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    I'd be very Leary...

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    Quote Originally Posted by garyhlucas View Post
    As I said I don't believe it will happen. It was just interesting to hear from a person outside the company suggest it. She did initiate a contact, so far no response from the company which is what I expected.
    I would think you call the old company, talk to some coworkers and try to feel out what old boss is thinking/planning. Then talk to him. Do not ask for job back, just ask hows it going with some of your old projects.... polite chit chat. MAYBE he will offer job back, or not, either way is fine. Then after that you can call back the lady and thank her for trying to help get your job back, to which she might then say "when can you start?" Maybe she needs to have a clear conscious about not having poached you from you old job? After waiting this short time she might respect the fact that you rose above the petty BS and initiated contact, since the old boss did not.
    It is more about making you look good in her eyes than actually going back under old boss.

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    worked 6 years at a printing plant a young fellow engineer and he was the best a real problem solver an opening come up and he was more than qualified and everyone in the maintenance department thought he was going to get it. well he didn't
    he took it very calmly didn't say a peep give his 2 week notification and management was in a real tizzy offered a raise and his reply to them was priceless this isn't just about the money he said.

    he had another job and get this he was called back frequently as a consultant at 75.00 an hour this was 20 years ago when that was good money .

    sometimes bosses are horse's petuties

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    Quote Originally Posted by john.k View Post
    Pretty common ,Id say...the guy I worked for couldnt trust anyone (so he said),so everything was down to him..........trouble was he couldnt give a clear instruction,would sort of argue with himself while telling you something,and expect you to do what produced the outcome he wanted,or thought he wanted.....Led me to ignore him ,and do what I wanted......His son was brought in to take over,and said his old man was always like that ....Funny thing was he actually couldnt trust anyone,the engineer was always downloading kiddie porn,and got sprung,the QA guy was a drunk,the woman in the office was blackmailing him(IMHO),his business partner was a softie,and hopeless manager,and the only reliable people were the two foremen and ,of course ,me.

    Sounds like everywhere I ever worked before I got a professional license and went self-employed.
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    There are always other reasons you stick around ,though.....In my case there was free diesel and oil....not tiddly stuff ,took it in 200 litre drums..and had my own purchase order book....they were subcontractors at refineries,and with a pump tag ,there was unlimited free diesel.I used to take two pallet loads of drums (8 drums) up to the farm in the company truck.And ten years later ,Im thinkin maybe I got too much oil .Maybe I just need to change it more often.

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    You'r kinda beating a dead horse if you try to keep any kind of connection with the company.
    Weather the royalty compensation is worth the aggravation or not only you know.

    Leaving a toxic environment can be so uplifting and open new possibilities.When you get the monkey off your back and concentrate on your new future you will sleep better and be more productive.

    Why would you put your talent back under that rock?Nothing will change.
    Unless you considered the job was some kind of sweet heart deal even with all the bs involved.

    I've walked away from a few deals that while were financially good the trade off for peace of mind wasn't worth it.It ain't all about money.
    Things always worked out better when I put the bs behind me and moved on.Never regretted it.

    I once had a conversation with a very wealthy man who I had a business with about money.I told him it was not my sole motivator and what few principals I had were not for sale."How about you" I asked.
    He gave me the "Dirty Harry" stealy eyed look and sternly told me"It means more than blood".
    This man never had a pair of shoes until he started school(so I was told).Put himself through the U of Ga and ended up owning a very large trucking co.I never had that kind of motivation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratbldr427 View Post
    You'r kinda beating a dead horse if you try to keep any kind of connection with the company.
    Weather the royalty compensation is worth the aggravation or not only you know.

    Leaving a toxic environment can be so uplifting and open new possibilities.When you get the monkey off your back and concentrate on your new future you will sleep better and be more productive.

    Why would you put your talent back under that rock?Nothing will change.
    Unless you considered the job was some kind of sweet heart deal even with all the bs involved.

    I've walked away from a few deals that while were financially good the trade off for peace of mind wasn't worth it.It ain't all about money.
    Things always worked out better when I put the bs behind me and moved on.Never regretted it.

    I once had a conversation with a very wealthy man who I had a business with about money.I told him it was not my sole motivator and what few principals I had were not for sale."How about you" I asked.
    He gave me the "Dirty Harry" stealy eyed look and sternly told me"It means more than blood".
    This man never had a pair of shoes until he started school(so I was told).Put himself through the U of Ga and ended up owning a very large trucking co.I never had that kind of motivation.

    Was that Guy McKenzie?

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    No, not Guy McKenzie. His name was B.S.Reid.
    The story I was told that he worked for a trucking co that employees owned stock.He started buying stock from other employees,to late the board changed the rules about that.One day he and his partner became majority holders ,called a meeting of the board and he became the new president and his partner the cfo.
    When I first met him he had one of his managers take me around to some of his businesses.Dave was a decent guy and told me that Mr Reid was a tough old guy and not to let him intimidate me as he had seen him leave some of his terminal managers in tears.Not to worry I told him the only two things I was afraid of were my wife and the police!

    I regret not taking all the available mentoring from him but youth and arrogance got in the way.

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    I found a new job! Only a little less money for less hours, better health insurance, no travel, close to home, flexible hours, and the ride to and from home is opposite all the heavy traffic. They hired me because of my huge experience which you only get by being older.

    Spoke to one of my former coworkers, they are struggling without me because I was doing so much. Feels good.

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    Congrats win/win

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    Gary,I told you so!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garyhlucas View Post
    I found a new job! Only a little less money for less hours, better health insurance, no travel, close to home, flexible hours, and the ride to and from home is opposite all the heavy traffic. They hired me because of my huge experience which you only get by being older.

    Spoke to one of my former coworkers, they are struggling without me because I was doing so much. Feels good.
    Man I like this story ... it has a happy ending! Congratulations Gary and Best Wishes!

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    What I'm not clear about, given that you have extensive experience in the field, have your house paid for and money in the bank, why you do not consider starting your own business? Go after the exact work your former incompetent employer was doing if that was your forte, and put him out of work by doing the job better? If he is as incompetent as you say, and has such bozos working for him, surely it would be rather easy to out-compete him?

    I'm sure many here have had stupid or greedy or mendacious bosses, or toxic shop politics that get so tedious after a while - I certainly have - and for me at least, self-employment was freedom from all that (and introduces other challenges of course).

    Or is your desire to be someone's employee mostly about securing health care benefits?

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    Or maybe it's the desire to take it a little bit easier! After 40 years in the mining business, most as hands-on owner or manager I got out and am enjoying picking up the jobs of my choosing. Life can be much easier and less stressful. Just a little recent project to add LED H4 headlamps to Lucas pre-war headlights for a '38 Rolls. A "simple" project fraught with issues and details!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Hall View Post
    What I'm not clear about, given that you have extensive experience in the field, have your house paid for and money in the bank, why you do not consider starting your own business? Go after the exact work your former incompetent employer was doing if that was your forte, and put him out of work by doing the job better? If he is as incompetent as you say, and has such bozos working for him, surely it would be rather easy to out-compete him?

    I'm sure many here have had stupid or greedy or mendacious bosses, or toxic shop politics that get so tedious after a while - I certainly have - and for me at least, self-employment was freedom from all that (and introduces other challenges of course).

    Or is your desire to be someone's employee mostly about securing health care benefits?
    I have done that for nearly 30 years, trust me, while I would not change a thing, I am certain I could not start it up today

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    I have started a business more than once. First time in an industry which was so seasonal I couldn't get the cash flow to work and I lost about $450K. Then again with a partner that had plenty of money until he bought two 1/2 million houses at the peak of the housing market for his inlaws, and while we had broken even in two years we had no operating capital to go forward and I wasn't getting a pay check. At 66 after years of 60 hour weeks, no engineering degree and wondering if I will ever save enough to retire and enjoy it I am just happy to be working again because I enjoy working.

    I am finding great enjoyment mentoring the FIRST robotics team with my grandson. Also having a job that doesn't send me out of town for weeks at a time and all over the US means I may actually get my 26ft sailboat back in the water after 8 years and have time to enjoy it.

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    Glad to hear how this turned out. When I first read this thread when you posted it I got so mad I wanted to punch the slacker!

    So happy to hear you are back to a place that makes you feel good. Awesome news.

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    I've read this thread on and off, some posts I haven't read.

    The one thing I take away from it is that, despite your work skills and experience, you lack job survival skills. That might not matter to you, but if you are a person who doesn't like being out of work, you should give some thought as to honing those skills.

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    I am not sure what you mean by survival skills. First time I got fired in 50 years. 6 years at last job, 12 years at the previous. 8 years in my own business, 12 in the electrical business. A couple of 2 year jobs intentionally short as they weren’t intended to be permanent and one company closed. 4 weeks of unemployment this time, no other time. What am I doing wrong?

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    He means understanding "office politics" and realizing when you're being outmaneuvered. Not the easiest thing to do if you're wired like an engineer or technician, but second nature to those in politics and management. It's how they got there...


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