Thursday, October 04, 2001
11:53: Yesterday, 90 people from my building got laid off, 290 from my company in total. Our group was cut in half, our marketing division was eliminated, and our accounting group was given to boot, and it doesn't seem as if we're going to be "selling" software any more, at least not in the current method.
There's nothing good about layoffs in general, but I was apalled at the amount of talent that was thrown out the door, willy-nilly, as a result of decisions taken by people way up on high in another city. The ole boys' network functions in its own consistent ways. It was clear that people's ability to contribute to our perceived goals was not the main factor in whether or not they'd get laid off--it all boiled down to an arbitrary decision about cutting down numbers sent down from the CEO's office. It seems that we've changed our business strategy yet again, this time to something unknown and unclear, and that whatever it is we had all been working for is no longer, given that the people who had the most strength in the technologies we were supposedly using were kicked out rather than replaced.
It seemed like one giant penis game between the boys up in MD and the boys down in VA, and the MD boys turned out to have the bigger dicks...