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#144
Nov 15, 2013
 
the bunker wrote:
Adding bullet proof Windows and reinforced concrete. I want to make sure I survive. Oh. Christmas is coming. be prepared for some more terminations.
That would explain the bunkers. Now it makes sense!
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#145
Nov 15, 2013
 
I worked at UN in the late 80's, early 90's and it was sort of laid back. There were your jerks but we had a lot of really cool people there as well. Couldn't beat the softball tounaments at 12 North. Too bad it's more like an insane asylum now.
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#146
Nov 15, 2013
 
Thanks for the demotion UN. Can't believe u are hiring a bunch of dumb azz's from Hartford. When do u think I will be forced out just like others. I know I was a piece of chit throughout all my years at UN.
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Clinton, NY

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#147
Nov 16, 2013
 
What has Managment done that they need bullet proof glass?

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#148
Nov 19, 2013
 
looking to get out wrote:
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Ask your neighbor if the company is financial sound? Based on the downgrading of founders by am best, in the small print, if there is any more erosion of capital or basically poor results , utica is going to be downgraded. anyone who works in insurance knows what that means. It will be the death sentence. Recently, I have noticed allot of meetings going on by higher management. the rumors are not good news for the company.
I talked with my neighbor the other day. He said he thought the company was in fair shape, but he's out of the loop now. Supposedly expenses have been an issue for years but they can't seem to figure it out. He said they have tech issues and lousy management all around. He said the Flounders thing was the biggest debacle ever- the people internally who looked at the company said it was shit, but the executives wanted to grow quickly and senior management shouted the naysayers down.
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#149
Nov 20, 2013
 
You are correct. Expenses have been an issue for a long time. Consultants were hired years ago and their recs were that the company organization needed to be flattened. That means there was too much management compared to the workers. So they eliminated some management positions but created new management jobs for the "friends". The end result was zero impact. We are now coming up on the "Holiday Gift" season. The gifts to the workers has not been increased since at least 1970 when $100.(the top amount for 25 year workers) was a weeks salary for most. But managment gets a HUGE bonus earned on the backs of their staff. First class travel, expense accounts, and bonuses will never be eliminated for management to bring expenses under control. They will just keep doing thing like eliminating coffee breaks and cafeteria food and good health insurance.
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#150
Nov 21, 2013
 

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Rumor is more layoffs announced today along with jobs being sent overseas. Great job Dougie! Hope that bonus is worth it this year.
Got the Pink slip today

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Nov 21, 2013
 

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Worked in the IVORY tower for 15 years as a business analyst. HR called us in this afternoon and advised us our department is being eliminated and our position will be terminated. They put a spin on it, but the bottom line is we are being let go. The good news from HR is that their will be handful of positions opening and we can reapply. Another words, they will only be able to hire about 10% of the worker that were let go. Obviously, the positions will be at half pay and with less benefits. I guess they will pick and chose through 35-40 employees for this. I really feel bad for some of my comrades who have families. I will not be applying for those handful of positions. It lucky my wife has an excellent job and i could go work for my family. Utica National is not a place to work for, poor management, results of the company are poor, they are unethical and they treat the employees like dirt. So happy to be out of there.
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#152
Nov 21, 2013
 
Got the Pink slip today wrote:
Worked in the IVORY tower for 15 years as a business analyst. HR called us in this afternoon and advised us our department is being eliminated and our position will be terminated. They put a spin on it, but the bottom line is we are being let go. The good news from HR is that their will be handful of positions opening and we can reapply. Another words, they will only be able to hire about 10% of the worker that were let go. Obviously, the positions will be at half pay and with less benefits. I guess they will pick and chose through 35-40 employees for this. I really feel bad for some of my comrades who have families. I will not be applying for those handful of positions. It lucky my wife has an excellent job and i could go work for my family. Utica National is not a place to work for, poor management, results of the company are poor, they are unethical and they treat the employees like dirt. So happy to be out of there.
Is this true?
Rick

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#155
Nov 22, 2013
 
Kathy wrote:
<quoted text> Is this true?
Yes it is. They can thank Steve for the Christmas gift! Oh and his two elves too! What a mess it will be!
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#156
Nov 22, 2013
 
Which department?
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#157
Nov 22, 2013
 
This is terrible if it's true.
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#158
Nov 22, 2013
 
They are outsourcing the business analyst ! Just in time for the holidays! Wouldn't be a mery Christmas if the UN didn't give a dept the boot around the holidays!!!
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Utica, NY

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#159
Nov 22, 2013
 
Nice to see that because of poor management, management gets promoted, and the rest of team takes the fall. Way to go Utica, way to go Steve-O throwing your team under the bus like that.

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#160
Nov 22, 2013
 
This place sounds incredible. Does the management of that place realize that corporate has been ABANDONING outsourcing because the savings are illusory? The poor quality overseas outweighs any cost savings from salary cuts, or so the rest of the American business community has learned. Good grief.
Merry x Mas

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#161
Nov 22, 2013
 
Who is UN biggest jerk off?!
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Utica, NY

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#162
Nov 23, 2013
 
Merry x Mas wrote:
Who is UN biggest jerk off?!
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#163
Nov 23, 2013
 
What did you actually do there as an analyst?! The products are average, there are too many programs that are outdated and not streamlined! They shouldn't have had 40 analysts on the payroll to begin with!

I've developed and implemented programs with better results by myself!

Everyone blames management when employees actually contributed equally into this mess. Soon all the lifers will realize that it's not 1990 anymore and change needs to happen! It's going to be a tough road to recovery. There is going to be a lot of change and it is much needed! If you don't want to change then there's the door!!
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thatguy2012 wrote:
What did you actually do there as an analyst?! The products are average, there are too many programs that are outdated and not streamlined! They shouldn't have had 40 analysts on the payroll to begin with!
I've developed and implemented programs with better results by myself!
Everyone blames management when employees actually contributed equally into this mess. Soon all the lifers will realize that it's not 1990 anymore and change needs to happen! It's going to be a tough road to recovery. There is going to be a lot of change and it is much needed! If you don't want to change then there's the door!!
It most certainly IS Managements fault 100%! They have allowed all of it! What is Management for then? Oh yeah, just sit there and collect fat paychecks and bonuses?
And aren't you full of yourself! Are you one of Steve's croonies, thinking your so great? IT has blame too. BA's don't make the programmers write all over each others code!
It will all come to light, and IT isn't gonna look so hot!
I got an ida

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thatguy2012 wrote:
What did you actually do there as an analyst?! The products are average, there are too many programs that are outdated and not streamlined! They shouldn't have had 40 analysts on the payroll to begin with!
I've developed and implemented programs with better results by myself!
Everyone blames management when employees actually contributed equally into this mess. Soon all the lifers will realize that it's not 1990 anymore and change needs to happen! It's going to be a tough road to recovery. There is going to be a lot of change and it is much needed! If you don't want to change then there's the door!!
Why don't you go write them a program and then they can get rid of all their IT deptartment who obviously don't know what they are doing? You could be the one who saves the company! You would fit in since you obviously like to toot your own horn

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