Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-30-2012, 03:10 PM   #21
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 13,267
From Midpack's list:


"Never Say Never – As in, “I am never coming back here.” These are famous last words. You never ever know when life may bring you back down this path. How sheepish (and regretful) you will be if you have to return and you burned all your bridges."


I saw one great example of this... I did not know the person, but met her after my mega acquired another mega...

She had worked for a small firm that got bought by a bigger firm.... got a package to leave.. went to work for a middle sized firm... who, guess what... got bought by the firm that let her go... she got another exit package... now to the third employer... and again, my mega bought both of the firms and she was back in with the people who had let her go twice... she never did burn bridge even though she told me that she wanted to because of ineptitude.... and she was happy when they offered her another exit package... IIRC, this all happened within a 5 year period....
__________________

__________________
Texas Proud is online now   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 04-30-2012, 04:18 PM   #22
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Brat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 5,913
Amazing!!
__________________

__________________
Duck bjorn.
Brat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2012, 03:44 AM   #23
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Duesseldorf, Germany
Posts: 1,005
I was re-hired twice for a better position than before and was once hired by a former colleague who then became my superior.
More than once I have met former colleagues again at a new company.
More than enough to believe in the merits of leaving on good terms.

The satisfaction from telling people what they do wrong only lasts a short while.
I will also leave on good terms when ER has come.
You never know...
__________________
chris2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2012, 03:26 PM   #24
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,359
My favorite burned bridge story is from a college friend.

He was working as a shift lead for a cleaning company that had a local contract with a large national retailer. This company was not the most ethical of employers, and decided to short him some overtime and backpay after they had gotten behind on payroll. It was somewhere around $1000. When it became clear that they were going to stiff him, he did the following--

1. Called up everyone scheduled to clean the store that night and told them they had been moved to a different night.

2. Called up the company that they rented the floor cleaning equipment and told them that they didn't need it anymore, and to pick up the equipment.

3. Called up the cleaning supply company that they used and ordered about 3 years worth of supplies.

4. About a week later, he threw a brick through the window of the company that stiffed him and took a laser printer as his "back pay".

I believe that the cleaning company lost the contract and went out of business not long afterwards.

I've always felt that it was good that my friend was in the world to keep everyone else honest
__________________
Hamlet is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2012, 03:58 PM   #25
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
2B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Houston
Posts: 4,330
Quote:
Originally Posted by Midpack View Post
I can't think of a good reason to burn bridges with an employer or person for that matter, regardless of the circumstances. Why? Spite? Getting even? Seriously? Here's a good summary someone else wrote, the first one alone is reason enough...
Nice post.

I've been let go and quit on my own from several positions. I've also had people quit and have had to terminate people. In general, someone blowing up makes me glad they are leaving. I've decided that the best way to get revenge (especially if they are running you off) is to be as cheerful as hell, shake their hand like they are your long lost best friend and tell them how wonderful your time has been with the company/working for them. If nothing else, it screws with their mind. If they ran you off, it has to make them wonder if they did the right thing.
__________________
The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane -- Marcus Aurelius
2B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2012, 04:00 PM   #26
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Brat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 5,913
Hamlet: That went beyond mischief because other people were harmed. The cleaning supply company particularly.

A brick through the window and absconding with the printer is a felony which would have been difficult to expunge. Now if he had been the last person out of the office, removed the printer with a note that said that when he was paid in cash for his past due wages they could have the printer back I doubt that the police would intervene.
__________________
Duck bjorn.
Brat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2012, 04:52 PM   #27
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 7,408
I was layed off - twice.

Nobody asked or even cared about my opinion.

heh heh heh - when you need an engineer hire one. When you don't - get rid of him/her.
__________________
unclemick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2012, 08:09 AM   #28
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 121
I've also been laid off twice, and didn't vent on the way out. Since I've stayed in the same industry in the same town, I've crossed paths with many of my former co-workers/bosses over the years. You never know who you might run into down the road, someone that might offer you a job, a reference, whatever.
__________________
oldphd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2012, 09:15 AM   #29
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,359
He was never a person that was particularly concerned with the consequences of his actions.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Brat View Post
Hamlet: That went beyond mischief because other people were harmed. The cleaning supply company particularly.

A brick through the window and absconding with the printer is a felony which would have been difficult to expunge. Now if he had been the last person out of the office, removed the printer with a note that said that when he was paid in cash for his past due wages they could have the printer back I doubt that the police would intervene.
__________________
Hamlet is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2012, 10:02 AM   #30
Full time employment: Posting here.
ronocnikral's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 852
i felt like flipping my managers the bird and doing a cartwheel into the elevator, but I lacked the cajones to do so. I think I've written here about how a slice of pizza was the straw that broke the camel's back, so I'll spare those details. Switching J*bs, seeking general advice and comments

In hindsight, I am glad I didn't, as it was mentioned by my boss, my manager and my HR rep that I could return if I ever changed my mind. And my boss even offered up helping me to find a job outside of the company I left.
__________________
ronocnikral is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2012, 10:50 AM   #31
gone traveling
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Eastern PA
Posts: 3,851
I was fortunate in my "wo*king days" to only have a few employers over many years.

That being the case, I never burned bridges (even though I had a few nasty thoughts over the years).

For me, it was the simple case of a few things:

- Regardless of what I may say, it would not improve the organization.
- You never know when you would meet a former employee in the future (and they may be in a position to affect your current employment).
- In reality, it's only my opinion that would provide feedback. You know what they say about "opinions", don't you? Something to the effect of "opinons are like assho***"; everybody has one (or more )...
__________________
rescueme is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2012, 11:23 AM   #32
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 3,699
A burned bridge might've affected my payout...so I smiled and, in a nice voice, told them where to mail the checks.

Never a good idea to burn bridges of any kind, IMO; negatives outweigh positives
__________________
Living well is the best revenge!
Retired @ 52 in 2005
marko is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2012, 11:52 AM   #33
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Nodak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Cavalier
Posts: 2,317
Quote:
Originally Posted by pb4uski View Post
Sounds justified. But just telling them off when they called you in your situation is a mild case of burning bridges compared to overtly going out of your way to bad-mouth them.
I can't envision a situation where I would ever publicly bad mouth an employer.
__________________

__________________
"Don't take life so serious, son. It ain't nohow permanent." Pogo Possum (Walt Kelly)
Nodak is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:16 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.