Laid Off On April Fool's Day? Believe It!CD
Here's the timeline of the oddest April Fool's Day I've ever experienced:
Just to give a little background. I had been working FT at a short hedge fund in Dallas, Texas for a little over 6 months as a Research Associate. It started as an internship program, but quickly turned into a FT offer after 1 month of grunt work.
I woke up thinking about what practical joke I could pull on my co-workers, family or especially my girlfriend.
Downing my first cup of coffee and rushing to get into the office early to tweak some models my MD emailed me about at 2:00 am
Get into the office and start mindless work and chatting with the other Research Associate about his Easter weekend.
The whole office (8 people) gets called into the conference room for the usual Monday briefing. These all seem pretty useless as the MD looks like he is going to fall asleep while he preaches to us.
The other Research Associate and I return to our office after the meeting we find a pile of HR paperwork. We thought this was an eleaborate April Fool's Day prank since we were the least senior members in the office. IT WASN'T. The MD offered no explanation of the decision rather than "business needs have changed." The whole situation seemed felt a little fishy to me. The MD had been in NYC and San Francisco the previous week for meetings with potential investors and the office was closed the day before Good Friday for a "virus" that shut down our computer system.
Both desks cleared, security cards turned in and thoroughly shocked. I felt like I had just woken up in the drunk tank after a great bachelor party. So naturally, the other unfortunate soul and I walk down the street to the bar to regroup and wrap our heads around what the hell just happened to us.
Anyone ever had anything like this happen to them? I'm curious about some good stories or maybe someone that could shed a little light on the situation. Happy April Fool's Day to me I guess? Ah hell!
I apologize for not writing in the most eloquent fashion, but I'm not exactly in the mood to write a beautiful short story.
Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1.