Implements salesforce, 50 people gone

Gilt / Eng still-sde1
May 10 11 Comments

Two weeks ago, our company, e commerce, announced we will be implementing salesforce for our crm. Basically most of backend engineers aren’t needed as much anymore.

The week later, entire engineering org is shuffled to new projects. The week after that, entire Dublin office is laid off(50ish). Well, they are under consultation due to EU law, but basically fired. Couple engineers in US office started to leave.

Sad part is the business side of the company is deciding everything, our engineering leadership were all let go before all this took place.

If you are looking for engineering jobs, take a real good look at the leadership of the org before you join. Their values in tech determines a lot of future outcomes. I had to learn this the hard way.

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  • New / Mgmt
    FourHrWkWk

    New Mgmt

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    FourHrWkWkmore
    Really sorry to hear about the layoffs, that sucks. But they will have no problems finding a job elsewhere.

    Gilt Groupe? Didn’t they just get sold to another retailer, again? It is sad whenever people get laid off , but e-commerce doesn’t need tons of engineers or staff like it used to

    And yes business side does decide everything - that’s their job. If salesforce can sub what 50 engineers were doing - someone at Gilt was empire building - and no wonder the company was struggling. And if the e-commerce platform was custom, why keep a staff onboard to keep improving it when its far easier to buy an off the shelf solution that is guaranteed to work well.

    Business 101- focus on the mission Like selling clothes. Gilt isn’t a software company, it’s a marketing company. )

    The engineers will be better off going to a company that is doing something innovative in software or tech. Like go to the moon or mars or something. It’s an opportunity
    May 10 1
    • Gilt / Eng still-sde1
      OP
      Thanks for this comment, really helps a lot. I will definitely be jumping companies soon. This was my first job out of college, so it must more about getting a job then evaluating things like the business.

      My next move will be a software focused company where engineers are more valued.🤞
      May 11
  • Salesforce GH6538
    Yeah apply to salesforce. No one gets fired here unless you did something really really bad
    May 17 0
  • ServiceNow DnSy09
    Go to a software based company - they’re always looking for engineers to progress their solutions. Basically what @DeepObsess said but applicable to the entire industry - SalesForce, Workday, Snowflake, Oracle, AWS, Google Cloud, ServiceNow, etc.
    May 10 0
  • Amazon / Eng DeepObsess
    Go to Salesforce then, all 50 of you, show up with resumes in one hand and pitch forks on the other.
    May 10 0
  • Facebook gluteus
    Automation is taking over SDE jobs now.... oh dear ....
    May 10 0
  • Nvidia showeridea
    Where there really like 50 people keeping Notepad++ notes and Outlook reminders about following up on customer deals?
    May 12 0
  • Jet.com / Other
    gtfoorgtfo

    Jet.com Other

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    gtfoorgtfomore
    Walmart is actively hiring in Dublin
    May 10 1
    • Nvidia ECC56
      Baggers or just cashiers?
      May 11
  • Nvidia twobitin
    Unlearn to code
    May 17 0
  • Marvell nevE34
    Yes leadership drives your career or change job if don’t like leadership within company.
    May 10 0

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