Imagine my surprise when starting my current position seven months ago only to find out two months later that they would be downsizing. To give you some background, I have just survived two agencies’ downsizing with the last one trying four times over a three year period before they finally managed to outsource everyone. It is not a joyous occasion for anyone involved and I don’t recommend it if you have never experienced the joy.
After seven months, I can now say that I have survived two rounds of layoffs. IT is starting to feel like tours of combat with everyone just hoping to survive. To be honest, the hardest part is seeing colleagues leave, voluntarily or involuntarily, especially when there was great chemistry on your team. Morale suffers, productivity suffers, and you wonder who will jump ship next. Hopefully this is just another phase like Y2K, the Dot Com frenzy and subsequent bubble crash. I have survived them all and I will survive this too. Through it all, my databases remain, DBA to the very end!