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I've had a really strange day

  1. Sep 14, 2006 #1

    BobG

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    Just to cause confusion. :rofl: Actually, it's been a really strange couple of weeks.

    Two weeks ago, all our company's employees working on a contract were supposed to go to a mandatory meeting in our company's district office.

    At the last minute, it's canceled. Two days later, we find out our district manager has quit with no notice and the company has decided to close the district office rather than replace him.

    Last week, everyone in my office is notified that they're being laid off at the end of the month except for me.

    Tuesday, we meet our new boss (Nice, eh? We work a couple contracts in the area, so not all of the attendees were being laid off, but enough that she must have felt at least a little uncomfortable)

    This morning, our company's completely dropped from the contract we were working on.

    Except for me - I've been traded to a new company. :bugeye: :frown: :biggrin: :uhh: :cry: :smile: (I'm not really sure which smiley you're supposed to use for a situation like this)

    Now I finally feel like a real civilian. Life was never this exciting when I was in the Air Force.
     
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    Yeah, I'd be bewildered.
     
  4. Sep 14, 2006 #3
    Wow Bob:bugeye: {thinking this is the right smiley for the response}
     
  5. Sep 14, 2006 #4

    Evo

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    Obviously they're aware of your status here at PF and realized how valuable you are. I mean, are any of the employess that were laid off PF members?
     
  6. Sep 14, 2006 #5

    chroot

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    Dr. Foofer has plans for him. <insert maniacal cat laughter>

    - Warren
     
  7. Sep 14, 2006 #6

    Evo

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    :rofl: Another of Dr Foofer's minions.
     
  8. Sep 14, 2006 #7

    Ivan Seeking

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    Contract work: It's not just a job, it's an adventure!
     
  9. Sep 14, 2006 #8

    BobG

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    Fortunately, I remembered to wear my lucky T-shirt today. :approve:

    This T-shirt might have helped more. If they got rid of everyone from my company, there'd be no one left on contract to read the T-shirt.

    Part of my job is training and I developed a couple courses the government flat out loved, so cutting the courses wasn't an option. Except the prime had subcontracted out for the expertise instead of hiring their own - well, at least until today.

    Evidently, our two companies didn't get along very well at the management level. When the budget started to get squeezed, dropping our company made life easier for the prime in a couple different ways.

    I just know one way or the other I'm going to take a short term hit on this, but as I get more details, it doesn't look all that bad for the long term.

    Edit: You know, there's a really funny story about those courses that my new company isn't going to realize until tomorrow morning when I give them my paper work. I really wasn't qualified to do that. I just remember listening to that stupid commercial on the radio for Monster.com or some other job search company, "Imagine yourself interviewing for a job you always thought was over your head .... and knocking their socks off". That's so cool .... until you actually get the job. I had to check one of Michael Kelley's Calculus Guides out of the library and teach myself calculus while I wrote the courses. I think I learned linear algebra off the internet. About the only reason I was able to do that is that, with 20 years experience, I already had a pretty good idea how everything should end up, plus, it was just bizarre enough a thing to do that I didn't really care how much time I was spending on it .... and then there's fact that I was eventually going to have to stand up in front of this stuff in a classroom and the opportunity for humiliation is always a pretty strong motivator.
     

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