Greetings. Although I have wished for better times I felt now as good as ever to extend a hand of friendship. At Cerner we’ve had layoffs for +3 years preparing to be acquired. It’s the not-so-secrete plan hatched after our founder died of Cancer and the Board positioned the company to be sold.
I am extremely saddened to hear about the Oracle layoffs of today and likely tomorrow. I was eager to reestablish positive Team moral and a clean change in direction to put this unfortunate tool of cost cutting behind us. However it appears that Oracle may have more layoffs past this week into the future. The chilling effect will be extremely difficult to shake and “Leaders” always underestimate it.
At Cerner we’re as fearful as we’ve ever been as Oracle communications toward us have exclusively been vague platitudes with no concrete plan. I hazard to say at Cerner we’re not just eager for goodwill we’re desperate for it. And for layoffs to be occurring during this early phase will continue to increase a head for the exits which already plagues our over allocated workforce. The brain drain is real.
The layoffs are not of my doing but I wish to convey from your Cerner peers a heartfelt sympathy. We feel your confusion, frustration and dismay. We hope for a better time.