Received official notice - your services are no longer needed.
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I was an employee there back in 2007 at the old building in Twinsburg. About 3 months after I started they gathered us in the large conference room and they told us about the future of the company. They made it very clear that the goal was to grow the company through acquisitions and it would be purchased by a larger telecom or investment group and no one under the age of 55 should expect to retire from a company called Windstream. There was a mass wave of defections after that. Every financial bump in the road they laid off customer service people. The stock started going down after that as well. The employees were very vocal about it because of the 401k investments. Now avoiding the word "conspiracy theory" Aurelius seems to be giving Windstream what they want, a means to sell the company to someone else and it appears it will be an investment company. $20 million for five key execs? Something stinks.
in the prior CEO Gardner
I was one of those let go and I can confirm what I've seen many others say on here, that you can do better. No one wants to be sacked especially when you like your actual job (not so much the company) and the people you work with. But I landed somewhere that pays me 17% more than I made at Windstream and the people AND the company are great. On top of that I can count on a generous raise and bonus opportunity every year. At windstream I only received a bonus once in the 10+ years I was there and I took a pay cut for the past three years since no raise = less money. The new company has a very active mentoring program and most of the senior executives where once lower level employees within the same company. So believe me when I say it's for the best even though it may not feel that way right now. Some of the best things in this life don't always come from our plans.
@ZB4uk9y-2nwj Evidently you don't know anyone who stayed. The ones who I know are the furthest from bootlickers and don't own any kneepads. They had no say in who stayed or left. It was a matter of projects that were in flight and dollars, Either way it doesn't really matter now because they have been shown the door as well,
We lost many talented people when our jobs were sent overseas. The ones who got to stay were the ones who wear their kneepads all the time. And have nowhere near the talent of the ones who were shown the door.
NEWS FLASH - Lots of experience and knowledge HAS ALREADY LEFT
Be prepared for lots of failed IT initiatives over the next 6 months. LOTS of experience is walking right out the door.
I was one of those outsourced to IBM but knew they were going to get rid of most of us in July or soon after. I started looking for another job right after I became IBM and found one that has better pay and benefits. They also value their employees unlike Windstream and IBM. Good luck to those getting let go by IBM.
I consider myself lucky to have received notice - it's not like we didn't see it coming. Good Luck to all out there
Well you are half right. The majority of those Windstreamers that IBM hired are going to be gone. You are stuck with the offshore support teams. IBM will still be providing your IT support.
Should be the notice given to all the worthless executives.