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Mass WDI Layoffs

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Disney' started by Mad Dog, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. s8film40

    s8film40 Veteran Member

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    That's probably a safe bet, people in that type of position and with that kind of history don't get "let go" they "retire"or become a "creative consultant".
     
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  2. DoubleJ

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    Because I like to gamble? Plus, I think it's the safest bet I've ever made in my life.
    I'd love to. But, doesn't that defeat the purpose?
     
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  3. Ryan

    Ryan Staff Member Moderator

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    Let me guess: you're gonna take the first instance of Rohde appearing in an Avatar Parks Blog vid and go back and say, "I told you so!!"

    It's really not as simple as "poof! He's gone!" ...it's just that he's going into "early retirement". WDI is getting smaller... much smaller... like, almost to the point where much less is even done by them anymore.
     
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  4. DoubleJ

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    And? This has been happening for years at WDI and UC. You still need people to steer the ship. If Joe Rohde was undervalued/disliked/underappreciated, WDI wouldn't have made him the captain of so many properties (especially so recently). A lot of decisions are made on a dime in this industry, but this? No, just no.
     
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    We will know soon enough who is in and who is out.
     
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    Tom and Joe ...safe from layoff, other forms not sure of.
     
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    @Marni1971 is saying that Joe and Fitz were NOT laid off.

    So there it is.
     
  8. Ryan

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    Apparently there's a tornado going on because some people are doing a 100% 180 on everything.

    I'm just going to um, wait til the dust settles.
     
  9. s8film40

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    It really sounds to me like there's confusion over terminology. When people in these positions get laid off they just don't call it that.
     
  10. DoubleJ

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    Yes, please do cling to that one strand of hair you're hanging on to.
     
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    Huh? I'm not clinging to anything, just taking my best guess at explaining conflicting reports.
     
  12. DoubleJ

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    It sounds to me that you're implying that they aren't being layed off, but taking a backseat. Which is also untrue.
     
  13. Ryan

    Ryan Staff Member Moderator

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    Okay, I understand some peoples' jobs are on the line, none of which many of us have ever met and is sad irregardless but can we not be aggressive and rude about this? It's very clear that some pretty trustworthy insiders are confused as well right now, it's not like we farted this rumor out there.
     
  14. s8film40

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    I really have no idea. I just know people in these positions don't get "laid off". When the company decides to lay them off, they retire or become a consultant or leave the company in some other more gradual less dramatic way. My guess is if this is happening I can certainly see it causing some confusion, especially if alongside other large layoffs.
     
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    That's valuable to the industry if he has a degree in engineering! Besides UC, there are their vendors in the area that are the true heavy hitters. Nassal is one and perhaps ITEC as well.
     
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    Another is KHS&S. My vendor list would drop everyone's jaw. From pro Xmas ornaments to high-tech Batteries.

    Offices | KHS&S
     
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    I remember the same arguments being discussed above were bandied about when Tony Baxter was pushed out. No, they didn't do a complete termination, but they took all of his power and work away, and let him float and collect his pay for around a year and calling him a "consultant". And they did the same with Jay R. & Tom S. So I don't think we'll really know what happened until 6 to 12 months down the road.
     
  18. Ryan

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    And then he "retired", very gracefully I might add. Even gave him a window on Main Street.

    All-in-all, the way Disney handled it on a public level was pretty fantastic, although a large part of that had to do with Tony playing ball. (he really wanted that window!)
     
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    Well, now I don't know what in hell to think. The good news is that I am not 12 anymore and couldn't care less about WDI. ;)
     
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    Exactly. It was all very gracious. Though since the window, Baxter has sometimes been critical of Disney's direction.
     
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