Thread regarding Riverbed Technology Inc. layoffs

these OKRs are a terrible idea

I don't know about the rest of the company but here in engineering this is a bad joke. We're all working with cut pay in the middle of a frigging pandemic and hr is still trying to force this down our throats? Its obvious they don't have the first clue how engineering works, for one thing. And no matter what they say everyone I talk to is sure this is just an excuse to deny raises, or figure out who to lay off. Its only going to be the biggest b*llsh!tters and office politicians who look good in these things anyway, the decent workers with high standards are all going to look bad. Plus we all got a big lecture on how we can't do the four day work week because we all have to be focused on the work.... but oh hey we need you to spend hours on hr bs??

Life is hard for us all right now and we're doing the best we can with our kids crawling all over us and trying to work off the kitchen table and do zoom calls with the dog barking its head off. If you try to measure us right now then we're all going to look like we s— because (if you didn't notice) WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A GLOBAL FREAKING PANDEMIC!

If leadership wants morale to maybe NOT be in the toilet, want to NOT lose more good people who are fed up with all the nonsense, how about backing off and lettig us just do our jobs???

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Why is so much technology/tooling, documentation and even a friggin three letter acronym needed to say "set a measurable goal"?

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Post ID: @ejfw+164jLxah

Performance management isn’t needed one bit. Get rid of them, return it, whatever and recoup that money and use it towards keeping the light on.

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Post ID: @3nzv+164jLxah

When my boss had us fill this out last year, he was making sh– up as he went. I’m sure he was just as confused about this as we were.

Who is even reading this? Who is the intended audience? After submitting, that was it. No feedback no nothing. Is it even somehow pegged to our performance? It was a complete was of time and energy.

Oh and IT’s leadership is run by a bunch of clowns. Ex-Cisco clowns, mostly.

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Post ID: @2xzf+164jLxah

I don't know how well they work at other companies all I know is what I see at this company: were in the middle of a giant pile of chaos and nobody has had the common sense to say 'hey maybe we should hold off on making things harder for everyone for a while'

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Post ID: @2pto+164jLxah

If OKR’s are used by big companies and they have low attrition then why is it bad? If riverbed doesn’t have an attrition problem then I guess OKR’s may not be needed.

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Post ID: @2mow+164jLxah

Do we even need a performance management system at all?

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Post ID: @2iew+164jLxah

Hahahahahaha. Who else would defend OKR wink

who uses it and how modern it is doesn’t make it suitable if monkeys operate it.

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Post ID: @1juv+164jLxah

All the biggest tech companies use OKR’s or variation of it. If Riverbed believes that they’re are among the biggest and influential tech giants then understanding this system is a must.

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Post ID: @1hpe+164jLxah

OKR is modern management approach. If you don’t understand then you must be old. Old people manage by “do this or else”. If OKR confuse you then read book because you dumb

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Post ID: @1mfg+164jLxah

This OKR and its previous format was and is worthless. It’s difficult to understand and irrelevant. Idk who puts this thing together but it’s not written for a human. Tons of jargon and buzz words. And not going with a 4-day workweek is a real missed opportunity to do something right by the workers.

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