Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Stupid Decisions Part I...


Last week, I came to work and performed my regular morning routine as I have done for the six years we've been in this building. Listen to v-mail, fire up PC and Log on, go make coffee, read e-mail, read blogs, read news, start work. Takes about 20 minutes.

Unfortunately, I also discovered for the third time that the brain trust of our newly merged company has made a command decision that directly effects my life. The first, the decision to close my center by the end of the year. The second, to charge us more for our benefits and reduce our coverage, and third, to now prohibit the running of streaming video on company computers. The first two I can understand as critical to many things financial and have fully accepted, but this last one I gotta ask:

What the fuck? We own HUGE fiber networks with shit tons of spare capacity, and you don't want us watching fat cat video's on CNN?

Don't get me wrong, our pre-merger company was slowly becoming a bloated behemoth of bureaucracy before the merge, but I have been with them from the very beginning when we were four months from bankruptcy, when there were less than a thousand employees on the payroll. It's been a great ride. One of the many things that has kept me here for so long is that our former company defied the industry experts by consciously NOT becoming one of THEM. THEM are the historical wireline companies in which all you need to know about your job is available to you in a big binder when you come to work on your first day. Forget about doing things differently or trying to make improvements, you’re to do exactly what the binder instructs. All hail the great binder!!! Our former CEO, having made a name as chairman of one of THEM prior to coming to us, drilled it into our heads: “Do NOT become one of them”.

Well, one of THEM bought us. Our former CEO has stayed on, and we’d hoped that the spin given to us following the merge announcement, that THEM were interested in how we defied the odds and became a real competitor and Wall Street darling in less than ten years, had some truth in it. We tenured legacy employees had been optimistic up until January or so, but with this kind of shit happening to us more and more frequently, the writing seems to be on the wall and it is becoming a THEM company slowly but surely. That, my friends, sucks.

UPDATE: Just got back from lunch with a supplier and one of my employees commented that they've restricted access to Ebay. Just tried to access my account and she was right. Incredible...

8 Comments:

At 1:47 PM, April 04, 2006, Blogger Taiwanese Hemp Farmer said...

My god! These huge corporations are totally clueless. Next they'll probably try to prevent employees from taking drugs and getting high on marijuana during work hours. The people of Tawain (and particulary those who support hemp farming) are with you on this one!

 
At 2:05 PM, April 04, 2006, Blogger Yoda Jacket said...

Do something to keep you on task, they must. Real work you do not have.

 
At 2:44 PM, April 04, 2006, Blogger Chrispy said...

If their restricting your access to eBay means my cellphone bill gets lower, or my service better, then I'm all for it.

Something tells me that ain't gonna happen, though.

 
At 2:57 PM, April 04, 2006, Blogger Tony Alva said...

No, I doubt very seriously that this will affect anything bottom line related, or provide any benefit to our customers. This is nothing more than a difference in corporate cultures. One trusts managers and their employees to be responsible, the other doesn't. There really is no other explaination. It's a THEM principle that prevails in companies like this. I saw it while working over at another wireless behemoth GTE MobileNet years back.

I'm bracing myself and my employees for more of it.

 
At 1:05 PM, April 05, 2006, Blogger hazmat said...

Try another web browser and make sure there's no proxy information set. You might be able to bypass it that way.

 
At 5:01 PM, April 11, 2006, Blogger Jackson said...

I wonder how corporations got so damn powerful and arrogant....

 
At 7:54 PM, February 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work »

 
At 9:33 PM, March 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best regards from NY! »

 

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