Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Job, part 12

Tomorrow morning at 9am the CEO will hold an all-company conference call.

So I assume this will be the major announcement of the changes. In the past, there were actually three calls, allowing many people in many time zones to hear it for themselves. And it seemed from the announcement about three weeks ago that this time there would be at least two. But when the official word came out today with the call-in numbers, there was only one time. And the tone of the email, from one of the underlings at the corporate headquarters, seemed to be a little more strident than usual.

In the last week, there have been a spate of announcements, mostly from Marketing about people and positions. These persons have left, those persons have new responsibilities, etc. I take this as the puffs of smoke signalling an imminent volcanic eruption from the main lava flow.

The CEO talk tomorrow morning will be followed by the departmental meeting on Monday morning at 9am. The announcement of that talk is to be accompanied by a set of slides, probably displaying corporate words, and possibly even a new org chart. It all remains to be seen.

But with two of the rainmakers (my manager G being one of them, and the other being P, the major director of development) going to be at the same time at another of one of the development offices tomorrow, assumedly there will be some fallout there that affects that location specifically.

I doubt layoffs will occur this week, at least at my location. You never know, and as always, one needs to have one's resume up to date.

The Monday departmental meeting will be of much more significance to me and those around me than tomorrow's CEO meeting. It will directly affect everyone in our location.

An extremely telling event is that it appears that the outsource company's employees will be listening in on the CEO's conference call. This is astounding and beyond belief. In the normal world, this would never happen. It feels as if the company is giving itself away. What makes anyone want to trust the lifeblood of the company to outside interests. It feels like being in this company is like living in the last days of Pompeii. And that someone or a group wishes to open company wounds to permanent leeches.