Friday, 6 May 2011

Beer: With A Tear

It was a sad Friday last week, but I wasn't there to commiserate...

Serious cuts within Nokia were a dead certainty ever since the deal with Microsoft was announced, and especially after its market share fell below 30%. Still, the news of the whole Southwood site closure came as a shock. It really cuts very deep, not least into the economy of Farnborough. That cut is even deeper than the Get Hampshire article indicates. What they fail to note is that not only will 700 people lose their Nokia jobs, but there will also be dozens of support staff who will be left with nowhere to work (catering, security, and facilities were all outsourced). And then there are all the employees of the Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) who are currently collocated in the Southwood offices. All of them, while keeping their jobs, will have to move to a different location and that may not be in Farnborough at all. But of course, the worst is the personal effect on all the people who will be very busy looking for another job. Having been made redundant before I can fully appreciate the stress and the whole spectrum of emotions they are now subjected to. Therefore, I dedicate today's beer to all of them, and will raise it for their health and very best of luck in finding a new, and better, future.

Today's beer truly is a bear with a tear...

PS
Yes, I used to work for Nokia as well, and not that long ago. It was, and certainly still is, a very good place to work. I am deeply saddened by the difficulties they are going through at the moment. My fear is that their future is not very bright, as I do not believe Microsoft is the company to deliver a competent mobile operating system. But then, Nokia has been able to reinvent itself before, so I am hopeful...