Intel is torturing me as my opinion oscillates between love and hate,
I wanted to work for Intel ever since as a young teen I designed my own 8086 based computer - barely any kind of PC - and built it on the family kitchen table. From that moment if I was guided by any life-plan it was to choose what would eventually win me a job at Intel. I graduated near top of my class and gravitated towards Intel. After many years, 5 countries, and success in two engineering fields I took a gamble with my career, moved again, and took a position with Intel.
For nearly two decades I was an exceed or successful during focal. I was very happy doing what I had always wanted to do and was rewarded beyond my expectations both monetarily and by my peers' opinions. Unfortunately, in 2015 my team had a new boss after an early retirement of our long-term boss, and he joined us on June 30th. Because of that he 'focaled' his old and new teams, and chose to allocate more payrise/bonus money to his new team, and more RSU awards to his old team. At the time it was a reasonable decision we all agreed to as he knew how to play the promotions game for us.
So, come ACT every one of his new team - all battle-proven long-termers with generally good reputations in customer-facing roles - were affected. Within months our new boss had no (zero!) reports. I and my closest work colleagues were all out. The only survivor (on appeal), who immediately moved sideways, had been on a LOA tending for a terminally ill wife so even HR could see that was indefensible.
The said boss has now hired new folks from external and internal sources. Life moves on for him. I'm sure his new guys are great. He's a good guy so I am sure he picked the best he was offered. I hear the team is doing good things after early stumbles. His former team, myself included, have found new roles and after some upset life is good again.
So, I am whole. The severance was generous and 2016 was fiscally better for me than if I had stayed. I still hold INTC. But, I am not in the job which I was good at, which I had worked hard for, and which I had expected to have until I or someone felt I was not up to the task. I was pushed out by an ill-thought-out hastily-drawn line through the employee database which caught me in an unfortunate set of RSU circumstances. I am bitter, and also wracked with remorse because I willingly agreed to the L4 RSU grant for 2016.