I worked for a midsized high tech company for 19 years. We were acquired by HP. On my 20 year anniversary I got to pick a gift from an HP catalog. All the items had HP on them. I picked an onyx necklace with a small HP on the clasp. It was a nice gesture, better than nothing.
I’ve worked where the company gave us so many tee shirts that I had to give some away. And I worked for a year at Disney. One chintzy tee shirt during that year and a 15¢ plastic pin for my anniversary. ‘Course I’d already given notice…
I was just rewatching the Y2K episode yesterday. The one where he was there furring the 70’s to help install Black Betty.
The best part of those anniversaries is the extra “L days” [vacation time].
I’m retiring on December 4th. The other day, my fellow employees honored me with a cake and gifts at lunch. They had a beautiful plaque made thanking me for 35 years of service and a travel coffee mug saying “The Legend has retired”. I was so overwhelmed with emotions that I couldn’t open the box containing the mug. I had to hand it to someone else to open it for me. There were cards and gift cards…it was amazing!
Wally… suggest you go with the ink blotter… they are really hard to find these days…!
Ten years?Seems like much,MUCH longer.
I had my 10 year anniversary earlier this year – I got to select an item from the virtual catalog we have… I picked a pair of bluetooth noise canceling headphones as I figured they were the most expensive item I could get (and they work GREAT btw)… ;-)
when I got my service award it had a card that said symbolic award.
I like the anniversary present catalogue. I got some good stuff. Then I got fired(okay …“down sized”). Still got the stuff though.
My wife got a 500 dollar gift card from the Gap after she was a manager there for 5 years.
Red stapler, d’uh.
I got a clock for my ten year anniversary with the company…..three years late. The clock does keeps good time though.
The irony of all this is, I got a 20 year pin, a plaque, a nice lunch, and a speech from the “Capo dei capi,” oh yeah and a pink slip a week later.
In 2009, I picked out my 10th anniversary gift — a gold ring (only thing in the catalog worth having). The gift arrived about a month later — two weeks after I got laid off. Classic example of adding insult to injury.
The story had a happy ending. Six years later, when I was moving, I came across the ring and sold it at one those places that buys gold by weight. Got $125 for it.
That’s 10 years that Wally has been a service to the company, which I think means all the days added up where Wally didn’t come in to work… ☺
I came to a dinner that was to include my ten-year-service ceremony. I was recovering from a back injury and barely made it there on my own. The company played dinner party games, which delayed the presentation again and again. I finally got up and left. The embarrassed presenter basically “threw” my gift basic at me as I was on the way out and quickly asked if I wanted to say a few words. I thought for a moment, said “A few words” and left.
I once got something I actually Liked out of one of those catalogues.
The Next Year, they discontinued the catalogue.
They also discontinued “Christmas Gifts” and claimed they spent the money on the “Party”.
I got laid off on my ten year anniversary at my last company. I’m coming up on ten years at my new place. Somehow there is a looming sense of dread.
Such company gifts tend to be useless trash, though on rare occasions something worthwhile does turn up. For as few as ten years, like Wally, all it would be is a frameable (at your own expense) certificate of appreciation….
On reflection, this is all very sad