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post #1 of 19
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It's been in the works for months. Today the decision was made to pull the plug on the project that I've been working on for about 4 years. I get to present that decision to the big VP's and CIO's at my company on Friday. We assume they will agree.

So I know that my job no longer exists, and have been told that it doesn't necessarily mean that I'm laid off. There will be about 10 permanent employees let go and a couple hundred of contractors. I've spent most of the last 4 months trying to convince them that this is not a good idea and I'm still not convinced but I've been outvoted.

So somehow I need to tell my staff that they no longer have their current job, and while we can most likely move them into other jobs, they will only replace other people that will be laid off to accommodate them. And do this when I'm not sure that I will have a job. I have to keep up moral on a team that faces an uncertain future when I don't know what mine is either.

And the kicker is, that even if the big shots agree, it will be months to develop the case to officially kill it, and I will be asked to do that.

My moral dilemna of the day: stick with a job where I'm asked to write up the justification to kill my job. It's not that I can find work at another company quickly. I've been looking for the last 2 years with no success. They can pay lesser experienced people less money than I, or I just have to cut my salary way down.

*sigh* Some days are just worse than others!

Thanks for listening to my vent. My husband isn't helping me on this one. I'm having a personal pity party moment here.
post #2 of 19
Well i dont know what to tell you but I do want to say that i'm sorry to hear all of this. I would hate to just have my pay cut way back but that would be better than having no job at all.. at least until you could find another job?
post #3 of 19
Amy what a horrible position to be in!

You know, when you're in the heat of it, don't make any major decisions. You know it will take a while, so let everything simmer for a while before you decide whether or not to stay.
post #4 of 19
Sorry to hear about the bad experience you are having. We are all thinking of you and hoping for the best, just keep in touch and we will be hear for you any time you need
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by valanhb
Amy what a horrible position to be in!

You know, when you're in the heat of it, don't make any major decisions. You know it will take a while, so let everything simmer for a while before you decide whether or not to stay.
No kidding! At least I've got enough life behind me to know how to remain relatively calm. I've been saving 1/2 of my salary for a few years now so financially I won't fail at least for a few years, and I know I can make half I'm making now and still take care of the gang.

But I'll tell you, I've been looking out Denver way for the last year. If we become neighbor's down the road, promise you won't hold my liberalism against me? LOL We can take turns pet-sitting in a pinch.

Actually, sometimes these big life events are a blessing in disguise - at least that's what my mom always told me. I'm just sitting back and waiting to see how this all works out. A big change won't happen for at least 6 months to a year for me.

I'm still having my pity party!
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by Momofmany
Actually, sometimes these big life events are a blessing in disguise - at least that's what my mom always told me. I'm just sitting back and waiting to see how this all works out. A big change won't happen for at least 6 months to a year for me.
I am really sorry, what a position, but I believe the same thing as your mom, at least it's been my experience, even in the most painful to look back upon times. Wishing you the best possible resolution to all of this.
post #7 of 19
Amy,

I was afraid of this when I saw your thread - been there, done that - no fun. It's O.K. to have a pity party for yourself You deserve one after all the work you put into trying to save it. As far as what you do next, you have time to think about it and you have already considered the financial part of it, so just take your time and follow your gut feeling. I am sorry that you have these difficulties ahead of you.
post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 
And just when I thought the decision was made, there was yet another flip-flop again today. We were hoping for a final verdict tomorrow, but we are now sent back to do yet more "research" which will probably take a few weeks.

*sigh* I guess I'll be venting a while longer on this topic.
post #9 of 19
I am so sorry about the turn of events at your work and your job status. Maybe it's a sign that something is better out there in the rest of the world for you! Not exactly what you wanted to hear at the moment, I'm sure. Take care of you. Put yourself first andf pamper yourself!!
post #10 of 19
Oh, Amy! Sweetie you'are in my thoughts.
post #11 of 19
Amy, I'm just catching up with this. What a rotten position to be in! Everybody's here whenever you feel the need to vent. The flip-flops are really nervewracking, aren't they?
post #12 of 19
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Today I got the assignment to move mountains and solve world hunger in 2 weeks. I suspect you won't see much of me during that time. I may even get to spend about half that time in either Florida or Ohio with an angry mob. Tonight I get a good night's sleep and worry about it all tomorrow.

So......why does anyone work in corporate America?

Thanks for all the concerns everyone. It's going to be a strange couple of weeks.
post #13 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Momofmany
Today I got the assignment to move mountains and solve world hunger in 2 weeks. I suspect you won't see much of me during that time. I may even get to spend about half that time in either Florida or Ohio with an angry mob. Tonight I get a good night's sleep and worry about it all tomorrow.

So......why does anyone work in corporate America?

Thanks for all the concerns everyone. It's going to be a strange couple of weeks.
I'm sorry, Amy ! Good luck solving the world's problems !
post #14 of 19
That sounds like a good plan to me.

Quote:
Originally Posted by valanhb
Amy what a horrible position to be in!

You know, when you're in the heat of it, don't make any major decisions. You know it will take a while, so let everything simmer for a while before you decide whether or not to stay.
post #15 of 19
I am sorry...and I think you've answered the question as to why so many folks leave corporate america to go into business for themselves!
post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 
Florida (Orlando area) here I come! I leave Sunday afternoon and return the following Saturday. I get to orchestrate a massive get together with 40 people working 12 hour days all week long. In the middle of it, the senior VP is coming down to see first hand what we are doing. He'll make his decision on what he witnesses, and the results we give him next week. Hopefully that won't take a long time.

And my job of the week? I get to make sure everyone is well fed, well caffinated, well chocolatized, well drunk (after hours), and everyone makes it to and from the airport (20 people are flying in) and to and from the hotel.

Yup, I'm the pointy haired boss which means I can't do any of the work, just need to make sure it gets done. And the only way to get it done is to keep everyone happy.
This is going to be a BIG expense report. LOL

And I probably won't be able to get on TCS all week!
post #17 of 19
Aw Amy we will miss you!

post #18 of 19
Amy - stacks of good vibes coming your way. You have a little respite to consider what to do at least - although I know that doesn't make it any easier.

You've had lots of good advice above. It's fine to have a personal pity party - I reckon you deserve one.

I hope it all comes out ok. Or at least as well as it can do.
post #19 of 19
Oh, Amy, sounds like a difficult place to be. You are worth every penny they are paying you!

I hope it all works out for the best for you. We will miss having your posts next week.
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