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# 215325 22-Jun-2017 09:43
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I've heard from two different sources that Spark in Wellington is laying off hundreds.

A Wellington contracting firm appears to be picking up some of Spark's help desk functions.

It's all hearsay.

If you're a low-level tech in Wellington, you may want to look at Christchurch or Auckland, which both seem to be good job markets.

For a little money, you could set up a "virtual office" in both cities to appear to be a local candidate.

This company has cheap prices

https://www.privatebox.co.nz/plans-pricing/



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  # 1805107 22-Jun-2017 12:13
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My anecdotal experience is that the big Telcos restructure every 2-3 years, and this rips the rug out from under staff morale.

 

A relative of mine works for the NZ branch of a 5000+ staff company and has just survived a restructuring round where most of her department were made redundant.  Even though that person was glad to keep their job, again it was a morale killer.

 

I survived a restructure in the late 90's after the NZ company I worked for was bought by an offshore corporate.  A week later I resigned as the company I loved working for suddenly felt pretty hollow.  The US-based exec who oversaw the restructure had to re-hire one of my dismissed colleagues.  I'm sure that would have been an interesting conversation...

 

Unfortunately defending your position every few years seems to be a theme with larger corporates.





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  # 1805108 22-Jun-2017 12:14
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Layoffs at Spark?  Must be a day ending with Y. 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1805147 22-Jun-2017 13:36
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So who are they going to hire to replace? Or are they shutting their shops or filling them with robots?





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  # 1805170 22-Jun-2017 13:59
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Happened to me not that long ago (April) in another Telco after 17 years and 4 days, These things happen every few years it's just part of business

 

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  # 1805194 22-Jun-2017 14:04
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I can't speak to this one from a business angle, However in terms of front-line staff technical roles are normally a lot more north than Wellington...

 

 

 

Very different teams in that building, I have not heard of anything like this from my collogues down there though!





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