Goodbye, Emmis Interactive
This morning, I arrived at work a little earlier than normal… as we were notified about a company-wide meeting at 8:30 AM. On walking out the elevator, we were greeted at the front door and told there were multiple meetings taking place. I could see a few people inside the office, standing at the end of the corridor looking towards the elevator. But I was told to head towards the office Annex area.
On walking in, I saw a series of chairs circled around our old ping-pong table and pretty much knew what was in store: I was being let go.
Of course, on seeing this – one of the first things I did was to pull out my camera, and take a photo. I’ve documented a large part of my time with Emmis Interactive over the years, and so it only seemed natural to record this moment as well.
In some ways, it was a bit like taking photographs at a funeral. It’s not something that feels very good at the time, but long after the event passes… it’s nice to have something to represent the moment. I put the camera away fairly quickly, soon after this.
As people came in and found a seat, the atmosphere was very quiet and somber – as these moments typically are, I guess. We were joined by Pat Walsh (our corporate EVP), Deb, and Traci Thomson (corporate HR).
As a result of these changes, a small group of EI folks have officially moved over to focus on a Corporate project and the remainder of the employees have been carried on by Marketron. Me, along with the others in the room, were among the group that did not get carried over to Marketron. And as of October 4th, I am no longer an employee of Emmis Interactive.
There is a lot going through my mind as I write this, and the entirety of that last statement is still something I’m processing… as it hasn’t quite fully sunk in yet.
There has been a lot of internal speculation the past few weeks, and some big changes were on the horizon. So this news didn’t come as a complete surprise. Emmis (our parent company and investor) has always been generous to employees whenever layoffs occur, and I feel that our group was treated fairly, and with kindness.
Right now, everything still feels really new, really recent. It’s difficult for me to accurately summarize my thoughts because they’re kind of all over the place. I will miss this company I’ve worked for, for nearly a decade. I will most definitely miss all the fantastic and talented people I’ve had the good fortune of working alongside, all these years.
The culture at Emmis Interactive was a very special thing, and as I came to learn… not something found all that often in workplaces. More than anything else, I’m going to miss the people that made this such an enjoyable place to work, day after day.