We had our quarterly meeting with our CIO and Controller (I tried to get out of it but couldn't). I tell you that it was a three-ring circus. I talked to a friend/co-worker today just to compare my thoughts because I could not believe what I saw and heard.
1) The (In)Security Group came into the meeting in suits - all of them! One of the first things I thought was that they were kissing up - my friend confirmed. She said she had never seen someone so blatantly sucking up. She said others noticed and laughed at them as well.
2) The Controller said that we may get a 2% raise in 08/09 budget - MAY!!! What I heard from another HR division that it is more like 0%. When I was told this from Corr HR I asked if it was just for Corr and she said "no - it is across the whole organization." I got this information freely and without asking for it. My friend said she had heard the same thing as well.
3) To continue with the budget the next budget year (09/10), dependent upon the economy, may result in layoffs. One of the questions asked of the Controller was if they are going to lay off according to seniority. The COntroller said that he has full confidence in our CIO and his management staff will be making the proper decision. My friend stated that they will choose who they want and don't want regardless. My friend is concerned because she is also not well liked in the our organization.
4) ne of my fellow employees I files a complaint against and our "glorified ticket pusher" abd chief brown-noser/enemy/weasle were sitting VERY close ... During the meeting I noticed that these two were sitting SO close I thought that they were sitting in each other's lap!!! I kept looking and looking. I looked at others as well and didn't see ANYONE THAT close!!! I almost felt that if they were any closer that they should get a room! My friend aaid "What's with THAT?!?" She noticed it as well. I told her that I have a few female friends including her but as much as I like her I wouldn't be sitting THAT close - to ANYONE! I wonder if anyone else noticed? These two seemingly love-birds are married to other people.
Overall, it doesn't look good for me - 0% raise and on the two-ply list. I feel that I would be one of the first ones to be let go. I have been looking hard for another job but it's dead out there! I am not looking to make a lateral move - why? It would be for less money. I can't see making LESS having an advanced degree! I am only 14.5% of the population in this state with an advanced degree. I am even willing to move!
I did bave a call last night for an interview in Dallas ... next time I am in the Dallas area ... like I'll be making THAT trip anytime soon.