back to article Chef leaves a bad taste: Staff cut in 'horrid, bleak' week after Progress swallows DevOps darling for $220m

Sundar Subramanian, general manager of enterprise app platform Progress, marked the completion of his company's acquisition of DevOps outfit Chef with the words: "I can’t wait to see what Progress and Chef can do together." The first order of business appears to have been firing people. On Wednesday, a number of Chef employees …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Don't relax

    a number of workers in the UK were assured their jobs are not at risk "at this current time,"

    At least, not until they've had time to train their replacements.

    1. Richard Jones 1

      Re: Don't relax

      Or more graphically, We aim to suck the marrow out of the bones, then discard what is left.

    2. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: Don't relax

      Train them in all the bad habits they can thing of.

      "We discovered that validating inputs was a big drag on performance. We were going to remove it in the next version."

      "Customers tell us that credential checking is too restrictive at present."

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge
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    "watch our actions"

    We are. We see that you boast about how Chef's business is going to continue to grow, and yet you're getting rid of the very people that made Chef interesting to you in the first place.

    We'll be very interested in seeing your results, even if we can already guess how things are going to go.

    1. nematoad

      Re: "watch our actions"

      "Gupta urged clients to look at what the company is doing."

      He might regret saying that. If I was a potential customer the way these characters are treating their staff might cause me to have second thoughts.

      " And you know, work with us."

      Ah, with us not for us. And bring a long spoon if you do.

  3. keithzg

    "I'm sorry, as a public company we don't comment on impact to employees"

    Err, what does being a public company have to do with that? Maybe I'm missing some U.K. nuance (I'm often a bit surprised by your laws on the other side of the Atlantic, although less so than folks living Stateside since Canada has inherited a lot of British legal tradition) but that sounds like complete bullshit to me.

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