I've been sad to see the stories of being laid off that have been stacking up on Open Salon. So far, I think I'm okay: second year of a five year government contract (for an HR system, which is unlikely to be cut), the clients seem to like me, my management keep giving me more work, and there's very little record of people who are chargeable getting laid off...
The particular megacorp that I work for has been laying people off in small groups for the last several years. Sometimes it's been deliberated as part of the multi-year restructuring project and sometimes it's been a reaction to a bad quarter.
We're down the CEO and the head of my division this year, and the new CEO has a reputation for dividing and selling the companies he runs. Quite who would be buying at the moment, I don't know, but the recent spate of re-organization into client / market verticals suggests that's where we are headed. At least he's grounded the corporate jet (and if you think I'm being facetious, the ex-CEO deferred all of our pay increases this year from January 1 until May to make the books look better for Wall Street, so grounding the jet goes some distance to placating the proles...)
Which leads me to training. I'm taking a week-long class on how to use business architecture software, which, for those of you unfamiliar with the phrase, is an expensive way of drawing pictures of how work is completed and modeling other ways of doing it. Megacorp has a pretty decent training program, but people who develop training and manage the online content are overhead, and they have been getting let go left and right this month - Merry Pink Slip and Happy Unemployment!
So you can imagine that when our instructor for this class received an email yesterday during a break, instructing her to call her manager, she was looking less than excited. And rightly so, who would look forward to finding out on Monday that this week's class would be the denouement of her working life at this particular megacorp.
As it turned out, she wasn't let go, and things were rather less tense in class today. But now she's wondering.
Best of luck to her, and to all of those here on OS and everywhere else who aren't wondering any longer.