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May 18th, 2009

state of the moof @ 07:22 pm

Current Mood: tired tired

Here's what's happened to me over the past month or so, this time in non-short-cryptic update form. About five weeks ago it was decided that my group would be merged with two other groups. My then-manager knew (because he was going to no longer be a manager) -but unbeknownst to my then-manager or coworkers, the last week of April would not only be the announcement of the group merger, but also when a good portion of Yahoo!'s Sunnyvale employees would be laid off.

I flew to Sunnyvale and started scheduling meetings as best sas I could; my new manager was being a bit coy about what our schedules look like. Around noon on Tuesday the 28th, I was called into a conference room by my new manager and told that I did great work but I was being laid off anyway. No explanation was given as to why. Later, when my former coworkers asked WTF, he still didn't give much of an explanation but intimated it wasn't his decision. I was then in the south bay for a few days without much to do - but I wasn't really in much of a state to do a whole lot, regardless. To top everything off, on the flight back to Japan I got food poisoning and barfed at least a dozen times on the plane; some nice people from the airline pushed me around in a wheelchair to the open infirmary (it was a federal holiday, so the closer one was closed). I got a saline drip and rested for a few hours; while I was able to catch the last train back to downtown Tokyo, I missed the last subway back home and had to spring for a $60 cab ride (which Yahoo!'d better pay for, dammit.)

In the aftermath of my third layoff, the primary things occupying my time are going around Tokyo and being tourist, and wondering "Well, what the fuck now?". The latter consists mostly of "Do I want to stay in Japan? Can I stay in Japan? Can I find a job at an acceptable pay level that doesn't require me to speak much (if any) Japanese? And if not Japan, then what?" I'm lousy at taking vacations unless there's something specific I want to do, so this isn't exactly the most relaxing of times. Given that I had two months of vacation time stored up and I'll get three months worth of severance pay, however, I don't need to rush things excessively.
 
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From:savorie
Date:May 18th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC)
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Owww. I'm sorry.
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From:etoilenoir959
Date:May 18th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
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Sorry again, but I'm glad you have time to mull things over rather than being forced to rush into something.
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From:inoah
Date:May 18th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
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One reason I have always objected to going into management (and there are several more personal reasons that are more important), is that a manager's loyalty to some faceless legal fiction overrides that of moral obligation to real people: in this case, you had one, possibly two, managers who could have told you what was going on earlier and saved you a lot of emotional wear and tear and other related bullshit, but didn't. Instead, they had to lie to you. In this case lying by omission is just as bad, because it was intended to mislead you until they could drop the hammer on you with its full weight.

Fuck that shit. I'd rather dig ditches.


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From:moof
Date:May 19th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
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My old manager was completely unaware of all of the drama to ensue; he was as shocked as the rest of the people.

The irony is that my accounts were still active on a whole lot of machines; I could have easily wrought havoc, stolen source code, or whatever.
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From:iphy
Date:May 18th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
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I know someone who was just asking about you. They're looking for "a DNS guy". It's here in the states and it's a contract job with definite possibility of hire later. But, it is here in the states. Drop me some email if you've interest.

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