I feel like the baby they took the candy from

I am in tears again.

My company is going through a “restructuring” phase.

Step 1 was to terminate nearly 800 people

Step 2 was to make each remaining employee scramble about to complete tasks that used to belong to 10 people

Step 3 was to motivate us to work even harder to make the company more money with vague empty promises

Step 4 was to mistreat the remaining workers and cause several more to resign

Step 5 was to ask the remaining workers to do the jobs of 20 people with no pay increase and even more vague promises


I have never experienced mismanagement at this grand scale before. They have eliminated the core of our company and reduced our ability to deliver a quality product, but they don’t seem to know it, since they have no idea what any of us actually did. Some of the people that were terminated had years of specialized expertise.

At our annual leadership conference this week, we created a new vision statement, worked on team building and planning both short and long term goals to get us through this tough time. I was OK with not being chosen for the supervisor position I interviewed for last week. I was really OK with that and was ready to get a new focus and back to work. And then when I got to the conference, they announced that my current supervisor was moving up to general manager, and then they offered me her job. A lateral supervisor position to the one I interviewed for, and told me it was a better fit. I agreed, and I was ecstatic. The new roles were announced to my team, and we spent the new few days with some of us in the office, and some calling in from home, planning our new direction.

And then yesterday, 2 days after assigning my new role, as my team was working together in our new roles, our director emails us, from the office down the hall, that our new titles have been revoked, and they expect the current supervisor to take on the additional duties of the general manager while remaining our supervisor. Without a pay increase. And I am to remain a senior lead, on part time with no benefits. They took it all away before I ever really had it.  And I cried, like a baby. It hurt so much. I did not realize how much I wanted that promotion until they took it back away from me.

So now what? I am hurt and insulted. But my budget is already tight, and I care about my company and the remaining coworkers too much to just up and quit. But I am putting out feelers as I have no job security at all. And I’m not sure how long I can continue to give them the expected 29 hours a week, while not completing everything assigned to me with my team so small now, and with no benefits, no sick days, etc. This sucks.

So, I try to be grateful I was not fired, that I still have this flexible work from home job. I try to go back to how I felt before all the empty and broken promises. I am trying not to think of how they are using me and not sharing any profits with me. That is especially hard when the execs are brought to our meetings in company cars with chauffeurs, from their stay at the Four Seasons, and they discuss “dropping 20 grand” last week at a furniture store down the street.

So I only have 3 more hours to work this week to stay under 29. I wonder which tasks can wait until Sunday? We’re going to have so many angry clients. I have always responded to their requests within 24 hours, usually within a few hours. Now they will wait days. I hope our company’s reputation will not be ruined by this ‘restructuring’. God I hate that word.

I was feeling ok, and then I got an email from a team member that still thinks I am now her supervisor. She sent me her timesheet. Ouch that hurt. My supervisor/Manager is meeting with the director and trying to fight for us, so we have not announced anything to our team. We are hopeful they will reconsider. And we don’t want to confuse our team any more than necessary. What a mess.

Just give me back my candy.

8 thoughts on “I feel like the baby they took the candy from

  1. That is appalling behaviour!!! What poor values your company has to treat people like this, especially ones like yourself who quite obviously have invested so much and actually care about what they do. I’m so sorry to read that they did that to you, offer you a job then revoke the offer…I’ve never heard anything so unprofessional…
    I wonder if you don’t have some sort of legal case there? Can they actually do that? Do you have an offer letter or email?

    • Thanks for the support, but no, nothing was “official” on paper or anything, only verbal announcements. They are apologetic and say it will all work out eventually, but the budget has to come first right now. We’ll see.

  2. I had all kinds of choice words but decided to settle on the one Grainne used: Unprofessional.

    You are perfectly reasonable for being disappointed and worried. You’re also smart to consider what other options are available. I’m praying for you and hope you find peace within yourself even as you mourn the loss of security you felt before.

    • middle management is being forced to do this by the execs, a team brought in by our investment group. Its a big power struggle, with everyone getting trampled, not just me. ugly all around for sure. But I dare say it is no different or safer in a different company. I did find 6 similar positions in a quick job hunt, so I’m not too worried about being unemployed, if it came to that. For now, I’m sticking it out to see what happens.

      • It was shoddy treatment. Waiting it out is a sensible plan, and checking to see what else is out there is wise. I’ve watched too many companies gut the very working force that keeps them afloat and then express bafflement when their company goes under because it’s so top heavy. I’m praying for the best for you.

  3. I am so sorry. The “Want it, can’t have it” mentality seems to dominate upper echelons. They seem to forget this is someones lively-hood that they are messing with. I hope you get it back and the uppers figure out that riding in Lemos when your laying off hundreds of people is just narcissistic. (Worse characteristic that I could think of.)

    • Yes I do believe the uppers don’t think of us as real people – just worker bees that they use and squash as needed. Corporate America is not pretty. I think they even think flashing their fancy lifestyle is incentive for us to work harder and be more like them. I wonder. I have no dreams of being like them, just need to pay my bills and support my family.

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