[Note: I may seem a bit harsh in this post – and if I am or if I offend, I apologize. Rather than edit out my own comments, I’ve opted to leave them as they were originally entered and posted.
And I know I don’t always reign in the snark as it were but when you are hearing via email from many staffers who have not yet found a job, especially in this economy, or who can’t pay their mortgage or are scrambling for health insurance for a family of four, you obviously get angry. This is probably a time when I should have composed the post, let it sit and then published it an hour later if I still thought it was appropriate.
One good thing about this post is it has brought out some comments and comments are always welcome – I don’t edit comments, good or bad. I’d also welcome anyone to weigh in on the other side of this discussion. H.D.]
Ok, I get it Shareholders. You feel the need to send out your contact information to everyone in your goodbye email, make an off-handed comment about the demise of the firm, etc. But do you realise that such communications also say:
– hey! I’ve got a new place to go!
– hey! I’m outta here and you’re not!
Here are three recent examples sent in the past 45 minutes:
“After 23 years, today is my last day at Heller Ehrman. Later this week I will start work at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. While I am thrilled by the opportunity to continue my career at Orrick, I wish I were leaving under better circumstances. Heller Ehrman has been a truly wonderful law firm, and I feel proud and fortunate to have spent the better part of my career here. Along the way I have had the chance to work with outstanding attorneys and dedicated professional staff, on challenging cases and important pro bono causes. I have learned how to craft arguments, write briefs, and try cases. I have been given the opportunity to help and to lead. And most important, I have made many, many good friends who help me remember that life is about more than practicing law.
I look forward to seeing all of you again in calmer and happier times. Starting Thursday, I can be reached at [redacted]”
“This is my last day at Heller Ehrman where I have spent the last 46 years. I am indescribably sad about the demise of this once proud and venerable firm.
Many thanks to all of our supportive and wonderful staff many of whom have devoted their careers to the firm.
Special thanks are extended to my partners and associates who have served our clients with distinction and excellence and who have contributed so much to my enjoyment of the practice of law. I expecially extend my best wishes to my colleagues in Seattle, Los Angeles and New York which offices this year, respectively, celebrated their 25th, 20th and 10th anniversaries.
Tomorrow I will join our long-time client, [redacted]. My contact information is: [redacted]
I’m reminded of the lines from T.S. Eliot’s The Hollow Men:
‘This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.'”
or this one:
“To my friends and all the familiar faces.
After 43 plus years I have decided to leave sometime this week . . . [redacted] I will always cherish and remember the many friends and colleagues over the years. From Sidney Ehrman with whom I had the priviledge of playing dominoes on his 100th birthday down to the present day, the firm Heller Ehrman or Heller Ehrman White and McAuliffe has been the one constant in my life.
It is so sad that what we enjoyed for so many years is disappearing.
Thank you for the friendship over the years. Some new friends and some long time friends
To the staff of this great institution, I salute you for your loyalty and support. [Redcated], many kudos and thank you’s for what you have done for me and for us.
I hope that all of you will free to reach out to me. My home e-mail [redacted] will always welcome messages from you.
Not being at 333 Bush or 44 Montgomery will be a constant reminder of the memories of many years, but I am not ready to retire yet .
Please keep in touch and thank you from my heart for all the fond memories of all the years and all the gracious and committed people with whom I have had the honor of working.
New contact info at some point this week: [redacted]”
Would it kill you to actually care whether or not others have a soft landing? Let’s hope management will discourage these types of emails or just yank the All Hands addresses all together. Better yet, if an email has more than 25 recipients, just make sure it never gets sent.
The only thing to be happy about: the new contact information for Shareholders to be used in our upcoming class action litigation if and when it is needed. Otherwise I really don’t give a rat’s ass where you are going. F*ck you and the horse you rode out on.