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Layoffs Galore

Jan 30 '14 13 Last Comment
sameolddoctor
Jan 30, 14 3:34 pm

The large firm I work for in SoCal just laid off 6 people, after we had a "great" 2013, and a lot of people were given huge bonuses.

Anything happening in other offices? I thought the local, and global economy was recovering?

 

gruen
Jan 30, 14 4:19 pm

Are they deadwood or why did they lay off?

Miles JaffeMiles Jaffe
Jan 30, 14 6:08 pm

When speculators are building like it's 2005 the next crash is imminent.
 

chigurh
Jan 30, 14 6:35 pm

one revit operator can take the place of 6 men, 4 horses, and a mack truck

Miles JaffeMiles Jaffe
Jan 30, 14 7:01 pm

^ Revit ops don't build anything.

snooker-doodle-dandy
Jan 30, 14 7:03 pm

chigurh.....you forgot the 10 porta-potties    6+4=10

sameolddoctor
Jan 30, 14 9:40 pm

All across the spectrum. From young designer to old admin person (that was with the company for a long long time

LITS4FormZ
Jan 30, 14 10:29 pm

Obamacare?

legopiece
Jan 30, 14 10:59 pm

Right now is a weird time to be involved in Architecture as a team member of a design team.  There's work,  then there's work on hold, work which is on and off. Its really hard to predict.  Whats really scary is that firms well known for hiring and then massively firing are really aggressively trying to hire people.  I personally think that is a bad sign because those firms hire up when there's is an artificial spike in our economy, then usually followed by massive layoffs.  So by that indicator things are not looking too good right now.

DeTwan
Jan 31, 14 9:52 am

What you are witnessing is called the 'new norm', it has actually been smelling like this for several years... I am so use to it that I don't smell it anymore... well most sometimes...

won and done williams
Jan 31, 14 9:58 am

I just hired my first employee and will probably hire my second next week.

There will always be lay-offs, even in the best economies, but we are nowhere near where we were in '08.

geezertect
Jan 31, 14 11:22 am

What you are witnessing is called the 'new norm'

What you are witnessing is the same old thing.  Hire/Fire has always been the way of the building industry.

Xenakis
Jan 31, 14 12:10 pm

  Whats really scary is that firms well known for hiring and then massively firing are really aggressively trying to hire people.  I personally think that is a bad sign because those firms hire up when there's is an artificial spike in our economy, then usually followed by massive layoffs.  So by that indicator things are not looking too good right now.

This is what is going on here in the bay area as they build condos like crazy - I work on a design team that does only condo design - I want to get into another type before the bubble bursts - these units are just too expensive. right now, Zynga(video games) in SF had a big lay off and if tese high paid programmers and artists can't get thier 80k+/yr jobs and can't make these 3k/month mortgage payments then what?

how quick we have forgot what happened in 2008 and Jamie (Wolf of Wall Street)Damon

gets a 74% increase in pay

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-dimon-pay-raise-20140124,0,6830679.story

My over the horizon radar is picking up incoming

dol_
Feb 1, 14 5:26 pm

Agreed about sf bay area. My first job out of college in 2011 had been a large firm that hired about 50 people at once and began to fire most of them after few months. It was mostly tenant improvement/retail work and felt unstable. Now working at a healthcare/education firm... 

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