Thursday, June 26, 2008

Isn't Corporate America Great?

Huh, where do I begin with this post?

I would say that pretty much all of my friends and family know how much I love my job, love the people I work with, and have loved Pfizer for the past 10 years. Unfortunately that will all be coming to an end. After weeks of speculation and rumors, I was told that Pfizer is eliminating the recruiting department for our field sales division. Blah. I wasn't shocked, but it is still hard to fully take in that the end of my career at Pfizer is here. It's one thing to choose to leave a company, but it's another to be told you are leaving.

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The reasons for Pfizer to make such a big cut is very clear and makes total sense: we will not be hiring anyone outside the company for at least 2 years. What on earth would I be doing that entire time? Certainly not what I was hired to do. It still sucks, I loved my job and I know I will land on my feet at another great company.

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The plus side to this is that I am getting an amazing severance package. Let's just say that if I choose to not work for a year, I can. Me and my family will keep the amazing benefits for a year. When I say amazing, I mean amazing. It cost us zero dollars to have Joshua. That's right folks, nothing, nada, zilch. When Joshua had his open heart surgery, the total bill was almost $70,000. What did we pay? Just take a guess. $100 bucks is all we had to shell out. And did I mention we pay nothing for our prescriptions? You now get the picture, they are incredible benefits. I have already told myself to not expect that anywhere else.

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My last day is July 18th, then I am paid through September 15th. Not too shabby of a deal....stay home with my kids while I get P-A-I-D. But now I have to decide what to do: start looking and interview for jobs so that I can start working late September or early October so that I can invest my severance pay? Or stay home for awhile? I have been thinking and thinking about that for the past week.
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I have decided that I am going to keep Sammi in preschool part time until she starts Kindergarten on Aug. 25th. They take field trips twice a week that she loves, so I'll keep her doing that. Then after she starts school I will not have her go to daycare before or after school until I start a new job. Keller ISD still has half day Kindergarten. Can you believe that? And I'll keep Joshua in his home care part time so that I don't lose his spot. I just adore the woman that watches him (she watched Sammi too when she was a baby) and don't want to take him out and lose his spot! He is not ready for preschool yet, so I want to keep him there until he is. So at least I have what will happen to the kids figured out! I will truly enjoy being a stay at home mom for awhile. But I am not used to being home so much, so we will see how soon it will be that I am climbing the walls and calling my friends that stay at home to get some tips and ideas. :)
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This past week has also left me feeling nostalgic. Thinking of so many I have formed amazing relationships with, what all the company has allowed for me to do, places I have travelled, things I have learned, etc. When Joshua was recovering from his heart surgery for 6 weeks, my boss allowed for me to work from home that entire time so that I did not have to take unpaid time off. Can you believe that? So generous of him. I love my boss, he is a great person and friend. I was telling another friend just today of all the places I have travelled to with Pfizer. You ready to read my long list? Atlanta, Orlando, Miami, NYC (a kagillion times. and yes, I just made up that word), Boston, Providence, Baltimore, Parsippany, Newark, Charleston, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago, Denver, St. Louis, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Laguna Beach, Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle, and the best two saved for last....Honolulu and Cabo San Lucas. I can thank Pfizer for my frequent flier miles and high status with American Airlines!
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Ok I know this has bored many, so I'll close this post. Goodbye Pfizer, thank you for the many great years!

4 comments:

Marcia78 said...

Wow Alli you have traveled TONS of places! How cool is that!?!?! I know from experience that God will put you where you need to be. Enjoy the time with your children and being paid for it... you never know when you might have an opportunity like that! I was home for 10 weeks and looking back it seems like 2 week! Love you girl! You are in my prayers!

Meredith said...

It's amazing how life works out and how someone has a bigger plan for you. I'm so glad you have many options and time to figure out what is best for you. Pfizer was an incredible company to you and glad they are taking care of an incredible asset that they had in you! You were truly blessed! I love you!

Darling729 said...

I sat here wondering what I could say.....so I will say this- You were an incredible asset to me and many others in the Regional Office. But more importantly, despite whatever could be going on around you, you were always happy and cheerful and a joy to work with. In my brief (4 years- haha) time in the office, I always looked forward to visiting with you and I am proud to call you more than a co-worker, but a friend. Just know that there will be an empty place on 3 when you leave that will never be filled!! Lastly, God has an amazing plan for you...and this is just a step in that direction!

Mom said...

It will be very interesting to be reading your blog in a year. Just wonder where you will be and what you will have to say about the time you were given at home and the exciting path you will take to your next opportunity. Remember that God is walking with you and will carry you when you need it. You are loved by somemany, you have been blessed. And you are a wonderful friend to so many. I am so proud of you.