The Alberts family sold their home and nearly all of their belongings and moved 1,400 miles away for a desperately needed new job. The couple and their chidlren had their dreams ripped away when they arrived to find the company had closed. Erinn Alberts thought she and her family had a new lease on life when she was offered a job with Digital Domain in Florida. The award-winning studio behind mega-hits like Transformers and Titanic closed their offices in the Sunshine State and neglected to inform their new hire.
Upon arrival in Port St. Lucie, a relocation specialist informed Alberts that her new job no longer existed, according to the Daily Mail. The former New Hampshire resident was supposed to start a new gig as a production accountant, with a starting salary of $46,000 per year.
Aaron Alberts had this to say to WPTV about the relocation fiasco:
“She looks at me, she goes, Honey, we’re going. We’re moving to Florida. Said goodbye to New Hampshire, hit the road. That was about 30 hours ago. I’m pretty tired.”
The excited couple spent some very busy days selling their home, furniture, and just about everything else that couldn’t be hauled in their vehicle and headed south to greet their new future. Erinn Alberts told WPTV:
“We were so excited, we were singing songs all the way down here. The boys were cheering. We were about five minutes before the exit to get here, and we got this phone call from our relocation specialist, the lady who helped us find this apartment for the next 29 days. She goes, have you talked to HR yet? I’m like, no, why? Thinking, is this going to be bad.”
Before getting the good news about the Digital Domain job, the Alberts family had just $200 in their bank account. Despite their hard luck, Mr. Alberts still took a moment to share his compassion for the families who had been with the company for years and had lost their jobs. The disappointed husband also noted he hopes the folks at the visual effects studio hear about what happened to his family and realize they left a them stranded half a country away from anyone they knew.
There may be a silver lining for the displaced family and many of the other former Digital Domain employees who lost their jobs. Legend 3D Founder Barry Sandrew told the Los Angeles Times that his company is willing to hire at least 200 of the laid-off workers and commends Digital Domain for their great work, adding he hopes everyone can survive.