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Old 09-12-2007, 08:06 PM   #41
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Yes...my first job. I was a restocker at a mid sized grocery store. The manager was a chain smoking overly motived A-H. He would stand and watch me restock -- in the beginning is a task to find where all the various products go and having this 50 something micro manager watching me from the end of the isle....kinda slowed me down even more ---I was'nt restocking to his speed satisfaction. When he laid me off, It really changed my mindset, while I had always planned on going to college - this, at the time painful experience motivated me to go for education as a means to an end.....

But, gotta say my summer job in college was working for a beer distributor--that was one of the best times I ever had -- hard work - but lots of interesting situations. Good thing I had that first AH micromanager boss........who knows? :-)
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Old 09-18-2007, 01:46 PM   #42
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I got fired from a job when I was in college. It was over something stupid, but I learned a valuable lesson to always be looking for the next job and to never settle.
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:21 AM   #43
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fired while working for a small weekly newspaper coincidentally just at the same time the managing editor's niece got to town looking for my, um, i mean, a job.
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Old 09-19-2007, 09:20 AM   #44
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Never for cause, but almost.

I was responsible for quality at a major megacorp plant. Sister plant designed a new product in X months that should have taken twice as long to get it right. Upper management knew how long it should take, not the design engineers. Anyway, sister plant was closed due to business cycle, so we took over the product which started failing all over the place. GM was fired. New GM called me in for annual review and castigated me for doing such a sorry job, and if I didn't do better.... There was not much more I could have done, so I didn't change a thing and stayed with my plan. Twelve months later the same GM couldn't say enough about what a great job I was doing. Still had not changed a thing, just statistical fluctuation
Several years later we were purchased and plant was closed. Picked up by a plant run by new owner. Two years later they closed that one too. I got severence money, twice. Bought two rental houses with the first pile of cash, and I can't recall what happened to the second pile.
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:02 AM   #45
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I was fired once in my very early career. The job was decent (full time engineering) at the time, and I really needed the money because I had just moved to a new location. I wound up working there around 8 months. And the day they came to find me to tell me I was gone... I was actually on the assembly line putting together product because we were short for the month, and all the line workers had already gone home.
I was out of work for almost 8 months, and my finances got dangerously low before I found another job. Apparently it was a really bad time for engineers that year. The funny thing is... I look back at it now and realize that it was probably the best thing that could have happened to me. It made me realize that any job could go away tomorrow, and that I needed to save enough so that I did not depend upon other companies to support myself. To this day, I still view all of the assets I have in terms of, "how long can I be out of work before I become homeless". And now as I sit here typing this, I consider all that has happened between now and then. Wow... must have been 9 years ago for me now. And now my salary has more that doubled what that first job was, and the only debt I currently have is my house. Somehow for me... knowing that I can be out of work for over a year if it got desperate enough, helps to keep me relaxed...
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Old 09-19-2007, 06:55 PM   #46
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I was actually on the assembly line putting together product because we were short for the month, and all the line workers had already gone home.
Boy does that ring a bell, Armor99. I was laid off after three years of kicking BUTT at my first job out of college. Huge raises, letters from clients on how good my work was (and I was in Marketing, fer heavensake!), great new programs that are still in place 15 years later...

I was there early morning, late at night, and on the weekends. But they went public and laid off 1/4 of the company so they could maximize management's net worth at the expense of their loyal employees.

But, as you say, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I've come a long way since but never again have I worked more than an average of 40 hrs a week. If I have to go over due to travel, deadline, etc. it comes off somewhere else.

AND... this was the event that got me interested in FIRE in the first place.

I should probably go back there and thank them... ;-)

Nah...
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But, as you say, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I've come a long way since but never again have I worked more than an average of 40 hrs a week. If I have to go over due to travel, deadline, etc. it comes off somewhere else.

AND... this was the event that got me interested in FIRE in the first place.

I should probably go back there and thank them... ;-)

Nah...
Yup! Life is too short to spend hours and hours at the office or meetings in pursuit for advancement. My boss has been asking me to get more into a managerial or leadership role. I keep telling him that I am interested and would prefer to be an individual contributor.
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Old 09-21-2007, 01:02 AM   #48
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About 1978, I was suspended for six weeks not long after buying my first house. I had about $2000 saved and spent $1200, mostly on 2 monthly payments. I vowed that never again would I be unprepared for job loss, or to think that Mega-Corp was on my side. I'm now grateful for the motivation that led to FIRE.
Notice that most posters learned valuable lessons from their bad experiences and eventually profitted from that knowledge.
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Haven't been fired; have so far been unsuccessful in my hunt to be laid off.

My attempts at the last company were comical, I guess. The company was in the middle of a large layoff prior to outsourcing IT. I went to my manager, my VP, and the CTO and asked them all if I could be laid off. They all laughed at me and told me there was no way they could let me go. The CTO laid himself off two days after that. I was able to get the package for one of the guys on my team that really wanted out, but I couldn't do anything for myself.

My current employer is going through IT outsourcing now as well. My boss understands very clearly that, if our group is going to lose any people, I want out. However, they're in the middle of moving our entire group to a safe haven where we'll be untouchable.
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