Maternity Benefit Removal

Nov 27, 2019 16 Comments

Broadcom has removed the maternity benefit payment that Symantec used to provide at our location, so we are now reduced to having only the minimum statutory payment from the government during maternity leave.

My situation is tricky as I have been trying to conceive for over a year but have had no luck so far.
I really don’t want to start a new job and have to leave on maternity within the first year, or even second. Just the thought of that stresses me out.
I don’t know if I should leave now and wait for another year or more to try to get pregnant (which is totally soul destroying) or try to use the next few months to save like crazy and hope for the best. I feel like I’m screwed either way.

If anyone has advice, it would be greatly appreciated!

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  • Dell / Design
    zncW42

    Dell Design

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    Charles Schwab, Dell
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    Just leave and stop being stressed out about a company that thinks you’re disposable. Find yourself good benefits for you and your future family. I don’t know why going on maternity 1-2 years in would stress you out. It’s a couple of months, your new employer would offer the benefit — so take it.
    Nov 27, 2019 2
    • Symantec KGzW42
      OP
      Thank you and I see your point! Maybe I’m overthinking it but from my experience, it’s not seen as a good thing straight after joining a new company.
      Nov 27, 2019
    • Dell / Design
      zncW42

      Dell Design

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      I really think it depends on the culture of the company. FAANG/bigger companies in general really don’t care because the culture is about taking care of employees.
      Nov 27, 2019
  • Google / IT Nooglerish
    If you keep stressing about maternity leave and job and what the employer may or may not think.. that stress won't be good for your efforts to conceive. The mind and body both are equally important.
    You probably have at least 30 more working years left in you. No one would care if you took a break or took a maternity leave the day after joining 5 years ago.
    Stop over thinking and make one goal and work on it. Trying to navigate two boats at same time is receipi for disaster
    Nov 27, 2019 1
    • Symantec KGzW42
      OP
      Thank you 🙏
      Nov 27, 2019
  • VMware cufk
    I would recommend HPE .. they have 6 months paid leave and also reduced work week upto 3rd bday of ur baby .. and wlb is good ..
    Nov 27, 2019 2
    • Symantec KGzW42
      OP
      Thanks!
      Nov 27, 2019
    • HPE DyMV41
      Agreed. The benefits and WLB are really good at HPE.
      Dec 4, 2019
  • EATON / Sales
    Mi8c2

    EATON Sales

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    Mi8c2more
    You’ve already gotten some great supportive comments here (which makes me so happy, yay Blind Women in Tech lol). It took me a solid year to conceive and that was really rough for me, because I had expectations of it happening pretty much right get away, like within 3 months. I started TTC less than 6 months after starting a new position, though. Personally I couldn’t imagine putting off TTC because of starting a new position; I have wanted to be a mother my whole life and for me I also want to consider that i am in the midst of a handful of years when I am *both* financial secure enough and physically able to have a baby- so it’s a pretty unique time and I don’t want to miss it. I’ve got decades left to pursue my career. All this being said I definitely think finding a company that supports new parents and continuing to TTC is a totally viable option. Anyway best of luck to you!!
    Nov 28, 2019 1
    • Symantec KGzW42
      OP
      Thank you for your comment 🤗 and best of luck to you and your family too!
      Nov 29, 2019
  • New / Eng
    Xigs84

    New Eng

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    Microsoft, TD Ameritrade, Citibank, Sony Pictures Entertainment
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    Find a new job at a better place and leave. Not worth your time working for someone which creates so much stress for you and doesn’t give the basic benefit. I know a dozen
    folks who took off during the first year and that’s not a big deal. Cheers and Good luck !
    Nov 27, 2019 1
    • Symantec KGzW42
      OP
      Thanks!
      Nov 27, 2019
  • Broadcom Ltd. Psych!
    If you’re going to leave anyway, claim constructive dismissal on the basis that they’ve unlawfully removed benefits you are due via TUPE (this holds true for PTO allowance as well) and take them to Tribunal.

    You’d be doing all your soon to be ex colleagues a favour too, as it would force BC to restore those benefits to all of us.
    Dec 4, 2019 0
  • Overstock.com
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    Hock Tan really loves his employees.
    Nov 27, 2019 0
  • Capital One / Strategy UBKey
    Don’t worry that much about finding a new company. I know a ton of women here who’ve conceived in their first year
    Nov 27, 2019 1
    • Symantec KGzW42
      OP
      Thank you :)
      Nov 27, 2019

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