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Old 07-09-2012, 03:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Layoffs, Anxiety, and a HUGE Wake-Up Call After a Relaxing Vacation

So I work as a web developer for a major media company and I came back from a nice, relaxing, weeklong vacation this morning only to find out that 3 of the 4 people on my team were laid off. Turns out I'm the last man standing.

All in all, I was totally blindsided by these developments. There's been some organizational "restructuring" over the past few weeks, but this was the first time anyone actually got the axe. I'm very relieved to not be on the chopping block for the time being, but I can't help but feel a little queasy over what might be coming down the pipe.

I feel extremely lucky in that I managed to get a job right out of school in early 2009 and I've worked straight through until now, even with the roller-coaster economy. This was just a huge wake-up call for me and a hint that I've probably taken my job for granted until now. Things have been smooth sailing for so long that I'd just assumed that we were on the rebound...I guess we're not quite out of dire straits just yet
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You guys were pretty lucky if this is the first layoffs they've had to do.

But yeah, nothing makes you more aware of having your job than seeing people you know having their jobs taken away.
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i've been working through our office's layoffs. kinda crazy to be working on paperwork for people that i've worked with for the last 7 years.
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Can be hostile times at work when there are layoffs and uknowns. Best thing to do is go on about your business. At this point its out of our hands and not in our control.

We went through some layoffs around here recently. Watched people come in, try and log in to no avail and then 2 security guards escort them to HR.
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You know what it is, John, it's karma, in a good way. You are probably one of THE nicest individuals on these boards, and I'm sure that is the case beyond these blue and red borders.

Sucks to see it go on all around you. I've had it happen all around me for the last 5 years, and can be discouraging and encouraging at the same time.
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You know what it is, John, it's karma, in a good way. You are probably one of THE nicest individuals on these boards, and I'm sure that is the case beyond these blue and red borders.

Sucks to see it go on all around you. I've had it happen all around me for the last 5 years, and can be discouraging and encouraging at the same time.
Thanks Matt, I really appreciate that...I guess all there is to do is keep on keepin' on and be sure to have a few extra feelers out in the job market. I'm lucky in that people in my industry are always in demand and there are always opportunities in the NYC area. It's just sad/scary when people you've worked with for years more or less vanish (I was out in the boonies when they got word last Monday and were gone by Friday before I came home).
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I've been fortunate to be with a growing company. Full steam from 30 to 140 employees in less then 3 years. Flip side, my brother worked for over 12 years for a tech company, and was last man himself. He was given his walking papers 6 months later. My advice is to start looking NOW! Get your resume updated, and start networking to get it out. Sometimes the grass really is greener, especially when the writing could be potentially on the wall.

Just my IT 2 cents

Good luck bro, and I know it must feel empty with 4 of your colleagues no longer there
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Could have been worse. You could have come back from vacation to discover YOU no longer have a job
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I've been fortunate to be with a growing company. Full steam from 30 to 140 employees in less then 3 years. Flip side, my brother worked for over 12 years for a tech company, and was last man himself. He was given his walking papers 6 months later. My advice is to start looking NOW! Get your resume updated, and start networking to get it out. Sometimes the grass really is greener, especially when the writing could be potentially on the wall.

Just my IT 2 cents

Good luck bro, and I know it must feel empty with 4 of your colleagues no longer there
Thank you sir...the office really feels like a ghost town now. Between employee relocations to the recent layoffs, my department went from 30+ people to, er, five, including me.

I've already got my eyes peeled...judging by the suddenness with which all this happened, I feel like there's a real good chance I'll get caught with my pants down if I wait too long.

Oh, to be with a growing company...now that would be something

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My thoughts exactly! I'll consider myself lucky for that.
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Wow yeah like someone said it could be worse....My wife came back from our honeymoon only to be let go for bogus reasons for the supervisor to hire a "friend" got to love those right to work states. In hindsight she has been better off and has a great job now but it always sting a lot at first, not to mention the economy is way different now than it was then.

Good luck keep your eyes peeled and like someone else said keep doing you everything else will take care of itself!
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I'm surprised there's still web developers working for companies in the US/Canada. Thought they shipped all those jobs to India!
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I'm surprised there's still web developers working for companies in the US/Canada. Thought they shipped all those jobs to India!
This always surprises me too because they're cheap and presumably spend time per day on the Blowout Cards Forums
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