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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Layoffs in LLNL IT?

Rumor has it that 13 people in the CIO program will be escorted out on Friday.
Can someone confirm that? what kind of skills, age and functional areas?

Thanks!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, there were a mix of SLs and career employees that were terminated. Don't know the ages.

It looks to me like the layoffs are due to funds mismanagement which is due to the wrong priorities.
A good example is Syncplicity, targeted for 1000s of people but has only something like 65 users.
Waste of money? you decide.

Anonymous said...

"...Yes, there were a mix of SLs and career employees that were terminated..."

Directly terminated? No EIT status followed by EBA status for the career employees before termination?

Anonymous said...

What's an SL? Seems that I should know, but I'm drawing a blank.

Anonymous said...

"...What's an SL?..."


SL means "Supplemental Labor" such as the Akima employees at LLNS.

Anonymous said...

"...Directly terminated? No EIT status followed by EBA status for the career employees before termination?..."

Cricket. Cricket.

Anonymous said...

SL's are supplemental labor employees / contractors. Contractors are released from LLNL if they lose funding - these are the terms of the employment contract.

All LLNL employees released from the an LLNL program are returned to their home organizations to find other positions - not walked offsite (EIT/EBA status).

Anonymous said...

All LLNL employees released from the an LLNL program are returned to their home organizations to find other positions - not walked offsite (EIT/EBA status).

October 8, 2014 at 8:16 PM

In the recent RIFs from the LANL Security program, terminated employees were informed by the same people who then walked them off site, personal belongings from their offices to be collected and delivered by someone else at a later time. Hard to believe that LANS and LLNS have different policies in this regard.

Anonymous said...


"...SL's are supplemental labor employees
/ contractors. Contractors are released from LLNL if they lose funding - these are the terms of the employment contract..."

Against LLNS supplemental policy, SL are not always released as a buffer to funding fluctuations to preserve career positions. This was the case in NIF in the Fall of 2012. By policy, when there was a "fit", career employees were to be given the assignments formally held by supplemental labor. This did not happen, but there were some "good ol' boys" given assignments before the down turn that were "made to fit".

The take away? If career employees want to work at places like NIF with large budget fluctuations, understand workforce reduction does not follow established LLNS policy, it follows the buddy system. No one will be there to help you including the managers responsible to monitor and enforce LLNS employment policies. SHRM is passive and silent on these matters The LLNS Supplemental Labor and EIT/EBA policies are just in place for 20,000 ft. DOE/NNSA fly overs. Sorry.

"...All LLNL employees released from the an LLNL program are returned to their home organizations to find other positions - not walked offsite (EIT/EBA status)..."

Yes, but the clock is ticking to your individual RIF, and you must provide a weekly report to the very same organization that decided to release you in the first place. Many new assignments are not formally posted and have a limited paper trail, leaving room for any manager(s) to put the kibosh on your chances of acquiring a new assignment before the sand runs out in your employment hour glass.

By no accident, EIT and EBA policies are not uniform across LLNS directorates or divisions within directorates allowing for maximum management discretion and in some cases abuse. Don't look to SHRM for assistance.

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