Friday, May 14, 2010

Downsizing

Today at my work, they began downsizing. We were one of the only Architecture firms in valley without a major layoff in the last two years. In fact, we hired people. We all assumed we were over the worst, but these economic times have finally caught up with us. While I still have a job, 10% of my firm was not so lucky.


When my boss called me into his office, he gave me a choice: I can stay and add the receptionist duties on to what I am already doing with Marketing, or I can go elsewhere. What a horrible feeling. I started as the receptionist over 3 years ago and was only there for 4 months before being promoted to the accounting department. About a year later I was once again promoted to being Marketing Coordinator. For the first time in my life I felt like I was creating my career, it was no longer just a job. I have really grown to LOVE marketing. They don’t seem to think they are cutting me off from Marketing, but in reality they are. I will be limited as to my involvement with clients, with planning ways to promote the company, and even having the flexibility to attend trainings and be involved with other marketers in the industry through SMPS.

Mostly though, it was hard to watch these people come out of the President’s office trying to hold back tears. There is such a solemn feeling here. I guess we will all just have to adjust, carry on, and count our blessings… until the next round. There are threats that more layoffs are looming, but if all our projects we have lined up actually come through, we will be fine. We’ll all pray…

5 comments:

Nicole said...

I'm so sorry! I'm sure it is pretty gloomy, but at least we can be grateful you still have a job. :) I keep thinking things will start getting better too--as far as economically, but it seems things like this keep happening. I hope your firm will be on the upward climb from here on out. Good luck.

PS it makes me really happy you have been so successful at your job and that you love it!

Mitzi said...

Wow, what a rollercoaster of emotions you must be going through. I can't imagine. Especially after the wonderful and exciting post you blogged yesterday. Hopefully business will pick up soon and you'll be able to refocus on the marketing aspect of your job.

Jen said...

Sorry to hear that, Anna. I know you will make the best of a tough situation. You are a wonderfully talented employee. I hope the economy picks up so you can get out of the receptionist chair soon!

Krystal said...

I'm sorry Anna... this is such a hard time to be living and working... It is scary for many people in various job settings I think... and I know it's hard after working your way up from receptionist to be back at square one again, but I'm sure things will get better eventually, and the company will see you for the fabulous person that you are... good luck and hang in there.

AJ and Cindy said...

What a scary feeling, I am glad your job is safe and hope it only continues to get better for you! I am sure you are a huge asset to your company and they are lucky to have you!