RE: You will be assimilated...now what?

Subject: RE: You will be assimilated...now what?
From: "Sean Brierley" <sbri -at- haestad -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2002 10:45:53 -0400


It happened to me at a job.

The situation can stink. It can be beneficial. There is a great scurry
for positions of power. If you don't get one, things can still be okay.
Or not. My experience was not so good--not personally, but in terms of
what was before and what was after the merger. After the merger, my
observation is cliques form and struggle to oust each other from power,
resulting in disharmony and a lack of a team environment, and ultimately
some bad times. Rather than point to my own experience, because there's
still good product and good people there, take a look at the
Daimler-Chrysler "merger."

If I were you, and I was, I'd do two things simultaneously:

1) Try to take advantage of the promise of a bigger, better tomorrow to
make things proactively more harmonious. Try to influence your
department and the merged department for good.

2) Get your resume updated and out now. This is plan B.

Cheers,

Sean

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Sean Brierley
Software Documentation Specialist
Haestad Methods
http://www.haestad.com
203-805-0572 (voice)
203-597-1488 (fax)



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My company is about to merge with another, in a relationship that is not
clear to those of us in the trenches. We've had multiple layoffs, the
most recent one seemingly an effort to trim certain portions of our
company to make it a better fit with our new counterpart. The event is
not being publicized yet, and management is being very tight-lipped
about
exactly what's about to happen. So we don't know if we're being bought,
or simply merging. Or maybe even absorbing the other company, using
their
money and our name, with some managemental musical chairs going on
behind
the scenes.

Whatever happens, I would assume that upon the two companies joining,
there will be some shaking out, and elimination of redundant positions.
If any of you have been in this situation, I'd be interested to hear
your
experience, and perhaps your hindsight. Are there things you can do to
try to enhance your job security? Are there things you wish you had
handled differently?

The most obvious issue for me is to find out exactly who my boss is (or
bosses), but I'm sure there are a number of less obvious issues that
will
arise. I'd appreciate any input from anybody who has watched uneasily as
the Borg cube loomed closer to their company. Thanks!

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