This warning was left on the recent Comment of The Week post. The news isn't all bad, however. The upcoming RIF will allow Bechtel's LANS to selectively expedite the process of weeding out the real "scientists", the trouble makers, and those with less seniority, leaving us with just the "C students". This type of staff is what Bechtel wants on hand for when they begin ramping up for the actual profitable operations: pit manufacturing. Bechtel isn't in this game for a measly $79 million per year.
--Pinky, with an assist from Gussie
Word up. The budget situation for FY08 is more dire than most people at LANL fully realize. We may be looking at the need for some layoffs by Christmas and you can take it as a given that we'll be seeing significant layoffs by early Spring '08. LANL's budget for FY08 is shaping up to be extremely shaky especially for the weapons budget. We are about to enter the Perfect Storm. Beware of sugar-coated comfort words coming from LANS management over the next two months. Start preparing as best you can for the financial storm that is headed our way. It will hit with a bang beginning on October 1st. This is, without a doubt, the worst budget situation I've ever seen at LANL and I've been here long enough to see the peaks and the valleys. It's going to create an all out panic among a large segment of the workforce. I"m not trying to scare folks. It's just that being forewarned can help some people better cope with the bad situation we are about to face. At a minimum, you really need to keep all your employment options open as this next year unfolds. You're going to need every single one of them.