Friday, February 27, 2009

Zrbo Survives the Layoffs

I knew something was wrong at work on Monday when I sent an e-mail to Theresa requesting a file, only to get a response from her manager saying that Theresa was no longer employed here. "That's odd" I thought, usually people tend to send out farewell e-mails when they move on from the patent firm I work at. Oh well, I guess she must have decided to leave and I just missed the message.

Yesterday I was walking over to get some coffee in the other building when I heard that nice girl from Office Services got axed not an hour before. Then I went to lunch with some colleagues and that's when I heard a whole slew of people had gotten fired and that a few more were on the way. You could see the panic level rise in everyone's faces. I was a bit nervous too because, you see, I didn't exactly get the best end-of-the-year report (I spend too much time on this blog I suppose). On our way back from lunch I saw Kirsten enjoying her lunch - I had just heard that she wasn't going to be around much longer either, though she didn't know that yet. By the end of the day her name was included in the HR director's e-mail of who had been cut.

The end of the day rolls round. Okay, "Thirty minutes to go" I tell myself. Then my manager calls all of us into her office. Uh-oh, this has never happened before! She tells us that the other database department just had a bunch of cuts and that they'd be merging with our database department starting Monday. And then we were dismissed... WHEW!!

Oh yes, I forgot to add - "When they came for the database department there was no one left to speak out for me"


Little Earl said...

"When they came for the database department there was no one left to speak out for me"

Nice, I'm always down for a little Holocaust humor.

I didn't realize that the patent industry was taking such a big hit! Makes me glad I don't have a permanent job to lose.

yoggoth said...

Makes me glad I'm unemployed.

Sarah said...

hooray for grad school.

Herr Zrbo said...

I didn't realize the patent industry was taking a hit until I came into work Thursday. But the way the economy is going it doesn't surprise me one bit.

I'm glad you appreciated the Holocaust Humor (tm) LE.