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.
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