There’s nothing like coming to work and opening your e-mail to find a message from the CEO announcing that the company you work for has been sold. The deal is for nearly $500 million in cash, not that any significant portion of that is coming my way.
This is my fourth buyout in 10 years. It’s never pleasant but at least I pretty much know what to expect in the coming months. For many of my co-workers this is a new experience. They’re all buzzing with questions and concern. You can smell the fear.
Time to spruce up the old resume and perk up my professional ears. It always pays to be prepared. Of course I might get to stay on with the new company. They have offices all over the world and who knows? Maybe I can move to another state or even another country.
As always, the future remains unwritten. For now I choose optimism.