Thread regarding Aetna Inc. layoffs

Just be honest.

I wish they would just let us know what is going on. Are we going to be laid off in the first quarter or not? This head game they are playing with everyone is old now. There are red flags all around us that they are slowly getting rid of us and yet they pacify us with lies. Morale is dropping immensely! Just be honest!!!

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To the person who was told by their manager that Aetna does not give recommendations to employees they layoff. Corporations do not give recommendations, good of bad for any previous employees. Your new employer will do an employment verification check with Aetna, Aetna will supply your employment dates, that should be all. If anyone at Aetna provides more than that, you have cause to peruse Aetna legally. Most likely your manager was told to tell you that by HR. However, your manager does have the option of giving you a personal recommendation if he/she desires. I would not worry about being laid off by Aetna, you are not the first to be laid off. Your next steps should be, look for a new job and think of Aetna as a stepping stone in your career. You will soon find out, there are really good companies out there that will be glad to have you as an employee. The only way to appreciate good, is to have known bad.

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Is it the policy of Aetna to not provide recommendations to employees that are laid off? I was informed that this is the case by a head of the department. Just trying to figure out my next steps. If it is true, what do others do who are laid off? If it's baloney....???

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It's fascinating to watch how a company reacts to change. For the past few years Aetna has been searching for a new business model and it seems they want to be a technology company. The CEO has stated in meetings that the current business model will be gone in 10 years. Aetna is competing against Tech giants who are investing in health care tech and small startups who can move fast. To have a chance against these types of competitors, Aetna would need to build a team of tech super stars and have unlimited finances and resources. The constant reorganizations, layoffs and strategic shifts have not demonstrated a cohesive and strategically focused organization. My advice to their leadership is. Become the best insurance company in the market by focusing on core competencies. You are listed as an insurance company, be proud of what you do and the staff that got you there.

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I am relieved but sad to be leaving after 25 years with Aetna. We've had a number of CEOs in that time, Mark is the most ruthless. He's set about a company makeover for several years which basically involves replacing anyone experienced (ie older) with new workers, and empire building. It has been harder and harder the last few years to find anyone to answer questions or solve problems. And with another 4000+ people now leaving, 2017 will be chaos. :(

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I'm releived to move on after leaving Aetna, there's like a dark cloud of fear from layoff quarterly. Very depressing, unmotivating and scary situation to be in ... even if there's really no work to do with bunch of lazy co-workers . I love where I am now, busy work but secured with layoff not even ever a topic.

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Layoffs occur all the time whether you hear about it or not. It's the norm of all corporations. Yet currently, these layoffs are hitting every department and demographic within the company. If you don't hear such things about your area you're either unaware or it's not hitting your department and good for your space if that's the case! Be open minded, these aren't a bunch of 'pot heads' voicing their concerns (maybe some smoke) but that's incredibly immature to classify an individual based on a fragmented thought. Use some logic, reason and sensitivity. And hell, for all you know, Bertolini may be posting as well - there's more than one way to skin a cat and check the pulse of your workers. Stop assuming and start listening to others and talking about the issues. Collaborate instead of criticizing.

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Judge Bates is making a list, he's checking it twice, he's going to find out if Mark and Bruce have been naughty or nice. Judge Bates is coming to town.

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Aetna has been doing job eliminations for years. It's a good place to work for a short time until you can get a good job. In my time with Aetna, I did not meet one person that wanted to be there, it is a culture of fear and job protectionism. It was very sad to see mid level management, directors and VP's criticizing the company and bad mouthing each other in meetings. From my very first day, I watched good people being harassed and setup by their managers and colleagues. It is a broken culture with broken leadership. Every month they do a re-org and move the same people around getting the same results, more time wasted an no closer to meeting their goals, so they do it again and again. Aetna is a victim of the culture they've created. They will not attract motivated and skilled professionals to the company as long as they continue to allow their mid level leadership to behave like children. They have to ask themselves. Why would skilled professionals work for non-skilled leaders?

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I'm trying to write about the early retirements/layoffs in this round, and can offer anonymity to any Connecticut worker who took the early retirement because they thought they'd be laid off if they didn't (or who took it because they thought they could work somewhere else with less stress, for that matter).

And the woman whose job was eliminated, the most recent reply -- I'd especially love to talk to you!

my email is maralee at Courant dot com.

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Aetna has been secretly "eliminating " jobs for almost two years that I know of. My job was eliminated last year along with 9 other woman making really good salaries (all 40+ years old, two of those woman were 1 year from retirement. I myself was 3 years from retirement and we were not offerred early retirement packages). They call it job "elimination" but why did I have to spend my last month training others to do my job. Mark Bertolini and other exec's need to get their bonus money from someplace. Mark Bertolin once said during an all employee meeting that he considered it a personal failure when he has to layoff employees, I would say he has racked up quite a number of personal failures but it never seems to stop him from excepting his bonus. My advise is take early retirement if you can. If you are not eligible to retire, quit. The job market has improved a lot, beat the rush. I know that it can be scary but I have felt such a sense of relief not having to live under the dark cloud working at Aetna. Aetna management cannot be trusted. It's an every man for himself workplace.

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As we sit here doing nothing. Smh makes no sense.

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I can't imagine what it would be like to have nothing to do. Most of my colleagues have been working 12 hour days for the past several years due to understaffing. And about 1/3 of them just got laid off in November anyway.

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This really concerns me as a Humana Employee - maybe we should also be looking for jobs!

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I worked for Aetna. There was no work for my group to do. For over a year, we would walk around the halls in Hartford office, one guy would go jogging for 2-3 hours during lunch. We asked our boss of work and he would just make a joke about the company. What a terrible experience that was.

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I wish they hurry up and do it so I can be free of this company. The worst place to work at. Just saying..

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I know for the fact that there are discussions going on right now about how to manage layoff.

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Aetna is expanding to must and to fast. They need to get rid of all of the millennials who feel they should work from home when they first start, they have to earn that "privilege". These are the same people who got an 8th place trophy for participating.

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Hey stoner, wake up. That company is a layoff machine, do your homework.

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Where are all these red flags? This whole page sounds like the rantings of a bunch of paranoid potheads.

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Mark said at the last meeting the Job eliminations will continue for the next few months. I would count on layoffs going into the first quarter. I would recommend that folks find new jobs quickly.

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