The CEO's Holiday Gift (You Won't Believe It)

  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Dec 20, 2011 3:25 AM GMT
    Over time, I have mentioned I work in the travel industry in a sales capacity. Also, I work for a company that has been very brutal to people in my office (we have two-the other office is out of state and is clueless as to what goes on where I am) and does things in a rather unconventional and senseless manner.

    I'm fortunate to be one of the top sales people, not just in my office but company-wide. As a "show of appreciation" to the 15 best sales people, I received a gift from the company CEO.

    I tore away at the wrapping to discover I received a box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. The first thought is, "Okay, the box is a disguise. There's really something of value inside." Well, after opening the box, there is nothing but elbow macaroni and a package of neon-colored cheese powder. I had to open the package of glow-in-the-dark cheese to see if there was maybe...just maybe...something in there!

    Nothing. Nothing but a package of cheese and some macaroni.

    I looked through the contents again, sifting through vitually every piece of macaroni. No gift. The box of mac and cheese WAS the "gift."

    Understanding that companies do go through austerity programs and belt-tightening may be in order for some, I'm thinking..."Only 15 of us got this. This was the best they could do? Thanks a lot...thanks a hell of a lot."

    What do you guys make of this? Is this just ignorance of the first order or is my employer that clueless and stupid to do something like this to show appreciation to those that bring in the revenue??

    Your thoughts.....
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    Dec 20, 2011 6:08 AM GMT
    Next time you see him, kick him in the nuts. Tell him that's your Christmas gift to him.icon_twisted.gif
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    Dec 20, 2011 6:12 AM GMT
    Can I have it??

    But seriously, that sucks. Maybe it's some magical macaroni. Try boiling it, and maybe, just maybe the steam from the water will create a cloudy path to the real gift...


    you never know.
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    Dec 20, 2011 6:17 AM GMT
    Makes me think of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Maybe there is more to come.
  • Hunter9

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    Dec 20, 2011 6:25 AM GMT
    There must be more to it. Nobody could possibly be that dense as to provide that as the real gift to any employees, let alone top-sellers. It's the equivalent of leaving a couple pennies as a tip at a restaurant.
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    Dec 20, 2011 7:06 AM GMT
    WOW - 15 boxes of M&C (insult to injury) - Although several years in a row I was #1 in state for company and didn't even get that so I'm truly not suprised.
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    Dec 20, 2011 7:13 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidOver time, I have mentioned I work in the travel industry in a sales capacity. Also, I work for a company that has been very brutal to people in my office (we have two-the other office is out of state and is clueless as to what goes on where I am) and does things in a rather unconventional and senseless manner.

    I'm fortunate to be one of the top sales people, not just in my office but company-wide. As a "show of appreciation" to the 15 best sales people, I received a gift from the company CEO.

    I tore away at the wrapping to discover I received a box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. The first thought is, "Okay, the box is a disguise. There's really something of value inside." Well, after opening the box, there is nothing but elbow macaroni and a package of neon-colored cheese powder. I had to open the package of glow-in-the-dark cheese to see if there was maybe...just maybe...something in there!

    Nothing. Nothing but a package of cheese and some macaroni.

    I looked through the contents again, sifting through vitually every piece of macaroni. No gift. The box of mac and cheese WAS the "gift."

    Understanding that companies do go through austerity programs and belt-tightening may be in order for some, I'm thinking..."Only 15 of us got this. This was the best they could do? Thanks a lot...thanks a hell of a lot."

    What do you guys make of this? Is this just ignorance of the first order or is my employer that clueless and stupid to do something like this to show appreciation to those that bring in the revenue??

    Your thoughts.....


    The organization has a "Total Rewards" strategy which is ineffective and will result in their in ability to attract, retain, and motivate human capital.

    Talent is the engine which drives the creation of all value. Organizations like that don't last long.

    The "gift" was insulting. They would have been better off giving nothing.
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    Dec 20, 2011 7:15 AM GMT
    Perhaps you can tape it back up and donate it to a food bank. Or perhaps just trash it since the gift is quite an insult.

    How nice it would be for you to kick your boss in the nads to thank him.
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    Dec 20, 2011 7:20 AM GMT
    Do you have a sarcastic sense of humor by chance, and feel uneasy about your relationships with some of your superiors? There is a chance you may have made an off hand comment that you would've been content with the M&C; if not, maybe you're not liked. By the latter, you should just shrug the whole thing off. Another option is that your boss was a lazy bastard with no sense for the group as a whole, and only for his pocketbook. What a narrow-minded bad example of leadership. My last theory is that you are really liked and that you be compensated for the cheap gift later on the year; in which case, you should keep your ill feelings to yourself, coast by as if the gift really was just some ritualistic attempt at being in the Christmas Spirit, and go on with your work life until you get something better later ;-)
  • metta

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    Dec 20, 2011 7:25 AM GMT
    It has to be a joke. I bet you the gift or bonus is coming soon....I would hope.
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    Dec 20, 2011 7:29 AM GMT
    If you find that that is, in fact, your Christmas gift... time to start tapping your network for other opportunities.
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    Dec 20, 2011 7:32 AM GMT
    J,
    The gift was either a glaring mistake or a gross insult. You need to say something. A number of years ago a boss made an offfhand comment to me about a year end bonus I received. I definitely didn't get anything and all hell broke loose when my boss did a "wtf?". Turns out that senior management had approved a pretty decent bonus for me at year end that was supposed to be included in my pay. There was a screw up and I never received it. Since I wasn't expecting it nothing was said. My boss immediately followed up with HR and I got a cheque that day (seven months late).

    In your case I would follow up. If the gift really was KD then everyone else in the Company should know about it and If it was me I would return it publicly on the grounds that I considered it to be insulting. Hopefully it was just a mixed up present.

    (maybe it was a fake present designed to go under a tree that got scooped up by accident.)
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    Dec 20, 2011 7:33 AM GMT
    Don't forget your thank note for your cheesy gift from your cheesy employer.
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    Dec 20, 2011 8:07 AM GMT
    I can't believe how many people are urging the OP to be a rude bitch! Are politeness and graciousness no longer respectable traits? Insulting someone who gave you a gift--no matter how much you dislike the gift--is rude and tactless. It's not as if your boss OWES you a Christmas gift. (Does he?) A simple "thank you for the macaroni and cheese" will suffice.
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    Dec 20, 2011 9:22 AM GMT
    BlkMuscleGent saidI can't believe how many people are urging the OP to be a rude bitch! Are politeness and graciousness no longer respectable traits? Insulting someone who gave you a gift--no matter how much you dislike the gift--is rude and tactless. It's not as if your boss OWES you a Christmas gift. (Does he?) A simple "thank you for the macaroni and cheese" will suffice.


    I don´t really think you understood the situation. This was not a present from a 5 year old nephew that he bought with his own pocket money. Either this was meant as a joke or it is very insulting. A box of Mac and Cheese?

    I´d start looking for a new job. Not dramatically, but i´d def be keeping my ears open for a better employer.
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    Dec 20, 2011 9:50 AM GMT
    I would get together with the other lucky salespeople and buy at least a ton of the cheapest noodles I could get and have the huge mf package delivered to his office with a thank you note for being the best employer.
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    Dec 20, 2011 9:57 AM GMT
    HAHAHAHA that is so funny.......I mean what would possess them to give you a box of mac and cheese. They are about 1.29 a box. They should've bought you a nice pen...well maybe a package of pens at the 99 cent store and split them up among the top 15.

    Is this really for real? I just can't believe this.
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    Dec 20, 2011 10:12 AM GMT
    I also had an insulting gift of receiving a $ 25 American Express card that was taxed. No one could understand why pay checks had less money than last pay period until our boss provided an explanation. Next time, just give me a Christmas goose.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Dec 20, 2011 12:38 PM GMT
    Interesting replies here, and yeah....it was for real. Others in my office were just as stunned and hurt as I was. For something like that, I am not planning a response with a "thank you note."

    The company's "frugality" spills over into other departments as well. Earlier this year, the Marketing people for one of the top business units had an "Appreciation Party" for those of us in sales. Our in boxes were flooded with e-mails for a week in anticipation of this "huge" event. When party day came, Marketing had a bag of Doritos and three (count 'em--three) juice boxes over ice, thinking this is something "huge."

    Get out of where I'm working? You betcha! That is likely to happen in the first quarter of next year as I am being recruited by another company that provides somewhat similar services. And....that company recently had a very nice holiday party for all of their local employees: dinner with a wait staff, a band, dancing...and it was held at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando (where the NBA's Orlando Magic play).

    I can assure you, there will be nothing else coming from Corporate and I'm thankful this is likely to be the last holiday season I'll spend with this employer!!

    Thanks for the replies. I was curious as to what the guys here would think of something like this. Sign of the corporate times, or just plain cluelessness?
  • bad_wolf

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    Dec 20, 2011 12:44 PM GMT
    What a load of shit! What a serious load of shit. I would just return it. What's the point in working your arse off for someone who can't say thank you.

    It's almost like a con, "haha I got every last drop of blood out you and now I give you this bag of dog shit, sucker!"

    See who's laughing after you lock him in his car the set the thing on fire.
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    Dec 20, 2011 1:01 PM GMT
    Be sure to give your boss an equally stunning parting gift when you get your new job, Jeff. A couple of scoops from your cat's litter box, all wrapped up pretty. Just a suggestion, and cheap too.

  • hebrewman

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    Dec 20, 2011 1:05 PM GMT
    wow. just wow. the utter insult of the entire situation. my guess is that he actually WANTS everyone to be pissed off and leave, that way, they can hire more for less. MUCH LESS. this is typical CEO behavior in today's world. and it sucks. i work for a major airline, and in 1999, misters wolf and gangwal gave all the employees a pound of cheese. that's right, this thing was the size of a cannon ball. delivered to our houses, with a drippy note attached. every single flight attendant sent it back to corporate in crystal city, va. the office was overwhelmed with returns. and yes, this was during contract talks. since i live about 40 miles from our former head quarters, i had delivered it myself. never felt better. of course, post 9-11, they walked away with roughly 75 MILLION a piece. ass holes.
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    Dec 20, 2011 1:06 PM GMT
    DJBoston saidBe sure to give your boss an equally stunning parting gift when you get your new job, Jeff. A couple of scoops from your cat's litter box, all wrapped up pretty. Just a suggestion, and cheap too.



    jeff.... don't give any notice either. this guy is a shit. plain and simple.
  • hebrewman

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    Dec 20, 2011 1:07 PM GMT
    BlkMuscleGent saidI can't believe how many people are urging the OP to be a rude bitch! Are politeness and graciousness no longer respectable traits? Insulting someone who gave you a gift--no matter how much you dislike the gift--is rude and tactless. It's not as if your boss OWES you a Christmas gift. (Does he?) A simple "thank you for the macaroni and cheese" will suffice.


    BULL CRAP!!! without the workers, the company would be NOTHING.
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    Dec 20, 2011 1:08 PM GMT
    I think it must be a clue and whoever figures it out gets something better... Maybe he's testing you.