This happened about 20 years ago and I was told the story by my mom later on.
Background: 25-30 years ago the first few computer related college programs started popping up. Dad thusly got his degree, started a family with mom, got a job and started doing the young family thing. A US company head hunted him and offered to bring us all over. My parents said “yes please!” And so we left everything and everyone behind.
Now his job at the time was given heaps of notice and he quit on good terms with everyone. Training up the new guy and generally not making waves. As part of his contract, he was told he would be given X amount extra at the end of the year, it was a bonus or severance package or something similar.
I mentioned my parents were a young family, straight out of college with 2 kids already. They had no savings. They were counting on this money to make the transition to America easier. Dad’s commute was 2 hours each way from where they got us our housing. So mom was left with two small kids, no husband, and suddenly no family or friends for support.
The bonus had to be signed off by one of the few guys in the pecking order above dad. There was maybe 3. The head boss and two others by seniority. He just said no. He got to say no because dad was leaving his job in November, instead of December, when the payout wouldve been automatic. He benefited because that left more money in the bonus fund for the rest of them.
The majority of the trip and move was sponsored by the new job. But mom was left with a shoestring budget and no support for her first 4 months in a foreign country. Looking back, it was extremely hard on her.
So, onwards and upwards. Dad’s a whiz at his computer related sorcery and he’s jumped companies and moved up the totem pole. The company wants to add more underlings to his department. He’s not like head of the department, but his team is performing the best and he’s won them a few huge contracts so they ask him to help review applicants.
Guess who’s applied?!
The guy that shafted my parents, just because he could.
Dad’s current company is one of the top ones. So their denial of the greedy dude’s application screwed him over for a few other positions at similar companies. You’re not supposed to talk… but people do… and they didn’t want someone else’s reject.
he ended up at a start up eventually. Making far less than he would’ve had he gotten a position at dad’s company.
Being a dick to my dad set back his career at least 10 years because he had to start alllll the way over and prove himself from the bottom up.