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Old 05-01-2022, 08:39 AM   #1
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Yesterday, I got a package from the company I work for. I opened it up and it was my recognition for 45yrs of service. It's bad enough that my 45th anniversary was last June, but this was disappointing. First, it was sent to my home and not presented to me at the shop with the guy's I've spent many years working with. Second, it is not personalized in any way. The only thing with my name on it is the shipping label. I do get to pick a gift from an online catalog that has nothing me or any of my family want or need. So for giving them 2/3 of my life I got a piece of acrylic, a postcard thanking me and a gift that will never get used. Sorry for the rant, I guess it is part of working for a large company. Here's my piece of plastic.


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Old 05-01-2022, 08:41 AM   #2
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Pretty crappy gift.
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Old 05-01-2022, 08:43 AM   #3
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Sorry. That certainly sux.
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Old 05-01-2022, 08:48 AM   #4
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Seems like the personal connection to valued employees is often lost these days. Sorry they did not handle this better with you but congrats on a pretty monumental accomplishment!!!
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Old 05-01-2022, 08:56 AM   #5
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Nothing should be surprising these days, but this is definitely a surprisingly crappy deal.

Not that we should do things for recognition, but my goodness, that's a slap in the face! Hopefully somehow they affirm your work in other ways on a regular basis.
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Old 05-01-2022, 08:56 AM   #6
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They might as well not recognize years of service at all if that is the best they can do.
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:00 AM   #7
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People are just a number to employers.
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:02 AM   #8
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I’d rather have a steak dinner.
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:04 AM   #9
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That company has been headed downhill for a long time and dropped off the cliff with the takeover from united. Complete trash now, the entire management structure is full of self serving woke sissies. Another perfect example of "everything that goes woke turns to chit".
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:06 AM   #10
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:07 AM   #11
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They are saving up for your 50th. It going to be a big shindig.

45years at one company is a heck of an accomplishment.

Raytheon is the prime on our NASA contract. I have a some Raytheon swag I can sent you if it would make you feel better.
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:09 AM   #12
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Wow, that is pathetic. Congrats on the anniversary.
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:09 AM   #13
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Sorry for you man. Unfortunately when companies care more about Shareholders than the people that make the magic happen this is what happens. We are seeing the same thing at companies in our area. I must say that the company I work for has made a conscious effort to formally recognize our folks after getting feedback last few years about the lack of appreciation
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:10 AM   #14
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That company has been headed downhill for a long time and dropped off the cliff with the takeover from united. Complete trash now, the entire management structure is full of self serving woke sissies. Another perfect example of "everything that goes woke turns to chit".
Their purchasing department is a joke. I can't get them to buy a simple bolt.
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:10 AM   #15
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Companies just don’t value employees anymore. I’m sure the anniversary stuff was auto generated and sent.

We had two 30+ year managers leave in the last month and not one word to the troops they left.
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:11 AM   #16
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That’s pathetic. 45 years of dedicated service deserves better recognition than that piece of generic acrylic.
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:13 AM   #17
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We can choose who we work for? Certainly It didn’t take you 45 years to realize their culture is trash.
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:14 AM   #18
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Congrats on the anniversary!

In the corporate world, if you are not an exec you are just a number. I left that world and will never return.
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:19 AM   #19
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Congrats on the anniversary!

In the corporate world, if you are not an exec you are just a number. I left that world and will never return.
Word!!!
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:20 AM   #20
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You basically work for the government but with worse benefits
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:23 AM   #21
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Randy I really don’t think I’ve ever known anybody with 45 years of service with one company. I apologize if I’m getting personal but how much vacation, sick days, family leave do you get? Also are there yearly bonuses?
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:24 AM   #22
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my friends company gives you a rolex at 25 years (PSI)
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:26 AM   #23
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That's a shame.
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:27 AM   #24
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Unfortunately the mindset of the large company today is you are more of a liability than an asset
The recognition & appreciation is lacking now days hence the reason most companies donít offer retirement pensions any more
However, anyone dedicating 45 years to one company should be highly recognized & that is quite impressive
Donít be shocked if they kick you in the rump on your way out on retirement day
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:33 AM   #25
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Sorry SOBs you work for Sir.

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Old 05-01-2022, 09:34 AM   #26
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Not much respect anymore....terrible
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:34 AM   #27
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Irritating, but not uncommon nowadays.

With Dynegy we got a soap stone with their name on it- we were like wth am I supposed to do with this?

With Naes we were given a lapel pin- who in the world is wearing lapel pins and if they were would wear one with NAES on it?

Whoever is buying this junk needs a swift kick in the taint.

A gift card to any name brand restaurant with a simple "thanks for your service" letter would go so much further than cheesy lower than made in china crap they pawn off on us.
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:38 AM   #28
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I feel your pain. When I got my 15 year recognition, they used my middle name as my first ( I have never gone by my middle name), misspelled my last name, and gave it to me after 18 years! This was done in front of my coworkers. I walked up, took the plaque for the photo, and handed it back, stating, "I can't accept this.". The person that handed it to me and said "Sure you can, you earned it!" I replied "No, I can't; that's not my first name and my last name isn't spelled correctly." I was told it would be corrected. I am now 26 years in with no corrected replacement. The good news,.....I could give a flyin' funk about a 15 years of service plaque!


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Old 05-01-2022, 09:42 AM   #29
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More important question is how have they managed to put up with you for 45 years
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:42 AM   #30
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That company has been headed downhill for a long time and dropped off the cliff with the takeover from united. Complete trash now, the entire management structure is full of self serving woke sissies. Another perfect example of "everything that goes woke turns to chit".
It's just got bad in the last couple of years.
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They are saving up for your 50th. It going to be a big shindig.

45years at one company is a heck of an accomplishment.

Raytheon is the prime on our NASA contract. I have a some Raytheon swag I can sent you if it would make you feel better.
Ain't gonna be a 50.
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Their purchasing department is a joke. I can't get them to buy a simple bolt.
They would rather us make a bolt for $200 that they can buy for $1.
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We can choose who we work for? Certainly It didnít take you 45 years to realize their culture is trash.
Like above, its only been bad the last couple of years.
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Randy I really donít think Iíve ever known anybody with 45 years of service with one company. I apologize if Iím getting personal but how much vacation, sick days, family leave do you get? Also are there yearly bonuses?
5 weeks PTO and COL raises.


I'm just hanging on and plan to be out of there in 2 more years. It used to be a great place to work.
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:44 AM   #31
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The company I work for gave me my 20 year package three years late .
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:47 AM   #32
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They love you Randy and it shows.
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Old 05-01-2022, 09:53 AM   #33
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If its curved dont set it in a sunny window and on wooden desk. It could focus the light and burn your desk. Double whammy.

No chit, Ive seen this with a Marine Corps birthday trinket. I thought my roommate was smoking in our barracks room and kept finding burn marks on a deskÖthen one day I walked in with the sun light at the right angle and the desk smoking.

Keep on keepin on MrEagle. Youre almost done.
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Old 05-01-2022, 10:12 AM   #34
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First offÖcongrats on 45 years. Thatís very unusual these days.

SecondÖitís sad that employers donít recognize their most valuable assets are the people. If I had a 45 year employee, his ONLY job would be sharing our culture with the new guys and spreading the message that this is place people want to stay at for 45 years.

ThirdÖI give better gifts for 10, 20 and 30 year employees. Custom jackets, custom watches, custom boots among other choices.


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Old 05-01-2022, 10:34 AM   #35
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Some of those stories are super crappy. State you upgrade from a 5 year paper to a 10 year folder to a 15 year hard sided folder, etc.

That said, if any of you are in a position to give good gifts, I have USA made production knives that I can get in singles up through 50-100 quantities.


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Old 05-01-2022, 10:44 AM   #36
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So for giving them 2/3 of my life I got a piece of acrylic, a postcard thanking me and a gift that will never get used.




I’m guessing you also got somewhere between one and two million dollars (or more) for your time. So there is that.

The company I work for does the same thing. You just get mail recognition and pick out junk from a catalog.

Unfortunately there’s lots of large companies that just don’t care. If you retire tomorrow you will be replaced and forgotten.

Congrats on 45 that’s a heck of a feat. You deserve more than what you got.




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Old 05-01-2022, 10:45 AM   #37
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Sigh!


You got your pride, bro! That's what counts the most. And congrats for 45. Most I ever did anywhere was 9 years and 8 months. I was a job hopper before that. Finally found a place I can stay to the end. Just wish I could'a started there 20 or more years ago.
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Old 05-01-2022, 10:55 AM   #38
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The commitment needed to accomplish that is highly commendable. That said . . . . Life is too short to work 45 years for the same company. I'm grateful that my wife kept us humble enough to live in the first home we bought, get us out of debt quickly and invest in real estate allowing me to retire you g an just work my business for extra money.
One thing a few heart attacks will teach you is that tomorrow isn't promised and giving them all to some company that doesn't appreciate you is a mistake.
I was on the way to the hospital on a Wednesday morning in March of 2015 having a mild miocardial infarction and all I could think about was how glad I was to had retired the July before so I wasn't at work having it.

Get out now. Two more years may be too late.

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About as bad as the company I used to work for.
Boss gave me my little trinket, for 35 years service, in the morning meeting. I took one look at it and saw that it was the exact same little awards pin as all the others and just tossed in a trash can that was nearby. He was shocked. The new hires were shocked. The old timers nodded their heads in understanding approval.
The union, on the other hand, gave me a nice pin insetted with precious stones.
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Old 05-01-2022, 10:58 AM   #40
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Classic! Mail it back to em. The days of employee appreciation are gone. My dad was the last class to receive a Rolex when he retired from Cameron Iron Works in 1986. Sad but true.
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Congratulations on 45 years. That’s an amazing accomplishment.
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Old 05-01-2022, 11:19 AM   #42
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I just retired and got a nice plaque. But, what was the most important for me was almost 37 years of full time employment and never missing a paycheck! And, as bad as it seems, a company can’t be overly devoted to any 1 of its employees, life goes on and so does business. Congratulations on a long successful career, I’m sure you’re proud of your work, and rightfully so.
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Man that’s terrible.
At least a personal thank you from the head guy.
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I don't expect a Rolex or anything real special, but they could have been a little more personal. Present the piece of plastic to me with the guys there, maybe some donuts. There is not a day goes by I don't help the young guys. The trade schools teach them just enough to be dangerous. I have experience from before the machines even had memories. They had reel to reel tape readers. Run a part then rewind the tape and go again. Heck, the manual machine areas were bigger than the NC areas.
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Old 05-01-2022, 12:31 PM   #45
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I got something similar to that one time. Gave a company everything I had for 10 yrs. It went straight in the trash. I moved on to do other things 6 months later.
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Old 05-01-2022, 12:33 PM   #46
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Retire and enjoy it.
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I don't expect a Rolex or anything real special, but they could have been a little more personal. Present the piece of plastic to me with the guys there, maybe some donuts. There is not a day goes by I don't help the young guys. The trade schools teach them just enough to be dangerous. I have experience from before the machines even had memories. They had reel to reel tape readers. Run a part then rewind the tape and go again. Heck, the manual machine areas were bigger than the NC areas.
They probable didn't have it in the budget to do anything special for every one of yall with 45 years. I mean heck, Could you imagine the cost of doing something special for both of you.
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Old 05-01-2022, 01:04 PM   #48
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Why does Johnny Paychecks number 1 hit keep coming to mind?
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Old 05-01-2022, 01:06 PM   #49
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Yeah that's why I go to work and do my job but nothing extra. There's no loyalty from a employer. When we leave they will have us replaced in no time.
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Be thankful that you’ve had such a long career with the company. All they really owe you is a pay check on pay day
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