My whole office is closing. They laid off 5 of the 30 employees a month ago when we lost a major client, and since we haven’t gotten any new business since, they’re closing us down completely.
They offered me a position in the Richmond office. It’s a great place to work and has amazing clients (Geico, Oreo, Sabra, etc) but RVA is a one-agency town. NYC has dozens of great agencies. Plus, I just got here.
A ton of the people in my office have been here for 10 years, since it first opened. It’s been a very morose and weepy two days.
The work I was doing I wasn’t super happy with, but I really do love the people I work with and it sucks to lose them and start over.
My boss really likes me and feels awful that he got me to move out here and then the agency closed 5 months later, but it’s advertising, this shit happens a lot and it’s hard to predict. He’s got amazing connections and he’s working on getting me some interviews.
I still have a job until the office closes June 1, and then I’ll have some severance pay to tide me over, so at least I’ve got time. Plus, I’ll barely have any work to do the next few months, and I can devote most of my time to job hunting.
It sucks ass, and finding a new job is stressful as hell, but it could have been worse. If all else fails, I’ve always thought I would make a great bridge hobo.