I had worked for KU for 10+ years and they let me go. They hired younger people, of which I had to train. And then when those younger folks were up and running, I was let go. I still have another 12-15 years before retirement and am not finding a job. I have a lot of interviews, but I think age is a big factor.
This organization is very hostile toward older workers. I do not recommend it to older veterans. They spend most of their time and energy blaming older workers for what does not get done while the younger officer "leaders" socialize and take credit for the work of the civilian employees so they can get promoted. Pay is stagnant, recognition for a expertise and knowledge is nonexistent. This is a terrible place to work - can't wait to retire.
Gov. Walker has created an entirely and wholly discriminating environment for the UW campuses. What he took away was our longer term employee ability to transfer into new or higher level positions which used to be a BENEFIT for long term employees. We had seniority and we no longer receive any reward for long term employment. Instead I have seen a huge trend toward "the younger generation" being brought in consistently before longer term employees. I suppose maybe it is cheaper to hire the "newbies" but it is hard enough to stay ahead of the game as it is when you become older.
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After reading the comments by those who express their perspective of age related discriminating practices by more than a few employers, I felt very concerned for older workers that need/desire employment. I wonder if these employers understand that it is not just the revenue from young adults that keep them in business. I wonder how they would survive if the older generation would stop supporting their businesses. I also wonder if these employers understand the principle of sowing and reaping? I am grateful to your agency for providing the results of your survey and your commitment to provide older workers with reliable job leads.
-- Marie Moore, AARP