March 10th, 2010 02:37 AM
Update on GA move.....it's OFF.
There will be no GA_Mike in the foreseeable future.
The move to Georgia is off. We will be staying put right here in Shelby County Tennessee.
Here's a quick version of what happened. The station in Atlanta promised me, when I was there and had the job offered to me, that I could work 10am to 6pm, so I could avoid the rush hours. I really did not want to drive up 75/575 to Woodstock in that traffic.
They further promised me that my work week would be from Monday through Friday just like everyone else there in the Engineering Dept.
I was promised $3,000 moving expense money and when I asked if I should save receipts to be reimbursed I was told no, that the money would be sent to me in the form of a check that my wife and I could use as we saw fit to pay moving expenses.
All in all, a pretty good offer with the 12% pay increase over what I made where I currently was working.
Then, on Friday the 5th of March, my last day at the old station, when I got home, waiting for me in my email inbox was an email sent from who was to be my new boss, at 5pm Atlanta time, obviously as they were headed out the door. It informed me that, my hours would be 8am to 5pm, work days of Wednesday through Sunday and the moving money, all $1,200 of it would be added to my first paycheck!
I called him on his cell which seemed to anger him a little and asked what was going on. In the process of talking and explaining that these things contradicted what I had been promised before, He told me flat out that I was wrong and that he had never said those things. In fact, he did, and said them to me, looking me in the eye.
So, I was now in a bad position. I had already quit my old job. The new place was in the process of screwing me over before I even got there, and I wasn't sure exactly how I was going to pay for this move now.
So after talking about it all Saturday with my wife and deciding that since the GM where I had just left had asked me to stay on Friday, I called him Sunday and explained what had happened. I asked him if he still wanted me to stay and he told me he did. I said I would be not only happy to but very appreciative if he allowed me to stay on.
He called HR, they tore up my termination papers and I went to work as usual on Monday. I sent an email to the place in Atlanta telling them to take a hike and listing the things that made me change my mind.
It was a stress filled weekend. One that I wouldn't wish on anyone. We loved Atlanta. It is a great city and we (me, the wife and kids) would love to live there some day. But obviously this was not meant to be and I thank God that I found all this out about the new place before I actually uprooted everyone and moved them to Atlanta. Had all this been dumped on me the first day, it would have been too late and we would have really been unhappy. As it turns out, I am still employed by a company that likes me and values me. So it isn't all bad.
So, I will remain TN_Mike. And I should get to meet a few of my fellow DC'ers who live int he area for sure now!
And by the way, if anyone ever wondered, Bunny is a wonderful person. When we had trouble finding a house in the area we wanted, she contacted me through Facebook and got several people involved in finding us a place. She went out of her way to help me and the family even though she had never met us before! She is a true great American and I only hope I can meet her one day and giver her a great big hug!
March 10th, 2010 03:14 AM
Glad to hear it worked out... sounds like you dodged a nasty one! Lucky for you to find out what kind of screwing you were getting before it was too late.
FWIW, $3K is a pittance for relocation, but I doubt I'm telling you anything you don't know. Just about any decent-sized corporation offering relo has a package (moving, house-hunting trip, closing costs on the new home, third-party purchase of the old home, etc) worth several times what you were offered.
Gutsy move on your part to pick up the phone and call your almost-former boss... bet you had some butterflies when you made that call!
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March 10th, 2010 04:47 AM
Hindsight learned through experience - get the ENTIRE deal in writing BEFORE making any decisions. Sure am sorry you had to learn it the hard way too.
Good luck with the new/old job!
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March 10th, 2010 06:36 AM
Welcome back to the great state of Tennessee
March 10th, 2010 07:29 AM
+1 to that!
Originally Posted by RoadRunner71
Just another example of corporate America trying to screw over the little guy.
There is something about firing 4,200 thirty millimeter rounds/min that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
March 10th, 2010 07:40 AM
+1 That you found out in advance. How the Atlanta politics work :) Welcome back to GOOD OLE TENN.
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March 10th, 2010 07:53 AM
Glad it worked out in the end. and seems for the better. Keep that bulldog hat on....lol
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March 10th, 2010 08:07 AM
You're lucky you found out about your new boss before you moved, and you're lucky your old boss was glad to have you back.
To me something smells about the timing of the email you got from the new boss. It seems like he was trying to slip something under the wire at the last minute. Good thing you caught it, I hope the new bosses boss knows about this guy's tactics.
Turn the election's in 2014 to a "2A Revolution". It will serve as a 1994 refresher not to "infringe" on our Second Amendment. We know who they are now.........SEND 'EM HOME. Our success in this will be proportional to how hard we work to make it happen.
March 10th, 2010 09:14 AM
I guess its better you found out this way, and it looks like you landed on your feet.
March 10th, 2010 09:28 AM
My Dad has always told me to get the offer in writing with all the details before quitting your job. I am glad that your old job took you back. That could have been real nasty.
March 10th, 2010 02:04 PM
Wow Mike....I'm sorry to hear it fell through. But you're right...it's a good thing this happened before you left TN vs finding this on Day 1 of the new job.
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March 10th, 2010 02:14 PM
Like Judge Judy says get it in writing,he said she said is hard to prove in court
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March 10th, 2010 02:23 PM
Glad you found out soon befor it was too late.
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March 10th, 2010 02:25 PM
Congrats, Mike. You're clearly a class act, and your (almost)former employer appreciates it. A good lesson for all to never burn bridges.
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March 10th, 2010 02:34 PM
Welcome Home Mike!
Thank God you found out what you did before you made the move, sorry the new(almost) boss turned out to be a jerk.
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