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Goodsounds
2009-03-03, 16:21
No new posts from him for awhile.

Long vacation, or long gone?

4mula1
2009-03-04, 09:54
The silence is not very reassuring. I did find it odd that MickeyG the Squeezebox Software Program Manager was making posts about available accessories...

JJZolx
2009-03-04, 12:00
I think several people are gone. Looks like in mid January.

Mike Valera (web monkey :)

Brian Dils (user interface designer)

Wallace Lai (customer service)


Sucks.

ModelCitizen
2009-03-04, 14:51
I think several people are gone. Looks like in mid January.
Mike Valera (web monkey :)
Brian Dils (user interface designer)
Wallace Lai (customer service)
Sucks.

Why's it suck? Maybe they've gone to better jobs?

MC

JJZolx
2009-03-04, 14:53
Why's it suck? Maybe they've gone to better jobs?

Hopefully they have. I certainly wish them all the best of luck.

But they were most likely laid off in the recent round of Logitech cuts.

ModelCitizen
2009-03-04, 15:04
most likely laid off in the recent round of Logitech cuts.
Cuts. This is news to me. Is there some press release or something about this?

Ah. I see there is: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/241/1050241/logitech-to-cut-salaried-staff-by-15-percent

MC

Goodsounds
2009-03-04, 16:02
Hopefully they have. I certainly wish them all the best of luck.

But they were most likely laid off in the recent round of Logitech cuts.

I share your view, I wish all of them well. With all the RIFs going on, this is not a good time (and Silicon Valley is not currently a good place) to be looking for a job.

It's too bad that people just disappear in the night, without any announcement or comment from the company or any of the various employees who are active here. But I guess it's necessary given employment law and practices, lest something said be viewed as tarnishing someone's reputation. No one would want that.

Mike Meyer
2009-03-04, 16:37
Looks like Mike Valera is the Internet Marketing Manager at Corsair Memory. At least according to LinkedIn. He lists Logitech as a 'past' position.

Paul_B
2009-03-05, 12:33
Good luck to him then sounds like quite a good new role

maggior
2009-03-05, 19:45
Looks like Mike Valera is the Internet Marketing Manager at Corsair Memory. At least according to LinkedIn. He lists Logitech as a 'past' position.

Good for him that not only did he find something, he made a step up.

I would venture to guess that he saw the writing on the wall and decided to move onto something a bit more secure. This time around the Slim Devices BU was apparently spared a RIF, but who's to say that will be the case the next time around. I saw it where I used to work - a point is reached where the cuts did into the bone because there is no more dead wood to get rid of. It's frightening.

ModelCitizen
2009-03-06, 04:35
the Slim Devices BU was apparently spared a RIF

Pardon?

OK.
BU = Business Unit?
RIF... typo maybe? should be RIP?
:-)

MC

cdmackay
2009-03-06, 05:28
ModelCitizen wrote:
> maggior;403592 Wrote:
>> the Slim Devices BU was apparently spared a RIF
>
> Pardon?
>
> OK.
> BU = Business Unit?
> RIF... typo maybe? should be RIP?

Reduction In Force; fancy name for mass sackings (firings).

> :-)

sadly not.

cheers,
calum.

maggior
2009-03-06, 14:11
Yes, BU = Business Unit. I think technically they are the streaming media BU.

<rant>
BTW, I love all of the euphamisms (sp?) for layoffs - RIF (Reduction in Force), workforce reduction, redeployment. Where I used to work the managers would get irritated when you would use the term "layoff" rather than "redeployment" or "RIF". Sorry, but call it what it is!
</rant>

ModelCitizen
2009-03-06, 14:25
<rant>Sorry, but call it what it is!
</rant>
F*****

Sorry you can't. It's censored.

MC

Goodsounds
2009-03-06, 14:41
... I love all of the euphamisms (sp?) for layoffs..

The British have many odd expressions, and in this context they would say that someone was "made redundant". To me, that conjures up a mental image of crowd full of such people who have been made to keep saying the same thing over and over again. It's a silly expression.

Thank goodness the world has us Americans to act as proper shepherds for the language. Otherwise, we'd all be speaking like they do ;-)

autopilot
2009-03-06, 14:53
The British have many odd expressions, and in this context they would say that someone was "made redundant". To me, that conjures up a mental image of crowd full of such people who have been made to keep saying the same thing over and over again. It's a silly expression.

Thank goodness the world has us Americans to act as proper shepherds for the language. Otherwise, we'd all be speaking like they do ;-)

Are you kidding? You guys are the grandmasters of meaningless and cheesy corporate slang! :P

simbo
2009-03-06, 15:13
The British have many odd expressions, and in this context they would say that someone was "made redundant". To me, that conjures up a mental image of crowd full of such people who have been made to keep saying the same thing over and over again. It's a silly expression.
Well, it stems from the concept that in the UK, a person isn't "made redundant", an instance of a role is. In other words, a role is found to have redundancy (i.e. multiple people doing it), so the redundancy is removed. Having said that it doesn't always make sense - in the current climate entire roles are being eliminated in the quest to save money.

Anyway, why are you all assuming Mike was pushed? Maybe he was just made a better offer elsewhere - after all, web managers must be ripe pickings for headhunters, being so visible. Logitech are cutting jobs, but I'm not sure we should do Mike the disservice of assuming it's related.

Goodsounds
2009-03-06, 15:14
Listen, you cricket watching fool, such views will negatize any efforts you make to grow your vocabulary and proactivate your interpersonal ROI. ;-)

I agree with you completely.

But it's not just the corporate-speak weenies who are guilty of abominations against clear communication. Most white collar work involves industry specific and technical terms and acronyms. People who are unable to express themselves in simple language are all over, in your country and in mine, in English and in other languages. These are the ones who are dangerous. Or, at least, should not be left unsupervised near food, operating machinery or open flame.

simbo
2009-03-06, 15:17
These are the ones who are dangerous. Or, at least, should not be left unsupervised near food, operating machinery or open flame.
Or running major international banks.

EDIT: Reminds me of this (for those who haven't seen it before)... http://professionalsuperhero.com/

Stratmangler
2009-03-06, 15:17
One thing does ring true - we are two nations divided by a common language.

I've silenced a dinner table over on the North American side of the pond with very innocent comments in (North Western)English.

A long time ago (in England)there was a man employed to make sure that workers were awake in order to make it to work on time.

He was known as the "Knocker Up".

Make of it what you will !

Chris :D

snarlydwarf
2009-03-06, 15:45
Anyway, why are you all assuming Mike was pushed? Maybe he was just made a better offer elsewhere - after all, web managers must be ripe pickings for headhunters, being so visible. Logitech are cutting jobs, but I'm not sure we should do Mike the disservice of assuming it's related.

And a better offer could even be "less pay, but shorter commute" or even "you get to work with old friends".

There are a lot of reasons to change jobs.

Depending on circumstances, things like long commutes, friendships, time with family, etc, can rank high on the list of reasons to change jobs.

BigEars
2009-03-07, 10:37
"1 a: exceeding what is necessary or normal (Superfluous)"

Can't get much better use of the language than that! No longer required; surplus to requirements; redundant. Clear, simple, accurate - no bullshit, evasions or acronyms. I guess there are common usages in the USA that don't conjure the same scenario, and that's where the confusion arises.

Whichever - it's a sh*t when it happens, and there is plenty of it at the moment. Real shame to see people who are part of a community like this having to move on for whatever reason.

Paul

autopilot
2009-03-07, 12:50
Anythings better than 'down sizing'.

maggior
2009-03-07, 18:42
Anythings better than 'down sizing'.

Forgot about that one. There is one worse..."right sizing".