February 28, 2010, 6:20 pm - James Farrer
On Friday at work I had an interesting experience. The CIO sent out an email to all of the department saying the organization had essentially been dissolved and reorganized. So with no warning my office was split into three and I now have a new boss in a new group.
For the most part I believe I will be doing essentially the same thing that I am currently doing but there are some aspects of my job that I'm sure will change. All of management was essentially removed and they are in the process of putting it back together. They may or may not use some of the same management. Most of the upper management has been replaced. There have been some challenges and I think this is a much needed change but wow this is a crazy way to do it. I think people have been so comfortable for so long that this really is the best way to do things without starting to fire people. I have been moved to a new group completely and will be part of the Infrastructure Services department. My group will be responsible for a lot of the underlying technology like the network, phones, and virtualization (i.e. servers). We will also be responsible for the department tools. This has essentially been what I have been working on and so I expect to continue working in this area. It will be interesting to see how things come back together. Over the next week and a half they will be putting a management structure in place. Who knows what that will mean, but it's sure to make a lot of people nervous for a bit. :-) I'm not too concerned. I'm pretty easy going and I think I'll be fine no matter what happens. From what I have been told, my new boss (who used to be my boss's boss) worked pretty hard to get me as part of his organization. It's nice to know that even through a major reorg they appreciate my work.