A reader emailed me today indicating he had received word from a friend, who works for Oracle, that Oracle Consulting had a sizable layoff today. He mentioned a specific percentage that I won't repeat here, without some confirmation.
A quick check of my webstats shows a pickup in web referrals today searching under the key words "Oracle layoffs," "Oracle Consulting layoff," and "Oracle layoffs, Nov 2009." (see image on right).
In the past, this type of activity has been a reliable indicator of Oracle's workforce reduction actions.
A check of the layoff blog
also shows a few comments today from Oracle consultants who have been terminated--not as many as I would have expected, however.
If anyone has more details, feel free to email me, or leave a comment on this post.Update, Nov. 14:
Several readers have left comments on this post, or previous posts, basically, confirming that yesterday, Friday the 13th, was a real nightmare for many Oracle consultants. There are many more comments now on the layoff blog as well. Read comments below.Update, Nov. 16: Dennis Howlett
picks up on this post and provides further analysis of the layoffs. And, Oracle officially has no comment on the layoff.Update, Nov. 17:
A reader, who works for Oracle Consulting, reports that just prior to the recent layoffs there was a reorganization of the North American consulting unit. This individual, who had been in a management position, has now been put back into a billable role, with a target utilization.