So, I've had a shitty week. I don't think anyone who doesn't work in my office has had a shittier week than we did.
Things I mentioned that were brewing a page ago happened. It was bad. Really, really bad. Not full closure bad but definitely a vibe that the only people/teams that are left are the ones identified as too risky to move. And they made some boneheaded moves, so that is saying something.
My location has definitely started the march along to full closure. It kind of doesn't really matter if they are intending to keep us open (which they say they have no plans to close us, but who believes them?). They gutted us to the point there are no opportunities to have career growth without going to another location or leaving the company. Things are going to switch from a site where people spend significant portions of their careers to one with high turn over.
And frankly, the functions that remain are still there because of the knowledge of a handful of, very visible to company leaders, people/teams who are not easily transferable and they can't afford to piss off (or offer to move and get rejected) right now. Once a critical mass or even a few key players quit, I bet entire teams will be relocated and built from the ground up in another location and then at some point this will be a skeleton site and close.
So, I'm not on the list of people being asked to leave with a package, which I expected. But my new boss isn't someone from the trifecta of people I will under no conditions work for, which I didn't expect.
So I'm not quitting right now, but I did find it extremely helpful to lay out conditions under which I stay or go. I think I'm going to do that again so I don't let myself get sucked into staying beyond when its healthy as stuff deteriorates.
I'm also going to spend some time while I'm having zero fucks to give about the leadership of my company on how I'm going to change how I deal with them to reduce my future frustration/stress level and try to make things better. And frankly, I think I'm going to loosen up my filer with them (a lot). Its always been leaky anyway. No more pussy footing around. I'm not good at that and it stresses me out. Trying to play their game didn't save anyone.
I feel really bad for the people that have been at the company for decades but aren't close enough to retire but have skills highly specialized to my company and are facing having to effectively start over. The rest of us seem to be moving into a stage of gallows humor in terms of who is worse off, those of us staying or those of us going.