Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sometimes life just sucks...

Sometimes life just sucks....

At first, I wasn't sure if I wanted to write this post. I know Sean would prefer that I didn't, but I look at this blog as a record of our family, our life. With family and life comes ups and downs. I feel I should at least have a record of everything, whether we care to remember it or not. So here it goes...

Seans company is in the process of making some really big changes. Though mostly re-branding, departments are being moved and all together eliminated. Jobs are being lost, from call centers all the way up to VP's. Yesterday morning, Sean got the dreaded email. The entire department was to report to a meeting at corporate at 10am. They received the email at 8am, so he had to haul to get there in time. He was about 30 minutes early. All the DM's were still in their meeting, so he sat in a little cubical and hid until it was their turn.

In rolls the VP and HR, asking the department to have a seat. 40 minutes....the just of it......"The company has decided to eliminate your department to save money and go with an outside company to do your jobs." Effective August 18, 2012, they have the option to take a severance package and leave the company, or apply for a different position within the company and not take the severance.....

Over 2,000 employees nationwide were informed that they would lose their jobs in August. Some were with the company from day one. Higher positions didn't even get the three month transition period. Seans big boss is gone on June 1st.

This all couldn't have come at a worse time for us, with the move and all. We actually moved to the South due to Seans job. Now that's gone. It's going to be hard to find another position that he will like in this area because its such a small area. At this point, he's not even sure he wants to stay with the company anymore. He doesn't want to go back to retail management and take a pay cut. We can't afford that. The company did say any and all new positions created or opened, they will have precedence over all other candidates. Is that suppose to be reassuring....

After the meeting, Sean came home yesterday. He was pretty shocked. No one saw this coming. They thought maybe the higher positions would go, but not the ENTIRE department. Of course he didn't sleep all night. Today he is a little bitter. They were all going to the coast for a department meeting at some fancy restaurant by the sea. They didn't want the "pity party" at corporate, so they decided to meet at the beach...paid for by the company. Seans boss is pretty angry and not taking the news well. The point of this meeting was for the department to get together, help each other write resumes and decide how they were going to break the news to the outside accounts. As of last night, she was being pretty irrational. She wasn't going to hold them accountable for there visits anymore. She was already throwing in the towel. Sean had a talk with her and hoped that he could bring her back down to earth. She still needs to lead these guys, whether she wants to or not.

In the end, we will be fine. Sean is an extremely talented employee and has connections (LinkedIn) with many companies in his field. I have no doubt he will find a position with another company, he just wants to "milk" this company for all it worth. As well he should....JERKS!!!! (Did I mention his last day is the exact date of his hire, and the day before my birthday. He will have worked with the company for 4 years.

Even in hard times, there is peace and beauty...Sean just sent me these pictures from where his meeting is. Kind of makes everything feel just a bit better. If God brings us to it, he will bring us through it.


  1. You are right, sometimes life is like that....we would never choose the crosses we end up with, but we accept them, as hard as they may be, and keep going....

    Prayers for you and your family Arly.

  2. Oh Arley! I am so very sorry! I know how it feels to have children and have your husband suddenly jobless. There are some rough roads ahead, but try to remember to be kind to one another. It has been hard to not take out our stress on each other so that is my big recommendation.

    Many hugs to you and I am always available if you need to vent. I will be sending many prayers and good (job!) thoughts your way!

  3. "If God brings us to it, he will bring us through it." Oh Arley, that is so true. Let's pray that this happened because He has something better planned for you. Warm sunshine greetings from SA.

  4. Thanks ladies, as if things couldn't get any worse, the girls broke their bedroom window yesterday and now Liam has a stomach bug. By tomorrow, they will all have it.

  5. Hey girl, I'm so sorry! That does seriously suck!!! Have faith........and I'm praying for you, Sean and the kids. =)


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