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Shocked but still functional

Today's foo was a huge shock. The last time I was laid off from this job, it was 2008 and the week of my 2nd anniversary with the company, which at that time was Motorola. I was called into my boss' office to find him sitting next to a fat middle aged white guy who had a big brown accordion briefcase. The man was from corporate in Chicago's burbs, and it was a huge shock, totally out of the blue. One other member of my team was let go.

I kept in touch with boss, and about 4 years later he let me know the two positions were open again, so I applied, and got hired. Same cubicle. Slightly higher salary. New-ish company named Motorola Solutions. Moto was split in half, the original company was Motorola SomethingElse.

We have since been sold twice, once to Google, after being split yet again, and then to Arris.

This time it was a conference room full of people, four of them critical to the success of the product, IMHO. And this time the person with the paperwork was a slender blonde woman of about 35. From Boston, which was a major WTF because our HR was handled out of Penn. Looking at the packet, this was a world-wide reduction in force. So it wasn't as personal as the last time, but it was the death knell for that job.

So I placed profiles on Monster and Career Builder and actually applied for one job for which I am only marginally qualified. Tried to apply for one at Akamai, but they make it too hard.

I'm okay for a while. 10 week's pay and 4 weeks' vacation cashed out, that is supposed to happen on the 29th along with my final paycheck. I am not sure my change of direct deposit will have kicked in yet.

Canceled my two hotel bookings for Kansas City. I don't think I'll sell my membership, I want to stay in the loop for Helsinki next year. Did not book travel yet, so nothing to do there.

Watched Elementary and  Shark Tank and there's a Magicians and Supergirl in the queue.

During those, it dawned on me is that days like this call for ice cream. And dinner out. And black forest cake. So I had pancakes & bacon at Denny's, then continued on top Lucky's and bought their last black forest cake, and a quart of mint chocolate chip, and a bottle of chocolate shell syrup. 

Home, plugged the car back in, ate a slice of the cake, put the ice cream in the freezer and the shell stuff on the counter for another day. I have all week.

Lots on the calendar:
Tomorrow: to the office with boxes, tape and a cart and bring home my coffee cup collection, all my personal stuff from the drawers, photos from the wall, the USB photo frame and my velocity fan. There is also a big box of oatmeal packets and most of a case of shrimp Nissan cup-o-noodles. I think I'll give the admin my calendar.
Wednesday: Manicure
Thursday: Severance meeting
Friday: songwriter friends performing at Red Rock
Saturday: Thai Movie meetup
Sunday: 1 pm and 4 pm Mulan, Jr. at Sunnyvale (two complete casts, one at 1, the other at 4)
And of course the following weekend is Consonance.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 23rd, 2016 08:19 am (UTC)
Glad you'll be at Consonance.

Sorry about everything else.

Good luck with the job hunting.
Feb. 23rd, 2016 12:28 pm (UTC)
Wow, kind of scary. I actually lost my job the same year I turned 62. I had planned on working and was hoping to keep on for a while, but it didn't work that way. I am lucky that health insurance is paid due to hubby's USN retirement and we are mortgage free which still surprises me, but hopefully you are better off than I was.

Poor and happy is doable, lol.
Feb. 24th, 2016 05:28 am (UTC)
Wow--totally out of the blue. I hope you job search is brief and fruitful.

I wonder if they hired a downsizing service to do it for them? Like that George Cooney movie.
Feb. 24th, 2016 06:10 am (UTC)
Thanks. It did feel a lot like Up In The Air. I've contacted corporate HR about several things since Arris bought the company, and neither of the people leading this RIF were on their web HR list a month ago.
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