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6th-Nov-2007 01:35 am
slanty, martha
So the company I work for, Gensym, has been acquired by Versata, a subdivision of Trilogy. They are laying off all of the developers, and outsourcing all development. So I'm job-hunting: let me know if you come across anything that you think might be appropriate.
6th-Nov-2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
I think where you're going astray here is assuming that your new buyer cares a bent penny about whether the result will be a good experience for the customers.

Pick your theory. You are a better judge than I am here, because I don't actually know what your software does:

1) They are buying this technology to strip it and take only a few good parts and they don't really care about maintaining the customer base;

2) They believe that their customer base is loyal enough, or the software has enough of a specialized market (i.e. is the only game in town or near to it), that they don't actually have to do any further upkeep on the product, that people will buy it no matter what condition it's in.

I've had both scenarios happen to products I've been involved with in the past. In both cases, since the new owner has no intention of providing further REAL new development - just occasional bug fixes, if that - on the product, having real developers is a needless burden on the balance sheet.

A hint might be in what Versata is doing to the REST of the company. Who else is getting pink slips? If it's just the developers, then they have a need for further marketing etc, which means they are probably not abandoning the product completely - yet. If, on the other hand, people in all the corridors are getting the axe, you're most likely being stripmined.

When Symantec bought Fifth Generation they terminated (with generous severance, mind you) every single person in the company except technical support, who were offered a choice: Take severance or move to Eugene, OR. That was before outsourcing.
6th-Nov-2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I'm very sorry to hear this, but if they are treating the developers this callously, you are probably better off elsewhere.

Job postings come through the ATG alumni list all the time, so if you want to send me a resume, I'll keep an eye out for you.
6th-Nov-2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
Rather than me sending you a resume, it probably makes more sense for you to forward any likely-looking job postings to me. My resume isn't very buzzword-compliant, which I think in some ways is a good thing; I'm likely to be happier in the sort of place with the attitude "We hire smart people, who can learn and enhance the technology we use", rather than those who think "we need people who have spent at least 5 years working with technology X in language Y on platform Z".

But if you want to see a resume, remind me of your email address, and I'll send one along.

6th-Nov-2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
I know you thought this was likely, but still: Blah!

I never understand what Big Global Companies are thinking. It all seems so dysfunctional.

PS -- I know I owe you lots of catching up! I am hoping you're around Thanksgiving weekend! (Will email.) xoxoxo -- Rose
6th-Nov-2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Just win the WPF and then you won't care :-)

I've been part of two acquisitions (I joined one company just after it'd been acquired, and was part of another one at time of acquisition) and neither of them went well even without layoffs/outsourcing. It seems hard to merge corporate cultures...
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