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My Corrupt Former Employer


RiverLight

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I was recently laid off due to COVID. And honestly, I am relieved. I am far happier now that I am no longer dealing with such a corrupt, unhealthy and toxic company.

The leadership throughout from the CEO and downwards was lacking in ethics, morality and effective leadership. I was asked to lie to my clients. I had a co-worker above me who tried to take all the credit for my hard work right in front of me while we were on a client call. My boss took credit for all my hard work and lied to the CEO, downplaying all of my greatest achievements and taking credit for them himself. He was also trying to undermine my success and my ability to rise to a higher level position. Even the CEO himself talks out of both sides of his mouth and lies to his employees. 

The company continued to lose important clients, especially from my own team. And that's because my boss is not an effective leader. I did not lose a single client and had 100% client retention for the two years I was there. 

After they told me I was being let go, I asked two colleagues, whom I had helped in a major way, to write me recommendations on LinkedIn. I contacted both people twice within two weeks, and never heard from either one. One of them I had saved from losing a most important client because his team was failing at their job. I came in, offered my help and saved the day for them and saved them from losing this big client. And what kind of thanks do I get? NONE. No recommendation, no 'thank you' or 'excellent work'. The other colleague had offered that I use her as a reference. But, she also has not replied to my request for a brief, written recommendation. And I had helped her on a few occasions too. She had even told me 'you are amazing', on the day I was laid off. Incredible. You go out of your way for your colleagues and get nothing in return. That says a LOT about their character. Clearly, they have NO character. 

And, when the CEO let me go, he had offered his help with my resume, he offered to contact his entire network and forward my resume along to his contacts. He also offered to meet me for drinks to discuss my future path. Has any of that occurred? NO. And we had a great rapport, or so I thought. We even spoke on a personal level on the phone a couple times within the last 2 months, and had hour long phone calls, just the two of us. I forwarded my resume to him a week and a half ago. He replied, saying he has some thoughts for me, but never followed up. This also tells me a lot about HIS character - not so great. 

On the flip side, I have an interview on Tuesday for a Director level role. I am ecstatic. The company looks amazing, it's an award-winning design and marketing company, and I am speaking with the CMO who is an award-winning marketing executive. This has been my ideal company to work for, and I've wanted a boss above me who is smarter than me, more accomplished than me and who is highly adept at what they do. This could just be it for me -- potentially. I couldn't be happier or more thrilled about this interview. 

So my former company can literally go F themselves. I will be vindicated once I land a Director level role, especially given the lies my boss told and the fact that he tried to hold me back and down within my position. I will show them ALL what exactly I am made of and how far I can truly go. I aim to be a VP one day. And I know I will get there. I'm on my way already. 

So F you to them. I'm glad they laid me off. And I'm glad I now have the opportunity to seek a far better position working for a far better organization. And one day, after enough time has passed, I will write a scathing review of their company on Glassdoor in a way that cannot be traced back to me. And that will be my revenge. 

 

 

 

 

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So my former company can literally go F themselves. I will be vindicated once I land a Director level role, especially given the lies my boss told and the fact that he tried to hold me back and down within my position. I will show them ALL what exactly I am made of and how far I can truly go. I aim to be a VP one day. And I know I will get there. I'm on my way already.  

I like that for sure!  Let that anger you feel toward your last job drive you forward toward your goal!  I'm routing for you and fully believe in you!❤️

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4 hours ago, sober4life said:

I like that for sure!  Let that anger you feel toward your last job drive you forward toward your goal!  I'm routing for you and fully believe in you!❤️

THANK YOU SOBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HUGS TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

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AND..... icing on the cake. I had lunch with me CEO -- he is going to help me after all, but he also hit on me! ARGH! He knows I am married. But he hit on me anyways. We used to talk a lot and we've spoken on a personal level. I suppose that was a mistake because he must have taken that to be an invitation, which it WAS NOT. 

I am really disgusted. 

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15 hours ago, sober4life said:

I'm so glad you're out of there!  Is it even a good idea to let him help you at this point?:unsure:

I know. My husband is upset that I am still allowing the CEO to help me. I agree that it's not a good situation, but the bottom line is, he has contacts, he is well connected in the digital marketing world,  the market is oversaturated with highly qualified candidates due to massive layoffs, and I need every little bit of help I can get to obtain a job. I have seven months to find a job while on unemployment benefits, and it could be challenging, especially since I want a higher level role. 

On the flip side, my parents are encouraging me to go into business for myself. I do have ten years of experience under my belt, and I probably could obtain clients if I created a website and marketed it. I don't feel entirely ready for that yet, but I may just bite the bullet, forget my fears and do it. I have to think more on it. 

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It's very hard to know what to do for sure.  Yes think it over.  I will say you have 2 parents that think having a business of your own is the right choice.  If you did that it would be a business run your way.  You would choose the people around you.  No more idiots like there were at your last job.

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1 hour ago, sober4life said:

It's very hard to know what to do for sure.  Yes think it over.  I will say you have 2 parents that think having a business of your own is the right choice.  If you did that it would be a business run your way.  You would choose the people around you.  No more idiots like there were at your last job.

Yep - I could run things my way and choose the clients I want to work with. Many benefits to going solo. No more toxic bosses - no more insane office politics. I’m thinking on it!! 

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Since I wrote this blog post, both the CEO and the VP wrote me the most positive and glowing recommendations for my LI profile. So I got what I needed from them. 

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