Jason Lindquist (jlindquist) wrote,
Jason Lindquist

The axe falls again

It was a bit over a year ago that I was laid off from Mercury. More of that was detailed separately in an entry I kept locked at the time. If I hadn't been cut, I would've found another job and quit. I wasn't happy, and I thought that if things didn't get better for the company, that the next layoffs would be sudden and not at all generous. There was no reason to stick around for that.

Well, things didn't get better, and I just got word that they basically killed the operation today. Over the succeeding months, several of my old colleagues left. Two contractors were hired on full-time to fill the gap. Several of our manufacturing people had their retentions extended, several times. The plan was to transfer all manufacturing to Massachusetts, but that proved too difficult, so they wound up keeping it in Carlsbad. Three of them finally said "no more" and left. One of them was our materials specialist, who they eventually lured back by offering his boss's old job and a significant pay bump. I just saw him at Poway's graduation two weeks ago, and he was damned happy with things. Well, he's making out like a bandit now. He's on retention again, with a tremendous bonus involved, for the next couple of months, to oversee the final transition of manufacturing, for-real. Apparently all of engineering has been laid off. Boom. Two weeks per year, have a nice day. (So if you're looking for a pretty senior hardware engineers--PPC, x86, MIPS, or a senior software engineer--VxWorks, Solaris, emphasis on driver development, I can get you in touch with them. I don't expect any of them to be willing to relocate from north San Diego County.) They had no warning. They walk in this morning to find the executive VP and our regular HR specialist sitting there with the news. I got a call from a recruiter just last week who said she was filling contractor reqs from my engineering director there. (Yes, he was cut too.)

The two sales guys are staying, and the field support engineer, and I guess a couple of techs to handle RMAs. Everyone else is gone, and all the tribal knowledge goes with them. I expect that all our old products there will be end-of-lifed. That makes sense--I understand there was no new development work going on, and nobody was left that knew those products to support them. In the end, Mercury's purchase of Momentum seems to have been a waste. Matt described it best: "They bought a case of good ice cream, and let it melt." We had business in markets that they weren't in, and they threw it away. We had products based on architectures they hadn't used, and they canceled them all. We had experience and knowledge, and they either laid it off or drove it to quit. All I think they walk away with is four years' worth of revenue. *shrug*

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