Correntians, I hope you'll indulge me in my tale of woe today. Although it seems strange, I, though already a contractor, was outsourced yesterday. It happened like this:
I've been working at this firm since December of 2008. I was brought in as a part-timer, which was fine for me then. I was still struggling to find a career direction. My job, as I understood it, was to develop the pitifully under-used SharePoint Intranet, to work with the business community to encourage them to share information and documents through that collaborative resource. And, I did it. Boy, did I do it - including developing custom SharePoint applications that are now being used by the entire region (about 1000 people). And, I discovered something: I loved my job. It was terrifically interesting, and it allowed me to do so many different things, from web design to documentation to analyzing and automating business processes (oddly enough, I like that the best).
But something was wrong. Although I first went to four days a week, then finally full-time as my duties piled up, no offer was forthcoming. I was stuck in a strange contractor limbo. I tried for several months to find out what was happening. Never in my decades in the work force had I experienced anything like this: a supervisor who thought I was fabulous, but a hiring manager who basically ignored my existence, only giving me direction when he needed me to bail him out of some mess he had gotten himself into. Not only that, but when an offer was finally tendered, it was an absolute insult - a salary I hadn't made for about ten years, and tens of thousands below the standard for my job description. I was given no real explanation for the odd disconnect between my job performance (which was greatly appreciated by many of the high mucky-mucks in the company) and seniority, and the lack of regard my hiring manager appeared to have for me.
Yesterday, I found out the answer.
It turns out that my hiring manager has a concept of what he wants the department to be. This concept is far more important than the reality of what is happening in that department, of course. The bottom line is, he doesn't want a full-time SharePoint developer in our department; and, he already has a group that develops applications for him. So, he is going to take everything away from me and outsource it all to that group. This group does not know our Intranet, does not know how to create our documentation or do any web design, and as far as I know, does not do SharePoint development. In other words, everything I did, including the system I designed for the entire region, is now going to be given to a group that will do the job I do off-site, without critical skills or key contacts, for much, much, MUCH more money. Is this an awesome business decision, or what? Oh, and the big, big migration I've been working on for months? It's supposed to be completed by August 31st. I'm leaving August 20th. Oh well!
I can't wait to tell all the mucky-mucks, and everyone who is using the system I created, that I've just been shitcanned for literally NO REASON AT ALL. I am going to happily be reciting my hiring manager's extension for the next few weeks, while I finish up whatever I can finish in that short amount of time. I am quite sure that he will be getting more than one irate phone call.
And, although my pride is hurt, it's a huge relief to know why the whole situation felt so wrong for so long...and you know it's time to go when you're terminated and the first thing you think is, "Thank God."
Anyone need a SharePoint Intranet Developer, by the way? If you know of any jobs for me in New York, please send me a private message and I'll email you my resume.