Friday, January 15, 2010

Ghost and the Machines

I'm back working the 2-10pm shift. After first shift leaves at 3pm, I'm the only person around. There are people in other departments, but it's not like I have any contact with them.

Around 6pm, most of the lights automatically turn out. Though my area stays lighted, I often end up having to walk through the dark to get where I need to be.

I have survived two layoffs now, one of which was last week. Over the past year, we have lost around one-fourth of our workforce.

Our plating department has been outsourced. The equipment is gone. There used to be a department-wide basin to catch spills--that has been filled in with concrete. It's just a big empty room.

Back in the day, there used to be around 650 people working here. Now, the bosses claim we have around 200. However, word out on the floor is that we have only 170.

Just ten years ago, when I started, there were 56 people on second-shift alone. Now there are six.

It's a big plant at night, and as I move through its acres of idle machinery I feel like a ghost.

3 comments:

ironrailsironweights said...

It must be strange to work in that sort of environment. At least you've kept your job, so that's something to be thankful for.

Peter

Kirk said...

It's not all bad. After the bosses go home the craziness leaves with them. As for keeping my job, that's nice, too.

Also, sometime this quarter, they're supposedly going to put me in our quality-control area, writing communications with customers regarding returns and warranty work. It'll be the first position I've ever had that is related to my degree, so I'm getting pretty excited about it.

Of course with all the layoffs and outsourcing around here I might have the position for a very short period of time, but you can't have everything.

I suppose I should look upon the position as a sort of internship. After all, like most college students, it's not like I learned anything in college. I need some experience!

anamika said...

At least you have your job.Just look at the better side of it.:)