Well, I still have a job. But 650 people across the country at the company I work for do not. In the interest of not revealing anything more about where I work (though I suppose it’s not hard to figure out – I just don’t want to put the google-able clues on the interweb), I shall stop here and just say that it sucks. Also, the elimination of that much work means that a cull in my department is likely not too far behind. Now it’ sjust a matter of whether they’ll drop any contract employees, or keep our low-paid butts in chairs and try to buy out the employees who have longer tenure, higher wages, and fat pension plans.
Counsellors were on hand if anyone wanted to talk, and we were all given the rest of the day off to absorb the news. It’s making my workplace a pretty depressing place to be these days, and it’s making me reconsider how long I want to stay there. If things keep going the way they have been – my answer is “not very much longer.”
Also, you don’t make the corporate decision to shut down essentially 50% of your business overnight, and waiting until 10 days before Christmas to break the news is a pretty shitty way to treat people as far as I’m concerned. Severance packages or not.
I may think better of putting this part out there later – but for now I’ll say that I really can’t think very highly of a company that has so little disregard for the people that make it run on a daily basis. If I don’t respect my employer, I have a hard time feeling good about going in to do my job every day just to put money in their pockets. I have enough personal pride that I won’t do a bad job – but in this situation, I doubt I’d do my best job, and I’d rather do my best for a company that I feel respects me, even a little. So if anyone has any leads… send them my way. I think my time at my current workplace is going to end sooner rather than later – by my choice or theirs.