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Dizzying Intellect » Shock

Shock

Huh. I still have a job.

They cut 1/3 of our IT department today. Why I’m staying and not some others, I have no idea. And I have to admit, I’ve got a little “survivor’s guilt” already, but I’m also glad.

They initially told us that the impending cuts really didn’t have much to do with productivity or talent, but who could maintain the existing systems more cheaply than they could be replaced by outsourcing. But the guy who just called me said that, on the contrary, they ranked the people on each team, and the highest ranked get to stay. I have no idea which is true, but I’ll go with the compliment, I think.

(Before anyone nags, I have been looking for a new job, but I’m not going to take a massive cut in pay until I absolutely have to, and that’s all anyone’s offering right now.)

Ok, so back to blogging. But maybe not right this second. If anyone needs me, I’ll be breathing. For the first time in a month.

6 Comments

  • By Matt, December 15, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

    Good news!

  • By tanya, December 15, 2008 @ 6:12 pm

    I keep reminding myself of that. Every time I think about going in tomorrow and seeing who’s gone, I feel sick. But it is good news, dammit!

  • By jw, December 16, 2008 @ 8:52 am

    the ones let go? you didn’t fire them.

  • By Matt, December 16, 2008 @ 11:37 am

    I understand the feeling. I survived a major purge when I was with Wal-Mart (350 people cut from a department of 500). It was eerily quiet the first couple of days.

  • By radix, December 16, 2008 @ 4:42 pm

    It’s a good sign that management kept you. Shows they’re not completely out to lunch. Congratulations!

    Remember that the Chinese character for crisis is danger+opportunity. Keep doing the right things and you may come out of this smelling like a rose. (not that you don’t smell nice now.. :) )

  • By rammer, December 18, 2008 @ 7:16 pm

    Glad to hear it, but not surprised. Even bad managers know who they can count on in a pinch. And you are right to choose to work at the job that is legal and pays the most. Be humble, but stick to your guns.

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