I worked as a tech at IBM while I was going to school (this was almost 50 year ago). Job security was one of their big selling points at the time. In my very first engineering job interview, at a small company, I asked about job security. The engineer who was interviewing me said, "I can't promise you that your job is secure, but your best job security is the ability to find another job. After you've worked here for a year, you will have no problem finding another job.".Job security seems ****. My brother has been with TI for about a decade, and has narrowly survived two layoffs.
I've personally never been laid off. But I've been through one. It happened my second week with the Cirrus Logic. They didn't give any notice. The guy in the cube next to me boxed up his stuff and left on the 7th day I officially worked there. Little did I know that I had been hired to replace him. Everyone at the company regardless of time employed there was given 2 weeks salary instead of the usual 2 weeks + 1 week for every year worked there. One guy had been with the company twenty years.
I ended up leaving the company after 3 months, but there were other reasons involved with that decision.
My other brother is an attorney. The economy is hitting them hard too. There is a shortage of work to go around. What happens to them? No layoffs, but they have to pay for their own parking now. Firing one associate out of a huge law firm could have payed for everyone's parking, but they didn't do that.
It would be nice if engineers were treated like that, instead of like cattle.
Wikipedia told me the following:Never heard off him. What did bob do that was so great? Honest question!
Ref: Bob Pease - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaBob Pease is an analog integrated circuit design expert. He has designed several very successful integrated circuits, many of them in continuous production for multiple decades. These include the LM331 voltage to frequency converter, and the LM317 adjustable voltage regulator.
Pease started work in the early 1960s at George A. Philbrick Researches (GAP-R). GAP-R pioneered the first reasonable-cost, mass-produced op amp: the K2-W. At GAP-R, Pease developed many high-performance op amps, built with discrete solid-state components.