Citigroup Eliminates 11,000 Jobs in History’s Most Corporate-Jargony Paragraph Ever

11 Dec

Hoo boy, this is some incredible corporate-speak – as in, “repositioning” out of the company… (via The Atlantic):

Cittigroup Layoffs Image

Image and link via: Citigroup Eliminates 11,000 Jobs in History’s Most Corporate-Jargony Paragraph Ever – The Atlantic by Derek Thompson.

My heart kind of goes out to the person/team who had to draft this statement – an unenviable task, ripe for ridicule, no doubt subject to hours of agonizing revisions and edits. My heart goes out even more to the newly “repositioned.” But the fact that this missive captures this much attention (mentions on The Atlantic and Twitter, for example) says something – somehow, a nerve has been touched…

Citigroup Jargon on Twitter

It Is What It Is

This is just a lose-lose all around. The company has to do what it has to do, and no amount of careful wording will lessen the blow. Companies can’t stay alive if they have more staff than they need – that’s just a reality of business. And it’s a lousy reality for the newly-jobless that isn’t helped at all by corporate-speak. Maybe there would be less flak coming in if Citigroup at least expressed some kind of gratitude or regret – but would that really have made a difference? Maybe there would be fewer blogs or tales of PR about it, but the repositioning just “is what it is.”

Man, do I hate that phrase.

What do you think? Ever had to be the bearer of grim corporate news? What are your favorite corporate-speak phrases? Let us hear from you in the comments.
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5 Responses to “Citigroup Eliminates 11,000 Jobs in History’s Most Corporate-Jargony Paragraph Ever”

  1. Bob Stocking December 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    A current favorite dose of corporate-speak comes from Amazon, which is selling Kindles “With Special Offers.” Who’d want to buy one “With Endless Ads”? I love my new Fire HD, but it was worth the $15 to avoid the ads.

    • rsmithing December 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

      Sounds like money well spent on your part. With “special offers?” Give me a break.

  2. rebecca2000 December 11, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    Yep we just had lay offs a little over a week ago in our family. I don’t know if you read the post about my new vacation plans… but yep.

    • rsmithing December 11, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

      Arrgh… so sorry to hear that. I know it sucks big now, but with any luck, it can lead to bigger & better things in the long run. Hang in there.

    • Photobooth Journal December 12, 2012 at 1:58 am #

      Yes, hang in there and hopefully it will not spoil the festive season.

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