Saturday, April 11, 2009

I know that I've been ignoring this blog lately, but things have been busy.  I've been working through editing Macau pictures, setting up my website, and doing some writing on the side. But there's been a recent development that I just have to blog about...

I will (probably) be coming home at the end of the month!

In case you haven't heard, my product division has been undergone some recent restructuring and merging. My old group and the new group both do not have plans to keep me. (Labor costs are apparently too high for American workers in China.) To drop me from the payroll asap, my groups in China want to send me home right away. If I wanted to, I could probably leave as soon as early next week. The company still wants to retain me, so I haven't been "fired" per se: My HR is just in the process of looking for alternative opportunities and placement.

My tenative plan is as follows [Note that all of these dates are still pending further approval and finalization]:

I'm going to stay on in China until April 20th to help wrap up an important customer visit. (I'd feel kind of bad if I left before then and bailed on my coworkers.)  After that, I'm going to take some time off (maybe 10 days or so) to just travel and see other parts of China.  (China's an enormous country and all I've seen of it is Guangdong in the south). Then I'll head home and I should be back in the US around May 1st. 

Again, nothing has been set in stone; it's not like tickets have been booked and dates have been set. So to be honest, I'm not sure exactly when I'll be coming home. Plus, shit happens.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"It is very difficulty for me to write this mail to you. I have to inform you that [we] can not continue on this program, even I can see your potential to become an excellent PM to US/EURO customers ... I valued the time we spend in PGM. Hope someday we can work together again."

"I am sorry that we have to let you go eventually. I hope you have gained valuable knowledge and experiences during the past 9 months ... Thanks for all the assistance in the past 9 months!!"

"Now that this picture is clear we will quickly move to plan 'B'. We have your profile, we will work on the timing of your repatriation to the USA and next role."

Wow, talk about bombshells. After a wonderful three day weekend of sightseeing, gambling, binge eating, and working out in Macau, I came back to work today well refreshed. I turned on the computer, opened up the email, and then found that my fate has been determined:

My new group doesn't want me. My old group doesn't want me.

So where does that leave me? Honestly, I have no idea. Now that the picture has become clearer, my US HR department is going to execute plan "B," i.e. find some other group that will take me. Other than that, I'm not sure what's going to happen. At this point, there's really no telling when I'll be reassigned. In the meantime, I just have to keep working. It's hard so hard to concentrate though when I know that I'll be leaving soon. It all feels so pointless.

Right now, my worst fear is that I'll get another extention in China beyond July. If I get reassigned to another group, maybe they'll want to re-train me. They might want me to stay in China longer to study/work at their factories and learn about their product lines. Working in China is a grind and I never imagined myself having to be here beyond 6 months, let alone 1 year. Coming home once every six months just isn't enough for me I suppose. I'm not sure what I'l l do if they want to keep me another six months/one year.

Then again, maybe have an immediate need for me and send me back to the US early! [Yeah right, I'm doubting that one, but it's nice to pretend like it's going to happen.]