Saturday, June 13, 2015

Hard to Believe


Just two weeks ago, the Disney ABC Television Group told a team of approximately 30 to 35 application developers that they were being laid off. Their jobs were being moved to an IT contractor with large offshore operations. Some were told their last day would be at the end of July.

But on Thursday, the Disney ABC TV Media Technology & Strategy development team told the developers that their layoffs were being rescinded. The change was confirmed by a Disney ABC source, although a company spokesman would not comment on the reversal or even confirm it. ...

The reasons behind Disney's change of heart are unclear. One affected Disney ABC IT employee speculated that the decision is linked to the uproar over the outsourcing at another division, Parks and Resorts, which runs the theme parks.

"They (Disney officials), want this to go away -- right now," said the IT employee, who asked not be named. ...

Bad press in large, metropolitan dailies can occasionally change the behavior of rapacious conglomerates.

Maybe that's the case here. ... Nah. Just a coincidence. A weirdly timed coincidence.


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