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Mark Atwood
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“Well, it turns out there's an interesting little codicil to my adventure of going to Palo Alto and having an entire office laid off around me. It's um... I had a meeting scheldule today called one-on-one. I just assumed our new director of engineering was interviewing each of the engineers one-on-one. And I went in and there was our director of engineering and his supervisor and <i>his</i> superviser and the director of HR and me and three other engineers. Take a wild guess what happened next. This is gonna be fun for them. My severance package doesn't suck and all the stuff in my cube fits in three boxes in my back seat and I have my plant and stuff. I'm not panicking yet. The job market's decent, I might take some time off. But I am amused right now which I guess is a good place to be. Talk to y'all later.”

Transcribed by: elfs
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blackcoat From: blackcoat Date: July 21st, 2006 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd say that sucks, but considering what's being going on their, maybe it's for the best.
wurtmann From: wurtmann Date: July 21st, 2006 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
When your dad "left" Newmont, he was called by his boss to meet him at the hotel at night during a snow storm--Feb 10--to be given the choice of fired or resign. His severance package ended up finishing paying for our house and the company still paid for my back. How many years did you work there? Were you vested in the retirement program?
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: July 21st, 2006 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
The retirement program was a 401k. I get to keep that money, of course. I hadn't vested into the matching yet.

I missed vesting my options by only 6 months.

I was there for 5 and a half years. A personal record for me.
docorion From: docorion Date: July 21st, 2006 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, that's sucktastic. The office in Palo Alto was a subdivision, or a different company? Either way, not a pleasant ending. Glad you're in a good place about it. May fortune favor you.
From: neocuriosity Date: July 21st, 2006 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
First, are your stock options worth anything? If so, call them back, ask about vesting into your stock options. Ask if there is any possible way that you can vest early or, failing that, if you came back to the company at a later date if you would *then* vest into those options.

Second, *file for unemployment* ASAP as there is a 2-week waiting period from when you apply.

Third, contact anyone who you think might give you a glowing reference, ask them if you can have one, and then ask them for it in writing *now*, while you're still fresh in their minds. Also, ask for their personal contact email & phone number so you can use them for a 'live' reference later.

Fourth, update your resume (duh) if it's not already updated. If you're like me, you might procrastinate about this and then it becomes a big task and adds pressure to your life when you have an upcoming interview.

From: neocuriosity Date: July 21st, 2006 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh yeah, and enjoy the summer - I'm envious that you get to collect unemployment and the weather is so fine.
From: j5nn5r Date: July 21st, 2006 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, man. Good luck in the job hunt.

scott_t_s From: scott_t_s Date: July 21st, 2006 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)


Life just threw me a big bannana, so I need to share it.

It looks like your resume is online, I'll give the URL to the HR Department/my friend at work.

I just started at AziMyth and they are looking for other people.
mauser From: mauser Date: July 22nd, 2006 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: hmmmm.

Oh, that's interesting. What a small world. CoroWare used to share office space with them.
gipsieee From: gipsieee Date: July 21st, 2006 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
oh.. bother.. hugs
I suppose that could explain why they weren't particularly worried about getting the knowledge transfer finished?
kendaer From: kendaer Date: July 21st, 2006 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to hear about your layoff.

Feel free to fling a resume my direction if you have any interest at all in Amazon. I know my team is hiring for a number of different positions (both SDE, and SDE-Test) and the company as a whole is hiring as well.

I'd be happy to put your resume into HR's hands.
daikitsune From: daikitsune Date: July 21st, 2006 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry to hear about that, man. Sounds like some crazy shit is goin' down at that company. Take care of yourself and keep your spirits up...You've got a lot of experience, and the market isn't quite as bad as it was a few years ago.
papertygre From: papertygre Date: July 21st, 2006 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
wow. I'm glad you're taking it in good spirits.
nilasae From: nilasae Date: July 21st, 2006 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Damn! Good luck with the hunt.
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