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Dec 26th, 12 08:22 AM
Calpantera
Re: Christmas bonuses?

I also work for the state and the govenor gave all state employees 4 hours off that we could use on either Xmas eve or New years eve only. Heck its a bonus!
Dec 24th, 12 09:55 PM
Amsoilguy
Re: Christmas bonuses?

My union gave us 50 dollar gift card to grocery store. I'm a state employee and don't get a bonus but I get paid double time and half for working the holiday!
Dec 24th, 12 08:08 PM
69OlympicGoldSS
Re: Christmas bonuses?

I received a $100 dollar Walmart Gift Certificate. That's exactly $75 dollars more than I received last year.

Merry Christmas Ya'll!

Dec 24th, 12 02:24 PM
nashcar
Re: Christmas bonuses?

I'm a contractor with one employee besides my wife. I always give him one weeks pay. My wife gets the rest.
Dec 24th, 12 01:45 PM
68rs406
Re: Christmas bonuses?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe Harrison View Post
Holy crap that is a horror story......these are the types of companies that need a union. I am not pro union and Shawn knows this but it's places like this that workers if all the above happens are being taken advantage of and should be treated better, this is where collective bargaining and unions are needed!!! I would say it's their money and they can spend as they wish but the take aways and what they are doing to the people that allow them to live and spend as they do does not show any appreciation for those people. Reading your story should be mandatory for those that do have it good but still choose complain IE: some people I work with

Sorry to go off topic....I have had good for 30 years at a very,very large company. After reading this I am so much more grateful for my job and to my employer, I will surely look at the little things that make me mad in a new light now!!
Well put Joe, you took the words right out of my mouth.
While I was reading that I was thinking how thankful I am for my situation. Not just that I'm a happy union member but that I can pick up and leave if a company gets crappy like that and take my retirement packages and wage with me to someone that apprecaites the hard work.

That sux Kev, sorry to hear about it. They will go under just like everyone else that can't manage their business and mistreats their workers, and have no one to blame but themselves (of course they will blame the economy or something).
Dec 23rd, 12 11:14 AM
Eleanor's Nemesis
Re: Christmas bonuses?

Some adequate competition in the marketplace would have a dramatic effect on how Kev's former employer operates and how the employees are compensated.

Good for you Casey, that made for a feel good moment!
Dec 23rd, 12 10:21 AM
Joe Harrison
Re: Christmas bonuses?

Quote:
Originally Posted by SixtyAte View Post
The company I worked for (14 years ) gave good raises,bonuses ,both July and December. We had an in house Christmas party also. When we got to the year 2002, They dropped the raises, July bonuses and cut the Christmas bonus to 25% what it was previous years. They claimed business was tough and they we not doing as good as they felt they should be.

Business owner then bought 1 million dollars of land in Maine w/2 houses, a 69 427 Corvette Convertible, 66 AC Cobra replica and a Kabota Back-Hoe for Maine use. Daughter bought 1/2 million dollar house , ordered pre-built horse barns and feed house and 3 horses too. A few years later, they were still crying poverty and passing out the " You are lucky you have a job line " while blowing money like water. No turkey at Thanksgiving ever and docked late workers 1/2 hour no matter if 1 minute late.

Daughter bought a blower setup for her Ford F150 , Big Tires and Rims, Trips to Mexico, Montana, Aruba, Bermuda and then spent $75 grand on a total restore of the 69 Vette. Then she moved to Florida, built a brand new house ..best of everything. A good $ 750,000 spent but that was not enough. She bought a brand new F150, Horse barn, paddock and a Kabota back-hoe too. Riding lawn mower , Kabota also.

She went and bought a 2007 Mustang Cobra and loaded it to the max. It cost $6,000 over sticker for a total of $46,000. Then in 2009 she bought a 2009 Ford Shelby GT 500. Daddy bought a $75,000 mobile home ( used it twice in 3 years ) a new car for his wife every year and a new F350 for him every two years.

He bought another house in lower Maine and 25 acres surrounding it. New everything to furnish the house and $10,000 to fence in the yard so the dogs could not run away. While still crying that times are tough. He bought a $50,000 gun collection, a $6,000 Rolex for him and a $5,000 Rolex for his wife. Went to Alaska twice on a Cruise at $25,000 a trip and still cried no money.

I never took more than 2 days off a year, took no vacations for ten years, got to take off some paid holidays. I gave up sick pay, vacation pay with promises of better times. Working from 40-68 hours a week, 14 hour days..never late, never out. They took away the medical in 2006 after making us pay 75-25 of the costs. Dropped 401k contributions also. From 2005 to 2009, the bonus was a flat $100.00 and then that was dropped. They continue to spend money like water, write off the loses and enjoy life as the workers get nothing and listen too " Lucky you have a job" weekly.

All I gave up and my devotion to the company got me a permanent lay off with no severance or anything ! Merry friken Christmas......

Kev
Holy crap that is a horror story......these are the types of companies that need a union. I am not pro union and Shawn knows this but it's places like this that workers if all the above happens are being taken advantage of and should be treated better, this is where collective bargaining and unions are needed!!! I would say it's their money and they can spend as they wish but the take aways and what they are doing to the people that allow them to live and spend as they do does not show any appreciation for those people. Reading your story should be mandatory for those that do have it good but still choose complain IE: some people I work with

Sorry to go off topic....I have had good for 30 years at a very,very large company. After reading this I am so much more grateful for my job and to my employer, I will surely look at the little things that make me mad in a new light now!!
Dec 23rd, 12 06:43 AM
154567
Re: Christmas bonuses?

Yeah, I get a Christmas bonus (depends how company did). Equal to one extra paycheck. Wife has already agreed to let me use some of it to get new TMI seat covers and foams. There will be a mint set of 69 black standard seat covers front and back available soon.
Dec 23rd, 12 06:18 AM
SixtyAte
Re: Christmas bonuses?

The company I worked for (14 years ) gave good raises,bonuses ,both July and December. We had an in house Christmas party also. When we got to the year 2002, They dropped the raises, July bonuses and cut the Christmas bonus to 25% what it was previous years. They claimed business was tough and they we not doing as good as they felt they should be.

Business owner then bought 1 million dollars of land in Maine w/2 houses, a 69 427 Corvette Convertible, 66 AC Cobra replica and a Kabota Back-Hoe for Maine use. Daughter bought 1/2 million dollar house , ordered pre-built horse barns and feed house and 3 horses too. A few years later, they were still crying poverty and passing out the " You are lucky you have a job line " while blowing money like water. No turkey at Thanksgiving ever and docked late workers 1/2 hour no matter if 1 minute late.

Daughter bought a blower setup for her Ford F150 , Big Tires and Rims, Trips to Mexico, Montana, Aruba, Bermuda and then spent $75 grand on a total restore of the 69 Vette. Then she moved to Florida, built a brand new house ..best of everything. A good $ 750,000 spent but that was not enough. She bought a brand new F150, Horse barn, paddock and a Kabota back-hoe too. Riding lawn mower , Kabota also.

She went and bought a 2007 Mustang Cobra and loaded it to the max. It cost $6,000 over sticker for a total of $46,000. Then in 2009 she bought a 2009 Ford Shelby GT 500. Daddy bought a $75,000 mobile home ( used it twice in 3 years ) a new car for his wife every year and a new F350 for him every two years.

He bought another house in lower Maine and 25 acres surrounding it. New everything to furnish the house and $10,000 to fence in the yard so the dogs could not run away. While still crying that times are tough. He bought a $50,000 gun collection, a $6,000 Rolex for him and a $5,000 Rolex for his wife. Went to Alaska twice on a Cruise at $25,000 a trip and still cried no money.

I never took more than 2 days off a year, took no vacations for ten years, got to take off some paid holidays. I gave up sick pay, vacation pay with promises of better times. Working from 40-68 hours a week, 14 hour days..never late, never out. They took away the medical in 2006 after making us pay 75-25 of the costs. Dropped 401k contributions also. From 2005 to 2009, the bonus was a flat $100.00 and then that was dropped. They continue to spend money like water, write off the loses and enjoy life as the workers get nothing and listen too " Lucky you have a job" weekly.

All I gave up and my devotion to the company got me a permanent lay off with no severance or anything ! Merry friken Christmas......

Kev
Dec 22nd, 12 09:50 PM
rherring
Re: Christmas bonuses?

I own a Heating and Air Conditioning company with about 25 employees we have done bonuses for 10 years hams, gifts, money about 20-25 thousand total. sales are down for the last two years the money was not there to hand out ,but we are having a christmas lunch and doing a money tree with differant amounts of money in envelopes.I have felt the economy crunch from the begining but for most of my employees this is their first taste of it and they don't seem to like it either.
Dec 22nd, 12 12:52 PM
68rs406
Re: Christmas bonuses?

Quote:
Originally Posted by SixtyAte View Post
Casey


Kev
X2 Casey, thats how it should be, your a good man for doing that!

When I was young working for a one man operation, (I was his help) he always gave me a bonus equal to 1 week pay. He was a great guy, and looking back I realize how really cool that was, he was not making much but apprecaited the hard work and knew I could use the money.

That guy that works for you will likely take that with him the rest of his life and hopefully get to repay someone in the same way.
Dec 22nd, 12 12:47 PM
SixtyAte
Re: Christmas bonuses?

Quote:
Originally Posted by casey0272 View Post
Sean....I'm a self-employed contractor. I just gave the young man who works for me full time his Christmas bonus. He has a lot of family obligations and was surprised at the amount. Bottom line, it was a pleasure giving him this bonus--he has gone above and beyond any worker I've ever had. I've learned from experience that giving in itself is the greatest gift, especially to someone who so needs it and deserves it.
Casey


Kev
Dec 22nd, 12 12:39 PM
casey0272
Re: Christmas bonuses?

Sean....I'm a self-employed contractor. I just gave the young man who works for me full time his Christmas bonus. He has a lot of family obligations and was surprised at the amount. Bottom line, it was a pleasure giving him this bonus--he has gone above and beyond any worker I've ever had. I've learned from experience that giving in itself is the greatest gift, especially to someone who so needs it and deserves it.
Dec 22nd, 12 12:31 PM
vjp819
Re: Christmas bonuses?

No Christmas bonus here. We get our bonus usually the first week of April.
Dec 22nd, 12 11:43 AM
68rs406
Re: Christmas bonuses?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe Harrison View Post
They had nice catered party for those that wanted to attend, I chose prime rib for dinner...yumm!!

They used to pass out a turkey card and store gift card that was good for $100.00 and believe it or not people complained......so much that it went to an ethics review and was cancelled. We are lucky to even get the party. We pay $5.00 for the party and it covers gifts. Only soft drinks are allowed but a bar is "near" the area where it was held and you "buy" at your risk and cost.

It's gotten crazy over the years (I have worked here for 30 years) from full blown company Christmas parties to what we just had. The ones in the early days were open bar, buffet and food service and some pretty awesome gifts. I go every year and bring the wife, we have a great time and I thank our managers for having it and us to enjoy it. Our gifts usually have company slant type product but we all get tickets for a drawing for the bigger stuff.

So a long story...long...LOL!!! I think I received a bonus and I really enjoyed it and my wife was able to share it.
Well put Joe, the company I worked for the last 9 years we used to get a bonus check at Christmas depending on profit, and the last 5 years or so they had been making barely enough and sometimes not enough to even call it a profit so there were chrstmas parties and turkys etc. but the bonus's faded away.
I would have liked to get the cash but if I get a 100$ gift card I appreciate that. Like you said lots of people bitched about it (which amazes me), seemed like mostly the inner office staff complained. Granted the company was losing money due to really poor decisions by upper management so that may have helped with the bad feelings.

Last year that company went out of business so I am at a new company this year, they have a really solid ownership group, and I was given my first bonus check I have recieved in the last 5 years or so. Even though it was slow last year they made enough to justify a bonus. With the way work is looking around here and for the company I'm looking forward to next Christmas.
My job is to make them money out on project sites, and it's not like I would work any different based on reward (I really only know one speed), but it sure makes you feel good when you work for a good company that recognizes your hard work.
That was the reason I posted the question, I wondered how un common it had become. It's too bad more people don't see something, but I'm glad to see there are still some "old fashioned" employers out there.
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