So today there was a “surprise” round of lay-offs at work. All morning they were picking people off, grabbing them, dropping the news, then escorting them out of the labs.
Our sales have been hit hard by the crumbling US economy, so we had all been kind of worried about something like this. What we weren’t prepared for was the magnitude.
When the smoke cleared, about 1/3 of our group was gone, including two friends of mine. At a site meeting later, our VP got too choked up to even answer questions.
Every person in my position except me was let go. This included two friends of mine. I’m not sure how either is going to handle this - they were both kind of shaky financially before this news.
So I’m pretty depressed. I left messages for them both, but neither has called me back. And tomorrow I have to go back to what will be a depressingly empty lab, and wonder how on earth I’m going to pick up the work of both. And as discouraged as I am, it’s of course much worse for the two of them. This isn’t exactly the friendliest job market.
Not a great day.