CHICAGO: Amoco and British Petroleum Corporate Communications staff could soon find themselves out of a job - despite the success of the public relations campaign to promote the merger of the two oil giants.
The merged company's communication services will be centralized in London, it emerged this week, which some sources believed would mean a big cut in job numbers at Amoco's Chicago office.
Jim Fair, the firm's manager of communications services, confirmed the likelihood that the office would move to the UK, although he said he did not know the exact details.
'We have a team of real sharp people here,' he said. 'But it will ultimately be a numbers game.'
Amoco has already restructured/downsized twice in the 1990s, with job cuts affecting the PR staff each time. 'In regard to personnel, people keep saying, 'You must have some choices,' and I keep telling them that I don't, especially after the two restructurings,' Fair explained.
For this reason, internal communications were essential to the success of the merger. 'It was important for everyone in the company to know where we stand,' he said. 'It's very frustrating that people who are doing great jobs aren't certain about their future with the company.' Fair hopes to have answers for them by January.