[-$18,000] Let the Countdown Begin

The New Job

Next week, I walk into the unknown. Things feel a little scary already.  I really, really hope things go well, or at least well enough to get me through the next several months. In any event, my days of freedom are nearing their end, one by one.      Read More

Job Update: The Axe Fell Today…

At work, the axe fell today on our little satellite office…but I was spared.

Now that it’s all over, only about 5 of us are left on our little team. It was a bloodbath. All the people who sat near me for the last 1.75 years are gone. As people arrived and checked their emails for the morning, they announced to the rest of us that they had the dreaded meeting invite to meet with one of the visiting executives (and unbeknownst to them, an HR representative who had secretly flown in).

The handful of us who remain stood-by while, Read More

How Not to Prepare for Potential Financial Troubles Ahead

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I know. I know. Long time no post. Bad blogger!  I just don’t know where the time goes. Apparently it hasn’t been going into this blog!  I’ve been a little distracted.

Well, on the job front it appears that D-day is approaching. Our new Director had been expected to visit around now and we (satellite office workers) were nervous about what he might say or do that could impact our employment. Well, last week we learned through the grapevine (no official announcement has been made) that our Director will not be visiting, but two senior level executives will be visiting instead! As I’ve mentioned before, for my company, this is one strong sign of possible layoffs. We’ve gone from nervous to Read More

Working and Waiting… and Worrying – Dealing with Job Insecurity

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Image credit: joo-ks.com

As I’ve discussed here (1) and here (2), my employment situation has become precarious over recent weeks. This past week there were off-site closed door meetings for higher ups from my division to discuss ‘efficiency’. We (those of us in my division) suspect there will soon be a major re-organization WITHIN our division.

Those of us within our division who work in my satellite office are especially nervous, as signs continue to point to our office space going away. What will happen to our little group in this suspected re-org? We guesstimate that we should be hearing something official at the end of the month. This will likely give HR time to get paperwork together. It also coincides with a planned visit from our new director.  From what I’ve heard, executives here often Read More

…And in Rolls the Thunder: More Job Worries

Clouds are seen above skyscrapers in lower New York

Things are still tense and uncertain at work. Those of us at my small satellite office feel that something is going to happen, but we don’t know what.  This week, a couple of my co-workers saw a small group of people walking around and taking measurements and pictures of our rented office space! My co-workers asked them who they were and were told that they were from Facilities Management [which represents the corporation that owns the building] and nothing more. Really!?!

It’s horrible working with a sword over our heads. We’ve had a handful of people jump ship voluntarily in the last week or so. I’m so worried that I Read More