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And then there were none

Stuff behind the cut.

You might remember a post I made a while back, which, in summary, I said that at my old job, the company was trying to secure a new project for my studio, but were dragging their feet and because of that, I got sick of it and found a new job, which I've been working at for the last few weeks. I left a more lucrative and fun job in which I worked with my husband, and went to a lower-paying job with stability, and I was pleased with the decision.

Well, the uncertainty at the old job has come to an end, and it's not a good one. The company failed to bring in the project and is now going to close down the studio, letting go about twenty people, including my husband. I have to say, the first thing I thought when I heard the news was, "Man, am I glad I got out when I did!" If I hadn't, that'd be both of us out of a job.

To be completely clear, the company wasn't to blame on this. They got all their ducks in a row and made an offer for the project, and the owner of the other company basically fucked us over. Part of it was that he was trying to protect his own interests. He didn't tell his employees that he was selling the project (!!!), so he waited as long as he could to consider the offer because he didn't want to upset them. Then he realized that he didn't have anything for them to work on for a couple of months between the project he was selling and the new one he was getting in, so he tried to draw out the deal with us even longer. When he finally couldn't delay the decision any longer, he told us that he wasn't going to sell, "but come back in two months and we'll renegotiate." Our company decided forget it, they're not going to be toyed with like that again - and I don't blame them one bit; can you imagine how much money was wasted preparing the offer and doing the due diligence? - but that meant closing the studio because there just isn't any work for them.

I'm not sure at all where all of this is going, but at least, with my situation, my husband and I are doing okay. Not nearly as optimistic for our friends. There are a few job openings at my company that might just snap up some of them (including hopefully my husband), and the rest of the software and gaming community in town is trying to put out the safety nets.



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Apr. 26th, 2016 11:14 am (UTC)
I am so sorry to hear this, as I thought the job instability was over for you. I can't believe someone would toy with so many people's lives and livelihoods, which I guess goes to show why I could never own a business.

I'm sorry because I know how happy you were there and having just withstood a bout of job insecurity myself, I was optimistic that things would be OK for you both.

Best wishes always and I'm hoping for the best possible outcome for all.
Apr. 26th, 2016 03:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's better than it could be, really - we're comfortable enough that we can go without jobs for a bit, and my husband has really wanted to take a break, so he will enjoy that. It's much, much worse for his co-workers, many of whom aren't as well-off and who had been working hard in anticipation of this project, trying to make sure our company knew that they were going to give it their all, so that the next time, they'd get a good project that much easier. And it was all for nought.

We do have a great community here and they've already started to approach people to find them positions, so hopefully everyone will land on their feet.
Apr. 26th, 2016 01:52 pm (UTC)
Ack!! glad you got out...but poor hubby! And ALL THOSE PEOPLE!!

I hope they can find something good to get on with...ye gods!

Apr. 26th, 2016 03:19 pm (UTC)
I think he'll do fine. He wants some time off, and then he's got skills that a lot of people want, so he'll find something in good time. I'm more worried for the others at the studio. A couple of them moved from out of town in the last year for this job, and now what? But it's too early to tell how it'll all come out. Thanks for the support!
Apr. 27th, 2016 04:04 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that, for all of those employees...

It is good that the community is coming together to try and help as many of them as possible to try and land softly, and I do hope it works out. I'm glad you got out when you did and have another job, and there's a good chance for your husband. That is the danger when spouses work in the same company; if the company goes under, it's not just one job, but both. Still, when it works, it can be very nice!

Good luck to everyone.
Apr. 28th, 2016 12:04 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, good job you got out indeed!!! I hope your husband can find another good position soon, and your friends too…
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