We got the news at our annual All-Hands Dept Meeting that we had been expecting for some time now. My company TopFive has discovered that it is an accounting firm, not an IT firm and as such, it has decided to explore Outsourcing the IT Dept. We are of course using the current buzz word “Managed Services” but it is really the same thing.
Investigating outsourcing is the polite way of saying it’s all but a done deal, and we will be unemployed this fall. They have framed this period as Due Diligence to determine if it is cost effective but unless someone falls asleep at the wheel, the numbers are going to sound good, at least short term.
If you worked in IT in the last quarter of century, you have a few common experiences no matter what area you specialize in. You took Fundamentals of Programming Languages at whatever learning institution you got your credentials at; you probably worked for a Dotcom or at least a startup; and you either went through or know someone who went through an outsourcing.
In a little over six weeks, TopFive’s IT will be outsourced. When this happens you have three options:
Option #1 is you get cut, either right away because they have enough programmers, DBAs, help desk or whatever general IT function you do that is easy to replace or a little later after you agree to offload your knowledge in return for a severance package which usually includes a few paychecks to get you through to your next gig.
Option #2 is you get to stay on as part of the skeleton IT crew of the original company.
Option #3 is you get re-badged by the new company for your Native Knowledge and nothing else really changes other than who signs your paycheck and possibly your desk moves to another location (maybe even home).
I have no reason to believe I’ll be part of Option #2 and only slightly less hope to think I won’t be part of Option #3. My Native Knowledge is in products TopFive isn’t happy with so it is very unlikely I’ll be asked to stay on in any capacity.
This post was drafted a year or so ago, as these events were occurring. I waited to post this because I didn’t want to risk my job hunting efforts or reveal any information about my former company. The purpose of these posts aren’t to bash my former employer but to share my experience and hopefully educate people on the perils of Corporate America.