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Day of the Long Knives

I'm glad that yesterday was such a good day, because today totally sucked. My reporting structure at work is rather... interesting. On a day to day basis, I work for one manager, who's the head of the larger team that my team is a part of. I actually work, in terms of reporting structure, for a second manager in a different department, and am on loan to my current team from him. Lately, I've been doing nearly all my work for a third manager who's responsible for shipping the product that I've been blitzing on.

It turns out that a fourth manager, who's strongly opposed to the use of contractors, has just won some sort of political struggle, and now controls all of the staffing for our department. So a big memo was sent around this morning detailing the dates on which all of the remaining contractors will be let go, including me.

That at least resolves the question of whether they were going to bring me on board, and if not, how long I'll be around. My date: July 1. That's three months later than I'd been assuming, but it's still a disappointment, especially as I was asked to make a five-year commitment to the company when I joined.

It gets worse: because all contractors are leaving, those of us in leadership positions were relieved of our leadership duties today; a direct employee is now in charge of my team. Ken is a good guy, but it still feels like insult added to injury, especially coming on the heels of having worked port-and-starboard to meet a deadline for something that should have taken us three months longer than we took.




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Feb. 20th, 2003 12:21 pm (UTC)
*sigh* You doing okay?
Feb. 20th, 2003 01:02 pm (UTC)
I am so glad that Amanda is here; I was an utter wreck until she came home and held me and made all the scary monsters go 'way.
Feb. 20th, 2003 01:19 pm (UTC)
Yep. Monster-banishing is an important function of a sweetie. I plan to give sogwife a crack at it this afternoon. *sigh*
Feb. 20th, 2003 04:12 pm (UTC)
Eep! Are you okay?
Feb. 21st, 2003 07:10 am (UTC)
Eh. I will be. Hope your today is better.
Feb. 21st, 2003 10:09 am (UTC)
*monster-repelling vibes* beamed serenewards....

Today is a little better. Amanda really, really helped last night, and some nice hand-to-hand combat in lunch hour karate also did nice things for my mood. And I'm halfway through it already.
Feb. 21st, 2003 10:14 am (UTC)
Yay! Glad to hear it.

Our weekend here (starting this evening) should, I hope, help us find our comfort and our groove again.
Feb. 20th, 2003 12:25 pm (UTC)
You have my deepest sympathies. Shit like that (at Microsoft) is what burned me entirely out of software development. Yuck.
Feb. 21st, 2003 10:10 am (UTC)
From what I've heard about Microsoft, I can understand getting burned out. Please slap me with a flounder if I ever consider working there....
Feb. 21st, 2003 10:22 am (UTC)
Can't; wrong coast! Salmon or octopus, though, no problem! ^_^
Feb. 21st, 2003 02:07 pm (UTC)
Blech. *anti-suckage vibes* your way...
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