Went into work today, expecting it to be just like any other day of the week. I was so wrong.
It was the first day back after my ‘weekend’ off. Funny…. I haven’t had a weekend off in so long I’ve forgotten what they are, at least the traditional ones. But I digress.
I noticed the increased security presence, but thought maybe it was just the changing of the shift. The call center seemed to be missing some people even at the early hour I start. Again I didn’t think to much about it, the night crew is not very big in numbers anyway. I sat down at my desk and began logging in, prepping for the first call of the day. Since I had been gone two days I usually go to my email to catch up on what has been happening. Most of the time it’s minor policy changes and silly contests to see who can sell the most this day or week.
All of a sudden I started to see emails from VP’s and GM’s popping into my inbox about some VERY important meeting that was going to take place that day. Everyone in the call center was required to attend. Well that meeting took place yesterday. Finally the last high profile email from the GM popped in and I opened it up.
Now understand I am a veteran of losing jobs. Some through no fault of my own and some because someone thought I’d done something wrong. It comes with the length of life. And it comes to all of us at some point or another. I reached a zenith (or rather the pits) about twelve years ago during the dot com crash. I had started a new job with this webhosting company, monitoring their servers and dealing with hiccups on an as needed basis. I’d been on the job about a month working the graveyard shift. It was New Year’s Eve. I was at home just a few hours before going into to do my shift. I get a call from my boss. She was calling me to tell me not to come in, not that night and not ever again. Oh and by the way the company had filed for bankruptcy that morning. What I didn’t know at that time was the paycheck that had been deposited into my checking account just that day from the previous two weeks of work would be yanked out and returned to the bankruptcy court. Effectively I not only didn’t have a job, but now my checks for rent and utilities were bouncing because of that.
Fast forward to now. I’ve been with this company for nearly twelve years. It’s had it ups and downs, but I am not ready to quit just yet. Not my choice anymore.
The company is restructuring. All billing and tech support positions in the local call center are going to be eliminated. Sorry, but that’s what we decided to do. Oh and by the way please continue to take calls and do not mention any of this to the public. We’ll get back with you with more details.
Not quite as bad as that New Year’s Eve, but certainly not one of the better days of my life.
What does that mean to you? All development of the XF551 and other products are on hold immediately. If I want to stay with the company it means relocation and all the chaos that goes with it. Right now I need to focus on surviving. I will continue to sell what I have in inventory, but I don’t know if I will be able to replenish any time soon. If it becomes clear that I will not have the financial resources to continue I will hand off the work and parts. Maybe someone else can continue after me and bring this project to completion.
The shock still has ahold of me. Be thinking of me. Hopefully I will return. Be thankful if you have a job.