My megacorp had a gigantic and really good package back in 2003. A huge amount of corporate knowledge took the deal and the company has never really recovered, although something that big keeps on rolling no matter what. I, unluckily, was about 2 years short of eligibility, so I had to stay and get out under less ideal circumstances a few years later. But a friend/coworker of mine had left the company in July, and they announced the buy out in Oct. When I was chatting with another coworker in HR I mentioned it, and she told me he could probably get the package if he pushed it. So I told him about it. He eventually got over $50K, although it took quite an effort since 3 consecutive HR people he was working with took the package too and left. I felt pretty good about that one.
"Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement." - Will Rogers
DW and I - FIREd at 50 (7/06), living off assets