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Old 04-08-2021, 12:10 PM   #21
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My boss at the time said she figured I was retiring when I emailed her to ask when she could talk. She was very happy for me, but then again, she had recently announced her retirement, too. We ended up leaving the same day (last Friday).

Since my boss was retiring, there was going to be a re-org (I had hoped it would be a RIF scenario, but no luck). My future boss was devastated to learn I was leaving. Tried offering me part-time work, the ability to define what my new job would look like, etc. But once I realized I was done, that was it. And she was gracious in the end, even though she was still bummed.
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Old 04-08-2021, 12:43 PM   #22
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I was only with my last employer a bit over 2 years, so gave 2 weeks' notice. I was liked there, but beyond that the last 2 weeks were just like any others. They did end up asking me to do some ongoing consulting which I accepted - 2-3 days a week working from home, beyond-easy work, easiest money I ever made. That lasted about a year or so.
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I also gave 2 years notice. Was clinical director of 3, 24 x7 departments. Move to Finance the last year, before retiring, to establish PI/cost management department. Which was, in truth a way to have me available as a back up/ resource to replacement leaders of clinical departments.

VP, SVP really didnít believe Iíd RE after 25 years. But, then I did. Departure was cordial, low-key (at my request) and only a few post exit calls; mostly from medical staff who had questions but werenít sure who to call.

July will be 6 years. No regrets.
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I would be curious to know what kinds of jobs you all had, that your giving notice to leave would cause a reaction, much less a personal meeting, with VP's and SVP's and etc. I mean, I am a very senior technical non-manager, and if I gave notice, I doubt anyone would bat an eye. The first-level manager would probably move straight to reassigning my tasks. And that would have been true at any of the companies I've worked at during my career.
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I was the Principal Engineer of large engineering organization. Most of my time wasnít engineering. It was spent figuring out how to find funding for large projects and managing client expectations.
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I along with others were offered an early retirement package. When I told the SVP that had hired me that I was accepting the package he told me when they were deciding who to include they weren’t sure they would offer it to me, but in the end decided go ahead and offer it to me and let me decide. The manager I previously worked for was disappointed I was leaving as I provided a lot of support to his group. My current manager had spoken with our group VP and were concerned I would leave. Per management instructions they couldn’t try to sway the decision, but all were worried that I was leaving with a lot of knowledge for unusual engineering issues at our company and how to deal with them. They were all supportive though and I had been training my team members some for years and had recommended two of them for my replacement. Although I was important to the organization they will survive without me and the team members that worked under me will just have to figure it out now.
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+1. Maybe the ER demographic skews towards senior management?
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I believe the forum demographic encompasses nearly every socioeconomic group, which is one of the things that makes it so appealing to be a member here.
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I was in the beleaguered newspaper industry, so layoffs and buyouts had become a regular occurrence by the time I chose to leave in May 2013. The company posted a buyout offer to all employees at that time, but the company scuttlebutt was that the focus on staff reduction was in places other than the editorial department.

Despite that, i and a couple other senior newsroom staffers decided to take the financial incentive and make our exit. Ultimately, the managing editor asked me -- and I agreed -- to stick around for six weeks. My onetime boss left that day for good (he had a bunch of banked vacation time).

I believe we were the last to leave with a "rich" severance package. After that, shrinking revenue and new contract negotiations cut it to 75% and later 50% of what we got.
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I would be curious to know what kinds of jobs you all had, that your giving notice to leave would cause a reaction, much less a personal meeting, with VP's and SVP's and etc.
Titles also depend on industry/field/popular thing. For instance, in tech, 10 years ago everyone wanted to be a Senior Architect, now it's Expert Engineer. Titles all shifted. In some places, it's almost Vanity titling.

And in many big companies, SVP isn't all that, and there a grades and bands internal to them, with EVP's on top of them, all before you to Officer level.

In banking, "everyone" is a VP. Branch Manager = Regional VP. A friend of mine who was a IT-Director old school title at Mega Corp moved to IT at a mega-bank, and his linked in changed to SVP. I was like ...nice promotion? and he showed me how in his new org that was basically the same hierarchy and tier as our old.
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Mine was a surprise and it was so fun to see the look on my leader's face. It was all very professional, but I could tell he was very surprised and did not know what to say for a few minutes. Priceless.
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I was always under an employment contract at mega corp. My final contract was three years in length and I told them it would probably be the last. They didn't believe me.

When we got to the last year I told them I would probably leave at the end of the term. They didn't believe me.

With six months remaining on the agreement they were required to let me know whether they wanted to enter into another agreement. They came to me with another three year deal. I told them I was done. They finally believed me.
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Old 04-09-2021, 09:29 AM   #34
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A close relative of mine passed away and left me a large inheritance. My supervisor at the time knew this (not the dollar amount, but that it was substantial because I was asking him about getting a private pilot's license and purchasing an airplane (he had a private pilot's license)).

Although DW and I had fairly substantial 401 k balances and IRAs from living beneath our means and maxing our 401ks and purchasing Roth IRAs each year for about 15 years, the inheritance was the icing on the cake that made me realize I no longer had to work.

In July of 2019 I gave a one month written notice I was retiring. Upon handing it to my manager, he glanced at it and looked straight at me and said, "What took you so long?" So mine was anticlimactic; he was expecting it. I was 58.

Many of my coworkers were happy for me and a few were jealous or envious.

It was the members I supported that hated to see me leave. I received numerous emails from them wishing me well.

I spent the last month working even harder (I was overworked to begin with) making sure everything was in order for my replacement. I was hoping to train that person before I left, but my replacement was not hired until after I left. I should have known. My manager either took care of things at the last second, or not at all.
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Pretty timely recent events made me realize others saw the same things I did while w*rking.
I spent 29 years at Megacorp and enjoyed the first 24. Around 2008 I perceived things began to change when our founding CEO retired and much of the C level went with him or shortly after. I belong to a FB group of retired Megacorp people a recent event caused a group reaction, I was surprised by the number of former peers who left around the same time as I did. I didn't realize the group think of how much things had changed in the five years till I left. Looking back it really was very sad to see, good people who were run out because of really bad management. Some of them made many millions by their actions.
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What and how was your experience of breaking the news to your employer about leaving?

Three years before I retired, my very best friend at work was promoted and became my supervisor! I was so happy for her and happy to have my previous sociopathic supervisor replace by somebody who was actually NICE for a supervisor. What a great change.

Anyway, she already knew that I was planning to retire because we had been friends and had worked together for years, shoulder to shoulder since our job functions were closely related. I had told her my plans, secretly. Several months before retiring, I told her the exact date I had chosen and she was happy for me.

Then:

1) My supervisor explained the sign-off list that I would have to complete, and other bureaucratic aspects of retiring. Then she offered to pay me a lot more money to consult, but I turned her down. She asked me how much it would cost and I told her more money than was in our (federal) agency's budget.

2) A highly respected co-worker tried to persuade me to consult as well (probably sent by my supervisor unbeknownst to me). Told him the same thing.

3) Then middle management. I thought, "Wow! This is interesting." and then told him the same thing, smiling but firm. I think he offered the option of working at HQ in DC if I would prefer working there, but that had no appeal for me.

4) Then upper management. At that point I was really flattered but stayed firm and I am glad that I did.

It's not that I was such a fantastic scientist or so irreplaceable, but at least I was a known quantity so I think that for management, keeping me was the "lazy way out". Basically my predecessor left things in a huge mess, so I made a lot of changes and they liked the results. Also they didn't want to find (and then break in) a new scientist to replace me.
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Pretty good - I told my boss in late August - he asked me if I could stay on till the end of the fiscal quarter - which was Nov 2nd. Didn't mind collecting the few extra paychecks because the stress was gone after I announced.
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Told my supervisor I was retiring sometime in 2021 at the beginning of December 2020. I said I would pick an exact date by February this year. She asked me to stay until the end of September. In January I told her that I was waiting for an estimate from HR before I finalized my date but it would be between May and July. She asked me to stay until July. in February I got my estimate and decided I would retire the first day I was eligible for all benefits - May 15, 2021. She knows there is nothing that will convince me to stay and she said I will leave a big knowledge gap in the organization. So I guess it went well, there has been an avalanche of retirements that started last year so I wasn't the first leaving recently and I'm not the last.
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President of the company upon hearing of my 30 day notice (at 54 years old), said, "oh that's right your old man's got money". I was so surprised I didn't come up with a pithy comeback. Never mind the fact that my father's still alive and other than 2k a year at Christmas has not shared his wealth with me. Yeah my opinion of the president isn't very good. He was one of the main reasons I left.
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President of the company upon hearing of my 30 day notice (at 54 years old), said, "oh that's right your old man's got money". I was so surprised I didn't come up with a pithy comeback. Never mind the fact that my father's still alive and other than 2k a year at Christmas has not shared his wealth with me. Yeah my opinion of the president isn't very good. He was one of the main reasons I left.
What an utterly insensitive thing to say. In a court room, your attorney would have objected with "Assumes facts not in evidence, your Honor."

What a dirt ball to have to work for! So glad you could get out.
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