Thread regarding FMC Technologies Inc. layoffs

Advice from the outside

Previously laidoff employee here. Here is some advice for those still working.

The job seeking market is saturated with experience professionals that have way more experience than most, willing to take way less. If you get laid off, your best bet is taking a job that takes 30-40% less than what you are currently making or change occupations completely. My advice is to open a business that you are truly passionate about and pursing that. Dont work for the man regardless how stable you think it may be. You will find true happiness. I promise you.

From an previous engineer with 7-9 years of project engineering/project management experience across various industries, working with FMC for 5 years before getting laid off. I have been laid off for 8 months with only a handful of interviews. I turned down quite a few because my ego and my previous pay told me I deserved more. This is completely wrong, being in O

-Update your resume

-Expand your network

-Open your own business

-Don't trust any of your superiors, they don't know what they are doing.

-It is greener on the other side.

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Holy cow! Where's the "like" button. Last guy is on the money! Hang in there people, and look for the light. It's there! You can find it... may take a little while.

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Regarding the OP,

The best advice given was, if laid off, to find a job understanding that you'll make significantly less. OP is absolutely correct that the job market is saturated with professionals, driving the wages offered down.

The rest of the advice is bold, but extremely risky and not for the vast majority of folks who were recently laid off. Starting a business, whether small or large in scope is a huge responsibility and one that requires lots of cash and leaves a lot of room for risk/failure. Think about it. The last thing you do in a bear market is start aggressively buying everything or start selling everything in a panic. You slow down, do some very objective homework on your next step. Be honest with yourself about your finances. Putting all your chips in on a small business is just that, a huge gamble. Tread carefully into those waters and do NOT deplete your savings on a long shot, hail mary idea. Chances are your family depends on you to keep the lights on. Ensure you don't screw that up because you think you have something to prove after being let go. Tamp down the emotions and make it a goal to clear your mind of any remaining baggage.

About not trusting your superiors:

If you can't trust your team, even managers, there's a good chance the business unit will fail regardless. Give your best and be genuine. The more genuine, professional behavior exhibited, the more likely the group will be cohesive, transparent and successful. The more covert and protective each person is, the more time and energy is wasted. Don't fall for the narrative that all the bosses are bad. Most employees and managers are decent people that are doing their best to improve. It may just feel like there's a conspiracy because we tend to feel as if bad things gravitate only to ourselves. This happens to all of us. Company executives, mid-level managers, supervisors, technicians, accountants, IT professionals and on and on.

In the end, it's incredibly important to position your finances in a way to absorb the blow of being laid off, if it happens. Live well within your means and save to hedge against bad events. You'll have peace of mind knowing that regardless of your employment situation, you will be ok. When you have that, you won't walk the halls looking over your shoulder in fear. You'll be in the very minuscule minority of people who actually took control of their lives and didn't live in hope and fear.

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I worked for FMC for over 10 years. I was devastated when I was Laid off, a year ago. I have had only two interviews both out of state. I'm in the process of starting a business. I hear you talking.

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I am much happier after leaving FMC.

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Finally after months of reading this blog we find someone who talks sence!

There is life beyond FMC, sorry TechnipFMC.

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Thank you for this post. So many of us say that we should leave the company because there is no future but it's hard to leave the money. This is inspirational to me. Thank you.

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Thank you, I need that.

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