Actually, yesterday, but I didn’t feel like posting yesterday.
I was on vacation last week; spent most of Monday catching up on emails, etc. The company had upgraded my laptop a few weeks ago and some of my files had gotten corrupted during the transfer, so I worked with IT a while to get them recovered. In the afternoon I went to a training class to augment my business intelligence/reporting skills. Aha! I thought. Some of this will be useful!
Yesterday I come in about 7:45. IT has my recovered files ready to copy to my hard drive from a shared server - it’s several gigs so it’s going to take a few minutes. Meanwhile I’m getting ready to catch up on some reports that didn’t get done while I was out…
The VP of HR stops at my desk. That’s not unusual; I work in HR and you have to walk past my desk to get to my Director’s office, so while it’s not an everyday occurrence to see him it does not raise any red flags. And we know each other so he’ll usually at least say hello.
With his head he motions to the conference room - “Can you join us in here?” “Sure.” As I head there I’m flanked by my co-worker (same management level that I am) and our boss. The three of us sit down on one side of the table, the VP on the other.
Then I remember - oh yeah, it’s October, that’s the time of year when they sometimes move people around within HR to learn different aspects of the business. I’ve been here 6 1/2 years and had about 8 different bosses, so they’re probably going to tell us that our director is being moved to Compensation and we’re getting the Director from Training or Field HR or something like that.
“Today the company is announcing a major restructuring of the corporate headquarters, and we are eliminating over 250 positions. Including the three of yours.”
To be honest, I haven’t liked my job since the last re-org, twelve months ago, and I’ve been casually looking elsewhere for months. Even had a few interviews - enough to know that finding a new position that fits me perfectly isn’t going to be easy. It’s liberating in a way, but now I’ve got a three and a half month deadline to find something else before my severance runs out. Happy holidays you bastards!
Silver lining: at our company, vacation is granted, not earned. That distinction means that when you leave, they don’t have to pay out your unused vacation. poof, it’s gone. But jokes on them! I used my last day of vacation on Friday! Fuck you!
ETA: VP wasn’t lying. 23% of the positions at corporate were eliminated - not only me, my coworker, and our boss, but also her boss (my director) and a shitload of other people. I actually feel a lot sorrier for the people left behind, because I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like working there now when we were already always perpetually understaffed as it was.