Thursday, March 06, 2008

And now something to REALLY rant about...

...the emergency meeting at work today?

Started off like some high level meeting and then they kinda slipped in "oh by the way, we're getting rid of three heads so you're all going on's the new organisation'll have to all apply for these positions if you want to stay at the company..."

We were all stunned at how they delivered this news to us.

Decisions made by highly-paid idiots who have just looked at numbers and graphs and not bothered to find out what we actually do in our jobs.

The HR guy there - he's been at the company for FOUR weeks. If me and my immediate colleagues handed in our notices, that would be 36 years of combined experience walking out of the door - the company couldn't care less it seems.

Am I upset? Yes, but I'm more angry than anything.

Do I have a good chance of staying with the company in one of those 'new' roles? Yes - in fact, a very good chance, but right now, I don't feel like I want to work for them any more.

If I left tomorrow, I would miss some good friends and colleagues (and my gym membership) - the company ... I won't miss at all.

Got loads of things in my head but too angry to make any sense of it all. The glamorous C's been really helpful and understanding - poor thing bore the real brunt of my rant when I saw her tonight.

I have some options to consider, they weren't very high on my list of priorities before but have to be shunted up now.

What a bummer! :-(


  1. In a phrase "fuck 'em". If that's their opinion of the workforce then I'd say you're better off out of there as are all the others.

    As you said, they lose 36 years of experience. If you all walk, the HR guy will look like the wanker he is, not the money-saving genius they seem to *think* he is.

    Funnily, had a very similar conversation with a mate of mine recently (but about past events, so I doubt you work with him!)

    It's not uncommon for this to happen. The skilled labour take offence or assume the worst about the company's stability due to the perceived "cutbacks". They all leave and get new jobs due to their skill level. 6-12 months later, the wanker who cost them their jobs is out on his ear (often with a severance package) and the company has to attempt to re-hire these people at cost to themselves, and offering them a better package.

    Happened to my dad about 10 or so years ago. He told Komatsu to go jump as he'd moved across the country for work. He met the consultant who'd sacked him at a dinner party a few months later. My parents have known each other since they were about 10, and my mum says it's the only time she's ever heard my dad use the "f-word". Ever.

    Well, when you chummily say you a guy you sacked needlessly "no hard feeling, Bob! Only business, eh?" tell me you'd not *expect* a response of "Get the fuck away from me or we're taking this conversation outside... and you *won't* be coming back in."

  2. Oh Weenie that's just awful. But think of yourself first, not getting your own back on them. Apply for a job and then if you find something better/don't want it, chuck it back in their faces. I really wish companies would learn to treat their workers better - it does not seem good in any sector at the mo. And no-one works effectively when morale is low.

    What a horrible shock to take into the weekend. I'm really sorry.

  3. Thanks Mosh and RB - can see through the red mist now so unlikely to do anything irrational or reckless.

  4. Oh. My. Gosh. That is horrible how some companies treat their people. After the way they handled the reorg, I wouldn't want to work for that company. The higher ups in my company are shopping for buyers and they said they were close to making a decision. I hope it doesn't screw all the employees in the end.