Originally Posted by mudbug
how come you got to retire at 58 and I didn't?
I actually retired at 56. I had one month to go before hitting my 25 years with the company I worked for and they put me on a layoff. I asked for an early retirement and they agreed to let me have the last month.
I don't make a lot in retirement, but then, I don't need much. Everything but my house is paid for. I worked hard to get everything that way and was prepared for the layoffs that were coming more and more frequently. Finally, they started laying off anyone who had 20+ years. Then they hired a 20 something to replace each of us at a much lower rate of pay.
Don't ever think that any company really cares about you. They don't. They'll say anything, but when push comes to shove, it'll be you being shoved out the door.
Oh well, things have worked out, but it was hard the first year.
I wasn't intending to retire until I was 65, but the man had other ideas for me.
When working for a corporation, butt kissers, yes men and always making your boss feel better is the key to survival when times get tough.
All of those types are still there.
Bitter? Yes. I have nothing good to say about the company I worked for. They can go to the dogs for all I care.
I believe in "What goes around, comes around". The scales will balance sooner or later.