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When I was, albeit much younger, I was supporting the retail operations for a large bank in Hungary; that's how I first went there. It wasn't unknown or even rare to work 18hrs straight through and 100 hour weeks were common. The last thing I could say was that I didn't have time for a small sherry* once in a while**.
A lesser-level IT group member was suddenly terminated Friday afternoon. No reasonable cause was given - effectively labeled redundant. That, when tied to why he was told he'd be redundant, just doesn't hold up under even mild scrutiny. Some other events coming out of HR (Human Resources) that also may bode ill. Furthermore, all of IT (at all levels) was kept in the dark about this event until it was executed.
Hang on, kids! There's a fan, and a shovel, and someone's probably going to use it.
Appropriate quote(s) from Hamlet goes here.
2017.03.07: They 'took' another one. I'm reasonably convinced that what is now called a 'reorganization' is going to include getting rid of IT, altogether. Some IT-ites figure we have about three months left.
Curiosity got the best of me: I created some SQL so I can see who's being terminated as of 2017.02.01 .
Considering the amount of work he got done, this will have some big ripples - not in terms of programming (he's not part of that), but it's a constant day-to-day. One of those support people so the rest of us can get something done. If they were hunting for dead wood, I could have shown them plenty.
The question is even the "them" party. I doubt HR had any more to do with it than carrying out. The selection came from elsewhere. Also - the place where I work rarely, indeed, every lets an employee go - they will re-purpose them. He'd already worn a number of hats, IT only the latest. He was a competent employee and got along with people, including, so far as I knew, the upper management.
So - mayhaps he ruffled someones feathers he shouldn't have, but it's quite out of character. Analysis, particularly with all of the background I know (that you couldn't) is that he's either a sacrificial lamb to justify a followup step(s), a scapegoat, or perhaps replacing all of IT with outside vendor services. The last of these would be, if they simply go by their own corporate experience, a blunder of epic proportion.
Dyslexia or myopia.
Maybe even some astigmatism thrown in for good measure.
Take your pick
(You should post this at a regular time every day, and preferably twice daily 12 hours apart, for those who sleep at the correct time. And in all seriousness this is probably the only 'of the day' I read)
Counting in hungarian is easy, if you know a billion [milliárd] that's it. You know as many hungarian words as you can count to.
egy one millió million két two [short form of kettő] száz hundred harminc thirty [10, 20 & 30 have special numbers] négy four ezer thousand öt five száz [hundred] hat six van [-tens 40-90 are the number followed by van \ ven] hét seven
Add in nyolc, kilenc, tíz and húsz and now you can count hungarians! [results may vary, always read the label]
On a previous car of mine the forgot to tighten the bleeding screw after changing the brake fluid
At first you don't really notice it if you're driving sensibly, since cars tend to have at least two brake circuits, but sooner or later you run out of liquid...
I never even got an excuse, just a lot of excuses, if you get my drift.
But I made sure they lost a lot of customers on that mistake.
A few years ago, the idiots changed the oil in my car, but failed to tighten the filter properly. The first I knew of it was when the "oil level" light came on. Luckily I was near a garage at the time...
If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.