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The day the layoffs came

Neil Johnson
9/29/2011 04:11 PM EDT

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Charles Tran   10/27/2011 5:24:19 PM
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I am going to be a politican or city officials when I grow up with all the generous salary, nice pension, job security, and all power come with it. It is not my fault.

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ibrowej   10/13/2011 6:36:24 PM
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Pretty scary scenario. My take on this is to always be prepared and never become complacent with you work situation. Here is a site that is temporarily offering free job search training for your unemployed readers: www.RelationshipCapital.Co/JobNetworkingPrimer

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amresultan   10/11/2011 6:24:00 PM
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Great article Neil. Thanks for sharing your experience. I think most of us in high-tech have gone through a similar experience in the past 10 years (some cases multiple times!) Reading your story brought back those, mostly repressed :), memories. I take your story as a gentle reminder of how quickly things can change and why we should always have a plan B.

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ibm221   10/10/2011 7:32:00 AM
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a company i know just lost one server worth of 'important' protected documents, one of it's IT manager just left a month ago, investigation ongoing and good luck. another case is a angry fella sent an email to all_*** with plenty of attachment to disclose the darkness of someone 1 hour before he is out.

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nosnhojn   10/7/2011 1:56:50 AM
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Good luck with the job hunt and sorry for the coincidence :( -neil

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EEhWhatsUpDoc   10/7/2011 12:09:15 AM
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Oh bitter irony, this article was posted on the day I was given 30 days notice. In contrast to the pack your stuff and get out style, we are in the lame duck status of not allowed to do work but not allowed to take 30 days severance and go look for work full time. IT is monitoring everything, so any fool wishing to sabotage something is going to be caught, AND barred for life from ever working on any project for any company or government agency requiring a clearance. Severance? Hah! What's that?

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krisi   10/6/2011 3:32:12 AM
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To: @Danlutues Perhaps situation is different in Texas. I know that in NY state there are rooms filled with hundreds of teachers who show up everyday to sit in (there are no children in the room) to collect their paychecks. Apparently it is cheaper than trying to fire them. In California they tried to fire 7 teachers, managed to get only 2 at the cost of $5 Million. Where I live (Canada) firing a teacher is close to impossible. The teachers union is actually demanding even more privileges like 2 weeks time off for various reasons in addition to several weeks they already have. Perhaps engineers should move to teach...Kris

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Bert22306   10/5/2011 9:51:38 PM
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The BS from management is actually their job. I see this from a cynical perspective. Managers are supposed to stroke engineers just right, to get them to be as productive as possible while keeping costs down to a minimum. Because that is how the manager is rewarded by his superiors. This goes all the way to the top. Very much like politicians are supposed to tell people what they want to hear, which is not necessarily related to any truth. Because that's what rewards the politician. It doesn't matter whether what the poltician says is pure BS. Most of the time, they'll be out of office before their policies are proven good or bad. What do they care? Being "right" does not necessarily reward them. Getting the most votes next time around does. So the engineer's responsibility is ultimately to himself, because all you really have is your reputation.

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bcarso   10/5/2011 7:04:52 PM
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Brilliant thread! And a gripping dramatic account, very well-written. As a contractor by choice since I quit an ostensibly good job as a Principal Engineer for a Harman company in 1994, I already knew well the exegencies of consultancy at the moment I left. And I heard astonishing things about the treatment of engineers, especially --- one idiot, a VP in the Professional Group, told a very well-versed amplifier designer "You guys are a dime-a-dozen!" He was finally canned himself, after he had done well-nigh irreperable damage. When I announced I was leaving I was cautioned by several people that consulting was going to be rough and irregular compared to a salaried/bennied position. I knew only one contract I had already, which in retrospect was a pretty weak support. But although I told the division I was leaving that I would be available to them, if desperately needed (which they interpreted as a sign of weakness, which it was not --- I just didn't want to leave them in the lurch), I almost immediately got work with another group, which led to work for a new division that, with some glitches and interruptions, lasted for over ten more years and essentially doubled my income and was incomparably more fun too! At a recent reunion of mostly ex-Harman folk, a human resources woman said that I was so notorious among them as to have given rise to an eponymous expression, for those who quit and came back as a contractor: "Do a Brad Wood". Gotta love it.

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danlutes   10/5/2011 4:12:45 PM
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We've had significant teacher layoffs in Texas. The economy is down, so tax revenue is down, so the state cut the money paid to school districts.

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