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There's a certain "mystique" about working as a consultant for a company that's about to go belly up or one where its business has been sold out. I don't work for either, but the attitude around my workplace is similar.

I work for Citigroup. Although this is arguably the largest financial institution in the world, I doubt I can get fired for blogging about this turn of events, for a couple of reasons: it's public knowledge, I'm a consultant, not an employee, and my contract has run its course (as in I have an end date with no hope of renewal of contract).

My department was sold off to MET life for a few billion, they (MET) only care about the holdings, the employees and the systems are throwaway to them. So anything I have been working on or will work on in the next two weeks of my remaining contract are trash. Nice.

This is quite typical in my business, hell, I work for 3-4 employers a year. And I honestly can not think of one thing I have programmed that has survived corporate takeovers or business failures. So, in my life, I have worked my ass of to produce nothing. Nice thought that puts me in my place.

Anyway, I am working with and surrounded by, a few hundred people (2000 or so total) that will not have a job in a few weeks (months). To add insult to injury, they are interviewing for jobs with the new company. Some (most) of these people have not interviewed for a job in over 15 years. Sad. I work with these people and I have to say, at least for the people that I work with directly (and, no, they will never find or read this site) they are a cut above the typical corporate employee. A bit smarter, a bit more well rounded. But they'll all be out of a job in early July.

I feel for them. In my position as a consultant, I expect this, and deal with bouts of unemployment. Sometimes for extended lengths (like this last summer). But these people have no clue. I hope that something in the Hartford area picks up, because they have little or no chance of getting a job, honestly.



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