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Developer Layoffs Are Never Fair

Apr 12, 2010, 15:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Spiegel)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

""Why me?"

"My stomach turned as I stared at Marissa, the third developer our company let go that very unpleasant day. Our firm was laying off 13 developers out of a total of 30 – almost half the team.

"The first two had taken the news in stride, but there were more difficult questions to come.

"My queasiness was driven by the fact that I didn't have a really good answer for these tough questions. How an employee like Marissa, who did nothing obvious to land her in this unfortunate position, was now being shown the door was a fair question.

"She was well liked, a pretty good coder and had received positive remarks from her clients. The journey to making the final list was not easy and not perfect."

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