you think banks are shitty to their customers? try working for one. for four months i have been in the 'redeployment pool', waiting for assistance in being relocated. in all that time, they offered me ONE position, which was nothing like what i currently do. further, it was a cut in grade. i politely told them 'no'.
well, not surprisingly, today we were called together and officially told there would be job cuts...massive job cuts. of course, all assistance would be given to us to help us find other work (yeah, right) and those that miss out will be paid out. my payout wouldnt be too bad, but i have effectively worked for this bunch for 14 years. i had one year away to study, but went back. whilst i have been lucky to work in a variety of roles, which will help me on the outside, this is effectively all i have known. it is a bit scary.
one of the many problems is that there will be a few other people in similar roles to mine (project work / project management) getting the flick, and perth is a small toen. there are only so many jobs to go around.
what annoys me the most though, is that the real reasons behind the sudden drive for efficiency is that some of our corporate lending practices have been iffy. the bank will publicly deny this, but i know many people, and hence the truth. if you asked a doped up sloth to assess some of the deals, it would do a better job than the highly paid pricks who have got us into this position. further, if proper checks had been put in place, me, and 199 of my friends and colleagues wouldnt be facing the dole queue (except that i am married and will get f8#k all).
i have enjoyed the ride. i have made a ton of friends. i have obtained a world of experience. but now i am staring down the barrel of a great deal of uncertainty.
richard branson reckons you need to look after three groups of people. staff, customers and shareholders...in that order. if you have happy staff, you will get happy customers. they will come back, and therefore the shareholders will be happy. sadly, my employer cant keep the staff happy, the customers are never happy (new fees have been introduced...i am glad i dont have tto explain that) and our share price has fallen about 30%. reckon some of the twits at the top need cleaning out first.
You wash your car like it was your firstborn child, you tend to its needs like it was your own body, you protect it like it's your family, then you drive it like you stole it.
Weapons of rice destruction
2002 Ford Falcon AU3 XR6
1985 Ford Sierra XR4i
1980 Ford Escort RS2000