Thanks for the advice. I'm not blinded by the shiny tools. If you would have read my post better you would have seen that I was specifically referring to my local branch. I can't speak for yours. Those who left my branch were less than dedicated, and in my opinion, should have been let go months ago.Originally posted by hayessd
I don’t have any facts about +- 500 casualties, but the 20% reduction in pay for the dedicated survivor(s) is a fact. You are correct that “service” did not take a cut in pay, just top techs.Originally posted by mxriderpa
I don't know if the 500 employee figure is true or not, it may be. But those who stayed did not necessarily get a pay cut. There were significant changes in each individuals job description, but pay (at least in my branch) was not decreased. Maybe due to the fact that our branch is very successful.
Some people have negative feelings about JCI for whatever reason. Maybe they worked here at one time and they were not the controls dynamo they said or thought they were. Maybe their boss was a jerk and their feelings are justified. I have had many jobs and never had an employer as good as JCI. I am given anything I need to get the job done. Laptop, Palm Pilot, very nice meters, any hand tools I may need. Paid training, airfare to training, all costs covered.
Say what you want about JCI, they are definitely a great employer. Those who left, while unfortunate, are not missed professionally.
My branch is very profitable, and we lost valuable professional people that gave 110%. You may not miss the dedicated employees that gave many hours to JCI for free, but the customer will. Don’t let the shiny tools blind you.
I'm still with JCI service… just so you know.
I do personally miss the ones who were let go from my branch. They were good guys with families, but they were not good employees, and brought the team down.
The day of all these changes, each of us were sat down individually, and given a new job offer. The new job offer had our new salary (in my case I went from hourly to salary) and job description, including responsibilities.
We could choose to take the job or not. Nobody was forced to accept anything. In my case the work that I had been doing that was not part of my job description was included in my new job description.
I agree that the way JCI handled this thing was ugly, and some of it unnecessary. But I also agree that something drastic had to be done about the way we used to do business.
In my office, so far, we have had nothing but praise from our customers about the changes. They like having to only contact one guy, and he knows the spec of the job, how the programming will be done, the lay of the job site, and everything else about the job. It was senseless to have a Project Manager and an SAE on a job, when the SAE could do both jobs just as well and give the customer more continuity.
I do thank you for your advice Hayes, but I've been doing HVAC work for a long time, and am fully capable of determining whether or not an employer is good for me.
P.S. Are you from San Diego?