I worked at Gap, Inc.'s NDC (NorthEast Distribution Center) for 6½ years, having my "retirement" career ended in what I refer to (humorously, to myself) as the "bloodbath" of March 4th, 2009. The economy having tanked (Thank You, George W.!), the bean-counters in Fresno, CA, sent out notices throughout the company advising who the lower-performing associates were at each location, with appropriate numbers provided for staff-trimming. Of the 160 escorted to the door that day, it was my dubious honor to be the last, but - graciously - they didn't let the door hit me you-know-where on the way out.
All that being said, I would still apply for a job there when the "re-surge" takes place (if they haven't read this and totally blackballed me!), because, as strange as it may seem, I actually enjoyed working there. The reason I was let go, as well as the 159 others, was because of my productivity. Not quite 62 years of age at the end, I definitely had a bit of trouble keeping up in some jobs; others, not so much. Perhaps, if age had been factored into the productivity algorithm, I might still be there. It was a goal of mine to be the oldest person working there, but that might have been a "self-defeating prophecy", since we do slow down somewhat as we age. It wasn't my intention, but it happened. I know I'm in much better physical shape now than I was in 2009, so the challenges I faced then might be less severe now.
My wife might be retiring next June, so I may very well be a candidate for hiring for the 2014 peak season. I had qualified on 3 out of the 4 "forklifts" in use at the time, so there's an investment in my training that would be paid back, should I apply and be hired. And, the extra which would only be known to those with whom I'd worked: my baking skills have definitely not been lost in the intervening years. Watch for my application!
It's unbelievable that a county with the most educated workforce,
(as a result of IBM, colleges, and hospitals), didn't try harder with
Start Up NY or other ventures to bring in higher paying jobs. Our
children cannot pay off school loans or any major home loans with
$10 to $12 an hour and no longterm guarantees.