Update on my work situation February 4, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin.
So this is a different ball game. Previously we’ve just had layoffs, this is an entire restructuring and it is going very deep. I’d say my chances of getting let go are better than 50%.
To date, our entire design facility in New York has been shut down. That is where the majority of hardware and mechanical design was performed. 3/4 of both teams have thus been lost (3/4 of both were in New York). The plan is to move virtually all hardware design to India. Yeah, see how that works out for you! My former employer, Cisco, tried that, and after a few years had to bring it all back because it was a total failure. But that’s my company, always about 10 years behind everyone else and determined never to learn.
So even with this shutdown in New York, the loss of ~70 high skilled engineering jobs, and one death (I kid you not, one guy died the day they made the announcement – stress induced myocardial infarction. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Roy Metz), there is to be a 15% layoff here in Richardson. Entirely within product development, which just makes brilliant sense – cut the one organization that actually develops product that sells and makes money to the bone, while leaving all the overhead groups like HR and accounting untouched.
I’m of two minds of how it will go – either they will completely wipe out hardware development in the US, in which case, I’m done, or they’ll keep a small group here, in which case, I’ll probably be OK, for a while. But the handwriting is on the wall, this place is deader than fried chicken. I am actively looking for the first time in 8 years, really, I’ve flirted in previous layoffs but I’m really about it this time. Applied to two jobs so far this morning. See how it goes.
I thank you again for your prayers. You guys are awesome, and I can really feel the support.