correlation of org models with value - Dashboard
50%
timelapse Completion Rate
51
flag Completed
530
visibility Viewed
102
play_circle_outline Started
51
do_not_disturb_on Dropouts
14 mins
access_time Average Time
 
Countries Responses
US 48.04%
AT 6.86%
DE 6.86%
CA 5.88%
IN 3.92%
GB 3.92%
SE 3.92%
NZ 2.94%
FR 2.94%
CN 1.96%
IL 1.96%
DK 0.98%
ES 0.98%
KR 0.98%
AU 0.98%
EU 0.98%
RU 0.98%
CO 0.98%
ID 0.98%
CZ 0.98%
IE 0.98%
ZA 0.98%
Total 100.00%
Have you been laid off at some point in your tech comm career? 
Answer Count Percent
20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
Yes 40 45.98%
No 44 50.57%
Other 3 3.45%
Total 87 100%
Have you been laid off at some point in your tech comm career?  - Text Data for Other
07/06/2020 73046185 had available hours cut back
07/06/2020 73040339 Left due to burn out
07/02/2020 72666758 work term employment
What organizational model best describes the tech comm structure at the company where the layoff occurred?
Answer Count Percent
20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
Centralized: Tech writers are grouped together in one central team and serve a variety of groups. 15 51.72%
Decentralized: Tech writers are individually embedded within different product teams and report up through those product teams. 2 6.9%
Distributed: A mix of the above two -- tech writers are grouped softly by discipline but are embedded with different product teams in a more distributed way. 11 37.93%
Other 1 3.45%
Total 29 100%
What organizational model best describes the tech comm structure at the company where the layoff occurred? - Text Data for Other
07/02/2020 72674690 Lone writer at a startup
Why do you think you were laid off?
07/22/2020 74727760 I've been laid off 2X and found another job to avoid a third layoff. The first time was because a pharma bought all the other pharmas in the state where I lived. They had no choice but to RIF because they had so much duplication from all the mergers. The second time was a role fit. The last time was a "working for the sales group, but with no personal revenue quota/goal" situation. I didn't want my boss to be in a position to lay me off, so I found another job.
07/21/2020 74645224 they 'shipped' my job to India along with the majority of the development of the project. Also Silicon Valley writers are expensive so they are going to hire cheaper writers most of whom don't have the experience or the language skills.
07/17/2020 74224881 Pure cost cutting. The division we worked in was being reorganized, with some products being cut, and absorbed into another division. The new division already had a writing team and it was felt they could handle the additional workload without keeping the old writers around.
07/12/2020 73571111 There were only two of us. My fellow writer had worked in QA before moving to documentation and had been with the company longer. He was the better choice to keep.
07/09/2020 73281095 In one case I was on an editorial and production team that supported tech writers, and our manager thought that the "production side of what we do will save us," but she was wrong. They kept the one guy who was managing the document library and laid off the rest of us. Also, she didn't actively advocate for us, as she realized after the lay-off. She had hubris about the perception of our value. The second time, an entire product line was discontinued, and everyone in that department was laid off.
07/08/2020 73227050 I was laid off because I was a poor fit for the position and the company.
07/08/2020 73195386 I've been laid off more than once. At one company I worked at, I got a new tech pubs manager (the previous manager moved departments and an existing tech writer got promoted to fill the vacancy), and this new manager told me I was too young (I was 26) and too inexperienced (I had 2 years) to be holding a senior technical writing role making the money that I was making, and he wasn't happy with the previous manager's decision to hire me. After he said this he fired me, as I expected. Shortly after I left the company, I found out that the other seven tech writers (they were all older than me) received poor performance reviews and were fired too. They speculated that the manager probably had some sort of ulterior motive and left it as that. I got the sense that nobody missed their jobs. But what I got from this experience was that my salary must match my age and proven experience, not my potential.
07/08/2020 73197580 Economic: during the 2008-2009 recession, my company laid off all contractors, and I was only contracting at the time.
07/06/2020 73067409 Budget cuts to lower l-t costs of paying a perm. employee. Also perception of a writer as someone that can be easily replaceable.
07/06/2020 73053192 They laid off the two newest writers. I don't think they really knew if we were any good or not. In fact, I kind of hope they didn't know because they kept a couple of lousy writers (in my opinion at least), and I'd hate to think the company thought they were the better writers.
Have you ever felt unimportant or undervalued in your tech comm role at a company?
Answer Count Percent
20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
Yes 58 84.06%
No 9 13.04%
Other 2 2.9%
Total 69 100%
Have you ever felt unimportant or undervalued in your tech comm role at a company? - Text Data for Other
07/02/2020 72689639 depends on whom i'm working with
07/02/2020 72670977 Not understood. The docs magically appear, so it must b easy. You do it in Word, right?
What organizational model best describes the tech comm structure at the company where you felt unimportant or undervalued?
Answer Count Percent
20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
Centralized: Tech writers are grouped together in one central team and serve a variety of groups. 23 46%
Decentralized: Tech writers are individually embedded within different product teams and report up through those product teams. 8 16%
Distributed: A mix of the above two -- tech writers are grouped softly by discipline but are embedded with different product teams in a more distributed way. 14 28%
Other 5 10%
Total 50 100%
What organizational model best describes the tech comm structure at the company where you felt unimportant or undervalued? - Text Data for Other
07/14/2020 73758378 Lone writer
07/07/2020 73123849 Lone writer for one company division, the other division has a "Company U" team but no technical writers
07/07/2020 73099958 All of the above organizations at some point had devalued technical writing
07/02/2020 72680256 I was the only TW of a multinational, part of the training team