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Old 02-21-2014, 03:48 PM   #1
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Going back to company a few years after getting laid off?

Just wondering if anyone had gone through this. A few years back when the economy tanked, I worked for a very large company that shuttered the facility I was at. A transfer was out of the question because the only opening in my field was in Puerto Rico and I didn't feel like moving there. I kept in touch with former managers and colleagues there. One lunch meeting with one of them recently, a former manager stated that the company is expanding now, and a position is opening that would be a real good fit. Well, low and behold, the position opened and I got a call a few weeks later asking where's my resume...
I'm torn on this. I loved working for that company and the opportunities I had. I've been fully employed now (and since the layoff), and am in a good position that fits me well. The new role is a step up career wise, and out of New Jersey, into PA...
When I talked to my wife (that's the second hurdle as she doesn't want to relocate) her feeling was that they laid me off once, they could do it again. But what's to say that won't happen where I'm at now...

Should I be even thinking of going back to this company? Has anyone ever gone back and was it weird?

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I know lots of people who returned to an employer that laid them off as a contractor and they mostly enjoy it.

How did you like the company before they laid you off? really treat it as if the prior history never existed - would you relocated from your present employer to take this new job? I know a friend who moved from a job-dense environment to a risky job in a place people rarely relocate *to* for about $1500 per year increase... was there for about 1 year, and moved again.

You'll get lots of advice, but you have to live with your decision.

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Is there a defined pension involved? If so, it would make sense to return to the company if it increases your pension benefit at retirement.
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happy wife happy life....

she already said she wasn't moving....

and yea, she's right. They stuck you once, they could do it again.
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They didn't really stick him, they offered him to come along with them to Puerto Rico. It was a lot to ask but showed the company valued him as an employee, otherwise they would have sent him home with the unemployment office phone number.
As said above, it's a big step and I think you also should remove the past from the equation. Are you and your family willing to move for THIS opportunity?
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:37 PM   #6
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Is there a defined pension involved? If so, it would make sense to return to the company if it increases your pension benefit at retirement.
yes - pension and all benefits would be bridged. so I'd get back a lot of time.

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happy wife happy life....

she already said she wasn't moving....

and yea, she's right. They stuck you once, they could do it again.
Big point that would be the deciding factor. She wants to be near family. Hers is in NJ outside of NYC. My family is outside of Philly (which is where this would be). So she'd be near family. In the end, I would rather be on the miserable side of things than to make her do something she doesn't want to do.

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I know lots of people who returned to an employer that laid them off as a contractor and they mostly enjoy it.

How did you like the company before they laid you off? really treat it as if the prior history never existed - would you relocated from your present employer to take this new job? I know a friend who moved from a job-dense environment to a risky job in a place people rarely relocate *to* for about $1500 per year increase... was there for about 1 year, and moved again.

You'll get lots of advice, but you have to live with your decision.
Company treated me great. I kind of all ready saw the facility shutting down, so I was looking. I landed on my feet after taking a week off to chill. This would be a huge jump in salary, to the point of our combined salaries...and a cheaper location (NJ has priced us out with property taxes).
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Sounds like you need to talk to wife about the financial benefits and "immediate" family benefits. Emotions rarely lead the good decisions!

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