Sadly this is probably just an appeasement action to the stock holders. All too often companies will respond to the appearance of a problem when no action was required. A very public loss in sub's and the company responds with a cost cutting plan to show the stock holders that they are financially responsible. If it was just a matter of excess manpower, it would have been more reasonable to do some re-organization to maximize people’s productivity.As for the morality of it, I’m disappointed, but I will still subscribe.
Very sorry to all who were laid off :( I'm even more sorry for the @#$%^&*s running numbers in your face and making matters worse.....even tho you probably got AWESOME severance packages and Resumes. Because I know if I got your Resume in my in box insta hire lol!
This is all your fault. Why did you have to go try star wars? :(
I have a feeling this might be because of Cataclysm. My heart goes out to the Ex-Blizzard employees.
I'm of a mind to agree with Adams and Nathanyal here, in all honesty.
I lost my job last year and it took me 9 months to get another one. I wish all those affected the best of luck and I hope you bounce faster than I did. I love Wow and Diablo and have been playing Activision titles since the eighties on my Atari. This action was no doubt a tough decision for those who made it and Im sure a massive company must change to adapt and survive. Keep your chins up guys... this is merely a setback and things will get better.
Very funny how seemingly "experienced" people brag about right and wrong on some forum. Good that you discuss you hatred or passion for Blizzard and find dozens of reasons to prove it. It's just unlikely that anyone will give a crap. I do not object discussion, but pointless argue, based on the silliest cliche of "haters gonna hate" does not make you look right.Of course everyone is sorry for people being removed. And a lot of words can be said to martyrize them. But still, even though I am nowhere as close to the knowledge of the subject as the above writing people, I saw a good "severance package and other benefits" line. So maybe there is a difference between being "fired" and "laid off"? It was already suggested that having Blizzard tick in your portfolio makes you not the last on the list of employment possibilities.Blaming Blizzard for Cataclysm, expressing personal dislike of content and using it as reason of Blizzard's fall of profits is equal to saying "You suck" in the mirror. Makes you proud and shamed at the same time. Blizzard clearly said their production will not decrease. Blizzard opened new positions. Blizzard still has high profits. Does any anonymous opinion make difference?
There are obviously some of you that haven't taken courses in Economics. I'll try to explain this in simple, non-technical terms, not to insult everyone's intelligence but to make sure that what I say is very clear. I'm sure most people here have heard of a bell curve, where it starts out at 0, gradually increases on the x and y axis, reaches a "peak" point (called the vertex), then gradually decreases on both the x and y axis back down to 0. Production typically follows this model, with the x axis being the number of employees and the y axis representing productivity. In a single "factory", production isn't as efficient as it could be when there are less or more employees at work than at the "ideal" peak point. What causes a decrease in production with more workers can depend on several factors such as: Resource limitations (the "factory" isn't large enough, there isn't enough equipment, etc), Management limitations (the employee force is beginning to become too large for the management even if more managers were to be hired), and Morale (typically, people don't like having to sit in cramped spaces filled with hundreds and hundreds of other germ-spreading people :) ). All of those factors lead to a decrease in production in some shape or form, which explains the decrease in production during an increase of workers. It happens every so often that a company has to re-evaluate its resources and reallocate them, or in this scenario, cut employees out in order to maintain equilibrium.Yes, I'm sure some of the people laid off were amazing workers, and I'm sure some of them were new hires/bad eggs, but sacrifices have to be made to stay afloat; that is how life AND business works. And yes, actually, part of it IS corporate greed at the same time, too, because the reason why they cut those people WAS because of the potential loss of efficiency, which is a decrease in their profits. But again, welcome to life. If you hired contractors to help you remodel your home, and you were paying them $10/hr, but (for example), you over-hired help and you have 3 of the 10 guys you hired just sitting around not doing much, you'd fire them. You wouldn't sit around saying, "Oh I feel sorry for them and I don't want to make them lose their jobs and earnings, so I'm just going to pay them to sit around and do nothing." You'd get rid of them. That's what Blizzard is, in effect, doing right now.Yes, it sucks. Yes, I feel absolutely terrible for those people, especially considering I recently lost my job as well, but that is how the real world and business works. No use crying over it, making a scene, and in general making a fool of yourself. Make lemonade out of those lemons and move on; you can't spend your whole life saying woe is me or woe is them and calling every little bad thing that happens an outrage and throw a conniption fit. I wish all of you that lost your job the very best of luck, and I know you all can find new employment! Keep your chin up, your confidence up, and you'll do just fine!