their own and extend other benefits severance instead. Does a employer or anyone need to pay for this service of telling you it’s on you to get a job . They suppose to have a large data base of jobs and employers . I think it’s a fake database that they have because of the hundreds of employees I know none have gotten a job using this service .

I would give LHH a 1 out of 10

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Post ID: @fVmrl+IRLDY08

What a bunch of crockery...all I got was two phone calls, cleanup my resume and setup a call daily job search which brings no results....

Fortunately I didn't pay for it myself or I would have asked for a refund.

Companies think they are doing good by giving you this service but in reality it just false hope. you better do all the research yourself. LHH does absolutely nothing for the individual.

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Post ID: @dKkoi+IRLDY08

LHH, what can be said. The collected a big pay check from the corporation, that does not care about the employees they eliminated. They do nothing else for you. They act like they care though. They call you if you write a bad evaluation. They do not help you in your job search. There new AI, named ella is nothing more than a feed from Indeed. So sad. I was laid off March 30th. Still looking and looking to open my own consulting company, and help displaced workers. we'll see.

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Post ID: @cCszt+IRLDY08

My company Hired Lee Hecht Harrison as an outplacement consultancy for the 20% or so folks they laid off. There were a flury of e-mails and phone calls up front (only to start the clock of the 90 day program), since then there has been nothing. I was told on the phone that my coach would be reaching out to me ASAP (that was 3+ weeks ago, still waiting). I did log into their website and found the self paced exercises dated and not helpful. Further, the job boards are links to external sites (like LinkedIn). I do not know what LHH charges for the program I'm enrolled in, I would have rather had the cash instead.

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Post ID: @cmeum+IRLDY08

My company hired Lee Hecht Harrison after my position of 24 years was eliminated. At my age (58) I was scared to death and quite frankly was out of practice looking for work. I contacted LHH the first day I was told my services were no longer needed and the person I spoke with said LHH specialized in getting people employed again and that they had a high success rate because companies relied on them to find quality people who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. I was then told they couldn't help me until my company sent the forms. Three weeks later I contacted LHH and was told they could help me. YES! LHH will help me get a job! WIthin 30 minutes an email arrived asking for my resume. I sent it and they sent it back with some suggestions and a counselor would contact me. In a few minutes a counselor contacted me and asked a few questions and then asked had I applied at a company that was 45 minutes away. Uh...what? He then said he had an email address for someone local in my area that MIGHT have a job in my field and told me to reach out. He then said he would contact me to help me with my linkedin profile and good luck! After that I NEVER heard from LHH again even though I sent out emails and left voice mails. Fortunately I DID find a job through a friend of mine and I did learn on my own how to use linkedin to find connections. The best thing I learned was to search for the company on linkedin and then see what level 1 connections are present and reach out. Level 2 connections (Friend of a friend) means you contact a friend to ask their connection to get your resume seen and so on. Overall I have to say in my experience LHH was a scam and a way for my company to feel like they were helping me in spite of tossing me out.

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Post ID: @ccrsj+IRLDY08

My outplacement firm offers a similar service to LHH however we help older workers transition to owning a franchise business as alternative career path. We do this because of the "gray wall" problem faced by older workers. Skyrocketing healthcare costs and a perpetually weak economy means employers are trying to shift more risk/cost to the employee. At a certain age we just represent too big a liability and taking a different path becomes the only viable option to maintain income.

You should request your HR department offer alternatives to LHH given the economic reality of the current job market.

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Post ID: @52vpy+IRLDY08

The very first meeting I had, they recommended I take out the URL to my portfolio. That seemed very odd since it's more valuable than a resume in my field.

I asked why she gave this advice and she told me she thought it was a second email address.

LHH has been a huge waste of time. I wish my company had let me choose a training program. For what LHH makes to do nothing and send me podcasts links that they've googled (I'm serious), I could get certified in a top 10 program. It's really depressing. I wish I had known to try to negotiate this during the layoff.

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Post ID: @4Ujuv+IRLDY08

LHH won't get you a job. I would say what i got from them was mostly psychological benefits. I went to their sessions for only ex-intel employees and it felt good hanging out with people I knew and also that could relate to what I was experiencing internally. The linkedin info was new to me so I would give that a plus. The softskills software looks good. I will start taking some minor certifications by studying their courses. But do not expect them to hold your hand and get you the job you want.

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Post ID: @4gvu+IRLDY08

Post ID: @IRLDY08-1tyz you would waste valuable time asking about LHH in a interview. Tell me what company you work at, that screwed up in hiring you... LOL

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Post ID: @2gap+IRLDY08

Nope, complete and total waste of time, they're USELESS! (And annoying)

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Post ID: @2eba+IRLDY08

@IRLDY08-1uqo roll over into 401k and you should avoid any tax liability.

I stopped by my local Fidelity and did the paperwork, getting almost 200K.

Thanks fellow Intel employees for BK's wonderful package; 56 weeks salary, two years health care,

I would have never left but now have offers from every major intel competitor and salary range from 10% below my total comp last year to 50% more, what a bountiful set of options.

Recommendation to those still there: Get out and look before the ship sinks, BK is totally BKing it!

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Post ID: @1wld+IRLDY08

What 1ibj says is correct. The lag isn't from ineptness, it's just how long these things take for various behind the scenes things.

Found this on the web (which is basically what my Fidelity rep told me):

It typically takes between 4 and 12 weeks to process a retirement fund pay-out (21 business days at 10X Investments), from the time your last contribution is invested or the required instruction forms are received by the administrator (whichever is the later).

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Post ID: @1yng+IRLDY08

Yes you do this by taking lump sum snd rolling it over into an ira. This has 0 tax liability snd you get thr lock. Fidelity will do this for you talk to them.

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Post ID: @1fbg+IRLDY08

I have a question for those who have decided (or researched) taking the lump sum pension payment.

First - I do not want to have any more taxable income in 2016. I want any tax liability to come in 2017. That being said, I would also like to "lock in" at the current interest rates to avoid the risk of a reduced lump sum in the future,

Is there a mechanism for locking in now, yet still receiving the payment in 2017 and avoiding any more 2016 income?

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Post ID: @1uqo+IRLDY08

@IRLDY08-1als. Lag in pension payout is not on Intel, it is on the Fidelity side and quite ordinary.

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