My Ridley has a 52/36 semi compact Rotor chain set with the rest mechanical 10spd Ultegra. My winter bike has Sora, that and the Ridley are the first Shimano bikes I've had and I'm happy with them. Betty Bianchi has Campag like the other bikes I've had and I prefer it, no idea why, just do. I like the semi compact chainset, just that lower bail out gear than a 53/39 on a hill.
I regret not going Di2 on the Ridley though, even if just to see what it's about. I've nott got race wheels (yet) just some Campag Zonda and some Ksyrium Elite. The Shimano bike makes it easier to buy second hand or bargain in the sale though.
It's not defeatist, it's pragmatic. Work to a compromise situation, the threat of legal action can be a powerful negotiating tool, even more so with a valid case but getting to court is a sign of failure in my opinion, it usually means one side has been unreasonable in their expectations.
I'd wager the final salary scheme, if it's still open, will be shut within a year and you'll all be a on money purchase group plan. Unless you're public sector.