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                                             continued immiseration


Fair warning, I  just need to vent so there  is no optimistic twist
at the  end of this.  If you're having a  crappy day you  should go
read something  else instead.  I just need  to write it,  you don't
need to read it.

I've lost another  member of my team to a  layoff, the third layoff
this year.  My boss says that  they're working through moving  to a
new bank for their borrowing that  will help them out more and give
them more flexibility  as they work on building the  business - but
in the short term the current  bank is forcing them to make further

This time the  story is that the bank's consultants  that have been
reviewing our operations and making  recommendations to the bank to
push onto us have told them  that we have too many quality managers
(counting a long-time employee  who's really only doing engineering
support as  'quality'). So  the plan  is to  lay off  my inspection
manager,  move my  QA  manager  into that  role,  reshuffle the  QA
manager's work  (probably mostly to  me) and triage on  from there.
I'm going  to have to get  creative in 'implementing' that  plan to
keep things marginally on the rails - QC morale is already poor and
justifiably so.  Ostensibly  we'll  be re-hiring  him  in a  couple
months  once things  stabilize  and the  new  financial backing  is
sorted out.

I  wish I  believed  that. With  the usual  losses  and hirings  my
department is down a total of six people since I started here, that
is  one  sixth.  Even if  it's  not deliberate,  effectively  we're
getting whittled down. We continue to  be asked to do more with the
people who are still here.

They've been  offering this banking change  as an excuse as  to why
cuts are  needed and why  things are  so financially tight  and the
hope that things  will get better Real Soon Now  almost since I got

I am having doubts, have been  having them for some time now, about
the ownership group (family-owned company)  and how honest they are
or maybe aren't with themselves about the situation. That of course
affects how I take what I hear  from my boss. He already knows that
I take a dim view of layoffs and terminations, he spent a good half
an hour talking about their financial repositioning, bits about the
ongoing process  for trying to  start a new  facility out-of-state,
and then  finally worked his way  around to talking about  the cuts
that  are going  to happen.  He had  to tell  me about  all of  the
sacrifices the ownership have made to keep the company afloat, etc.
- not realizing that all of  that just doesn't mean much to someone
who didn't inherit a company, still has student loans to pay on and
pay  off, and  really  /must/ remain  employed  with decent  health
insurance for  his wife. I'm sure  what they're doing feels  like a
big sacrifice to them but they have a whole lot more to lose before
they would really feel it. Their perspective is very limited.

I was told a while back by a member of the ownership, who's also an
employee (in, basically, business development) that I should hire a
quality engineer.  I told him  that I  didn't want to  hire someone
only to have to then let someone else on my team go. I relented and
put together  a job  description, not expecting  to get  any decent
candidates, and lo and behold a guy with a frakking master's degree
and  process  improvement and  Lean  experience  applies and  seems
excited about the job after interviewing and a plant tour.  We made
him an offer /one/ day before I was told about the layoff, but they
still want to hire him. Exactly as expected. Now I might have a new
quality engineer  who will have  to get up  to speed and  learn our
(many) production  processes - and  managing QC is a  part-time job
for my QA manager and me to juggle.

I feel  like I've been  here before, with two  different employers.
There isn't a  lot to recommend it really. Both  of those employers
no longer  exist. For this  evening at least anger  and frustration
have now given way to depression.