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  •  Jesus, you have my sympathy. (3+ / 0-)
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    thomask, msmacgyver, Simplify

    My company was recently acquired by an equity firm.  The founder of the company was extremely generous (great benefits, profit sharing, paid college tuition among others) and knew the name of every person working here.  He was proud of his product and of providing jobs that you can support a family on.  The work is physically demanding and will wear you out after about twenty years.  
     He hired a young man for VP he liked at the local bank about 15 years ago and to say he's not the man his boss was is understatement.  The founder had the company up for sale for years and was very adamant about the terms and that his employees be protected in the sale.
      The climate has chilled and it isn't just the uncertainty of what's in store.  Of course the bottom line is everything and loyalty and appreciation that flowed both directions is gone.  
      I'm hanging on and hoping I can physically make the next five years (I'm assuming that is the minimum time frame) when I will eligible for SS.
      The company has always made money (many millions in fact, until golf club manufacturing went to Mexico) and will continue to make a profit but when the current company President (the former VP) tells us that what we are doing now lays the groundwork for what we will be making 20 years from now, those of us that are paying attention know he's greasing us.  I hope I can hold on for the sake of my retirement but I'm angry that a business that was run to produce a great product in an industry that that it is very hard to do has turned into a loveless marriage.  The suits in the equity company, who we never see, don't want to make castings (just money) and I can't imagine them being proud of the superior product we make.
      I know this is long and I thank any one who takes the time to read it through.  As an aside, I used to go to TPM and put in my two cents but won't be doing that now that my bosses can read what I write.  I'm proud to say publicly that I support President Obama but I couldn't tell this truth about the company in the break room with my boss standing there and I can't do it on the intertoobs.  Sigh.  

     

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