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November 10, 2005

Nissan's Moving - It's Official

The announcement was made at 9am this morning. I'll update today with some reactions.

Our 10am meeting was blown off. So we moseyed back over to our outbuilding. The press was all over the place but not many people were outdoors. There was a helicopter overhead and about four camera trucks.

Inside HQ, some guys in the elevator were saying that their meeting was brief and quiet. Seemed like they were putting a brave face on it.

Larry Mantle spoke with an economist dude on Airtalk who said the official number is 1300 jobs + 1500 indirect jobs. Like mine is indirect.

Almost all of the IT contractors are local, our team is 8 folks and we're going to have to fly out to Smyrna on a regular basis now, which may be a problem because we're on a fixed bid. So maybe we'll get some flexibility on that. We'll see.

I feel sorry for a lot of folks. Nissan has a pretty hefty bureacracy out here. Not more or less than any other company this size, but there are a lot of white-collar folks that are going to feel the pinch because they have very specialized jobs.

In IT, maybe we can take advantage of that because we're always doing transformative stuff that goes against the "we've always done it that way" mentality. It's a chance to make some jagged edges smooth. That's my attitude anyway. But this early it's impossible to say what kinds of packages they're offering and what percentage of folks are seriously considering a move (or even if a package is in the offing).

Posted by mbowen at November 10, 2005 09:51 AM

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'we're always doing transformative stuff '

I commend you for that. I've been in IT about all my working life (which with a little luck is over in seven months, and with a lot of luck is over in about three years), and I doubt I've done more than five transformative projects, things, or just plain stuff. So, good going !

Posted by: bill reith at November 15, 2005 04:39 PM