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Old 01-06-2015, 03:01 PM   #61
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What will really bug your management is that you were able RE, despite the fact that they blocked this forum at work. Glad they didn't do that where I worked. I spent a fair amount of time on this site over the years.


And, congratulations! You'll love it.
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Old 01-06-2015, 03:02 PM   #62
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Sincere congrats! Thanks for the update. Do you mind sharing how young is too young for retiring?
55 by just a couple of months.

I waited for that so I could take advantage of the "rule of 55" to tap my 401k w/o penalty (but it will be only as needed and, if my estimates are correct, not a whole lot per year).
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BBQ - sounds like it went well.
2B - remember, you'll get a lot of grief here (in good nature) if you let it go past 3 months. We're holding you to April 5th at the latest... or else you really will be in 3 more months mode.
Mo Money - good luck in your notice giving in a few weeks.
If I go past March 31 I deserve more than what I get. I am trying to leave with the same level of courtesy I have been shown over the last 9 years. I have nothing but good to say about my boss and department.

I will complain about our accounting/payroll group. They managed to screw up my HSA deposit from the 12/26 check. It was taken out of my paycheck but hasn't shown up in my HSA account. I have faith they'll eventually get it worked out.

Yesterday, we had a quickie meeting called for my department. Wages freezes were announced until at least June. That's not too surprising based n the overall company. My division did a great job making all their financials in 2014 but we were the exception. Falling oil prices really hurt our business.

My boss is possibly nice enough to lay me off even though I've turned in my resignation. He's holding it until I'm "done."
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:01 AM   #67
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I composed my 'letter' of resignation email to my functional supervisor and sat and looked at it for about 10 minutes - awash in different feelings, but the overriding one was that of excitement of pulling the trigger...so...I hit 'send' <snip>
My last day is next Thursday.
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:02 AM   #68
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Many places do that, sometimes internal security demands it.

I did ask HR to walk one person to the door. She wasn't a security risk, I didn't expect she couldn't find her way out by herself.
I had one person escorted to the door because I though he was a security risk. He was being terminated for accessing/hacking into some company records he wasn't authorized to access. There was no doubt he knew he wasn't allowed access.

At this same company, I was laid off (somewhat expected) and following my exit interview/paperwork I was escorted to my office by an HR admin where I packed my stuff and then taken to the exit. The poor admin was embarrassed beyond belief because we had a good relationship over many years. I was given this treatment because as a senior manager I had access to documents and information that my boss (and above) wanted to make sure I didn't take. Since the lay off wasn't a surprise, I had more than enough time to take anything I wanted. Since I had created most of the documents he was worried about, it wasn't like I didn't already know everything of value in them. Some things defy logic.

I worked at one company that upon resignation the people were immediately taken to HR who would do the exit paperwork and escort you to the door. I wan't treated differently when I resigned. It kind of makes transitions difficult since you weren't supposed to contact ex-employees about work issues.
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A good friend/former roommate was laid off from a company we both worked for. They had a security guard with her while she packed up her office. He offered to carry her boxes (nice) - but she told him he could follow her - and then proceeded to say goodbye to people. Her manager (a real a$$hat) came scurrying out and tried to stop her gracious goodbyes. He ended up looking really bad. My friend took her time, about 45 minutes. The security guard just standing back observing, as she went from one department to another to say goodbye. Then he carried her boxes.

One change this employer made, a few years ago - they started giving 4-5 days notice on layoffs... They realized that it gave the laid off employees dignity and space to figure out their next steps as well as the opportunity to hand off projects in an orderly fashion. It was one of the few good moves they made... after several years of downsizing...
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:51 AM   #70
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55 by just a couple of months.

I waited for that so I could take advantage of the "rule of 55" to tap my 401k w/o penalty (but it will be only as needed and, if my estimates are correct, not a whole lot per year).

Just to make sure--my understanding is that if you retire the year you turn 55 the rule applies. So, if its just a couple months, unless you are leaving in November 2015, the rule applies.

Edit--misread your post! Thought you missed rule of 55 by a couple months! I need to drink more coffee before posting...
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Resignation submitted but my end date could be as much as 3 months out. I agreed to finish the project I'm on or until I'm not needed.
Hope that doesn't drag on too long, 2B. During my last week at work one of the managers told me in a meeting that I was being selfish and should delay my retirement until the project was finished (a month or two away - project size of about 20 people - my roles were critical but I had already trained my replacements). I told him if I did that I might never retire, as the projected end date had already slipped several times and I was sure it would slip again. I just heard last month that it was finished, over a year late.

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Thanks everyone.


My timing worked out well as many people were transitioning off of other projects, myself included because the period of performance on contract ended last year.


So management was trying to find 'homes' for everyone.


I didn't want to claim a spot for 2015 then decide to leave in a couple of months and leave someone out.


The notice may seem quick to some, but it actually dovetailed nicely for how the programs were budgeted and staffed.


Today, I'm cleaning up and shredding a bunch of docs and putting together the box of 'stuff' I want to bring home.
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Thanks everyone.


My timing worked out well as many people were transitioning off of other projects, myself included because the period of performance on contract ended last year.


So management was trying to find 'homes' for everyone.


I didn't want to claim a spot for 2015 then decide to leave in a couple of months and leave someone out.


The notice may seem quick to some, but it actually dovetailed nicely for how the programs were budgeted and staffed.


Today, I'm cleaning up and shredding a bunch of docs and putting together the box of 'stuff' I want to bring home.
Great news.

I cleaned out most of my office before Christmas. I will still take a couple of boxes home but I suspect DW will push me to trash almost everything I can't bear to part with right now. I certainly won't ever use my Perrys (a chemical engineer thingee) again but I can't bring myself to trash it yet.

I don't expect my transition to be very long. The instrument data sheets I'm working on just have to get through the client review. I really can't see this going past February.

We're also clearly having problems finding work for people that do roll off of projects. Unless the capital budgets get turned loose soon, people will not have projects to go to.
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Today, I'm cleaning up and shredding a bunch of docs and putting together the box of 'stuff' I want to bring home.
Regarding that box, when I retired I took a couple of boxes home. Some of it was my personal stuff, but a lot of it was things like awards (little Lucite trophies or plaques), diplomas, work related books, and a bunch of little knick knacks and doohickeys I had accumulated over my career. I took the boxes home, stuck them in the garage, and then a year or so later I threw most of it out. The books I donated. It's amazing how totally unimportant this stuff becomes once you are off of the treadmill.
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Regarding that box, when I retired I took a couple of boxes home. Some of it was my personal stuff, but a lot of it was things like awards (little Lucite trophies or plaques), diplomas, work related books, and a bunch of little knick knacks and doohickeys I had accumulated over my career. I took the boxes home, stuck them in the garage, and then a year or so later I threw most of it out. The books I donated. It's amazing how totally unimportant this stuff becomes once you are off of the treadmill.
Same here. I wish I'd left the plaques and stolen more pencils.
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Congrats!

Your thread made me realize my 3 year retirement anniversary is next month. I retired Feb 2012, at 56. Those 3 years have flown past!
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Congrats to you both. Its inspiring for me. I have 17-18 months to go and now work 80% of FT.


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Regarding that box, when I retired I took a couple of boxes home. Some of it was my personal stuff, but a lot of it was things like awards (little Lucite trophies or plaques), diplomas, work related books, and a bunch of little knick knacks and doohickeys I had accumulated over my career. I took the boxes home, stuck them in the garage, and then a year or so later I threw most of it out. The books I donated. It's amazing how totally unimportant this stuff becomes once you are off of the treadmill.
I used to have what I called a "Wall of Shame" where I collected all that kind of junk. Mostly awards, cheap trinkets, and other swag that employers hand out thinking it makes a difference.

The worst one was when I used to work at HP and they spun my division off into Agilent. They gave everybody some kind of stock option for 100 shares, and a Lucite block engraved with "Founder's Grant" on it. 100 options...big f'ing deal. I think the things were underwater the entire time I worked there, so I never exercised mine. The Lucite block was worth more than the options.

When I last moved, I decided I didn't want to pack all that junk, so I threw it all away. Good riddance.
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Congrats to BBQ-Nut and 2B! Best wishes and looking forward to hearing about the next stage of life!

It's also nice to hear about 2 people taking this step because the time is right for them, but that generally have good things to say about how they've been treated.
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