@The shadow I have been laid off twice.... I found out in both cases they planned it from the beginning. Both times, they hired to build an internal project, and planned to lay off everyone after they got what they needed. Even after proving to be a perfect employee, bean counters didn’t see anything but numbers on paper, and the managers had no new ideas that required my type of genius, or so they thought.... So they cleaned house. The first time I had another better paying job within two weeks. It lasted 7 years, after which I immediately went to work for myself doing contract work. Both companies had the plan to use overseas cheap ass consultants to maintain the system, and within 6 months, both companies realized they made a mistake. When they offered me my job back, the conversations were so similar for each, I only need to present it once, my first question was “For how long?” Neither would answer that question, so I told them the contract would require a parachute of 2 years of severance immediately after walking in the door. So if they laid me off at anytime I would get my parachute. “Never mind.” they said, “We can’t do that.” Me, “We had a good thing going. I trusted you. You should have given me more consideration. I am sorry that your vision was short sited, but now that is what it will take to bring me back. Meanwhile, good luck. I wish you all the best that life can offer without me. I knew your company well... now you have to start over training someone new.” Them, “I will forward your message.” Me, “The only message to forward is “Thank you.” because I leaped forward. The experienced I gained is golden.” (I knew that would get them.) Them, “Have a nice day. If you change your mind, you know how to reach us.” Me, “You called me. Thank you for your call. If you change your mind, you know where you can reach me.” And no, I did not hear back from them. I didn’t expect them to give in to my demand, because while mildly painful, I knew I had left them in a good spot. They really didn’t need me long term in that role, and they were laying off a few middle managers, so it wasn’t going to be a manager role or they would have taken my contract. The point is, never look back, always make it work in your favor, and manifest a better leap forward, you had 14 years at that company, your experience is golden! You deserve a leap forward.