I’ve been reading this board for a few weeks and there are definitely different opinions out there. Yesterday was another reminder that we all need to make a decision - stay or go.
If you choose to stay, you will choose to live in constant uncertainty about your future and the stress that comes with it. If your job is not eliminated due to downsizing or outsourcing, you will be working without pay raises and with reduced benefits. (Those announcements are forthcoming). Eventually, the company will be sold in whole or in parts, or will go public again. Whatever happens, the decisions will never be made in your best interest. Only you are looking out for you. Your talents, your loyalty, your hard work - they mean nothing to the big picture. Look how many hard-working, loyal and talented people have already been eliminated. If you stay, you are choosing this future for yourself. You have no right to complain or blame others for your decision.
If you decide to leave, you will need to find another job. That is hard work. You will need to believe in yourself, and market yourself well to get something similar to the salary and perks you had at D&B. Who knows, you may even do better! What’s to say the same layoffs and uncertainty won’t happen again in your new company? Nothing. But at least you’ll be in control of your own destiny for a while, and you’ll be empowered by taking action instead of sitting around waiting for something to happen to you and feeling miserable.
If you decide to stay, there is nothing wrong with that. Good luck to you. I have decided to leave as soon as I find another job. I am currently searching for one. In the meantime, D&B will get exactly what they are entitled to and pay me for. But I will not be exploited into working harder or longer hours to make up for my peers who were cut. If that means I’m branded as not a team player, who cares? D&B has already kicked me off the team in spirit, despite many loyal years of hard work. Some have suggested that my reaction is what the new owners want - that if I leave they won’t have to pay me severance. That’s fine. I value myself more than the reduced severance package they will offer me if they laid me off. And I’ll find another employer that values my talents and work ethic. My dignity is more important than a few dollars.
We all have a choice to make. Good luck making yours!