Stunned and In Denial

No, I’m not talking about the election, or how handgun silencers are being de-regulated under the Hearing Protection Act (what’s next, rape is ok, under the Blue Balls Elimination Initiative?).

My entire JOB, Data Modeling, which ten of us do, along with two other jobs (about 100 people total) is being eliminated at ‘Large Southern Retailer’, where I work. Or will work for the next 19 days, anyway. We’ve been invited to take a severance package (which they have not detailed to us yet, though no one has called it “generous”), or we can apply for one of several other jobs, none of which we are trained in, qualified for, nor remotely interested in. And this is all happening by 30 January.

I’ve been a Data Modeler for 13 years. I’m pretty good at it, I understand it, and its role in the life cycle of big corporate data. Unfortunately, it’s the only thing I know how to do. I don’t speak Java. I don’t agile. And I sure as hell don’t pair-anything. (Keep your damned hands off my keyboard.)  

My boss was walked out yesterday morning by HR; no warning, no explanation, and no time for goodbye. And it wasn’t until about 4 hours later that anyone said ANYTHING to us about what was going to happen to us, and STILL, a day later, no one has said anything to us about our boss. Class act, huh? 

Anyway…whine whine whine. At least I have my health!  😉


7 thoughts on “Stunned and In Denial

  1. hirundine608

    Yup, we liv e in a doublespeak era … Sorry for your loss, it does get harder as you get older and it makes one feel as though they’re … well, worthless? Though perhaps not? Never mind. Put on some sweats in February hang out with the cat and start the job search function. Good luck! After a year of silence, we’re still here. Oh and good luck! Cheers Jamie


  2. Melissa Gillan

    Suck! Well, I guess it’s on to bigger and better things. Seriously, I mean that, both of those things…it sucks, but I also believe something great could be on the horizon (fingers crossed). Keep us posted, please. Hugs

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    1. Melissa Gillan

      Now thinking about the edit in blog title. Notadatatater. Wasadatatater. Redundantdatatater. Or the mystery new job title… You are too fun for this to hold you down for long. And new writing inspiration. Oh the possibilities!

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