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I have a confession to make. Up until today when I would read posts by fellow FI/RE and FI/RE wannabes about how terrible the corporate world is, I would often say to myself, “why don't you go and call a waaaaaaambulance”. “Go get another job” I would think. “If corporations are that bad then ditch them and go to a small company” I would scream back. Or better yet, “go start your own business”!

We'll, this morning I sat by and watched two of my programmer friends let go due to the slowdown in the 'IT' and “telecom” business. One worked next to my cubicle and the other sat across from me. We had grown quite fond of each other and felt like there was enough riff-raff in the co. that we would be some of the last to go because of how good we were.

I felt like my heart was being yanked out while I helped them clean their desks and carry boxes to their cars. If they had decided to let go 3 instead of 2 in our dept, then I would have been next. It was done by seniority. I had been here only 3 months longer than one and 6 months longer than the other. I even recruited one from a good job to come work for us. I feel so guilty that I'm here and not them. It will be hard for them to get an equivalent job in this market. In one sense they are lucky. The man that was let go has no kids and low expenses so he could get any job to make ends meet. The woman let go has two kids and a mortgage but her husband makes good money as a software developer. She will be OK. If it were me, I would be OK until my e-fund ran out in 6 months.

My rub with the corporate world is that they should not have been let go compared to other people in the co. They were loyal, hard working and sharp as razors. The butt kissers and personal friends of management are still here.

Don't get me wrong! A cut-back was necessary because of the business environment. I still believe there is no better way than the American way of doing business. But why are the good and decent made to suffer while the crafty and sleazy made to prosper!

I want to cry each time a pass their empty cubicles!

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