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Job loss blues

OK, day three of knowing I won't have a job soon. It's been sort of like a drive by shooting. An executive was sent down to do the damage and now the neighbors are left to clean up the mess. It's an interesting time to be sure. People are going through the grieving process at different rates. I've seen people crying. I've seen people into heavy denial and I've seen people downright pissed off. I'm dissapointed but I'm not pissed. I can see the logic in the move yet we are a proven commodity. Our office has been open over 60 years and we've provided a significant amount of profit each year. I think the powers that be feel the success of our product can be duplicated by anyone. But I think they will find that a large part of the success of our product line was due to the pride we all put into our jobs in trying to turn out the best product possible. And the thing is we were doing the job faster and cheaper than other divisions in the company. In 8 years, Iwas involved in 12 major projects. All were completed on time and far under budget. And I was not the exception to the rule. So it defies logic that someone thinks another office could do a better job for less money.

Some people feel really cheated and are determined not to pursue options with the Corporation. Many of them are also the people who intend to sit on their laurels and live off their severance until something better comes along. I truly hope I know wher my next job will be before November 6, when my job ends. Then I can use my severance for moving expenses if need be. Right now I'm seriously looking at options in Dubuque, Iowa and Burr Ridge, IL. There is an excellent oportunity in Austin but I'm not looking at it as my first choice. The sector of the Corporation that position is in is very volatile right now in terms of it's staying power. The last thing I need is to go from one office closing to another as did one person who came to our office from Texas. This has happened to her twice in one year. Bad luck that.

Thanks to everyone who has promised help or sent me job leads so far. It is very much appreciated.

Oh, and I'd like to welcome kalthia to my journal. In the real world, this is my wonderful and long time friend Betty. I don't know if she intends to use her journal or not but if she does, you might consider adding her. She's a really cool chick.




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Sep. 29th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
I hope something comes your way quickly. I understand people grieving, especially with the timing your company chose just before the holidays start.

I don't respect a company who treats employees as disposable objects.
Sep. 29th, 2006 06:54 am (UTC)
Wow. It sounds like these experiences and decisions are universal. Everything you described is what we went through. Our corporate heads miscalculated as well. It has been a year and a half since our massive layoffs and our region has had the lowest sales seen in 20 years.

The people at the top thought they would cut personnel numbers, raise our rates significantly, move work to people in other parts of the country who don't know what they are doing and got rid/lost a lot of experienced and dedicated employees.

You all should do what our ex-employees did... develop into a highly dangerous competitor! There's enough of you to start another company in a year.
Sep. 29th, 2006 10:08 am (UTC)
Big corporations suck, all they think about is the bottom line and when someone decides to say 'well what if we...' and lives are changed, and people are put into struggles even though they have been a good employee and done their job well. So.. they just suck...

It is why I don't work for them...

So maybe you should think about starting your own company? That may be a great idea!

BTW, thanks for the welcome... and you know I won't write... lol... I can't do anything consistently to save my life...

~love ya!
Sep. 29th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
Re: ...
If I didn't have the debts I have then a new company might be more of an option. I'd love to keep doing what I do. I may try to freelance as well. We were kind of a niche in the broad spectrum of the company structure and it was the product that had the name recognition more than coming from our part of the company so I'm not sure how competitive we could be. But it is still an option. Glad to have you aboard. show your sister how to set up an account and I'll give you both the gift of a paid account for a few months.

Sep. 29th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
Ouch. I will send you prayers and well wishes. If I hear of anything I will definitely send hte leads your way. I am so sorry. *Hugs*
Sep. 29th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks sis.

Sep. 29th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
This is terrible and an all too familiar tale in these times.

You could, at the very least, farm for a living and free-lance with your considerable skills.

Hard work, low ages, I know, but at least you'll always have something to eat.
Sep. 29th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)
We've talked of this already and realistically If I've not moved on to my new career by the end of Decmber, we will give up our rental house in the city and move down to the farm if for no otehr reason than to save $700 a month rent and the other associated bills. I'm probably a little more marketable than some other people around here and I already have some options opening up for me so I think I'll be OK.


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