As many of you may know, I was laid off from VerizonBusiness, formally MCI Telecommunications on 5/2/2008. I was treated very well severeance wise and time to look for a new job. Unfortunately, I didn’t find a job till late August, 2008, but Global Crossing screwed around and took another 2 month’s to finally bring me on board. I started with Global Crossing on 10/20/2008 and then….
It was 2/24/2009 and I get this strange email from my boss with the email subject line titled “Brian-let’s catch up” for a conference call the following morning at 0800am. That particular day the 24th, I was wondering why my boss would want to “catch up” as I was thinking to myself, “Am I in trouble? Did I do something wrong?” just what exactly did she want?. Anyway, the following morning, I got on the call and it went like this, “Brian, this is Susan and I have on the line with me, Brandi, Susan doesn’t say one more word and Brandi says, “Your position in Seattle has been eliminated” and please go mail back your pc and here our FedEx number to do it. Not one word from my former boss, Susan at Global Crossing. Talk about lack of professionalism? Where’s the empathy? Sympathy? Just down right moral values for some one’s life? It’s didn’t exist with her. My wife couldn’t believe it either. What a lousy out fit to work for when they treat you with no respect!
After the news, I went and mailed back my pc and had to pay $16.00 to send the darn thing back as their account number didn’t cover the “packing” costs. I basically took the rest of the day and started emailing my contacts about my situation and the terrible treatment and unprofessionalism I experienced working for GC. To me, I look at this as their loss and a tremendous gain for my next employeer. There’s an old saying, “Champions make their own luck” and that’s what I consider myself. So, I knew that they might be able to knock me down, but… I have too much talent to stay down. I started with one of my close friends who I had worked with at MCI for 10+ years. I had explained to him the situation, and like me, he was blown away too! But… little did I know, they wanted to speak with me asap and knew about my experience and desire to win. So, my friend set up an interview for me and the rest is history! I am so looking forward to this new opportunity where there is the professionals, empathy, caring people and a proven success formula already in place. The leadership of this company is outstanding and full of talent. I know that GOD had a plan for me and I believe it was “fate” that led me to this new opportunity. In retrospect, sometimes GOD leads you down paths to get you in place and prepared for bigger and better opportunities where you can really make an impact. What the ironic part was that I was actually doing that for GC in Seattle, yet they determined they needed to lay me off. I can now see what that company went bankrupt before, lousy leadership.
I am so thrilled about my new opportunity and the tremendous people that are working there! I am so thankful to be associated with a “high-class” outfit and look forward to a long term growth opportunity to be my very best.
They can knock you down, BUT…. YOU HAVE TO MAKE THE DECISION TO GET BACK UP-STRONGER AND BETTER THAN BEFORE.