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Slowly, oh so slowly I am getting my head above water with work. The company has been through one acquisition and now a merger with another software company, and the past 18 months have been very insane. During the initial acquisition my title went from senior solution architect to consultant (a demotion) then I was moved to a management position, then to a higher management position, all without a bump in pay. On top of that I manage three multi-million dollar projects in three states, and have to maintain a billable rate of 75% or better (I'm at 105% and work 60+ hours a week).

Now the acquisition is in the final stages, with a round of layoffs about to happen in the next five weeks for those roles that are deemed redundant. BUT, in spite all that, I have been missing AM, and this forum. So here I am, getting ready to renew my subscription and looking forward to reviving Papa Bear.

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24 minutes ago, robcat2075 said:

Welcome back to A:M!

Sorry to hear of the disruptions in your job! 

"105%" sounds sneaky....

not sneaky...overworked. Means I am billing over 40 hours a week to clients. In other words overworked and underpaid!

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On 12/8/2022 at 9:23 AM, fae_alba said:

not sneaky...overworked. Means I am billing over 40 hours a week to clients. In other words overworked and underpaid!

You might want to consider shopping around, it sounds like your company is giving you the old screw-job.

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Roger..if there were a better option I would take it.

 

Shelton....I am working on a bit just to get back into the workflow... I do think I need a better rig...and perhaps the mo cap challenge from this summer is a good place for me to play around....

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So, here I am. Thought I'd give an update since it has been nearly a year since I posted anything. Work truly got the better of me this year. The software company I worked for (Tibco) was part of a merger with Citrix, which in turn gave rise to Cloud Software Group (CSG). The new CEO of CSG, the hired hatchet man from the venture capital owners then decided that he didn't like consultants so started a quiet layoff in January under the guise of restructering bonus and payscales. Before we were eligible for quarterly bonuses, he changesd them to anual, tied to division performance and not individual performance. Basically encouraging managers to do more with less. Then in June he decided to sell of the consulting group entirely which led to layoffs in August. Me and my team, even though I had just got a quarter mill contract signed days before, were laid off on august 10th. I have been looking for a new gig since then without much luck. The folks I work with and I decided in September to form our own LLC, and from that Seamless Integration Group LLC was formed. We are now in the the beginning stages of developing a SaaS data quality and AI platform for the healthcare industry. To say I have been a bit stressed over paying the mortgage is an understatement. But I am still among the living, just not feeling as creative as I'd like to be.

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50 minutes ago, robcat2075 said:

Sorry to hear about the job dislocation, Paul!

No recourse about that signed contract? Ouch!

I at least was given 2 months of insurance and severance pay until end of December. But who ever says the job market is good and companies are hiring, I want what they are smoking.. because it has got to be some good Sh!t. Since August I have had only two interviews, tomorrow being a third for on position. And I'd like to think I am in a "senior" level IT level. Doesn't matter now a days.

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11 hours ago, itsjustme said:

Damn, it's been a rough year!  I hope your LLC is successful, Paul.

Thanks David! I've got six other people in this too, in many ways I'm more concerned for their futures. But it is what it is. The worst part of the year has been a catastophic disk crash that lost all of my current A:M work. Yup, that's right. The age old story of backing up and data loss. I shot myself in the foot on that one!

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On 11/27/2023 at 4:52 PM, fae_alba said:

So, here I am. Thought I'd give an update since it has been nearly a year since I posted anything. Work truly got the better of me this year. The software company I worked for (Tibco) was part of a merger with Citrix, which in turn gave rise to Cloud Software Group (CSG). The new CEO of CSG, the hired hatchet man from the venture capital owners then decided that he didn't like consultants so started a quiet layoff in January under the guise of restructering bonus and payscales. Before we were eligible for quarterly bonuses, he changesd them to anual, tied to division performance and not individual performance. Basically encouraging managers to do more with less. Then in June he decided to sell of the consulting group entirely which led to layoffs in August. Me and my team, even though I had just got a quarter mill contract signed days before, were laid off on august 10th. I have been looking for a new gig since then without much luck. The folks I work with and I decided in September to form our own LLC, and from that Seamless Integration Group LLC was formed. We are now in the the beginning stages of developing a SaaS data quality and AI platform for the healthcare industry. To say I have been a bit stressed over paying the mortgage is an understatement. But I am still among the living, just not feeling as creative as I'd like to be.

Sorry to hear that.    May you have much success with your LLC in the coming years. 

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2 hours ago, Fuchur said:

If you can afford it: Use a NAS. Everything from 2-bay up will save u a lot of headache.
(yeah I know... good advise when it is lost already... ;) )

Best regards
*Fuchur*

you would think that after dealing with this sort of stuff for 38+ years i would know better... but alas that''s not the case. Cloud storage is the best solution now a days

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Depends on if you want to give all your data to a KI/doesnt care about data protection or not. ;)
And of cause in general a NAS solution is faster, if you do not have a very fast internet connection.

But whatever you prefer. ;)

Best regards
*Fuchur*

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