Well, today was a tough day for ol' Tonton (40 years ol', btw). I got a bit of news that was somewhat disturbing, or should I say disrupting, which has me in a bit of a conundrum. So I figured, why not share it with the group here and see what shakes out?
A bit of background; first personally:
I figured I'd post this thread, seeing as I don't have many (if any real) friends. I moved away from where I grew up, and I'm not the social media type (because I proudly wear a tinfoil hat), so this is forum is the best I've got other than the wife, or my daughter and son, neither of which are old enough to really understand.
Professionally, I have been a bit of a journeyman during my 20 plus year career, never spending more than 4 years at one place. I've gone from the shop, to the office, all the way to management in the mechanical engineering/design field. I currently live in a very comfortable home in a nice part of the country (Lancaster, PA), and believe me when I say, I've busted my rear end all the way to get where I am. I have only once been laid off in my life, and it was for two days before I was picked up by a competitor in the business. I've gotten every single job I've ever interviewed for, and every time I've been offered more than what I was currently making. The job I have now is very stressful, but I love it, and they love me.
Now, a bit about the company I work for:
The company was started 23 years ago by 4 guys ranging from the business/sales guy to the guy that actually designed and built the machines (if you didn't know already, I work in custom automation). One of those 4 guys died within the first 5 years, and one was bought out within another year, leaving the last two guys to own/run the business. These two guys just so happen to be polar opposites, one a business man, the other a nuts and bolts guy. They were perfect for each other and the company, because neither one held too much of the reigns, and each deferred to the other when it really came down to brass tacks. I stared working for them 5 years ago, and have moved from mechanical design to managing the parts and service (which is short for "the guy that knows everything about every machine we ever built in all of the 23 years we've been in business, and is responsible for all fixes, upgrades, changes, service, and anything else any one of our past customer's want us to do for them") department.
So, to make an already long and boring story shorter than "War and Peace", today I was informed that the business guy (half owner) is retiring. This guy just so happens to be my boss, mentor, and the guy I look up to (yes even at 40 years old, I still "look up" to people that are successful and good role models). The remaining owner, who is a really nice guy, will now be sole owner of the company, and I'm worried. He is a guy that wears his emotions on his shirt sleeve, makes decisions with his heart rather than his head (long description for liberal do-gooder), and has yet to have any substantive dealings on the business end of the company.
I feel like I've just been told we hit the iceberg. Darn it, and I just got "comfortable". So, there it is. Thoughts?