Big layoffs at SOE today. I'm not sure how many got let go, but I was called into a meeting room with about fifty other people, the execs, the human resources person and financial person. They told us we were being let go. There were more people being let go in customer service and in the Austin office, so quite a few people. We are all officially employed for two more months but we were asked to clean out our desks today. October 28 is my official termination date.
It was too bad to see all those people losing their jobs. I'm sure a lot of them were living paycheck to paycheck. As for me, I'm more fortunate than most, and I'm going to be treating this as a "sabbatical" from the industry. It's a chance to re-tool my career and try a few new things. For starters, I'm going to be spending more time writing and drawing you-know-what.
I've seen this coming for a couple of years, as some of the company's biggest projects have not been as profitable as they hoped. But SOE gave us a very generous package and I have absolutely no hard feelings towards the company or any of the execs.